Book Reviews

{Review} The Sadist’s Bible

by Nicole Cushing
Published by 01Publishing on 4.5.16
Genres: Cosmic Horror, Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Erotic Horror, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Gay Literature, Horror, Psychological Horror
Pages: 87
Format: eBook
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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.

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 then it all goes right off the rails; so far off the rails the train cars are in a smoking, wrecked heap about a mile away.

From here on out, a lot of the story is almost interactive with the reader. What I mean by that is that every reader brings their baggage and experience to a story. Depending on what you’ve read in the past or your past experiences in real life-these things may color your views on the second half of this tale. For myself, I see numerous influences and ways to interpret the last half of this book. A few examples of these influences, from my point of view, would be Lovecraft and Thomas Ligotti for sure. Perhaps a little bit of The King in Yellow and early Clive Barker as well. However, despite these influences the last half is pure Cushing, and this is a style I have grown to love and even adore over the last two years. I’m talking wildly imaginative and creative scenes-described so vividly that I can see them in my mind’s eye as clearly as if they were on a giant movie screen before me. I’m not sure that current technology could even live up to Nicole Cushing’s imagination-in fact, I doubt it.

This book was incredible. I don’t know what else to say. I will include a short warning, this book is daring-in its vivid descriptions of sex and violence, (with both often combined), and also with its frank observations of “in the closet” lesbianism and religious guilt: it may not be for everyone. However, if you think the synopsis and my review sound interesting, I can’t say it strongly enough: GO BUY THIS BOOK. (You can do so here: The Sadist’s Bible)

My highest recommendation!

*I received a free e-copy of this novella from the author, in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

About Nicole Cushing

“The confidence and expertise so blatantly evident in Nicole Cushing’s writing is astonishing.”

– Thomas Ligotti, in reference to Children of No One

“(Children of No One is) an absolutely stunning debut novella that will make you cringe, and most importantly will make you think… If you read one debut this year, this should be the one you read.”

– Famous Monsters of Filmland


Scary books make everything so much better! I've been reading them since I was a wee, weird little thing and grew up with a steady diet of King, Koontz, Barker, and Brite and will read and watch just about anything with a hint of darkness.

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