Please support our Kickstarter for Wickedly Abled

16.5% Funded After Just 2 Days!

Incredible Start! 16% funded in less than two days! But remember, with Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing. Please help us meet our goal of $1000 before the 20 days are over.

The Kickstarter Link Is Here Please Click To Support Wickedly Abled!

Why Wickedly Abled?


Tired of future worlds so-called utopias where disabled people have been erased by eugenic scientists? Dreaming of science-fiction that properly labels such depictions as dystopias for those of us who are physically and neurologically atypical? Are you sick of horror stories where mutation, mental illness, and deformity are signs of inherent evil? Are you interested in dissecting the way in which old tropes about disability informed the oldest of fairy tales and camp side stories? Do you want to demystify disabilities that have been considered by the able- bodied as signs of some sort of curse? Challenge the abliest and saneist realms which have plagued world-building in fantasy, horror, science-fiction and fairy tale mythologies since the dawn of mankind?

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.

Wickedly Abled is the brainchild of Sumiko Saulson, the editor of and mind behind the best-selling horror anthology Black Magic Women, a showcase of eighteen different black female horror writers from the African Diaspora on Mocha Memoirs Press. The gorgeous cover artwork is by Lillian Rose Asterios.

We Have Come Too Far To Stop

Thank you all so much! Thanks to the kind people who pledged a little money to get advanced release PDFs, discounted or advance release eBooks and paperbacks and hardcovers, and signed author copies, we have $165 pledged of $1,000 goal by 9 backers with 20 days to go! 16.5% Funded After Just 2 Days! But Kickstarter is an all or nothing thing. We need to get $41.50 per day over the next 20 days to make this thing happen!

That’s one hardcover reward level pledge per day, or 3 paperbacks a day, or 21 eBooks. What will happens if we get all our pledges?Then the authors will get $25 instead of $10. That’s a lot for some of the authors because some are on social security.  Right now a few authors are tossing their $10 back into the kitty – they shouldn’t have to. 

If we get all of the pledge money, the editor & publisher can be in the position to try this again next year, as we have already gotten a half a dozen inquiries about similar project moving forward. We will be able to afford local and national promotion for the book. We will be able to actually pay proofreaders and editors and graphic artists something.This will be Sumiko’s third independently published anthology.

The first one, Scry of Lust, an anthology of kinky writing by and for kinky people, raised about $100 for a local AIDSWalk group Team #5105 SFGoth. It was put together with students from her kinky writing group, and she used it as a way to learn how to work with other authors and run a small press publishing style operation where the writers get individual royalties through Smashwords (for Kobo, iTune, Nook and Kindle through the iStore, Kobo and Barnes and Noble) and offers print books at or near cost (at cost plus a small handling fee and where applicable additional shipping costs) but the publisher collects the print and hardcover royalties and Amazon eBook royalties and uses them for marketing. For this first book, all profit went to SFGoth AIDSWalk and the publisher and funders covered many marketing and other costs.

Her second collection of writing by other authors handled as an independent publication, Black Celebration: Amazing Articles on African American Horror was composed of reprinted blog articles by African American Horror Authors about  Black Horror Cinema and Literature, was done similarly.Wickedly Abled is the first indie press anthology where she has paid authors out of pocket instead of having an established small press publisher print and pay the authors. (The previous updated misreported that it was her first indie anthology but that was written before Scry of Lust and not updated).

She will offer the authors the same royalty from Smashwords and at-to-near cost paperbacks and hardcovers with this book.

Please get the word out!

~ by Sumiko Saulson on November 25, 2019.

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