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“Happiness and Other Diseases” Book Release Party

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Book Release Party for “Happiness and Other Diseases”

Author Book Reading
Book Signing
Q&A Session
Books for Sale
Mini-exhibit of photos from the cover photoshoot by photographer Garrett Sohnly
Photo prints for sale

Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served

Folsom Street Community Center
145 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Preorder Here:
Author Website:
Book Trailer:

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. 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?

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What People Are Saying!

“In this entertaining novel, Saulson incorporates mythology into what might appear to be normal, everyday life. However, hir characters, Flynn and Charlotte, are far from normal. I enjoyed how ze keeps their relationship lively but honest – even sweet, but not in a saccharine way. Buy this book! For sheer enjoyment, it’s a keeper!”
– Marge Simon, multiple Bram Stoker winner, HWA Lifetime Achievement Award winner

“If you enjoy unsettling dark paranormal romances that place power dynamics in sexual relationships under the microscope, look no further. Sumiko Saulson gives us body horror, what feels like an insiders look at mental illness and the mental health system, dysfunctional families, semi-obscure mythological characters, and an excellent depiction of how many of us teeter on the fence between sex and death. Happiness and Other Diseases is a sexy, funny, disturbing, and unflinching tale of the insane lengths people will go to in search of love and acceptance.”
— Michelle Renee Lane, Bram Stoker Award Nominated author of Invisible Chains

“A twisted descent into arousal, madness and mad arousal, Happiness and Other Diseases pulls no punches as it peels back the layers of the human experience to reveal our soft, creamy centers. Take that how you want, but if you are looking for a disturbing, sexually charged read with solid writing, Sumiko Saulson delivers.”
— Angela Yuriko Smith, Bram Stoker Awards® Nominated author of In Favor of Pain

“It is a very unconventional book that offers a supernatural dimension to the mysterious, sometimes mind-bending world of psychological pathological conditions, psychosis, and disorders.”
Justin Boyer,

“Happiness And Other Diseases by Sumiko Saulson is a tragic love story that includes dark humor, Greek mythology… moments of pure horror.”

David Watson,


April 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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145 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-2620, United States


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