Welcome everyone, I’m The Li-Bury-An, and today we have a spotlight on Sonora Taylor
Sonora Taylor is an award-winning author whose name is absolutely everywhere these days– and with good reason! She is not only one of the most prolific authors of the horror genre and has appeared in multiple high-profile anthologies, but has also published her own (again- award winning!) collections. She is also an unwavering champion for women’s rights, as well as the rights of the traditionally marginalized in society. Sonora, along with fellow author V. Castro, have formed the Frightgirl Summer initiative, a virtual book festival to “celebrate those in the margins.” Sonora writes on their website: “Women face an uphill battle in pretty much any of their chosen fields. Horror is no different. It’s even more challenging when you’re a woman of color, a queer woman, a disabled woman, or anything other than a cishet white woman. Let’s spend this summer celebrating those who tend to get lost in the shuffle.” You can visit the website at www.frightgirlsummer.com – there is also a Roundtable Discussion with the authors of The One That Got Away on the website, as well as one for our previous volume, “Graveyard Smash.”
“The ooze was Heather’s least favorite part. The skin on her palms she could deal with, as well as the mottled red and orange pulp that seeped under her nails when she peeled the skin away after boiling it. She didn’t even mind the ooze that much. It was simply her least favorite part because it was the messiest to clean up. She had to wash her hands after every slice, or else the knife would stick to her fingers and make the cutting all the more difficult…”– “From Scratch” by Sonora Taylor
Today, Sonora talks about how she came up with her story “From Scratch” for THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY : Women of Horror Anthology Volume 3. Out now from Kandisha Press!
“From Scratch” was inspired by a call for food-themed horror. I wanted to explore how someone with dangerous impulses could channel them through the safer hobby of cooking–and how that hobby may not be as safe as it is for others, since the viscerality of cooking seems to only trigger her further. It’s especially ironic in a time where a lot of us have worked on sharpening our kitchen skills in order to ease our anxiety.
I also love to cook and had fun turning its more visceral aspects into something gross. I’m a vegetarian, so I especially had fun talking about how nasty cooking meat can be–I ate meat until I was 20, so I do have some experience cooking and preparing it.
SONORA TAYLOR is the award-winning author of Little Paranoias: Stories, Without Condition, The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales, Please Give, and Wither and Other Stories. Her short stories have appeared in multiple publications, including Camden Park Press’s Quoth the Raven, Kandisha Press’s Women of Horror Vol. 2: Graveyard Smash, The Sirens Call, Frozen Wavelets, Mercurial Stories, Tales to Terrify, and the Ladies of Horror fiction podcast. Her latest book, Seeing Things, is now available on Amazon. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband.