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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  72 reviews
How well do you know the people you chat with on a social network?

Thirty-seven year old Ellie Blake is about to find out. Her Bible Belt community wouldn't dare accept her if she came out as a lesbian. Her husband, her pastor, and her neighbors would be scandalized by such a disclosure. But Ellie's desire for another woman's intimate touch grows stronger with each passin
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Kindle Edition, 107 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by 01Publishing
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Misty Marie Harms
Twisted, dark, and weird. That's all I got. It was a short read 🤷‍♀️ ...more
Peter
Oct 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Ellie tries to arrange the first sexual encounter with another woman, Lori. They plan do have a wild night and then commit suicide together. In this novella you'll read about prejudices in society, hypocrisy, madness, a strange image of God, the problems of a dull marriage. It started strong but soon the story became a bit repetitive. You'll also read about a disabled child and uncanny mannequin like men. Nice ingredients but the storytelling was a bit confusing. The book certainly will find its ...more
Laurie
This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.

Ellie is miserable and longs for the sweet release of death. She feels trapped, is married to a man she doesn’t love and has realized that she only wants to be with a woman. If only for a night. She meets a stranger named Lori online and the two agree to meet for a night of sex, debauchery and death.

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But, you see, although Lori wants desperately to die as well, she’s not being entir
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Janie
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Cushing takes social conventions and long-held beliefs and flings them boldly into the fire. Is this transgressive? That depends on the way that you think. If your savior turned your long-held ideology upside down and told you to dismember it, would that change your thoughts and actions? This is a read that may be challenging or impossible for some, but for those who appreciate escaping the realms of conventionality, it is a riveting and thought-provoking novella.
Char
The Sadist's Bible is a difficult novella to review without spoilers, but I'm going to try.

We start off with two women having a sexy internet relationship. One woman, Ellie, is the married wife of a very religious man and the other, Lori, a disturbed bisexual. How disturbed she actually is doesn't become apparent until later. The two have a plan to meet up in real life, have some mind blowing lesbian sex, and then kill themselves. Everything is realistic and understandable up to this point and
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Ian
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'Welcome to the Hotel Horrotica!'

Before reading this story I had some reservations as I not only found the actual book cover slightly juvenile in design but also thought the synopsis suggested that the story might easily degenerate into a straight forward 'C' rated blood, gore and sex fest, with a shallow plot and a ridiculously silly, OTT boring, repetitive and familiar narrative of mainstream horror.

However, after reading 'The Sadist's Bible,' I am delighted to report that nothing could have b
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Michael Sorbello
A closeted lesbian raised in a backwater religious society named Ellie Blake meets the troubled Lori Morris in an online chatroom. Ellie secretly harbors feelings of lust, death and violent urges to dominate other women, and she soon discovers that Lori is of the same mindset. Lori agrees to meet Ellie in a hotel for an intense night of decadent sex and torture before ultimately committing suicide together, living out their deepest fantasies before escaping their unfortunate circumstances. Unkno ...more
Malum
Jul 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror


I have read a lot of bad books, but this was one of the most blatantly awful things I have ever read. It's the ultimate combination of a pants-shittingly stupid plot coupled with awful writing. It's like the only literary device this author knows is exposition; you are shown nothing and told absolutely everything. I think I almost went blind from reading this. I could train a monkey to write a better story by having it bang Morse Code out with its head against a brick wall.
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Richard
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novellas, horror
The cover for this horror novella made me think that it was something that I wouldn't be interested in at all. But this novel really went against my expectations, if not in what it's about, definitely in the direction it went. Nicole Cushing is no-holds-barred when it comes to her deviant approach towards sex and religion. In fact, if you are a prude of any sort or sensitive when it comes to Christianity, just stay away from this one. I'm neither, so at first I was impressed and drawn in by Cush ...more
Bill
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This one was twisted, there’s no denying that and should have been right up my alley. I’m just stuck thinking that while the concepts were very good it lacked a bit in the execution. I think it could have used more character development and delved deeper into the relationship between Lori and Ellie. I liked it and it was good, but think that it really could have been great had it been a wee longer and more realized.

