Listen to my Short Story, “Salty Air,” on the Ladies of Horror Fiction Podcast

Looking for a quick piece of horror to listen to? The latest episode of the Ladies of Horror Fiction podcast, “Stories of Horror — Creature, Pt. 1,” features my flash piece, “Salty Air.”

“Salty Air” is a beachside flash piece about a mysterious well and a pervasive, briny scent. It’s read by LOHF podcaster and contributor Toni, and she does a wonderful job with the piece. Give it a listen below!

The episode also features flash pieces by Hailey Piper and Alyson Faye.

Thanks for listening!

Charity Anthology: Give to “Horror for RAICES” and Receive a Free ebook!

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In response to the horrific conditions for asylum-seekers, refugees, and immigrants at the U.S. southern border, Nightscape Press is releasing an anthology called “Horror for RAICES: A Charitable Anthology.”

From the anthology’s GoFundMe page:

Nightscape Press is putting together an emergency charitable anthology for RAICES called Horror For RAICES. RAICES is a major player in the fight for immigrant and refugee rights in the United States.

Horror For RAICES will be edited by Jennifer Wilson and Robert S. Wilson and all net proceeds from the book will go to RAICES. If you donate $10 or more via this fundraiser, you will get an advance uncorrected eBook copy of the book as soon as it’s ready.

Our aim for this publication is to have the ebook officially available by August, 2019 with the trade paperback edition coming shortly thereafter.

Our aim for this GoFundMe is to raise at least our goal before the official release. Please help spread the word!

Horror For RAICES will include stories by Paul Tremblay, Laird Barron, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Slatsky, Paul Michael Anderson, and more fantastic authors still yet to be announced.

I hope you will consider making a donation for this excellent cause. And, you’ll get an advance ebook copy for any donation of $10 or more – a bargain for the good this anthology aims to do.

Please also share the fundraiser with your family and friends.

Thank you!

New Story, “The Girl Who Couldn’t Scream,” in the Latest Issue of The Sirens Call [reblog]

Looking for a good scream to round out your summer reading? Check out the latest issue of Sirens Call Publications’ The Sirens Call, “Distant Screams!” – which features my short tale, “The Girl Who Couldn’t Scream.” Free to read and available at sirenscallpub.com, as well as the blog post below. Thanks for reading!

The Sirens Song

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of

The Sirens Call

The 45th issue of The Sirens Call eZine features eighty pieces of dark fiction and horror prose from seventy different authors and poets. It also features an interview with, and twelve monster/creature images by, our featured artist NOISTROMO. This month’s spot-light author, Tim Meyer, schools us on why ‘Fear Is Fun’ and also offers an excerpt from his short novel, The Switch House!

Click on the cover for your #FREE download!

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Visit the web site to check out the other The Sirens Call issues!
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Giveaway: Win a FREE Kindle Copy of “Without Condition”

Are you looking for a new book to read this summer — and one that’s free?

I’m running a Goodreads giveaway for “Without Condition,” my second novel. You can enter to win 1 of 10 free copies of the book for Kindle!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Without Condition by Sonora Taylor

Without Condition

by Sonora Taylor

Giveaway ends July 12, 2019.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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“Without Condition” tells the story of Cara Vineyard, who lives a quiet life in rural North Carolina. She works for an emerging brewery, drives her truck late at night, and lives with her mother on a former pumpkin farm. Her mother is proud of her and keeps a wall displaying all of Cara’s accomplishments.

Cara isn’t so much proud as she is bored. She’s revitalized when she meets Jackson Price, a pharmacist in Raleigh. Every day they spend together, she falls for him a little more — which in turn makes her life more complicated. When Cara goes on her late-night drives, she often picks up men. Those men tend to die. And when Cara comes back to the farm, she brings a memento for her mother to add to her wall of accomplishments.

Cara’s mother loves her no matter what. But she doesn’t know if Jackson will feel the same — and she doesn’t want to find out.

“Without Condition” has a 4.5-star rating on both Amazon and Goodreads. It’s been described as “a murderous mayhem of revenge and fix culminating in horrifying shows of unconditional love” by author Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi, and “like an episode of Six Feet Under mixed with Dexter” by author Steve Stred.

