(Last Updated April 6, 2021)

Sumiko Saulson is an award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror. Ze is the editor of the anthologies and collections Black Magic Women, Scry of Lust, Scry of Lust 2, Black Celebration, and Wickedly Abled, winner of the 2016 StokerCon Scholarship from Hell, 2017 BCC Voice Reframing the Other Essay Contest Winner, 2018 Afrosurrealist Writer Award. Other awards include 2016, 2017 and 2018 2nd Place Carry the Light Awards for short fiction, essay writing and blogging, and 2021 Horror Writers Association Diversity Award winner. Ze was a semifinalist in the 2018 Next Great Horror Writer’s Contest, making it to 6th Place.

Ze has an AA in English from Berkeley City College, writes for Search Magazine, is a proofreader for Mocha Memoirs Press, writes a column called “Writing While Black” for a national Black Newspaper, the San Francisco BayView, and is the host of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District’s Erotic Storytelling Hour.

Hir novels include Solitude, The Moon Cried Blood, Warmth, Happiness and OtHir Diseases, Somnalia, and Insatiable. Hir short fiction collections include Things That Go Bump in My Head, The Void between Emotions (which includes the Carry the Light award winning Character Flaws) and Spit and Pathos (which contains the Afrosurreal Writers award winning short story The Balm of Brackish Water.) Hir horror essay African American Folklore, Magical Realism and Horror in Toni Morrison won second place in the Carry the Light essay category.

Ze has had the following works of horror published in anthologies: Horror Addicts Guide to Cats (Horror Addicts Guide), Ashes and Coffee (Death’s Café), Enclosures (Tales from the Lake, Vol 3), Jacob’s Reunion (Forever Vacancy), Clockwork Valentine (Clockwork Wonderland) Sweetness (Beasts and Babes), Agrippa (Carry the Light, Vol 5), Character Flaws (Carry the Light, Vol 5), Under the Water (Horror Bites Next Great Horror Writer, Horror Addicts), Unheard Music in the Dank Underground (Tales from the Campfire), Shades of Domesticity (Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Volume VII)

Hir graphic novels include Agrippa, Dreamworlds, Living A Lie (illustrator), and Mauskaveli. Ze ranked sixth in the 2017 podcast series Horror Addicts Next Great Horror Writer Contest.   Ze is a queer nonbinary American author of African American and Ashkenazi Jewish parentage born in Los Angeles and living in Oakland, California.



Solitude EpubTo what extent does the presence of others affects our thoughts and actions? What do we believe when we are truly alone?

Solitude is the riveting tale of diverse individuals isolated in a San Francisco seemingly void of all other human life. In the absence of others, each will  journey into personal web of beliefs and perceptions as they try to determine what happened to them, and the world around them. Each of them views events differently. Soon, threats both natural and supernatural leave them too busy fighting to survive in a world of strange and unpredictable events where all of the luxuries of civilization are being slowly eroded to even stop to wonder. And unless they can find each other, they will have to face it all alone, in the dark.

Hardcover – $33.00

Paperback – $17.50

eBook (Kindle) – $2.99  eBook (Nook) – $2.99 eBook (iTunes)


Happiness Cover 12 x 17Flynn Keahi has had a rough year. His nightmares are starting to manifest in reality, but no one believes him. Terrifying creatures are trying to cross out of dreams into the physical realm. Only Flynn can stop them – but doing so might cost him his life. Complicating matters further, one of these creatures cannot help wanting him — in every forbidden way. Will she be able to save him from his fate? Can she even protect him from herself?

Happiness and Other Diseases is a dark fantasy based in Greco-Roman mythology, the Demos Oneiroi, world of dreams, and the children and grandchildren of Somnus, god of sleep.

