Submissions Call: Clockwork Wonderland

•October 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Clockwork Wonderland

A Horror Anthology

This is an Alice in Wonderland, clockwork, Horror anthology.


Following the rabbit down the hole is the easy part. Battling time is what will kill you. Whether you’re trying to get back home or struggling to survive in Wonderland, your stories MUST be horrifying.

“You act as if time is on your side. He isn’t. He’s always on his own side.”

At the most basic, your story must have a clock involved. Clockpunk, clock engineering, and steampunk with clock elements is encouraged as well as the thought of time as an entity. Be creative, turn Wonderland on its ear. Twist it, tweak it, punk it.

Your story may star or co-star any of the characters in the original text by Lewis Carroll, as well as characters of your own creation. Feel free to “punk” any of the characters to fit your vision…

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•October 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #17: Octavia Butler

•September 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Another review of a book from the 60 Black Women in Horror series by Bryan Onion

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octavia-butlerFledgling by Octavia Butler

Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion)

Aside from Toni Morrison, this is the only author on this list who I was already familiar with before taking them on as a horror author. I’ve read a lot of Octavia Butler’s work already—all except for the Patternmaster series and Imago. I thought I might cover one of these already-read novels, but decided to wait before covering her until I read her most relevant-to-horror novel, Fledgling.

Full disclosure, I adore Octavia Butler. Her fiction is fantastic for so many goddamn reasons. Fledgling, while certain different in terms of scope and tone, nevertheless stands on its own two feet among Butler’s bibliography.

Some context: Fledgling was written for fun. While suffering writer’s block working on the third Parable novel, Butler started reading a lot of vampire fiction. Thinking she could add her own touch to the…

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•September 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Dreamworlds Graphic Novel

dreamworlds color cover

After a breakups and a series of bad starts, author Sumiko Saulson is trying to heal. So is Flynn Keahi, one of her fictional characters. Her life changes completely when Flynn abandons the paranormal romance she’s cast him in, and demands that they both go to group therapy to fix their dysfunctional relationships. Once the two become intimately involved, Sumiko raises concerns their relationship it isn’t healthy. Flynn grows increasingly touchy about her assertion that he isn’t real. This is complicated further when Sumiko is flooded with requests from other imaginary personalities demanding to join in the conversation.

The dark fantasy/horror comic “Dreamworlds” is a spin-off of the dark fantasy/horror novel series “Somnalia”… in “Dreamworlds,” Flynn Keahi, the hero of “Happiness and Other Diseases” and the rest of the Somnalia series, approaches it’s author Sumiko Saulson in the wake of a failed long term relationship. He begins expressing concerns about the dynamic of his own relationship with Charlotte Metaxas, his love interest in Somnalia. Sumiko is more than a little impatient with him, because in order to communicate with her, he’s possessing her body.



Dreamworlds is a 60 page, black and white comic book, color cover (back and front covers featured above) with forward and back material written in character by Flynn and Sumiko, and include the award-winning essay “Character Flaws,” which took third place in the Carry the Light award for best blog post in 2016.

Pick up Dreamwords for only $7!


Upcoming Events for Sumiko Saulson

•September 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Sunday. September 25, 2016

serena-dark-entry-sept-25-2Serena Toxicat’s Multi-Poetry Book Launch

The Dark Entry

2589 Telegraph Ave,

Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Come celebrate a multi-poetry book launch at Berkeley’s Dark Entry—2589 Telegraph ave—with Serena Toxicat on Sunday Sept. 25 from 1pm-6pm. She will be reading in front of the store. The books are all short, which is why they’re being launched simultaneously.
There’s ‘Consciousness Is a Catfish—stealthily grim, subtly spiritual poems’ about things current and things eternal: love, the cosmos, poverty and eviction, the fight for a free Tibet, dreams, nightmares and the surreal… Can we catch the catfish? No one knows the nature of consciousness…yet.


‘You Send Forth Constellations: Thirteen Timed Writing Exercises’
“What kind of writing experiment addresses the earth, the cosmos and the human condition? What manner of poetry employs rigorous timing, bibliomancy and divination? What rouses ghosts in a warehouse full of goth authors? Read one writer’s collection of literary curiosities and find out.”

‘Paper Wings’ is included in the festivities because it features new artwork.

Sumiko Saulson and deTraci Regula are scheduled to read from their works, and Baron Rubenbauer will be on the scene doing sound and playing guitar.

Stay tuned! There may be wine and cupcakes.

If it’s hot you may want to bring a parasol.

Please park at least a block away from the venue so the people who want to shop can access the store more easily.

