Come See Bones at the Horror Salon!

•October 2, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Excited that I am going to be a guest fiend host at Horror Film Salon at Old Devil Moon 3472 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, United States, California on Wednesday, October 5th. 7:00 pm – 9:00pm on the heated back patio

I will present a film with some context, and then we’d watch it together. The movie is a personal favorite of mine, Bones, a 2001 horror film starring Snoop Dog.

Horror Film Salon is a series of horror films that will be shown at Old Devil Moon throughout October, hosted by Elguyra, Dude of Darkness and Special Fiends such as me. The whole thing is a part of Halloween Town at the Old Devil Moon, fun times going down all October long!

Hayward Public Library’s Halloween Haunting With the HWA!

•September 30, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Hayward Public Library’s Halloween Haunting With the Horror Writers Association of San Francisco!

Visit the Fremont Public Library for More Details Here

Fremont Bank Foundation Room – Large Room Subdivided 1/2 (Room A)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Bay Area members of the Horror Writers Association descend on Hayward! Come listen to horrifying excerpts from their recent and upcoming works, and have a chance to win a hoard of their books! Time permitting, a Q&A session will follow the reading.

This reading is appropriate for adults and older teens.

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2Lani Dunn and Rex Reese

OCT 26 2022 WED

Fremont Bank Foundation Room – Large Room Subdivided 1/2 (Room A)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

5:00pm – 6:30pm

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Program Type: Book Discussion, Special Events

Age Group: Teens , Adults , Seniors

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Bay Area members of the Horror Writers Association descend on Hayward! Come listen to horrifying excerpts from their recent and upcoming works, and have a chance to win a hoard of their books! Time permitting, a Q&A session will follow the reading.

This reading is appropriate for adults and older teens.

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Blackened Roots: An Anthology of the Undead

•September 29, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Help to raise funds for Blackened Roots: An Anthology of the Undead Nontraditional zombie stories from the African diaspora’s Indie A Go Go campaign!

:SPECIAL PERK:: Help #BlackenedRoots reach $500 and get an e-book copy of In The Bloodstream, a #horror anthology edited by award-winning author, @EdenRoyce, published by @mochamemoirs by midnight EST (9/29/2022). Here’s the link to the Indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/blackenedroots/x/10573081#/

Blackened Roots is an anthology of stories written by Black writers from all over the world featuring tales of non-traditional zombies. Think The Girl With All The Gifts, not The Walking Dead.

The anthology is co-edited by Stoker-nominated and award-winning editor and writer Nicole Givens Kurtz at Mocha Memoirs Press, and award-winning producer and editor Tonia Ransom at NIGHTLIGHT. At least three stories from the anthology will air on the NIGHTLIGHT podcast.

Blackened Roots will debut during February 2023, during Black History Month.

Planned Authors for Blackened Roots include:

  • Sheree Renée Thomas: Hugo Nominated Editor, 2001 & 2005 World Fantasy Award Winner, 2021 IGNYTE Finalist
  • Eden Royce: Shirley Jackson Award nominee, Walter Award Honoree, and a Nebula Award Finalist
  • Brandon Massey: Winner, Gold Pen Award for Best Thriller
  • Craig Gidney, Winner, Bronze Moonbeam Medal, Lambda Literary Awards Finalist, Gaylactic Spectrum Finalist
  • Zin E. Rocklyn: Nebula-nominated Best Novella 2021
  • Sumiko Saulson: Amazon Top 1000 Horror Authors, Afrosurrealist Writer Award, HWA President’s Award
  • Moustapha Mbacké Diop: Longlisted for the Nommo Award for Best Novel
  • Steven Van Patten: Winner, African-American Literary Awards Best Science Fiction, Gamma XI Phi, Outstanding Achievements in the Arts
  • L. Marie Wood: Stoker Finalist, Hollywood HorrorFest Winner, Shriekfest Quarterfinalist
  • Milton Davis: British Science Fiction Association Award Nominee, Urban Action Showcase Award 
  • Marc Abbott: African American Literary Award
  • Errick Nunnally: Hugo nominee

Proud to be a part of “In Trouble,” an anthology centering on reproductive rights

•September 27, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Very proud to be a part of “In Trouble” an anthology edited by EF Schraeder and Elaine Schleiffer. 

Terrified, desperate, and rebellious—before 1973, those were routine reactions for anyone trapped and in trouble. Access to reproductive health care has been chipped away for decades until a single decision once again mired a new generation in historic trauma and modern repression. Those reactions are once more routine for us.

