Sumiko Saulson, Award-Winning Horror Author



Sumiko Saulson (they/them or ze/hir) is an award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror whose latest novel Happiness and Other Diseases is available on Mocha Memoirs Press.
Winner of the Carry the Light Foundation 2nd Place Sci-Fi Short Story Award (2016), HWA Scholarship from Hell (2016) BCC Voice “Reframing the Other” contest (2017), Mixy Award (2017),  6th Place HorrorAddicts Next Great Horror Writer Contest (2017) Afrosurrealist Writer Award (2018), Ara Jo Memorial Zinemaker’s Grant (2018), HWA Diversity Grant (2020), Official Selection LA Blood and Boobs Festival (2020), Ladies of Horror Fiction Grant (2021), and the HWA Richard Layman Award for Service (2021)

Sumiko has an AA in English from Berkeley City College, writes a column called “Writing While Black” for a national Black Newspaper, the San Francisco BayView is the host of the SOMA Leather and LGBT Cultural District’s “Erotic Storytelling Hour,”  and teaches courses at the Speculative Fiction Academy.

Sumiko  is a cartoonist, science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer, editor of Black Magic Women, Scry of Lust and 100 Black Women in Horror Fiction, author of Solitude, Warmth, The Moon Cried Blood, Happiness and Other Diseases, Somnalia, Insatiable, Ashes and Coffee, and Things That Go Bump In My Head. They wrote and illustrated comics Mauskaveli, Dooky, and graphic novels Dreamworlds and Agrippa. They writes for the SEARCH Magazine and the San Francisco Bayview column Writing While Black. The child of African American and Russian-Jewish parents, a native Californian and an Oakland resident who’s spent most of their adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Awards and Distinctions:

2013 – (February) Official Women in Horror Month ambassador

2015 – (March) Amazon Best-Selling Author in the Horror Comedy category for “Warmth”

2016 – (May) HWA StokerCon Scholarship from Hell First Place Winner

2016 – (June) Third Place in the San Mateo County Fair Literary Arts Best Blog Contest

2016 – (June) Second Place in the San Mateo County Fair Literary Arts Short Shory Contest

2017 (May) – Mixy Award

2017 – (August) Amazon Top 1000 Horror Authors (Rank: 738)

2017 – (October) Sixth Place, HorrorAddicts Next Great Horror Writer Contest

2017 – (November) First Place, Berkeley City College Reframing the Other Essay Contest

2018 – (June) Second Place in the San Mateo County Fair Literary Arts Songwriting Contest

2018 – (June) Second Place in the San Mateo County Fair Literary Best Blog Contest

2018 – (July) Afrosurrealist Workshop Short Story Award

2018 – (October) Ara Jo Memorial Zinemaker’s Award for Tale of An Iconoclast” The Carolyn Saulson Story

2020 – Horror Writers Association Diversity Grant Award

2021 – Ladies in Horror Fiction Grant Award

2021 – Richard Laymon Presidents’ Award for Service (Bram Stoker Special Award)

Contact Info

My email address is sumikoska at yahoo.com

My Twitter is @sumikoska

My Instagram is @sumikosaulson

My Tik-Tok is @sumikoska

My Facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/authorsumikosaulson

16 Responses to “About”

  1. I got your message on my email about wanting to interview me about my books. I don’t have horror or vampire books. Does that matter? Mine are sci-fi and fantasy.

    • That’s great! Actually, Jody was telling me about your books – she’d introduced you to me as a sci-fi writer who writes books with kick-ass heroines. I was very interested in the fact that your stories have strong female protagonists – I know you don’t write horror or supernatural fiction. Sci-Fi and Fantasy are related genres, and I would love to interview you.

      • Sorry it took so long to reply- my computer got a horrible virus and I lost all capabilities. Trying slowly to get back online. I would love to have you talk to me. I am trying hard to get my books promoted- it’s difficult. How do you do the interviews? Phone? Email? Whichever way works best for you is great! I look forward to hearing from you. Email me to let me know how and when- llandra@netzero.net

      • I interview via email, and you can expect an email from me shortly. I am very sorry to hear about your computer virus and I hope you didn’t lose any writing – that’s a writer’s nightmare.

  2. Ms Saulson – there is an egregious error of fact in one of the women in horror you have just published, with a false claim about a Bram Stoker Award nomination. I would like to provide you with the information privately so you can make a correction, please.
    Rocky Wood president@horror.org
    President – Horror Writers Association
    (Proprietor of the Bram Stoker Awards®)

  3. […] on my part; I flat out didn’t know about most of them.  Which makes me truly grateful to Sumiko Saulson for putting this one […]

  4. I am loving your short story anthology so far (“Agrippa” is amazing!) I must get a signed copy of the paperback when I’m done! 😉

    I would like to talk with you please.

  6. Hey,
    I have been trying to find websites about black women in horror and came across yours. Plus, I listened to one of your short stories on a podcast, which was thrilling. I just started a blog titled, Spooks. If you get a chance, check it out at blackhorrorreviews.blogspot.com.

  7. Thanks for checking me out. It means a lot coming from you!!

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