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“The confidence and expertise so blatantly evident in Nicole Cushing’s writing is astonishing.”

– Thomas Ligotti, in reference to CHILDREN OF NO ONE

"(CHILDREN OF NO ONE is) an absolutely stunning debut novella that will make you cringe, and most importantly will make you think... If you read one debut this year, this should be the one you read."

-- Famous Monsters of Filmland


“Nicole Cushing is one of my faves... There’s a focused intelligence and clarity at play throughout even the deepest patches of delirium — a genuine method to the unadulterated madness — that makes it so much more than merely weird.”

– NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author John Skipp





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The solution, for me, is usually to increase my self-care for a few days. (Get rest, make sure I'm sleeping well, eating well, getting exercise, etc.) If that doesn't work then I do a bit of journaling to mull over why I'm having trouble with a particular project. That has helped me out on more than one occasion. (less)
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Nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award (novella category)


Sadism, nihilism, poverty, wealth, screams, whimpers, sanity and madness collide in Nowhere, Indiana For Thomas Krieg, Nowhere is a miles-long, pitch-black underground maze in which he’s imprisoned dozens of boys for the past te...

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“Happy, beautiful people have no need of God. It is only when people are debased by degeneracy of the mind or body that they consciously seek me out. And I desire to be sought out. Worshiped. For”
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