Flash Fiction Friday: Sumiko Saulson

•August 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sumiko Saulson:

HorrorAddicts shared my gruesome tail of sex, blood, and beg bugs for Flash Fiction Friday, go check it out!

Originally posted on horroraddicts.net:


By Sumiko Saulson

The hotel was seedy, but at least it was poorly lit. That didn’t sound like much of a perk, but helped obscure the water stains on the walls and the roaches in the corners.  Best of all, it had free wifi. Sure, it was slower than molasses. It was provided courtesy of one five IP address wireless router rented from the cable company. The management knocked on your door and complained if you stayed on it more than an hour.  But it was wifi.

Dennis used it to go troll the dating sites looking for a hook-up. That’s how he met Courtney, single white female, twenty two years old, brown hair, brown eyes. She was a cute girl, kind of chubby, but interested in casual. Casual was good. Very good.

She was in a white hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans when she came to the door…

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“60 Black Women in Horror” up for Howie Award

•August 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

IndieReconNominee“60 Black Women in Horror” is in second place for IndieReCon‘s Howie award, in the Best Non Fiction category for 2014


“60 Black Women in Horror” is a collection of bios and interviews, articles and short stories designed to bring attention to black women who write horror: both women and black horror writers are unrepresented in the genre.  It was something I put together in February for Women in Horror and Black History month. I think its an important work, and if you feel the same way, please vote for it. If you would like to read it, you can get the eBook free on Goodreads.and Smashwords. The paperback is only $5.50 on Createspace.

February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in Horror Month (WiHM). In 2013, as an Ambassador for Women in Horror Month. This list of black women who write horror. It was compiled by Sumiko Saulson at the intersection of the two. The booklet also includes interviews with nine of the women. The electronic (eBook) edition contains the following bonus materials: four short stories, and an essay, not found in the paperback.


60 Black Women in Horror60 Black Women in Horror (List)

Interviews with Linda Addison, Darlene Black, Valjeanne Jeffers, Jemiah Jefferson, Briana Lawrence, Nnedi Okorafor, A.L. Peck, Eden Royce and Sumiko Saulson

David Watson article: On L.A. Banks and Octavia Butler

There is an associated print edition that does not include the following bonus materials found in the eBook:

Short Story: Amber’s New Friend by Crystal Connor
Short Story: The Last by Sumiko Saulson
Short Story: Rhythm by Eden Royce
Short Story The Funeral by Annie J Penn

Also Nominated

Valjeanne Jeffers – Best Adult Author of 2014

Greg Wilkey – Best YA Author of 2014

Emmy Z Madrigal – Best Fictional Boyfriend (Romance)

Sumiko Saulson – Best Book Cover 


Interview with Nuzo Onoh, author of “The Reluctant Dead”

•July 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Author

Nuzo Onoh

Nuzo Onoh

Nuzo Cambridge Onoh is a British writer of African heritage. Born in Enugu, in the Eastern part of Nigeria (formerly known as The Republic Biafra), she lived through the civil war between Biafra and Nigeria (1967 – 1970), an experience that left a strong impact on her and continues to influence her writing to date. She attended Queen’s school, Enugu, Nigeria, before proceeding to the Quaker boarding school, The Mount School, York, (England) and finally, St Andrew’s Tutorial college, Cambridge, (England) from where she obtained her A’ levels. Nuzo holds both a Law degree and a Masters Degree in Writing from Warwick University, (England). A keen piano player, Nuzo also has an NVQ in Digital Music Production from City College, Coventry. She sometimes writes under the pseudonym, Alex Stranger-Onoh. She has two daughters, Candice and Jija and lives in Coventry, England. When not writing or haunting the Coventry War Memorial Park, Nuzo runs her own independent self-publishing house, Canaan-star Publishing, UK and is a regular guest on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio. Nuzo is a strong believer in re-incarnation and The Law of Attraction.