Mark Matthews
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's an adage, I am pretty sure I heard it from Jack Ketchum first, that a writer should "never be afraid to go there." Well, when I read Nicole's work (we are not on a first name basis, but, seems to fit for some reason...) she is never be afraid to go there since she's already there, and comfortable being there, and does it with confidence and style.

The Sadist Bible is an incredible piece of work. Cosmic. Transgressive. Suspenseful. Many deep layers, and tunnels, and escape hatches, and sec
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Morgan Tanner
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hmmm, so yeah, where do I start with this one then? I suppose I’ll just jump straight in.

Ellie’s world has gone to shit. Well, when she reflects, it’s always been shit. Shit husband, shit life, shit pretty much everything. In her God-fearing community it would be the worst thing imaginable to tell everyone that she harbours strong feelings about being with a woman. Coming out is a definite no-no for Ellie, it would just add to the steaming pile of shitness. There’s only one perceivable way out f
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Paul Ataua
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘As nutty as a squirrel’s turd’ is a description given to one of the minor characters of the story, but it is a description that could be extended to cover the whole novel. If you are looking for a story that includes BSDM, lesbians, a suicide pact, a deformed child, and a god/devil whose the sole purpose is to break humanity, this is one for you. Despite its total lunacy, it did move at pace and did manage to take me with it the whole way, and although I was and remain totally confused, it was ...more
Michael Adams
This review refers to the 2017 print edition from 01Publishing

This was one of the most profoundly dark and disturbing stories I have read in some time, redefining love, lust, faith, judgement, punishment, heaven, hell, pleasure, and pain. I feel like anything else I would say at this point would move my review into spoiler territory, so I will sum things up with this blurb from the back cover; "Remember: He wants us broken"
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Ryan Clifton
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Still less disturbing than the actual Bible. Also, "He Wants Us Broken" and "Damned With Blessings" need to be on t-shirts. ...more
rebecca
Nov 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
i'm sure there is merit in this story - i'm just not the person to find it. there are grotesque descriptions that just skeeved me out (though i'm sure that was the point) but i didn't find it scary, kind of a must for a horror, just gross. the writing was uninteresting and the characters though intriguing on paper (two women, one of whom is deeply religious and closeted) meeting up to have sex and then commit suicide together. unfortunately, the characters we got were just...there, as this bizar ...more
Red Lace Reviews
Lori and Ellie have never met, but they both yearn for the touch of a woman and the sweet release of death. Eager to take their online correspondence to the next level, they strike an agreement and plan a getaway to a remote hotel. Their intentions? To succumb to their desires and finish with a deadly climax.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

There’s nothing like discovering a well-hidden gem, and that’s exactly what happened when I originally spied a review from Morgan K Tanner's bl
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Marvin
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autographed
Ellie is in a loveless marriage and a loveless life. She believes she is a lesbian but her strict religious upbringing and her stifling marriage has blocked any attempts to explore these feelings. A yearning to explore her desires and an overwhelming hopelessness which sparks an urge to die leads her to a secret internet group that pairs partners for suicide. Lori, who Ellie sees as a kindred spirit, convinces her to leave her husband and come to her for a final night of sex and death. What Elli ...more
Andrew
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ellie is tired of life. Despite outward appearances, being married to a pastor and heavily involved in the church with her husband, she’s been living a lie. The secret she’s been carrying is her sexuality – she thinks about being with a woman. The only people she has come out to are online in a suicide forum, as she could never contemplate coming out in her conservative community. It’s on that suicide social network that she finds Lori. She wants to be Ellie’s suicide buddy and let her indulge h ...more
Frank Errington
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Sadist's Bible is a new novella from Nicole Cushing. Nicole is rapidly becoming one of my go-to authors for a solid story. In the last year, I've enjoyed both her novel, Mr. Suicide, and her collection, The Mirrors.

I love a great opening line and they don't get much better than "Do u really think u ready to die? I don't want u chickening out." This is part of a conversation which takes place on The Buddy System, an online place to find a suicide partner.