Hardcover – $24.99

Paperback (Discount) – $9.99  Paperback (Premium) $14.99

eBook(Kindle) – $2.99 eBook (Nook) – $2.99 eBook (iTunes) – $2.99


10423262_10153131197557246_7282674637382451459_nTurmoil consumes the Underworld when the death of a god leaves a power vacuum. Phobetor, the stern and ambitious god of Nightmares seeks to fill the gap at any cost. Murderous nightmare daemons escape to the mortal realm, placing all of mankind in peril. In the midst of the unrest, star-crossed lovers yearn for one another across the void, one disempowered and bound to the earth, the other trapped in the land of dreams by a grave sacrifice. Will love conquer all, or will earth’s salvation come from a god with an iron fist?

Somnalia is the sequel to Happiness and Other Diseases.

Hardcover – $24.99

Paperback (Discount) – $9.99  Paperback (Premium) $14.99

eBook(Kindle) – $2.99 eBook (Nook) – $2.99 eBook (iTunes) – $2.99


InsatiableIn “Insatiable,” the third in the trilogy that began with “Happiness and Other Diseases,” Charlotte ‘Happiness’ Metaxas, the newly ascended goddess of the realm erotic dreams in the Demos Oneiroi sits uneasily upon her throne. In order protect her kingdom and her loved ones, she has turned a blind eye to her sister Mercy’s unrelentingly bloody season of sacrifice above on Earth. Will there be an even higher price to pay for her continued acquiescence?

Hardcover – $24.99

Paperback (Discount) – $9.99 Paperback (Premium) – $14.99

eBook (Kindle) – $2.99 eBook (Nook) – $2.99 eBook (iTunes) – $2.99


Warmth4“I hate the dead. They have no self-control” – Sera.

She is ghula – one of the extremely long-lived though not immortal flesh eaters whose lives can end in only one way – in resurrection as a hungry, ambulatory corpse who will spend the short days of its unlife rotting, eating, and infecting as many as possible. Sera compares her life to a dark comedy – trapped with an unwanted pregnancy for the past 600 years, constantly afraid that the fetus will die and go zombie in-utero, always cold and constantly running a fever like every other ghoul on the planet. Luckily, two things in life sustain her: her joy in hunting and destroying the Dead, and the constant seeking of comfort in warmth.

Hardcover – $25.00

Paperback (Standard) – $9.99 Paperback (Premium) $14.99

eBook (Kindle) – $2.99 eBook

Things That Go Bump In My Head


“Things That Go Bump In My Head” is a collection of short stories and other writing by horror and science fiction novelist Sumiko Saulson. A bit of old fashioned horror… a ghost story… a couple of works on the dark humor side of horror (and they are unabashedly funny), a science-fiction dystopic tale, a few works of psychological horror… even a bit of poetry. Because it is a collection of these pithy and varied tales… there is a bit for everyone: Reading “Things That Go Bump In My Head” is like entering a haunted house ride… you never know what you will find around the corner.

Hardcover – $28.50

Paperback – $10.00

eBook (Kindle) – $1.99 eBook (Nook) – $1.99 eBook (iTunes)



Ashes and coffee coverDeath is stalking Berkeley, California in a sleek new jacket and snazzy checkered fedora. Insects and animals collapse in his wake. When the indigent begin to mysteriously die in the streets, the rest of the town is indifferent. Red Montgomery, a nineteen year old black homeless woman, is the only one who can see him. She feels powerless to intervene. But is she?

Part of the Death’s Cafe Series on Mocha Memoirs Press

eBook (Amazon) – $2.99 eBook (Nook) – $2.99

(Young Adult Fiction)


Legend of the Luna


It is said that the Wolf may howl at the Moon, but the Moon never howls at the Wolf. In the gritty urban streets of Los Angeles in 1975, Leticia Gordon is forced to come to terms with many things: the tragic death of her stepmother and baby sister in a car accident, fear she’ll wind up in foster care, and the sudden revelation she belongs to a long line of powerful witches known as Luna – who exhibit first power upon reaching womanhood. Running from foes natural and supernatural, will her newfound powers be the turning point that elevates her position of honor, or will it destroy her like the dark forces that consumed her father? In a world turned upside down where time itself seems in flux, in whom can she trust?