The Book

Covers.inddIn writing The Reluctant Dead, Nuzo pulled from her childhood experiences, growing up amidst the death and carnage that was the Biafran/Nigerian civil war, where the boundaries of life and death merged into a blurred line for her. She lost several family members in the war and her family house in Old Biafra is littered with the graves of her dead ancestors as well as the more recent graves of her sister, brother, niece, father, uncle, and grandmother. In fact, the stone-brick family house perched above the notorious Milliken’s Hill, Ngwo, Enugu State, is believed to be a haunted mansion. So, death and the afterlife have always played a big part in Nuzo’s life, hence her fascination with ghost stories and the mysteries of reincarnation. She hopes to bring the rich and unique culture of the Igbo race to a wider audience, using the medium of horror and mystery. Lovers of the Japanese Kaidan Horror tradition will love The Reluctant Dead, which adopts the same thematic approach as Japanese horror.

Her next book, Our Bones Shall Rise Again will be published in April 2015.

The Interview

Q. Women, and especially black women in horror have been unrepresented. Do you think that’s beginning to change?

A. Definitely!! Anyone that reads the book, 60 Black Women in Horror Writing will realise how far Black women have come in that hitherto, White male-dominated world. However, as the book shows, there are few non African-American women writers and writers like Akua Lezli Hopes and Nnedi Okorafor who are of African descent write more on Fantasy than pure African horror with our mish-mash of cultures, superstitions and dark practices. I’m hoping to see more Black British and African female writers in future.

Q. What is African Horror, and how does it differ from the mainstream horror genre?

A. African Horror is a cesspool of terrifying supernatural entities and superstitions, which very few cultures can rival in their sheer volume and malevolence. Africa is a culture that accepts the supernatural as a normal part of everyday living. So for instance, here in the West, if a person dies, there can be only two main causes of death, natural causes or unnatural /unexplained causes, usually murder or manslaughter. But rarely are the deaths attributed to supernatural causes unless one lives in the era of the Blair witch trial or Bram Stoker’s Transylvania. But in African culture, in particular the Igbo culture about which I write, no death is simply natural unless it is an old person who has fulfilled all social and cultural obligations of marriage, children, productivity and a high moral compass. Otherwise, every death is viewed as suspicious, an act of the ancestors, gods, bad karma, ghosts, witchcraft, night-flyers, mamiwater, juju and a host of other supernatural causes. The type of death will generally determine the type of ghost that manifests, the level of malevolence exhibited and the degree of intervention required by powerful witchdoctors or Pentecostal prayer warriors. So, one can see that African ghosts always have some unfathomable agenda and that’s what I think makes the horror more unsettling and chilling than mainstream horror.

Q. What can you tell us about your recently released horror anthology, The Reluctant Dead? How does it fit into the African Horror genre?

A. The Reluctant Dead is a collection of six ghost stories, set in Old Biafra, part of modern day Nigeria. The stories depict core Igbo traditions, superstitions, practices and beliefs within the supernatural context. Most of the stories are themed around revenge and unfinished business, since unlike Western ghosts, African ghosts never just manifest for the sole purpose of scaring the wits out of lily-livered humans. They always have an agenda, good or bad and the six stories in my book explores Igbo myths and superstitions amidst hauntings, possessions and manifestations. I hope to create a narrative that is unsettling enough to satisfy horror fans and show that true horror does indeed transcend all cultural barriers.

Q. What are the underlying themes that join together the six stories in the book?

A. Restless spirits and hauntings, revenge, unfinished business and Igbo superstitions and beliefs within a supernatural context.

Q. You lived through the Biafran/Nigerian civil war. How did the experience impact you as a writer?

A. As some people may recall since it happened a long while ago, the Igbo race fought a bitter civil war with Nigeria commonly known as the Biafran War. It lasted for 3 years and saw over one million Biafrans killed, including several members of my extended family. I witnessed first-hand the horrors of death, sickness, abuse and violence and can say unequivocally that the war moulded my perception of life, death and the afterlife. While other children went to bed on innocent bedtime stories, we Biafran kids slept on moonlight stories of ghosts, witches and a host of other evil supernatural entities, made more believable to us by our daily interaction with violence and death. When you’ve carefully stepped over a few bloated, fly-infested putrid corpses on your way to the local stream, you learn to prepare yourself for the nightmares that will invade your dream at dusk. Yet, there was a perverse kind of comfort in those terrifying ghost stories, as they made the inexplicable normal and reassured us that if for some reason we became one of the bloated corpse by the wayside, all was not lost and we could still exist within our families as ghosts or with our loving ancestors in another realm. So, by the time, the war ended, I was already hooked on ghost stories and everything horror. A lot of my stories are from dreams I have which I then build upon. Others might call them nightmares, but to me, my dreams are part of my general make-up and I actively look forward to them as a vital source of writing material.

