Sumiko Saulson

Award-Winning Horror Author



Sumiko Saulson is a science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer and graphic novelist. She was the 2016 recipient of the Horror Writer Association’s Scholarship from Hell, and 2018 winner of the Afrosurrealist Writers Workshop Short Story Award. Sumiko Saulson 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. She wrote and illustrated comics Mauskaveli, Dooky and graphic novels Dreamworlds and Agrippa. She 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 her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is pansexual, polyamorous and genderqueer (nonbinary).

She uses she/her or them/they pronouns.

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 – (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 – Afrosurrealist Workshop Short Story Award

Contact Info

My email address is sumikoska at yahoo.com

My Twitter is @sumikoska

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

I live in Oakland, California and am available for local speaking engagements and things, so if you want me to show up and talk about horror writing, women in horror writing, African Americans and horror writing, black women in horror writing, or any of these other things I enjoy blogging about, I’d be happy to. But you have to email me to get my phone number because I’m not posting it here. Thank you.

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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