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Is it a knock on the door, or a gust of wind? A trick of the light, or someone who’ll see what you’ve done?

“Little Paranoias: Stories” features twenty tales of the little things that drive our deepest fears. It tells the stories of terror and sorrow, lust at the end of the world and death as an unwanted second chance. It dives into the darkest corners of the mi
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Published October 22nd 2019
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Bark the Overwrought Keyboard Warrior
I read and adored Sonora Taylor’s novel WITHOUT CONDITION earlier this year and will likely read whatever she decides to put out from here on out. She isn’t afraid to write about the darkness that lurks inside the heart of (some) women and she has a skill for setting a scene and building a mood as well as creating her characters in a way that totally works for me.

Little Paranoias is a collection of flash fiction, poetry and short stories. There are twenty of them and they are all moody and whil
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Jen (Book Den)
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I've been really excited to check out Little Paranoias. Earlier this year I read Sonora Taylor's novel Without Condition, and I was looking forward to checking out more of her work. (She also published a story on the Ladies of Horror Fiction podcast so be sure to check that out!)

One thing I really loved about this collection was the varying lengths of all of the stories. From flash fiction to poetry to longer stories, it never felt repetitive, and I never got bogged down. I have a hard time si
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Alex findingmontauk1
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, lohf
5 stars! A great collection of stories both dark and gripping. Sonora Taylor has a way of writing that pulls you in and it seems effortless - but her words are definitely chosen carefully. I had to stop myself from tearing through this in one day because I wanted to allow myself time to absorb and fully feel the effects of the poems, short stories, and flash fiction. I am glad I chose to savor this over a few days instead because it gave me something to look forward to each day and also gave me ...more
Tracy Robinson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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(Yeah - I say that a lot. It’s grading season😅)
Cassie Lola (holo.reader)
You can read my full review on the Night Worms Blog: https://nightworms.com/blogs/news/cas...

This was my first book by Sonora Taylor, although I was familiar with her and know her already through social media. Sometimes knowing authors before reading their work can be a little tricky; there’s always that worry that you may really dislike their writing, which could potentially make for an awkward situation along the lines – especially for book reviewers! Luckily, I’m happy to say that in this instance, there was no need for wo
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Erin Al-Mehairi
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Sonora’s short story, flash, and poetic writing. I’ve read her full-length novel Without Condition but something draws me to her shorter pieces. I was excited to receive her collection Little Paranoias! I think we write somewhat similar: saying much in small spaces, similar themes – musings on death or the afterlife, surprise twists and endings, shocking amid the normal, and involving nature in our writing. I suppose the things I like to think about that end up in my writing is what I li ...more
Emily
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Little Paranoias is the second book I've read from Sonora Taylor, and she always tells entertaining stories. This is the first collection I've read from her (the first book I read was a novel), and I enjoyed it! This collection is a mix of short stories and poetry (mostly short stories), and there's a little something for everyone here.

My top 5 stories were Always in My Ear, Stick Figure Family, Hearts are Just "Likes", Perfection in Shadow, and He Trapped My Thoughts Inside My Head. There were
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Steve Stred
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“Only memories were supposed to fade in houses.”

Sonora Taylor returns with her new collection of short stories and poems, and this is a strong collection that doesn’t disappoint.

I read ‘Without Condition’ previously by Taylor and was really surprised by how much I loved it. Going in I was worried that it might be a bit too much romancy for my tastes, but Sonora is such a solid writer that those fears went o
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Valerie
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading anything from this author and I will now add her to my “read anything they write” list! This book contained short stories, poems and a few that I would consider flash fiction! These are dark, creepy, shocking, bizarre, murder is involved and acts of violence! Right up a horror lovers alley!

There were a few that stuck with me more then others-Always in my Ear, Hearts are Just “Likes”, Stick Figure Family, and the two I considered flash fiction-Drops and
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Brennan LaFaro
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded for Goodreads

Trying to accurately describe collections of short fiction can be intimidating. Even some of my favorite collections that I've read can be uneven. There's a certain obligation to mention which stories work and which ones can be skipped, and mention as many as possible. A difficult task becomes nearly impossible when the story counts hits twenty.
Fortunately, I'm delighted to report that Little Paranoias, by Sonora Taylor, sets itself apart from the typi
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Melanie
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Sonora Taylor at her most disturbed, and I mean that in the best possible way. Another great short story collection from this author that every horror fan will love. I enjoyed the various lengthens of stories, from the flash to the longer stories. The poems too, were a lot of creepy fun. I'm becoming a fan of this author for her well-thought-out and well-written tales. I love her unexpected endings. She truly has a twisted imagination. I love it!
Hailey Piper
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting and varied collection, Little Paranoias gathers Sonora Taylor's poems, flash fics, and short stories into one volume. I liked the longer stories and couplet poems most, favorite stories being "Always in My Ear," "Hearts Are Just Likes," and especially "Weary Bones," a patient approach to the horror of familial loss, suicide, and death's lingering. It's a surprisingly somber tale as it's first, followed by many stories about murderers. Each poem felt like it was sneaking up on me. ...more
Heather
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sonora Taylor’s Little Paranoias: Stories is a relatively brief anthology of 20 creepy short stories, including a couple of poems.

There’s a goodly handful of flash fiction pieces, very short and often powerful, such as The Note on the Door or Crust, Stick Figure Family or Drops. There are casual killers, serial killers, vengeance killers, and moment-of-passion killers. There are people who kill together (Always in My Ear and Salt), and people who kill alone. There are people who kill entirely w
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Becky
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 ⭐

How apropos that I finished this excellent collection on Halloween. The variety of writing styles and plot lines make this a darkly unique and compelling read. There were only a few places in some of the longer pieces I thought could be tightened, but none were show stoppers.

My favorites include the opening poem “Little Paranoias”, “Weary Bones”, “Cranberry”, and “Salt”.

Keep one eye opened behind you. Just when you think Taylor is leading you one way...
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Sonora Taylor is the author of Without Condition, The Crow's Gift and Other Tales, Please Give, and Wither and Other Stories. Her short story, "Hearts are Just 'Likes,'" was published in Camden Park Press's Quoth the Raven, an anthology of stories and poems that put a contemporary twist on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Taylor's short stories frequently appear in The Sirens Call, a bi-monthly horror eZine. Her work has also been pub ...more