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About Sumiko Saulson
Sumiko Saulson is a speculative fiction author whose focus is on horror and science-fiction, novelist, poet and writer of short stories and editorials, who writes the column "Writing While Black" for the San Francisco BayView (a National Black Paper) and also writes for Search Magazine. They are a native Californian, who spent their early childhood in Los Angeles, and lived in Hilo and Honolulu, Hawaii in their teen years. They have spent most of their adult life living in the San Francisco Bay Area. An early interest in writing and advanced reading skills eventually led to becoming a staff journalist on their high school paper, the Daily Bugle (McKinley High, Honolulu, HI) one of the nation's only four such daily High School papers at the time. By the time they moved to San Francisco at age 19, they had two self-published books of poetry and was a frequently published poet in local community newspapers and read poetry around town. They were profiled in a San Francisco Chronicle article about up-and-coming poets in the beatnik tradition. Over the years they have written numerous articles for local and community papers, non-profit and corporate newsletters, poetry and lyrics and novels.
Winner of the HWA Scholarship from Hell (2016) BCC Voice "Reframing the Other" contest (2017), Mixy Award (2017), Afrosurrealist Writer Award (2018), HWA Diversity Grant (2020), Ladies of Horror Fiction Grant (2021). Sumiko has an AA in English from Berkeley City College. is the host of the SOMA Leather and LGBT Cultural District's "Erotic Storytelling Hour," and teaches courses at the Speculative Fiction Academy.
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Freely mixing light-hearted horror about zombies and vampires with more serious topics such as homelessness, mental health, racism, death, and polyamory, each poem in this anthology will confront you with the very things society prefers to ignore. Always grounded in speculative fiction, they nonetheless remark upon our real world with a comfortable and revealing familiarity.-------
“The Rat King is a flowing lyrical gem. It opens up the senses in ways you may not have experienced before. The emotions run high throughout this entire collection and shake your soul onto an entirely new level. The poetry here was meant to be felt and not just read. Absolutely loved this.
—Jeff Oliver, Author of ‘Venomous Words’ Volume One & New World Monsters
“Packed with powerful social commentary, pain, and love, Sumiko Saulson highlights the darkness found in every corner of our everyday world with haunting prose and metaphor.”
— Ronald J. Murray, Elgin Award-nominated author of Cries to Kill the Corpse Flower
“In The Rat King, Sumiko Saulson sings the song of the sufferer who has transcended deep hurts through a vibrant estimation of their own beautiful humanity. The poems in the Rat King explore the disfunction, hope, and grace of our collective dark heart and leaves you feeling one lingering emotion at the end: Compassion.”
—Jamal Hodge, Award-winning filmmaker and 2x Rhysling nominated poet
“Sumiko's The Rat King has me in feelings I didn't realize I had. I loved every bit of it.”
- Steven Van Patten author of the critically acclaimed Brookwater’s Curse trilogy
“Saulson isn’t out to just entertain. Their rhymes cut deep and the stories held within them wound. They’re here to worm their way into your skull and tear their way back out through your entrails. And you’ll have a damn fun time while they do it.” -Anton Cancre, This Story Doesn’t End the Way We Want All The Time
“With a title as cunning as its author, The Rat King promises a series of tangled tales with extra bite.” - Moaner T. Lawrence, author of The Great American Nightmare
Complicating matters further, one of these creatures cannot help wanting him -- in every forbidden way.
Will she be able to save him from his fate?
Can she even protect him from herself?
Within me / Without me is a revelatory work, an intimate yet universal discourse on the concepts of self and society. Saulson’s creation will possess you: it will inhabit your skin, surge through your veins, and invade your synapses, each story and poem foreshadowing the ‘pendulum switch’ of acceptance and celebration that our new world demands. With echoes of Octavia Butler, Within me/ Without me sings with verve and vibrancy. A ground-breaking collection.” —Lee Murray, double Bram Stoker Award®-winner and author of Grotesque: Monster Stories.
