New Flash Piece: “Salty Air” [reblog]

I have a new flash piece up on Spreading the Writer’s Word as part of the monthly picture prompt challenge. Check out my seaside horror tale, “Salty Air.” Thanks for reading!

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Salty Air
by Sonora Taylor

Maggie didn’t know why there was a covered well in the marsh. It had fascinated her since she and her mother had moved in with her grandfather earlier that summer.
“That well holds secrets we’ll probably never know,” he said when Maggie drew him to it on an afternoon walk. “Maybe it holds the sea. Take a deep breath – can you smell the salty air?” He sniffed and puffed out his chest for effect.
Maggie copied him, but rather than sigh, she crinkled her nose and tried not to cough. All she could smell was dead fish.
A small rattle sounded near them. Maggie looked and saw the well’s lid tremble. Her eyes widened, and she turned to tell her grandfather. But he’d already continued down the beach. Maggie hurried to catch up with him.
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Maggie’s mother…

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New Poem: “As Quick as Poison” [reblog]

As a bonus for World Poetry Day, I have a poem of my own up on Spreading the Writer’s Word. Check out my latest piece in the Ladies of Horror Flash Picture Prompt Challenge, “As Quick as Poison.”

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As Quick As Poison
by Sonora Taylor

In the darkness, liquid pooled
Upon a table in the wood.
A bottle lay inside her hand
And seeped its poison in the land.
She’d thought a drink would calm her nerves,
That one last sip would stop the stirs
Of voices crawling in her mind
Which fed her thoughts and dreams unkind.
But when she drank that fatal cup
And took a moment to look up,
She fell to earth. Her time had passed
As quick as poison through a glass.
Fiction © Copyright Sonora Taylor

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New Flash Fiction: “Where We Used to Play” [reblog]

I have a new flash piece up on Spreading the Writer’s Word for the Ladies of Horror Flash Picture Prompt Challenge. Check out “Where We Used to Play” at the link below! Thanks for reading.

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Where We Used to Play
by Sonora Taylor

Do you remember where we used to play? I do. I think about it every day, that abandoned building that we never quite knew what to call. I said it was a hospital. You said it was a fort. We both agreed it was the perfect place to play.
I still see its walls, smell the earth and mold that I imagined was the smell of bones. I see the gaps that once were windows, light spilling in and turning to shadows the minute it entered the room. I remember seeing you in the light, surrounded by dust that danced in the air as you sketched in your notebook. I looked over your shoulder and saw a creepy, crazy scene of a spaceship, two aliens, and a girl who was all tied up. The aliens had…

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Celebrating Women in Horror Month

Today is Feb. 1, meaning it’s the first day of Women in Horror Month! (Though really, every month can be Women in Horror Month if you try hard and believe in yourself)

I plan to celebrate as both a writer and a reader. I’m participating in the monthly Ladies of Horror Flash Fiction Picture Contest, and will be featured as part of author Elaine Pascale’s “Ones You Don’t Bring Home” series throughout February. You will also see me popping up on various blogs and review sites, doing interviews and being reviewed, because …

Without Condition will be released on February 12!!!

. Without Condition. Cover Art by Doug Puller
Art by Doug Puller

*throws confetti*

We’re less than two weeks away from the release of my next book. You can check out more on this very site, and also see some early feedback from reviewers on Goodreads.

I’m also pleased to see Without Condition included in the Ladies of Horror Fiction’s Women in Horror Month Read-Along. They’ve set up five categories for their readathon, with the books they both recommend and plan to read. Without Condition is included under Indie Author.

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I have four books I plan to read for Women in Horror Month:

  • The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes by Sara Tantalinger
  • Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke
  • Cruel Works of Nature by Gemma Amor
  • The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

I plan to read more for sure.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating Women in Horror Month this year, and beyond!

New Poem: “They Trapped My Thoughts Inside My Head” [reblog]

I have a new piece up on “Spreading the Writer’s Word” — this time, a poem! I hope you enjoy “They Trapped My Thoughts Inside My Head.”

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They Trapped My Thoughts Inside My Head
by Sonora Taylor

He trapped my thoughts inside my head
Afraid of what they’d bring.
He worried that the pain they caused
Would find its way to him.
He held me down and tied a cord
Around my tattered mind.
He smiled as he saw that all
My words were in a bind.
But in his swiftness to ensure
My thoughts were tightly bound,
The cord was stretched too tightly
And he heard an awful sound.
I soon cried out! My thoughts burst through!
Their darkness and their tones
Lay scattered on the floor
Along with all his broken bones.
I smiled at the knowledge of
Just what my thoughts could do.
Be careful, for the pain they caused
Could find its way to you.
Fiction © Copyright Sonora Taylor
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New Flash Piece: “A Part of You” [reblog]

My contribution for this month’s Ladies of Horror Flash Picture Challenge is now live! Check out my flash piece, “A Part of You,” on Spreading the Writer’s Word.

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A Part of You
by Sonora Taylor

Travis and Tristan looked at their mother, who lay dead on the floor. They smiled at each other, each looking into a reflection of the other as they grinned at their twin.
“That was easy,” Travis said.
“Dad’ll be thrilled,” Tristan added. “He was right – the tea got her in just one sip.”
“Let’s go tell him. He’ll be proud of us for –”
Travis stopped and stared at Tristan. Tristan stood frozen except for the blood trickling from his eyes. They looked like single threads spooling from each iris. Tristan’s mouth fell open, and a waterfall of blood joined the streams from his eyes.
Travis began to scream, then felt a burst in his stomach. He gripped his sides, but instead of flesh, he grabbed bone. He looked down and saw two skeleton arms shoot…

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New Story: “Death is a Hunter” [reblog]

I have a new story up as part of the Ladies of Horror Flash Project. Check out my flash piece, “Death is a Hunter,” on Spreading the Writer’s Word.

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Death is a Hunter
by Sonora Taylor

Maddie sighed as she walked through a field. “How long until we get there?” she asked.
“Soon,” Dylan replied.
Maddie pouted. She’d lived next door to Dylan her whole life, and until today, he’d never wanted to play with her. He never showed interest, probably because he was a boy and because he was five years older than her.
But Dylan came to her today, and asked if she wanted to play in the woods. Maddie loved the woods. She played there almost every day. Dylan had insisted they cut through the field, and because he was fifteen – almost a man – Maddie had listened.
After a long time walking, though, she began to regret listening to him. “Why doesn’t the field have a path?” she asked. She thought of the paths in the woods that…

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