TIH 169: Nicole Cushing on Writer’s Block, Depicting Sexual Violence, and Transgressive Fiction

TIH 169 Nicole Cushing on Writer's Block, Depicting Sexual Violence, and Transgressive Fiction

In this podcast Nicole Cushing talks about writer’s block, depicting sexual violence, transgressive fiction, and much more.

About Nicole Cushing

Nicole Cushing is the Bram Stoker Award® winning author of Mr. Suicide. She has also written the Stoker-nominated short story collection The Mirrors and three stand-alone novellas (including her Shirley Jackson Award-nominated book Children of No One). Her latest novella, The Sadist’s Bible, is out now from 01 Publishing.

Show notes

  • [03:05] Interview start/early childhood lessons
  • [07:40] Combating writer’s block
  • [15:20] Setting limits to prevent overworking
  • [19:00] Hobbyist vs serious writer
  • [35:35] Influence of and lessons learnt from Richard Laymon and Jack Ketchum
  • [40:40] Depicting sexual violence: mistakes and common traps
  • [53:10] What is and isn’t transgressive writing
  • [01:09:05] Current impressive authors writing transgressive fiction

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