*Nicole Cushing was kind enough to provided a free ebook copy of The Sadist’s Bible to go along with her interview! The link and details for the giveaway are located at the bottom of the post, following the interview 🙂
Today I am interviewing Nicole Cushing, recent 2016 Stoker Award Winner, and author of the new horror novella, The Sadist’s Bible.
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DJ: Hey Nicole! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Nicole Cushing: I write dark horror fiction. Really dark horror fiction that strives to be well-written and emotionally realistic. My fiction has been described by reviewers as being both “brutal” and “cerebral”. I often find myself compelled to write about traumatic experiences and their aftermaths. Addiction, homelessness, and mental illness often appear in my fiction, but strange mystical entities do as well.
I live in a working class subdivision in southern Indiana (near the border with Kentucky). I’m originally from Maryland, but I’ve lived in this so-called “Kentuckiana” border region for almost thirteen years now and often use it as a setting for my stories.
DJ: What is The Sadist’s Bible about?
NC: The Sadist’s Bible is about two women–Ellie (a married, closeted Bible Belt lesbian in her late thirties) and Lori (who is in her early twenties and bisexual). These two women live in separate parts of the country but meet on a social networking group catering to people who want to form a suicide pact. They find that they’re attracted to each other, and come up with a plan to drive to a hotel halfway in between their houses where they’ll have a decadent night of sex and then off themselves.
But Ellie doesn’t really know Lori that well. And it turns out that Lori is hiding a lot from her, including a hideous set of entanglements with a truly wicked cosmic force. Continue reading