The voices of “In Trouble” explore the fantastic and ordinary ways lives are overturned by unplanned or unexpected arrivals. 

Reproductive rights are an issue that impacts everyone, including the transgender community. I am honored that my story, “The Ballad of Faerie Garcia,” was among the narratives accepted into this important anthology. It’s a story about a transgender couple whose plans for the immediate future are interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy. 

While many of the stories in my personal wheelhouse are speculative fiction in the realm of the fantastical: horror, weird fiction, dark fantasy, and science fiction (genres well-represented in this anthology), I decided to keep this story closer to home. Too many people think we’re fictional already, and too few understand that reproductive rights issues directly impact us.

The editors will donate 100% of net proceeds to benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Pre-Order this important anthology here:

https://omniumgatherumedia.com/in-trouble

Of Hope and Horror, an anthology of personal reflections on Mental Health

•September 19, 2022 • Leave a Comment


With the spooky season nearly upon us, this is a quick reminder that the Horror Writers Association’s Wellness Committee put together an incredible anthology of our member’s poems, flash fiction and personal reflections on mental health and horror — Of Horror and Hope — which includes my own poem “Generations of the Imaginarium” — is available for free download from the HWA website, or by clicking on the link to the PDF below. Featuring a beautifully harrowing Greg Chapman cover and a collection of writing to inspire and enlighten, we hope this booklet will offer solace and understanding around this important topic. Members with newsletters, we’d love it if you would share these links with to help spread the word.

For information about the work of the Wellness Committee, our Mental Health Initiative Charter is here. https://horror.org/mental-health-initiative-charter/

Thank you again for your kind support of our initiative.

How to Curate Afrocentric Stories Panel – AfroComicCon

•August 23, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Interview with Eric Muss-Barnes

•August 23, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The Hills Bled Gold is on the Nightlight Podcast

•August 13, 2022 • Leave a Comment

“The Hills Bled Gold,” a short story by Sumiko Saulson (from their Ladies of Horror Award Winning collection Within Me Without Me (DookyZines) has been featured as an audio-cast on the Nightlight Podcast. In the story, which features ghosts, vampires, and arcane witchcraft, a newly free man learns that there’s different kinds of slavery…in this world and the next. The audio story debuted on August 9, 2022 and is available to listen to on the website.

“The Hills Bled Gold” by Sumiko Saulson, Narrated by Devanté Johnson, Audio production by Jen Zink. Executive Producer and Host: Tonia Ransom.  A transcript is available on the NIGHTLIGHT website.

https://pod.link/nightlight/episode/c4c6eba3aedd72b5c172651664bcdddd

The Horror Zine Fall 2022 print magazine is now out!

•August 13, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Guess what? The 13th-anniversary issue of The Horror Zine – the Fall 2022 print magazine is now available in both paperback and kindle! It’s the one that has my artwork in it. You can pick it up here:

My Panels at WorldCon in Chicago

•August 12, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Disability in Creativity: Making Art Within Specific Needs

Location: (in person) Roosevelt 3

Date and time: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT  https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Ariela Housman (m) she/her
Misty-Dawn Amayi she/her
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki he/him
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: It’s becoming more common for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses to work from home, providing creative services. In these cases, there are a lot of difficulties that can present when contending with an ableist landscape. Shipping products with limited mobility, managing workloads with limited energy, negotiating prices through social struggles, and providing results in spite of executive function barriers, just to highlight a few. Our panelists will explore the various problems and possible solutions.

Taking care of your diverse attendees

Location: (in person) Crystal Ballroom A

Date and Time: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Mary Robinette Kowal (m) she/her
Jaime Garmendia he/him
Kris “Nchanter” Snyder they/them
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: Beyond the lip service of be nice to everyone, there are real steps that conrunners can take to foster more inclusive conventions. The wording of codes of conduct (and how violations are reported and handled), creating safer spaces, and making sure not only to invite people from historically marginalized groups, but also exclude those who are unwelcoming to people from those populations. These panelists will lay out the basics, give some practical tips and resources for how to actually implement strategies, and will field questions from the audience

LGBTQIA+ Elder Meetup

Location: (virtual) Airmeet Table Talks

Date and Time: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Catherine Lundoff (m) she/her
Heather Rose Jones she/her
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: Join other older members of the LGBTQIA+ from around the world in this virtual meetup. This meetup is geared towards members age 50-ish and up. (Allies are asked not to attend.)

