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Harry Meyers is ill-equipped to handle funeral planning of any sort. If he had a goldfish and that goldfish died, he would probably find a way to bungle the flushing. But when Harry’s mother passes away without having made any arrangements, and he’s the only surviving next of kin, Harry is called on to navigate a grimly hilarious, half-real world of morgues, morticians, fe ...more
Hardcover, Deluxe Illustrated, 122 pages
Published October 28th 2019 by Grimscribe Press
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Char
Harry keeps coming to visit Nicole so often, she had to write a book about him, and here it is. A twisted tale like NO other!

THE HALF-FREAKS defies neat genre labels; part character study, part weird tale, part awkwardly funny, it's hard to describe. Despite Harry vehemently stating often that he's no psycho like Norman Bates, (Nah! Nah!) he is still living with his mother, but he isn't a murderer. Or is he?

When his mother dies, Harry is forced to take part in the world,
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Michael Hicks
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review of THE HALF-FREAKS can be found at High Fever Books.

Nicole Cushing is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, and despite owning nearly all, if not everything, of what she’s published I just never quite got around to reading her stuff. She’s a writer that has come highly recommended to me by various other readers and reviewers, including my Staring Into The Abyss co-host, Scott Kemper. So, when Grimscribe editor and publisher Jon Padgett announced that ARCs were available for The Half-
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Donald Armfield
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird-fiction, own
The author herself releases a character into the fictional world. His breathing down her neck, tooth decay, and raunchiness is something our world needs to inhale; says the author.
Meeting Harry you learn his theories in “Half-freaks” and their attempt to crack reality. You also learn that day dreams lead to angered people yelling, or duh! Maybe we already know this... anyways
Nicole Cushing single-handedly opens a window to the Weird with an exuberance of her own.
Alex Ferland
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Cushing is no stranger to writing about people that polite society would prefer to only exist behind locked doors and obscured by drapes. Her fiction is littered with them. From the unfortunately relatable character in Mr.Suicide, to any number of broken people existing within her stories, demanding to be seen and heard.

Not that the protagonist of The Half-Freaks is broken. Nah. Nah. What is he some kind of Norman Bates? Some kinda foamin’ at the mouth mama’s boy? Nah, he’s a workin’ man
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Gary
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am so excited about what the Vastarien/Grimscribe folks are up to and hope this is the first in a very long line of publications to be released in the coming years. Given the quality of their publications to date, adding this volume to my library was a no-brainer despite having never read anything by Nicole Cushing (although I suppose it was only a matter of time). This being the case, I really had no idea what to expect in terms of content or style but the story blurb and creepy cover art certainly ...more
Lou
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fabrication of Harry before you.
Immortalized with stark complexities of one unique Harry.

The obscurity and decadent waking and walkings of Harry await, his realm of self-loathing may get under your skin but at the same time you want to see out his fate.
Seeing out this tale and the fictitious Harry is due to the successful skill of the storyteller in lucid form with psychological insight into the construct of Harry, this form of horror writing at times being a channel to
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Justin
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-weird
The Half-Freaks is a meta tale of weird fiction that plays with the fourth wall, drags up the horrors of the Freudian/Lacanian Oedipal/Symbolic complex, and probes the mental instability of an adult male dealing with the loss of his mother. To be sure, the instability is already there, before the novel begins. But as Nicole Cushing takes the reader through disturbing vignettes, coloring in the the life of Harry Meyers, the novel bends towards the sympathetic. Is Harry Meyers a Half-Freak, or do ...more
Matt
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-books
I reviewed this for High Fever Books, but wanted to post something here...

Nicole Cushing’s The Half-Freaks is the perfect storm of the weird and dark humor. At the eye of the hurricane is our protagonist, a gumpy moldy-brained man that Cushing decides needs to be tormented for our amusement. And I am one hundred percent on board with the mundane death-by-a-thousand-papercuts that he faces. The Half-Freaks will instantly have you hooked by the first page with its unique narrative styl
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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 Ketchu
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