Within Me, Without Me

Dark poetry and prose written at the intersection of Blackness, Queerness, and Neurodivergence, where magic is mistaken for madness, organic hosts willingly bind themselves with artificial intelligence, and instruments designed for music are enchanted for revenge. Ghost ships embark on twisted, versical affairs with krakens. Phantom husbands believe “til death do us part” must be mutual. Keenly aware that we are worlds within ourselves as well as fractal instances of the world as a whole, these words ~ written predominantly during the first two years of the global pandemic ~ unite revolution, multiplicity.and a soul-searing sense of melancholia.

Within me / Without me is a revelatory work, an intimate yet universal discourse on the concepts of self and society. Saulson’s creation will possess you: it will inhabit your skin, surge through your veins, and invade your synapses, each story and poem foreshadowing the ‘pendulum switch’ of acceptance and celebration that our new world demands. With echoes of Octavia Butler, Within me/ Without me sings with verve and vibrancy. A ground-breaking collection.” —Lee Murray, double Bram Stoker Award®-winner and author of Grotesque: Monster Stories.

Within me/Without me is a collection of refreshing and diverse storylines in poetry and prose. They speak of how to be human in a horrific world, where complicated emotions from divergent cultures and society norms are like oil and water. Saulson’s seduction pulls you through a vice-grip of social structures in marginalized conflict, slipping through scarred, but strong, unique, and imperfectly loveable. It satisfies the deep, dark thirst for the personal nature of poems and storytelling.” —Rain Graves, two-time Bram Stoker Award®-winning poet and author of Barfodder

Dreamworlds: Beyond Somnalia

After a breakups and a series of bad starts, author Sumiko Saulson is trying to heal. So is Flynn Keahi, one of her fictional characters. Her life changes completely when Flynn abandons the paranormal romance she’s cast him in, and demands that they both go to group therapy to fix their dysfunctional relationships. Once the two become intimately involved, Sumiko raises concerns their relationship it isn’t healthy. Flynn grows increasingly touchy about her assertion that he isn’t real. This is complicated further when Sumiko is flooded with requests from other imaginary personalities demanding to join in the conversation.

The Complete Mauskaveli

Mauskaveli is a comic about the adventures of a group of polyamorous, queer, and kinky anthropomorphic mice, centering around the title character Mauskaveli, her partners Count Slackula, Petricio, and Skunkmaus, her child, a necromancer named Death Angel, and their pet cat Dooky. Mauskaveli is a comic book about a group of kinky, queer, politically active polyamorous anthropomorphic mice. Their leader, Mistress Mauskaveli, escaped a biotech lab along with her boyfriends, Petricio and Rogue. All three mice were experimented on – Mauskaveli developed superior intelligence, Rogue regenerative powers, and Petricio, charisma. After they escape their extended polycule grew to include Petricio’s boyfriend Joe Squeaks and Mauskaveli’s girlfriend Skunkmaus. They have a pet catzbatz named Dooky, spontaneously generated from poop. Other characters include Joe Squeak’s sister Lovey Squeaks, her girlfriend Pinky La Rue and daughter Pip Squeaks – Death Angel’s girlfriend Mauztisha, Mauskaveli’s uncle Aviator Maus – a cosplayer named Tumimaus – Skunkmaus’ identical twin Skankmaus – Pretty Whiskers, Clawdia, and more!

Carolyn Saulson: An Iconoclast

A zine honoring Carolyn Saulson, a Bay Area African American and Disability Rights community activist who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer affecting African Americans at a rate twice that of the general population, on August 10, 2009. The zine features artwork, writing, collaging and photography by Carolyn, her daughter, award-winning horror author Sumiko Saulson, her granddaughter, beat poet Franchesca Saulson, and fellow disabled artists Kat Fury, Serena Toxicat, and Beth Johnson. It has facts and highlights about the rare blood cancer, about her fight against it, her life, her art, and her work with the communities she serves. Funded by the Ara Jo Memorial Fund through the East Bay Zine Festival in 2018.

Dooky MiniComix

The four initial comics in the Dooky series are available for 25 cents each. Pick up all four via mail for $1.50 ($1 plus $50 for postage). Send an email to sumikoska@yahoo.com to inquire. Other mini-zines are available from the Mauskaveli series.  Dooky Zines and other zines by Sumiko Saulson for sale at the The Long Haul Infoshop, 3124 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Sample Text:

(from Origins of Dooky)

Dooky getting pretty famous
Dooky flew from a kitty’s anus.