Laurie at Horror After Dark describes “Without Condition” as “endlessly fascinating,” and Toni from The Misadventures of a Reader says, “If you haven’t gotten this in your brain you are missing out.”

Enter the “Without Condition” giveaway today. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Without Condition by Sonora Taylor

Without Condition

by Sonora Taylor

 

Giveaway ends July 12, 2019.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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New Flash Piece: “Hear No Evil” [reblog]

I have a new flash piece up on Spreading the Writer’s Word! Check out “Hear No Evil” and start off your week with a little wickedness.

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The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

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Hear No Evil
by Sonora Taylor

Father Marvin couldn’t get it right. No matter how much he worked the flesh, evil could still slice its way through.
He sighed as he washed the blood off of his hands. When he’d first seen the trio as a boy – see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil – he found a perfect trinity, one even holier than the three he’d hear about in church as he sat next to his mother on Sunday mornings.
Sadly, though, the people around him seemed more than happy to let in one (or more!) evils. Evil soaked their eyes, drenched their ears, and filled their mouths, leaving no room for the blood that Father Marvin offered in communion. He often grew so frustrated that he imagined stuffing the parishioners with wine, holding their mouths and nostrils closed until…

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Progress Report: Plugging Away

If anyone’s working on their first book and wondering if each subsequent book gets easier to write, I’m here to tell you now that this is not true.

I almost couldn’t stop writing my first book, Please Give. I slowed down on Without Condition. Now, I’m on Book #3 — tentatively called Seeing Things — and I’m typing more slowly than molasses moving uphill on a cold day. Some days are faster. For instance, I wrote over 1200 words the other day (woot!). But other days, I’m lucky to write a paragraph; and I’ll only do it after I’ve exhausted my social media loop of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

But, it’s being written; which is better than the alternative. The words are coming a little faster now that I’m getting closer to the meat of the plot. I’ll be taking a break from it once I get Little Paranoias back from Evelyn with her edits, but when that happens, it’ll be good to have a nice foundation to return to and give my undivided attention.

Speaking of Little Paranoias, it’s out for edits, as I mentioned above. I’ve been working on other parts of the book, namely the back cover description. I write my own descriptions (which Evelyn reviews as well. Cardinal rule of self-publishing: always have someone else review something you’re putting together yourself, even things like the back cover description), and let me tell you, they’re hard! You don’t want to give too much away, but you also don’t want it to be too vague. Short story collections can be especially tough, since you need to pick and choose which elements you want to highlight.

I’ve been working on a few short stories as well, though I’m trying to keep my focus on Seeing Things. I submitted a poem and a short story to two different journals for consideration, and entered my Pi Day tale, “Crust,” in a contest (read it here). I also discovered a call for submission for a Penny Dreadful issue of a horror journal. Each story has to be 19 words exactly. That was a fun challenge to partake in, and I hope at least one of the five stories I submitted is accepted.

I will keep all of you posted on these pieces as they come together (heh). Have a great week!

Join Me for an Amazing Poe-themed Event in D.C.

What do you get when you combine Poe, tarot, a reading, and cabaret? No, not my living room — you get Quoth the Raven: A Cabaret Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe!

The event will take place at the Crown and Crow in downtown D.C. Per the organizers …

Join storytellers, musicians, costume enthusiasts, tarot readers, magicians, and more for a tribute to a true DMV original: Edgar Allan Poe.

Your ticket gets you into the two-act show and access to drink specials, private tarot readings, and other specials from our partners.

While I’d be excited to attend as just a guest, I will be participating as one of the performers! I will be reading an excerpt from my short story, “Hearts are Just ‘Likes,'” which appears in Quoth the Raven: A Contemporary Reimagining of the Works of Edgar Allan Poe. My story puts a modern twist on “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and while I’ll be leaving out magic tricks (can’t do them) and dance (I can dance, but not while I do a reading), I will be putting my all into telling this macabre tale.

I’d love it if you came to the event and supported many great local artists and performers! Tickets are available online. You can also get a special discount with the promo code TAROT.

I hope to see you there! If you plan to attend, please RSVP on Facebook as well.