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Transgressive and controversial. Nicole Cushing asks her readers, "How well do you know the people you chat with on a social network?"
Transgressive and controversial. Nicole Cushing asks her readers, "How well do you know the people you chat with on a social network?"
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What is Heaven? What is Hell?

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 a 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. 

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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.

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 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.

Cushing delivers a knockout punch that’ll leave you reeling and that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last word. –This Is Horror 

 The Sadist's Bible is an incredible piece of work. Cosmic. Transgressive. Suspenseful… There needs to be more books written like this. The kind that beg for a reread and a book club. - Mark Matthews, Author of Milk-Blood 

 The style builds from a dull hum of curiosity to a scream that evokes Barker’s Cenobites and Dante’s Inferno in equal measure –Terror Realm 

 Once you start reading the book it's almost impossible to put down. It really is a roller coaster ride into the mind of a very talented writer of dark fiction.Beavis the Bookhead 

 …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. –Bark’s Book Nonsense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional copy of the book - $7
Bumper Sticker - $5
Book mark - $5

STRETCH GOALS!
$4,000 -  Bonus illustration in everybody's book!
$5,000 -  Spot UV Coating on everybody's book!
$6,000 -  Bonus illustration in everybody's book!
$7,500 -  Bonus illustration in everybody's book!$10,000 - Hardcover edition for everybody!

 

Risks and challenges

The book is complete. All that is left is to send it to the printers. Once it is sent off, the only foreseeable problems would be any delays from the printer, in shipping the books from the press, or if they are held up in customs.

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    Official Member of Cushing's Choir

    Lend your voice (and a five spot) to Cushing's Choir!

    This tier grants you a digital copy of The Sadist's Bible in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats. You'll also receive an official Cushing's Choir membership certificate! Available for download within two weeks after the successful funding of this kickstarter.

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    Spanking Deacon

    This is it! Your very own physical copy of The Sadist's Bible. Comes with digital copies (in all three ebook formats) and a certificate which attests to your ordination as a Spanking Deacon! Sure, you're not a full-fledged priest yet--but it's still pretty sweet.

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    (Book)Mark of the Sinner

    Have you ever heard of that wacky 16th century crowdfunding idea "selling indulgences"? That's the one where someone from the church would offer to reduce your sentence in purgatory (or even grant you outright salvation) if you made the right donation. It was a funding stream for the Crusades, the cathedrals, and--who knows--maybe some really decadent orgies, too.

    We think indulgences are ready for a comeback.So, donate $15 and we'll send you a certificate good for the erasure of one minor sin. Guilty of taking too many selfies (The Sin of Pride)? You're covered. Guilty of eating the entire package of Oreos? (The Sin of Gluttony)? You're covered. Disclaimer: NOT good for the erasure of guilt for actual crimes. Even we have standards.

    Comes with your physical and digital copies of The Sadist's Bible and a bookmark depicting one of His chosen broken angels.

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    Naughty Televangelist

    What's that in the collection plate? A twenty?! Donate at this level and we'll ordain you as a Naughty Televangelist.

    Rewards include your very own physical copy of The Sadist's Bible, digital copies in all three ebook formats, a special book plate signed and numbered by author Nicole Cushing, a Sadist's Bible bookmark, and your official Naughty Televangelist Get Out of Scandal Free Card. (Perfect for evading the judgement of your congregation after getting caught buying meth from a hooker.)

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    BE HEALED!! Elite Pack

    Donate at this level and you'll surely feel the love of the Savior in you.

    You'll get an actual, physical copy of the creepy "God Wants Us Broken" religious tract which appears in the book (along with a Sadist's Bible "God Wants Us Broken" bumper sticker to show your devotion to the masses).

    You'll also receive your own personal Faith Healer License (useful if you ever want to embark on the lucrative revival meeting circuit), a Sadist's Bible bookmark, your physical copy of The Sadist's Bible with a bookplate signed and numbered by author Nicole Cushing, an 8.5x11 art print, and digital copies of the novella in .ePub, .Mobi, and .pdf formats.

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    • The Sadist's Bible in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats.
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    A Message from Heaven

    The Almighty has a special message just for you. With this incentive, Nicole will bestow upon you a custom bookplate with a message just for you and you alone.

    Comes with the Faith Healer Pack

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    • Signed, Personalized Bookplate
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    Biblical Scolar

    Toss $85 into the collection plate and we'll declare you a Biblical Scholar!

    It's not enough to read the text, you have to know its origins and all its hidden secrets. Pledging to this level makes you one of the lucky few to receive an original page of Nicole's manuscript, complete with her own handwritten corrections and comments that reveal her writing process. (And occasionally, what she was supposed to get at the grocery store that day.) Each manuscript page will arrive signed in the lower right hand corner to demonstrate its authenticity.

    You'll also receive the special Kickstarter Exclusive alternate cover version of The Sadist's Bible with a personalized bookplate signed by Nicole Cushing, digital copies of the book, a membership card to the Library of Sadistic Biblical Studies. and everything else in the Elite Pack.

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    • Original page of the Sadist's Bible Manuscript (signed by Nicole)
    • Special Kickstarter Exclusive Physical Copy of The Sadist's Bible
    • Membership Card to the Library of Sadistic Biblical Studies
    • Personalized signed bookplate
    • The Sadist's Bible in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats.
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    Megachurch Mogul

    Toss $100 into the collection plate and we'll declare you a Megachurch Mogul!

    At this tier, you'll receive a special Kickstarter-exclusive (alternate cover) physical copy of The Sadist's Bible. You'll also receive a personalized bookplate written and signed by Nicole Cushing, digital copies of the book, and a membership card to the Megachurch Mogul Country Club. Let your congregation dine on cat food while you feast on caviar at the M.M.C.C.! Also includes other items from the Elite Pack (as listed below).

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    Demonic Angel

    Donate $250 and you'll earn your wings as a Demonic Angel!

    At this tier, you'll receive free admission to an online (Google Hangout) class on goal setting for writers, taught by Nicole Cushing herself. This class will include several specific written exercises to assess yourself, the publishing world, and where the two can best fit together. We'll also be sending along a Divine Proclamation attesting to your induction into the Order of Demonic Angels, the Kickstarter-exclusive (alternate cover) physical copy of the book with a personalized signed bookplate, and the digital copies in all formats. Also includes other items from the Elite Pack (as listed below).

    Includes:
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    • Divine Proclamation of Membership in the Order of Demonic Angels
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