The first book in this eight book series is Legend of the Luna

Hardcover – $15.00

Paperback – $5.50

eBook (Kindle) – $0.99 eBook (Nook) – $0.99 eBook  (iTunes) $0.99

Short Stories


Hungry Minds“Hungry Minds” is a very short autobiographical tale (12 pages) about bullying, reading, and what lies in the heart of a writer: especially a very young one. In the brief essay, the writer discusses awkward and painful experiences related to entering Junior High School. It is written from the perspective of a literate seventh grader and is appropriate for younger readers

eBook (Nook) – FREE eBook (iTunes) – FREE


beasts and babesSweetness is a short story about the akmani (werepigs) that is included in the Beasts and Babes multiple author anthology. It’s not just werewolves that abound in this tome. Vamps, demons, satyrs and more have a play at offering their most sweet, devilish, sensual and scary sexual romps with their significant others, no-holds-barred. If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen, or in this case…hell! Featuring short stories and poetry from: Allan Kemp*Marie Gilbert*E.F. Schraeder*Sumiko Saulson*Iesha Bognan*Valerie Brundage* Roger Leatherwood*E.W. Farnsworth*K.Z. Morano*Rie Sheridan Rose*Matthew Wilson*Mathias Jansson*E.S. Wynn*Charlotte Ondac

Published by Bloody Kisses Press

Paperback $14,42



60 Black Women in HorrorIt consists of an alphabetical listing of the women with biographies, photos, and web addresses, as well as interviews with several of these women. The eBook version features bonus stories by some writers.

The material in this book was originally published on

February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in Horror Month (WiHM). This list of black women who write horror was compiled at the intersection of the two.  See more information HERE

Paperback – $5.50

eBook (Kindle) – 99 cents  eBook (Nook) – FREE eBook (iTunes) – FREE

Graphic Novels

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“Agrippa” is a dystopic near-future tale that takes place in an unnamed industrialized nation very much like the United States. When foreign creditors demand that the nation repay its considerable international debt or face war it enacts the Dulcetta Reforms, ultra-restrictive laws establishing debtor’s prison, and causing a large number of people – many of them seniors – to go to jail or even face execution if not continuously working to pay off their personal debts to the government. Dr. Tine, an expert in geriatric medicine, is desperately searching for employment at the beginning of our tale, having lost her useful functioning in society as the elders she once treated were rounded up and hauled off to the prison camps. Things were so bad she didn’t think they could possibly get any worse. How very wrong she was.

Color – $10.00 Black and White – $5.00 eBook – $2.00


 by Carolyn Saulson (author) andSumiko Saulson (Illustrator)

Living A LieLately, he’d been going by the name Randolph James, of course this wasn’t his real name, but he made it work. Looking into the full-length mirror in his bedroom, he forced his body to stand erect, checked his stance, and prepared to be Mr. Randolph James one more time.

“Living a Lie” is a serialized near-future science fiction story about a man born to a mentally ill, homeless mother who has hidden his true identity and background during his quest for upward mobility. The lie he’s been living threatens to unravel when he begins to discover that his mother’s symptoms were not signs of the onset of schizophrenia… but of the onset of superhuman powers, powers that seem to be hereditary.

– $5.00 eBook $0.99

Where To Buy

At Fantastic Comics in Berkeley with Agrippa

At Fantastic Comics in Berkeley with Agrippa

Buy Locally

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can buy my books locally in San Francisco, Oakland and Benicia. Here is a list of stores where you can Buy Locally:

At Barnes and Noble

Most of my books are available for the Nook and as paperbacks through Barnes and Noble online. The paperbacks can also be ordered in stores.

On Amazon

All of my books are available on as paperbacks and/or for the Kindle reader. Here is the link to my Amazon Author’s Page:

On Lulu

Most of my books are available in hardcover, and as large-format paper backs through Lulu.

On iTunes

Most of my eBooks are available for the iPod, iPhone and other Apple products through the Apple iTunes Store

On Kobo

Most of my novels and several short stories are available as eBooks through Kobo

On Smashwords

Most of my novels, several short stories, and a series of free magazines (Writer’s Muse Magazine) are available on Smashwords.

About This Author

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