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The Sadist's Bible

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  51 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
Kindle Edition, 107 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by 01Publishing
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Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Janie C.
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.
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
The Grim Reader
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best way to describe this novella from Nicole Cushing is as an intense reading experience. Once you start reading the book is almost impossible to put down. It really is a rollercoaster ride into the mind of a very talented writer of dark fiction. It contains some gruesome scenes which succeed in making the reader uncomfortable and the imagery that Nicole creates is clear. This is one of the reasons I like to read horror fiction; it is unlike any other genre in the way that it can bring abou ...more
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.
Michael Sorbello
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, book-reviews
Synopsis: 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 circumstan ...more
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
What did I just read? Aside from the book that probably holds the world record for most uses of the phrase 'jill off' that is.

I can definitely say it was original and horrifying. However I'm not sure I could recommend it to anyone lest they think I was some kind of deranged maniac after reading it.
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.
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.
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
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
Mpheng Magome
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a little bit unsure about how to rate this book. I found the beginning a little slow and there was some serious padding, but the end kind of made it all worth it for me. It's the sort of book that stays with you and I found myself thinking about passages of the book weeks after I'd read it. It's definitely worth a read for any weird fiction fans and it's short enough to not annoy you even if you don't like it.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well written horry story. Not exactly what I was expecting. May try another book of hers.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, it certainly lives up to its title. It's a novella filled with blasphemy, gore, and sadistic sex ... what else is there to say? 3 stars for being exactly what it says on the tin.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredible novella that could give you a lot to think about when it comes to god. Nicole Cushing produced a fabulous piece of work that I loved.
Melissa Borges
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
....what the fuck did I just read??

I gave it 2 stars because it was... creative. I wasn’t fan of the writing, felt very amateur. Like angsty teen written erotica.
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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”, “taboo”, “groundbreaking” and “mind-bending”. This Is Horror has said that she is “quickly becoming a household name for horror fans”. She has also garnered praise from Jack Ketchum, Rue Morgu

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