Q. How did your childhood experiences and the civil war influence your stories in The Reluctant Dead? What stories do they play a part in?

A. As I said, the Biafran war left me with vivid dreams that persist to date. While Haley Joel Osment sees dead people in The Sixth Sense, I dream of dead people almost every night…unfailingly. One of my stories, Night Flyer, is straight out of one of my dreams, with a bit more added to build the narrative. The tension between the Moslem North in Nigeria and the Igbo race till date, is integral to another one of my stories, Hadiza, even though it is still a story of revenge and unfinished business, where a scorned wife returns to wreak havoc on her faithless husband and mistress. Mention is also made to the war in A Good Student, set in the immediate aftermath of the Biafran war.

 Q. Is there anything you would like our readers to know that we haven’t already covered?

A. Except to look out for my next book due out next year, with the working title, Our Bones Shall Rise Again. In the book, I narrate an African ending to the famous Igbo Landing tragedy of 1803 at St Simon’s Island, Georgia, USA, where a group of enslaved Igbos opted for mass suicide by drowning together in their chains rather than be taken into slavery. Their ghosts are said to still haunt the beaches till date. I am setting them free in my next book and returning their restless spirits back to Igbo-land, giving them their long-sought revenge in the process. In the meantime, The Reluctant Dead is available as both paperback and ebook on Amazon and can be ordered from most good book retailers. Reviews on Amazon will be highly appreciated. Thank you so much for this opportunity to showcase African Horror.

 Where To Find Nuzo Online

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NuzoOnoh


Marketing 101: How NOT to Promote Your Novel

•July 23, 2014 • 1 Comment

Sumiko Saulson:

Things that every self-promoting writer – myself included – will do well to remember.

Originally posted on Lit Chic:

So, you’ve completed your first novel. Now what? Publish it, duh. Did you really spend three years and countless hours creating this thing just to keep it to yourself. No. You want to share it and hopefully make a little money as well.

So, how do you promote a new novel? Do you spam your followers on social media? Pay for expensive ads? Write the title of your novel in the sky?

Not unless you want to turn off readers. Of course you don’t.

Here is a list of things NOT to do when promoting your book:

1. Tweet ads and links to your novel incessantly (on the hour every hour). Author platforms are for building communities and for sharing content, not for spamming.

2. Redirect every conversation (on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, ect.) to your novel. Interaction with other bloggers and writers should be genuine, otherwise you will lose credibility…

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Cheap Reads

•July 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sumiko Saulson:

So many tales of the dead, and so little time…

Originally posted on horroraddicts.net:

22436002The first book I want to talk about is a little different. Dead Aware by Terry M. West is a horror story told in screenplay format. This book is about a private investigator that can talk to the dead. He sees what awaits in the afterlife and it’s not pretty, you could say its driving him insane.

The P.I. named Dunlavey was messing with occult magic he didn’t understand and now his third eye is open and can’t be closed. In special cases the police use him to solve crimes and now a killer is exterminating victims and stuffing them with straw. Dunlavey may be the only one that can stop him.  The killer also has his sights set on Dunlavey and has his own powers that may end Dunlavey’s nightmarish existence and bring death to everyone he loves.

This was a chilling book with great imagery and would work…

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Deadlier Than The Male…Female Horror Icons Of Our Time

•July 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on horroraddicts.net:



PITT-obit-popupThe time? July, 2014. The place? Dublin, Ireland. The brief? Write a short- well, shortish- piece on female horror icons. Mission? Impossible. I can’t do it, I thought in a panic. In the whole history of cinema, there are too many to choose from. There would have been female horror icons as far back as the silent movie era, wouldn’t there? How can I narrow it down to just a few actresses whose contribution to horror cinema sets them apart from their peers and guarantees them a place for life in the horror hall of fame? It’s just not do-able. I tore my hair out and blubbered like a baby.

Pull yourself together, woman, I told myself then. I gave myself a mental shake and a severe talking-to, put on a pot of coffee and…

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Support Indie Authors – Get Free Stuff

•July 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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