Nicole Cushing, nominee for the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction for The Sadist’s Bible, will stop at Mysterious Galaxy on her way to StokerCon in Long Beach for an event, co-presented by her print publisher, 01Publishing. Nicole received the 2015 Stoker for Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Mr. Suicide, and her work has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award as well. 01Publishing will be familiar to fans of the Whispers from the Abyss and Casefile: Arkham anthologies, among others.
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 passing day, as does her desire to be dominant – to tell another woman just how to please her, to tie up another woman so that she’ll never, ever leave.
Ashamed of these feelings and hopeless of ever satisfying them, Ellie goes to a secret group on the social network and seeks out a partner for a suicide pact.
There, she finds twenty-four year old Lori Morris–a woman who also claims devotion to death and lust. She agrees to meet Ellie in a hotel for an intense night of decadent sex and torture before suicide. But Lori has another agenda, too: to escape an oppressive force that might be God or might be the Devil. A force that even suicide may not allow her to escape. A force that wants Lori, Ellie, and all of humanity broken and brought to its knees.