This is the place where Ell
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Spencer
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
After finishing this book I sat in a daze for a moment, much the same as after I finished watching the (original) film Martyrs, which this book also reminded me of. I had to slowly absorb what I had experienced as the visceral horror worked through my mind.
The story may be short but it really packs a punch, it's messed up and deranged, and I absolutely loved it.
Hellraiser is one of my favourite movies of all time and this book also brought to mind this film as well and especially this line from
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Paul Cutting
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Sadist's Bible starts like an emotionally charged character based story, with a plot that could pass the book off as a thriller. But when it approaches its denouement, you sink fast into sleep. The words merge as you descend into a fever dream. It's delicious and disorientating, bewildering but painstakingly detailed in its imagery. And then you wake up. You're clammy, in a pool of your own juices (eww!). You wipe your brow and wonder what the hell just happened as you flick past the last pa ...more
Jim Smith
I bought this as a blind buy. The Hot Topic meets Advanced Dungeons & Dragons glossy cover art set my expectations low.

I thought it was an extraordinary piece of work. Absolutely uncompromising. Visceral. Uncomfortable. Cold. Awe-inspiring. I have to read more of this author's work. The writing from the point of view of Evil God could so easily have been hammy and embarrassing, but it was profoundly devastating.
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Hail Hydra! ~Dave Anderson~
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“What is this place? Heaven? Hell?”
Both. “Heaven” and “Hell” are just two names for the same place. They are one
and the same.

“Who are you? God? The Devil?”
I have been called both names. But names are not my concern. Discipline is my
concern. Mating is my concern. Degeneracy is my concern. Worship is my concern.
Rajeev Singh
Mar 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
A hell of a ride, and quite literally. Two women, with an age gap, in love with each other and the idea of suicide, and moving towards each other for their first and last act of sexual rebellion. La petite mort followed by real death, in the cradle of a mountainous retreat.

It sounded like the culmination would be more important than the journey but the author had other things on her mind. She takes you through hell, deprives god of the capital G and depicts him as the flip side of Satan, again,
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John Beta
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading this proves I'm a degenerate. A tale of suicide, torture, pleasure, sex, lesbianism, deformity, heaven/hell, demons, angels and love. A tale that redefined good and evil as one in the same, I think. Disturbingly satisfying. ...more
Anna
Personally, I have never had much respect for titles that rely on the "gross-out" factor within the realm of horror literature. It is so, SO easy to take images of sex and violence, taboos that are sure to provoke the readers' emotions one way or the other, smash them together, and watch as they mistake the author playing on their kneejerk reactions for brilliance.

And that is exactly what this book does. Suicide, homosexuality, religion... this book felt more like a collection of tabloids, a ser
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Jaffa Kintigh
This contemporary novella applies a very ancient archetypal element to modern themes and characters to interesting effect. Two women, desperate in their own ways, meet in an internet chatroom devoted to people considering suicide and wanting a partner to share in their final moments. The tale purports to show what brought each of the two to that desperate decision and then tail them as they attempt to follow through on their plans. Others in their lives have different ideas and aim to scuttle th ...more
Eddie Generous
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unnerving Magazine Review
In locales where the Biblical sense of God reigns and that sense carries along with it archaic notions about love and partnership, a relationship is brewing. Something forbidden. Something scandalous. Something loving and permanent.
Of course, one side has a secret.
This secret turns Heaven and Hell on their heads while revealing scenes that would make Clive Barker blush (ok, maybe not Mr. Barker). Men and woman aflame and God wielding a hungry… Let us not spoil it.
Stark p
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Sally
Mar 20, 2022 rated it it was ok
This was very bizarre, and missed the mark for me. The concept was interesting but I just couldn't connect to the characters. And maybe this just wasn't what I was in the mood for. There were some dark and twisty parts that kept me from DNFing, and because of that I want to try something else by this author. But this one is a no for me. ...more
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Nicole Cushing is the Bram Stoker Award® winning author of Mr. Suicide and a two-time nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award.

Various reviewers have described her work as “brutal”, “cerebral”, “transgressive”, "wickedly funny", “taboo”, “groundbreaking” and “mind-bending”.

Rue Morgue magazine included Nicole in its list of 13 Wicked Women to Watch, praising her as an “an intense and uncompromising li
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