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Novelist Sumiko Saulson on Women in Horror Month

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Sumiko Saulson

Today is the final day of February: Black History Month. But did you know that it’s Women in Horror Month too? Oakland writer Sumiko Saulson enjoyed watching horror films at the drive-in theatre when she was a child. Now she’s writing scary stories and getting other women published.

"With horror, you can just go straight for the gut with really forcing people to think about and listen to things."

Her book 100+ Black Women in Horror, profiles black women writers from the African Diaspora. Saulson discusses how the horror genre has changed and reflects on her late mother Carolyn Saulson's lasting impact on the Bay Area Arts scene.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.