"Within me/Without me is a collection of refreshing and diverse storylines in poetry and prose. They speak of how to be human in a horrific world, where complicated emotions from divergent cultures and society norms are like oil and water. Saulson's seduction pulls you through a vice-grip of social structures in marginalized conflict, slipping through scarred, but strong, unique, and imperfectly loveable. It satisfies the deep, dark thirst for the personal nature of poems and storytelling." —Rain Graves, two-time Bram Stoker Award®-winning poet and author of Barfodder
“Saulson’s empowering dark speculative collection reveals self-made myth & earth magic through the sweet/bitter memories of life and love.” —Linda D. Addison, award-winning author, HWA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and SFPA Grand Master.
Tisha and her mother get to know Joy's long lost birth family better. The history, inner workings and complexities of the Lunae power structure are more fully explained as one of the elders, Lucia, instructs her daughter Jessica on how to educate the Unawakened Luna Rita.. The various witches of three Luna lines begin to converge and the hidden fourth line is finally revealed. Shocking supernatural and family revelations abound in the wildest episode of the Moon Cried Blood series yet.
Wickedly Abled is a dark speculative fiction anthology challenging well-worn tropes depicting disabled persons in solely villain or victim roles by promoting darker themed works of fantasy, sci-fi and horror by authors with disabilities artists which feature disabled protagonists.
A collection of articles, essays and interviews with and by African American horror writers on black representation in horror, horror diversity, reviews of African American horror films, horror novels, weird fiction, dark fantasy and more.
"This essential collection captures thought-provoking essays (ex. Southern Gothic Horror, Magical Realism & Horror in Toni Morrison Novels, The Inimitable Tony Todd, Black Horror Films of the 30's and 40's, etc.), fascinating reviews, and insightful interviews written by horror authors from African Diaspora. You could search for each piece or buy this exceptional book and have all the remarkable work at your fingertips."
--Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of "How to Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend" and HWA Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Through these pages roam werewolves, serial killers, a handful of ghosts, plenty of zombies, Cthulhu cultists, mad scientists, and a pair of conjoined twins.
In November 2018, fire broke out on Camp Creek Road and raced through Butte County, California. By the time the fire was extinguished, the town of Paradise had been scoured from the map. Nearly 100 people died. Damage ran to an estimated $16 billion. The disaster has been named the Camp Fire, in memory of its place of origin. The horror writers of Northern California rallied to raise money for the survivors.
Tales for the Camp Fire ranges from fairytale to science fiction, from psychological terror to magical realism, from splatterpunk to black humor, all rounded out by a messed-up post-apocalyptic cookbook. All profits from the sale of this anthology will be donated to Camp Fire relief and recovery efforts.
"[A] brilliant collection of truly creepy tales by horror's hottest voices! Dark, funny, heartbreaking, and bizarre. Highly recommended!"
--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of V-Wars and Glimpse
Contributors include: Clark Ashton Smith, Loren Rhoads, Erika Mailman, Ross E. Lockhart, Roh Morgon, Clifford Brooks, Chad Schimke, Sumiko Saulson, Dana Fredsti, Crystal M. Romero, G. O. Clark, Anthony DeRouen, Eric Esser, Nancy Etchemendy, Gerry Griffiths, Sean Patrick Hazlett, Ken Hueler, L.S. Johnson, Ben Monroe, Gene O'Neill, Jeff Seeman, John Claude Smith, John McCallum Swain, and E.M. Markoff. Published by Tomes & Coffee Press.
Work by: Jonathan Fortin, Naching T. Kassa, Daphne Strasert, Jess Landry, Harry Husbands, Sumiko Saulson, Adele Marie Park, Fiend Gottes, JC Martínez, Cat Voleur, Abi Kirk-Thomas, Timothy G. Huguenin, Riley Pierce, and Quentin Norris. With an introduction by Emerian Rich.
Contributing authors: Cosmic Storm by Quinton Veal
The Mysterious State of We-Ness by Sumiko Saulson
Domencia and the Magic Juan (A Fable for Our Times)
by Cranston Burney
The Artwork III by James Goodridge
The Transport by Penelope Flynn
Blind date with Ma’at by William Landis
The Path to Midnight by Laura Elena Cáceres
The Distance from We-Ness to I-Ness (We-ness Part II)
by Sumiko Saulson
The Switch by Valjeanne Jeffers
The Harlem Meers Affair by James Goodridge
The Symbiont Revolution (We-ness Part III)
by Sumiko Saulson