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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Dreamworlds

•September 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Dreamworlds Graphic Novel

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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.

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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.

and

‘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

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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

Meet HorrorAddicts.net!
Sunday 10:00 – 11:30, SandPebble C (Hyatt Regency SFO)
Meet and chat with the authors who comprise HorrorAddicts.net, 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:
http://www.con-volution.com/2016/convention-details/program/

Friday. October 7 – Sunday, October 9, 2016

 

Art of Zines Exhibit

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ANNO DOMINI Gallery

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 http://www.SouthFirstFridays.com). 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!

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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 horroraddicts.net 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:

https://sumikosaulson.com/

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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Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #16: Nisi Shawl

•September 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Filter House by Nisi Shawl Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion) Nisi Shawl’s Filter House is kind of a wild collection of stories. I found two key observations on this book that serve as bo…

Source: Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #16: Nisi Shawl

Tales from the Lake, Volume 3.

•August 20, 2016 • 3 Comments

My short story “Enclosures” will be included in the new Tales from the Lake, Volume 3. Please check it out. It doesn’t come out til August 26 but you can preorder it here.

Tales from the Lake 3Dive into the deep end of the lake with 19 tales of terror, selected by Monique Snyman.

Tales 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 Cruel” by Harper Hull, lest you want to come to a terrifying end. Travel across the world to see what terrors lurk in an abandoned hospital with “Hush” by Sergio Pereira.

This non-themed horror anthology is filled with suspenseful stories, terrifying thrillers, tragic tales, mystifying mysteries, and memorable adventures that will leave you wanting more. Let these modern urban legends prickle your imagination, share it around a campfire, and revel in the magic of Crystal Lake’s exceptional authors.

The Owl Builder by D. Morgan Ballmer
Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce
Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson Woe
Violent Water by Lily Childs
The Cruel by Harper Hull
Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds
Maybelle by Meredith Cleversey writing as Mere Joyce
Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward
The Deeper I Go The Deeper I Fear by Natalie Carroll
The Pigmalion Pigs by Mark Allan Gunnells
Chemical Oasis by Tommy B. Smith
Hush by Sergio Pereira
The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W. Cain
Effigy by Kate Jonez
Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner
The Bet by Amy Grech
A Hand from the Depths by Dave-Brendon de Burgh
The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent
The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Patrick Bates

Foreword by the editor, Monique Snyman.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing.