Sumiko Saulson

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"Writer's Muse" is a writer's group on Facebook. The Writer's Muse Group publishes the Writer's Muse Magazine.

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Sumiko Saulson is a horror novelist, published poet and writer of short stories and editorials. Her novels include "Solitude," "Warmth", and "The Moon Cried Blood". A native Californian, she was born and spent her early childhood in Los Angeles, moving to Hawaii, where she spent her teen years, at the age of 12. She has spent most of her adult life living in the San Francisco Bay Area. An early interest in writing and advanced reading skills eventually lead to her becoming a staff writer for her high school paper, the Daily Bugle (McKinley High, Honolulu, HI) one of the nation's only four such daily High School papers at the time. By the time she moved to San Francisco at age 19, she had two self-published books of poetry and was a frequently published poet in local community newspapers and reading poetry around town.

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When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My original day-job was as a computer graphic artist, and I ended up in computer repairs and cross-platform integration for Macintosh and Windows based computers not long after. I also enjoy art as a creative pursuit. I paint, and my preferred medium is acrylics on paper, although I also paint on canvas and found wooden objects such as table tops and pieces of cabinets. My paintings have been exhibited in art galleries, coffee shops, and community centers here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a journalist, covering the arts scene in Oakland, California for the
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first book I ever created was actually a coloring book. I was five years old, and I gave it to my cousin, Gina, for Hanukkah. The first story I wrote was in the third grade. It was a series of stories, actually, campfire tales about skinless, skeletal zombies with still-rotting fleshing clumps of flesh and internal organs. I guess you can say that I was a horror writer at an early age.
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Writer's Muse Magazine: Spring 2014 Issue
Series: Writer's Muse Magazine, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014 by Sumiko Saulson. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
The Spring Issues are about spring, and the holidays in spring, and events of this season. This Spring 2014 issue contains writing by: Kerry E.B. Black Kat Magnoli Richard Cotton Sumiko Saulson Haven Malone Shirley Denton Jacqueline Driggers
Writer's Muse Magazine: Winter 2013 Issue
Series: Writer's Muse Magazine, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 15,160. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013 by Sumiko Saulson. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
The winter issue of Writer's Muse Magazine. The Writer's Muse Page is a group started by Richard Cotton where writers can share with and support one another. Any writers are welcome to join this group. The Writer's Group Smashwords Account was set up by Sumiko Saulson for the group to create a place to publish the quarterly free periodicals by the members of the Facebook Group.
Writer's Muse Magazine: Fall 2013 Issue
Series: Writer's Muse Magazine, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 12,380. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013 by Sumiko Saulson. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
The Fall 2013 Issue of Writer's Muse Magazine features stories by Haven Malone, Stephanie Mesler , Sumiko Saulson, Serena Toxicat Richard Cotton, Kat Magnoli and Ben McInnis about Halloween, Samhain, Changing Seasons, Autumn and more.
Writer's Muse Magazine Summer 2013
Series: Writer's Muse Magazine, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 20,590. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013 by Sumiko Saulson. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
Writer's Muse Magazine is a free quarterly periodical featuring the works of members of the Writer's Muse Group, a creative writing group with over 500 members, based on the concept of writers helping writers. This Issue Features: Steve Grilliot, Richard Cotton, Carolyn Saulson, Jane Risdon, Sue Van, Haven Malone, Kay Ziegler, Franchesca Saulson, Jessica Hug, Brian Von R, and Sumiko Saulson.
Writer's Muse Magazine December 2012
Series: Writer's Muse Magazine, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 15,710. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012 by Sumiko Saulson. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
The first issue of ”Writer’s Muse” Magazine! It is a compilation of the works of the Writer’s Muse Page, an online writer’s group started by Richard Cotton. *** The stories and poetry included in the first Writer’s Muse Magazine issue, our Christmas 2012 issue, are participants in a contest on the page.


Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,620. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Horror » Occult
In the sequel to Happiness and Other Diseases, turmoil ensues when a god's death leaves a power vacuum in the underworld. Murderous creatures invade the mortal realm, placing mankind in peril. Star-crossed lovers yearn for one another across the void, one bound to Earth, the other trapped in the land of dreams. Will love conquer all, or is our only hope Phobetor, the iron-fisted god of Nightmares?
Happiness & Other Diseases
Series: Somnalia, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,740. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Flynn 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. One of these creatures cannot help wanting him -- in every forbidden way. Will she be able to save him from his fate?
Shadows and Substance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,910. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
In Book Five of the serialized tale of "The Moon Cried Blood, "Shadow and Substance," things really start to heat up when the Lunae witches start to suffer from frightening dreams and visions, and a new threat, the Dark Luna. Who is she and why is she such a danger to all of the Lunae witches? Shocking supernatural/family revelations abound in the wildest episode of the Moon Cried Blood series
Death Omen
Series: The Moon Cried Blood, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,710. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Joy’s reunion with her birth family is tainted by tragedy and as the story of her family unfolds, it becomes ever the more clear the ways in which her separation from the Lunae of Beyond left her, and by extension, her daughter Tisha, in a vulnerable position, open to exploitation by the forces of darkness and the sometimes malevolent machinations of Tisha’s bigamist father, Mark Gordon.
Dreams of the Departed
Series: The Moon Cried Blood, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,510. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The Moon Cried Blood chronicle continues with "Dreams of the Departed". For Tisha Gordon, it is a family reunion. For her mother Joy, it is a homecoming. Things seem to have calmed down in both of their lives, but things are still not all wine and roses for the Gordon family. Joy has had a disturbing premonition and fears the worse, while Nana Letty is being stalked by a California condor, a death
Series: The Moon Cried Blood, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,950. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The Moon Cried Blood Saga continues as young Tisha Gordon travels across country with her great-great-grandmother Letty and learns both her fate and her history. Meanwhile, her estranged mother, Joy, is on a journey of her own. Will mother and daughter be reunited? Are Tisha's tragedies finally at an end, or are they only just beginning. Who is this mysterious Nana Letty, and what is the secret sh
60 Black Women in Horror Fiction
Price: Free! Words: 44,630. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Essay » Author profile
February is African American History Month here in the United States. It is also Women in Horror Month (WiHM). In 2013, as an Ambassador for Women in Horror Month. This list of black women who write horror was compiled at the intersection of the two. The booklet also includes interviews with nine of the women. Exclusive bonus in the eBook version, four short stories, and an essay.
Legend of the Luna
Series: The Moon Cried Blood, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,340. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
It is said that the Wolf may howl at the Moon, but the Moon never howls at the Wolf. In gritty urban Los Angeles in 1975, 13 year old Leticia Gordon is forced to come to terms with the tragic death of her stepmother and baby sister, fear she’ll wind up in foster care, and the sudden revelation she belongs to a long line of powerful witches known as Lunae. Introduction by Y.A. Author Greg Wilkey
Things That Go Bump In My Head
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,290. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Horror » General
“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, dark humor. There is something 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.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,290. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » General
To what extent does the presence of others affect 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 journeys into personal web of beliefs and perceptions as they try to determine what happened to them, and the world around them.
Hungry Minds
Series: Short Stories from "Things That Go Bump In My Head", Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 1,150. Language: American English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Bullying
"Hungry Minds" is a very short autobiographical tale 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
Series: Short Stories from "Things That Go Bump In My Head", Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,060. Language: American English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Joel McArthur is having dinner with his lovely wife, Dr. Lauren McArthur one night after work, discussing his graphic design work a book called "Frankenzombie" and bitching about his boss Terry while Lauren pretty much ignores him. For her part, Lauren's hand is starting to itch. In fact, it itches right where the lab rat bit her earlier. Huh... Wonder if there could be a connection?
I, Stammer (In Disbelief)
Series: Short Stories from "Things That Go Bump In My Head", Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: American English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Incredulous bus driver Harold Stammer doesn't believe in a lot of things: life after death, safety warnings, and intelligent women, to name a few. People keep trying to tell him otherwise but he doesn't believe them. And when decides to go into a dangerous neighborhood to pick up a free kitten off of Craigslist against friends' advice, what could possibly go wrong?

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