Queer Eye for Sci-Fi

Location: (in-person) Atlanta

Date and Time: Friday, September 2, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT  https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Elizabeth Bear (m) she/they
Blue Neustifter she/her
Catherine Lundoff she/her
Elijah Kinch Spector he/him
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: There is a long and complex history of queerness in fiction, from queer-coded villains in pulp novels to the more diverse spectrum of characterization in the last decade or so. Join panelists as they discuss the recent state of genre queerness, like Marvel’s long-overdue queer superheros, the Nebula-Award winning This is How You Lose the Time War, and P. Djèlí Clark’s marvelously queer protagonist in 2021’s Master of Djinn.

March of Time

Location: (virtual) Airmeet 3

Date and Time: Friday, September 2, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT  https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Wendy Van Camp (m) she/her
James L. Cambias
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir
Terri Favro she/her
William S. Higgins he/him

Description: Some things sound futuristic and impressive when they are created, only to be outstripped quickly by actual events. The Enterprise D in Star Trek: The Next Generation had a computer with a terabyte of storage. That sounded very impressive when storage was measured in megabytes, but servers today, hundreds of years before TNG is set, have terabytes of RAM and far more storage. How do we avoid being outdated so quickly without seeming implausible to contemporary audiences? Is it even possible?

Sycorax’s Daughters and Other Witchy Works

Location: (virtual), Airmeet 2

Date and Time: Friday, September 2, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Freya Marske (m) she/her
Kate Heartfield she/her
Magenta Griffith they/them
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: Linda D. Addison, Kinitra Brooks, and Susana Moore co-edited the groundbreaking anthology of Black horror collection whose title was inspired by the little known witch mother of Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. But Sycorax is one of a long line of magical women said to be witches. This panel is a chance to rave about our favorite witch novels, stories, and books and will explore witches in speculative fiction. We’ll also discuss the ways in which women’s magic is depicted has evolved over time.

The Horror Blacklist

Location; (virtual) Airmeet 3

Time and Location: Saturday, September 3, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT (virtual) https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Sumiko Saulson (m) they/them or ze/hir
Alex Jennings he/him
Penelope Flynn she/her
teri.zin they/she

Description: Get OutHis House,MaCandymanLovecraft CountryThe Black List Anthology, and Them—Black protagonists are having a Renaissance in horror films and anthologies. What’s new in these films (i.e., Black folks as heroes/agents and not only victims), what does this say about societal changes (or not), and what are the best stories being told that reflect Black experience?

Equity vs. Equality in Science Fiction

Location: (in-person) Randolph 2

Time and Date: September 3, 2022, 4:00 PM https://chicon.org/

Participants: Sumiko Saulson (m) they/them or ze/hir
Elsa Sjunneson she/her
Erin Roberts she/her
Phoebe Wagner she/her
Tommy Kucera he/him
Description: Optimistic science fiction often depicts societies that have achieved equality—all people are “treated the same”—but this is very different from the more complicated and meaningful feat of achieving equity—making sure that all people have the resources and opportunities they need. We’ll talk about the difference between those two terms, with examples of science fiction that engages these issues to tackle unconscious biases and issues of structural injustice in society.

From Fandom Writer to Trade Publishing Author

Location: (virtual) Airmeet 2

Time and Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022, 8:30 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Freya Marske (m) she/her
Amanda Cherry she/her
barbara s barnett she/her
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: There are examples of fanfic writers eventually moving on to publishing content that isn’t directly tied to known intellectual property. How does a writer make that transition, and why? With recent advancements in self-publishing, is a traditional book deal appealing for somebody who has already developed their own following in fandom? Publishing professionals, fan writers, and editors explore the path from fanfic to trade publishing.

The Problem with the “Magical Negro”

Location: (virtual) Airmeet 2

Time and Date: Sunday, September 4, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Sumiko Saulson (m) they/them or ze/hir
Alex Jennings he/him
LaShawn M. Wanak she/her
teri.zin they/she

Description: While the “magical negro” concept is not new, critic Scott Woods recently put Stephen King’s use of the trope into perspective, exploring how authors can consider themselves progressive while still using racist tropes (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7djRGSqwUyg). But King is not alone among authors who misunderstand how to portray Black characters. Using Woods’ lecture as a jumping-off point, we explore: Why does this trope persist? What to do with problematic works? How to recognize and call out its more subtle expressions?