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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-06-08 02:07
The Sadist's Bible by Nicole Cushing
The Sadist's Bible - Nicole Cushing

The Sadist's Bible by Nicole Cushing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 blog. The book in question seemed intriguing; a mix of suicidal intentions and grim religion - right up my street. What followed was a quick read, yet despite its short length, its execution was no less impactful. Cushing was able to portray two very mentally ill individuals; their helplessness apparent when they decide the best course of action is a joint suicide. Amongst the fantasies of death, is a very prominent emphasis on homosexuality, whereupon the women visualise their passing as a deeply erotic affair, and thus a statement to society. Certainly morbid, but in that darkly fascinating sort of way that I can appreciate if done well. Of course this wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, especially when it comes to Christianity, as the He is painted in a very harsh light - which isn't as far-fetched as one might believe. If anything, I'd consider Him more alike his Old Testament representation, but that’s neither here nor there.

One thing that occurred to me early on was that, whilst Lori’s situation was significantly more dour, Ellie’s was a lot more closer to reality. Unable to express her true self, Ellie was ruled by fear, and to some extent, shame. It was a very genuine example of what a lot of people go through every day of their lives, and I felt that the coupling of real life issues and celestial intervention worked well together. Honestly though, I didn't find these two characters entirely likeable on a personal level, however my sympathy lay more with Lori, as I believed her to be a victim of the most horrendous acts possible. The connection between these two women could've been explored further, although it was easy enough to discern their relationship formed out of desperation.

The plot itself was able to keep up a decent pace, probably because it didn’t have time to add any unnecessary fluff. The last half of the book is where things took a turn, and I guess I didn’t expect things to get so crazy, but they did. The running theme of sex and violence only magnified, and it was unquestionably shoved to the forefront throughout the end. Vivid, graphic scenes delved into totortuous acts of depravity, where Cushing had no qualms about detailing the sadistic pleasures of a heavenly orgy. I use the term "heavenly" very loosely, as those creatures more resembled beings of nightmare.

That's the thing here - this is a bleak story, where a saviour, in the typical sense of the word, doesn't exist.

In conclusion: Torture intermingles with sex in this novella, and those of a religious nature would be likely best to avoid this one altogether. I considered it a very entertaining read, and it certainly put Cushing on my radar.

Notable Quote:

The arc of the universe is long, but bends towards degeneracy.

© Red Lace 2018

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Source: redlace.reviews/2018/06/08/the-sadists-bible-by-nicole-cushing
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text 2016-12-27 12:50
Char's Horror Corner Top 5: Novellas Read in 2016
Detritus in Love - Mercedes M. Yardley,John Boden
The Sadist's Bible - Nicole Cushing
The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle
Last Train from Perdition (I Travel By Night) - Robert R. McCammon
Odd Man Out - Pete Kahle,James R. Newman

 

Here are my top 5 novellas of the year. This was the toughest category for me this year. I read a ton of excellent novellas, so it was difficult to whittle this list down to the top 5, but I finally did it. 

 

Here they are in no particular order, (click the title to see my original review):

 

Detritus in Love by Mercedes Yardley and John Boden. This was a beautifully written surreal tale that you won't soon forget. It's affordable and quick to read. What are you waiting for? You can get your copy here: Detritus in Love

 

The Sadist's Bible by Nicole Cushing. This fearless novella brings the reader to places they may not want to have gone-but when they're done they are left to marvel over the insanity of it.  And I mean that in the best way possible. You can get your copy here: The Sadist's Bible

 

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. This is another beautifully written piece which totally blew me away. I have a couple of more LaValle books that moved WAY up in my TBR after reading this one. My HIGHEST recommendation! You can find your copy here:

The Ballad of Black Tom

 

Last Train From Perdition by Robert McCammon. Featuring my favorite cover of the year, this novella is part two of the Trevor Lawson trilogy. (The third is not yet available, the first being I Travel By Night. (Click to read my review.) Part gunslinger, part problem solver, and ALL vampire, (be it reluctantly), this novella kicked all kinds of ass. I mean, seriously, what is NOT fun about gunslinging vampires on a train??

You can find a copy here: Last Train From Perdition

 

Odd Man Out by James Newman is such a perfect story for this time in American history. It's so perfect, it's scary.  As a teenager, were you ever coerced by your friends to take part in something you did not feel comfortable with? Did you stand up and say no or did you go along to get along? Do you feel differently about your actions today? Beginning with a church meeting regarding Boy Scouts and ending with a very different type of religious afterword, Odd Man Out is squeezing on your heart the entire time.  It was a touching, moving, emotional story that I know I will read again in the future, just because it is that powerful. Please go and get a copy here: Odd Man Out

 

 

I guess that's it then, for my favorite novellas of the year. It was a difficult decision, but I'm happy with how it all came out. If you decide to try any of these yourself, I would love to hear your thoughts about them!

 

Thanks for visiting Char's Horror Corner and I hope we can meet up again in 2017 for some more dark fiction greats!

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text 2016-10-09 01:59
A bit creepy, but mostly icky.
The Sadist's Bible - Nicole Cushing

 

If you like some of Clive Barkers weirder stuff, you might like this.

 

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url 2016-09-24 13:58
Kickstarter for a terrifying read
The Sadist's Bible - Nicole Cushing

Unlike the digital version, this print edition of The Sadist’s Bible will be a wholly unique reading experience which will include scene-specific typographic and graphic design, as well as in-book illustrations by artist Patrick McEvoy. The final product will be a 140 page book, the cover will be full-color and printed on 14pt cardstock and be covered in a Gloss coat.The inside pages will be a 70 lbs. paper stock. This Kickstarter is to fund offset printing require to produce a book of this high quality.


Nicole Cushing is the Bram Stoker Award® winning author of Mr. Suicide. She has also written the Stoker-nominated collection The Mirrors and the Shirley Jackson Award nominated novella, Children of No One.


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 Morgue, Thomas Ligotti, John Skipp, S.T. Joshi, Poppy Z. Brite, Ray Garton, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Ain’t It Cool News.

A native of Maryland, she now lives with her husband in Indiana.

 

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review 2016-05-19 19:42
The Sadist's Bible by Nicole Cushing
The Sadist's Bible - Nicole Cushing

Ellie’s miserable and wants to die. 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 entirely truthful with Ellie. I’d be less than forthcoming too if I were hiding what Lori is hiding. . . Her secret is a doozy and I am afraid to say much of anything besides read this book if you like excellently written, thoughtful and extreme horror.

The Sadist’s Bible was truly terrifying. It’s set in the mundane world but then takes a sharp right turn into disturbia and never leaves. The imagery ranks right up there with some of the torments that befall Clive Barker’s unfortunate characters in his earlier works. I honestly don’t think I’ve read an erotic horror short so unsettling and under-the-skin intense since I finished Lucy Taylor’s Unnatural Acts back in 1997.

It also has a few unexpected and brief moments of humor.

“Nuttier than a squirrel turd.”

I seriously have to read everything this woman has ever written.

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