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2016


Con-Volution 2016: The Age of Monsters

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

1333 Old Bayshore Hwy

Burlingame, CA 94010, USA

My Schedule at Convolution:

Monsters In the Mirror
Friday 21:00 – 22:30, SandPebble C (Hyatt Regency SFO)
Reflecting societal fears in genre fiction and media, and why it’s important to us.
Emerian Rich, Robyn Bennis, Margaret McGaffey Fisk (M), Sumiko Saulson, Setsu

Love is Love: Embracing our Diversity and Equality
Saturday 17:00 – 18:30, SandPebble C (Hyatt Regency SFO)
Discussion in the round, with a moderator, on ways in which our geeky, fannish culture con continue to move towards being better about inclusion and respect.
Shodan, Lance Moore (M), Gregg Castro t’rowt’raahl Salinan/rumsien Ohlone, Sumiko Saulson, Nita

Fear of The Other
Saturday 20:00 – 21:30, SandPebble B (Hyatt Regency SFO)
Horror from previous generations draws much of its power from the fear of the Other. In some cases the other is an unknowable being, a cosmic terror, but just as often it’s not, referencing instead more mundane distinctions between us and them. How problematic is the use of the Other to engender fear? Has fear of the Other led to some of the challenges genre faces today relative to inclusiveness and equality?
Lillian Csernica, Juliette Wade (M), Garrett Calcaterra, Gregg Castro t’rowt’raahl Salinan/rumsien Ohlone, Sumiko Saulson

Sunday 10:00 – 11:30, SandPebble C (Hyatt Regency SFO)
Meet and chat with the authors who comprise, and find out more about their monster favorites!
Emerian Rich (M), J. Malcolm Stewart, Loren Rhoads, Laurel Anne Hill, Sumiko Saulson

How Far is Too Far? Introducing Change to Established Characters
Sunday 12:00 – 13:30, Parlor 2021 (Hyatt Regency SFO)
Just three words: Captain. America. Hydra. When does an evolving, long-time character get driven too far off it’s original basis, and is that a good thing, or ultimately bad, no matter what?
Ric Bretschneider (M), Julie Soskins, Sumiko Saulson, Chad Peterman

Here is the link to the overall schedule:

Friday. October 7 – Sunday, October 9, 2016


Art of Zines Exhibit



366 S 1st St,

San Jose, CA 95113, USA

I will have several zines included in the “Art of Zines” exhibit at
Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design in San Jose during South FIRST FRIDAYS Artwalk (OCT 7th, 2016 from 7–11pm for more information visit In addition to being part of the monthly art walk, this exhibit is also timed for the Alternative Press Expo that will be taking place a block away at the convention center (Oct. 8th & 9th) with panel talks at the gallery, so it’ll be a great crowd!

The zines I have included are Dreamworlds (the 30 page limited edition prerelease version), Living A Lie (written by Carolyn Saulson / illustrated by me), Pens, Swords, Beaus & Arrows, Little Book of Big Dreams, and Dooky.

Support Nalo Hopkinson on Patreon!

•September 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Please support Nalo Hopkinson’s Patreon campaign if you can.

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One of my ongoing projects on this site, as you probably well know if you follow me, is Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing list. It’s been a really fun experience, and I’m not even 1/3rd of the way through it. It’s connected me with authors (Crystal Connor, for instance, even sent me signed copies of two of her books) and brought a wide array of possibilities for SFF/horror to my attention. In reading marginalized authors like Tananarive Due, Nisi Shawl and L.A. Banks, you see how much can be brought to your experience of the genres if you only follow the similar but over-saturated works of Stephen King, Golden Age sci-fi authors and Jim Butcher.

Anyway, one of these authors is Nalo Hopkinson. I’ve enjoyed most of the books in this reading project, but Hopkinson is honestly kind of astonishing. Her work melds horror, dystopia, space opera…

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Press Release: Crystal Lake Publishing Presents: Tales From The Lake Volume 3

•September 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

So excited about this!

Crystal Lake Publishing has just released Tales From The Lake Volume 3 and includes a story from Sumiko Saulson. Sumiko was the featured author on episode 109 of the podcast, she has also written various articles for the horror addicts blog and has an article in The Horror Addicts Guide To Life. Sumiko Saulson’s story is called Enclosures and you can find out more about her here:

The TALES FROM THE LAKE legend continues with volume 3 in this popular series.

Dive into the deep end of the lake with 19 tales of terror, selected by Monique Snyman.

31437640Tales from the Lake Vol. 3 features ghosts, monsters, assassins, alternate dimensions, creatures from the deepest depths and the darkest parts of the universe.

Join “Maybelle” by Mere Joyce in a world where books become real enough to cause both pleasure and pain. Avoid the sounds of “The…

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