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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.