writes speculative fiction for young adults
Kira started writing in her early teens after developing a fondness for young adult fantasy. Her first experiments lent to fan fiction, but she eventually mustered the courage to delve into her first loves: dark fiction and horror. Raised on Stephen King and Anne Rice, Kira’s influences today fall under the speculative fiction umbrella: she has an unrivalled love for gothic horror -- hauntings, monsters, and the shadows that vanish when you turn to look for them.
Completed manuscripts currently in query, and available works in progress for consideration.
A sample of free short stories: wonders, terrors, and explorations in the darker side of speculative fiction.
Resources and references collected for horror writers, aspiring authors, and fans of genre fiction.
Kira’s blog collects art, books, films, and documents her practice as she delves deeper into the dark to find inspiration.
With a passion for Fortean studies, legend tripping, and folklore, Kira draws inspiration from history, paranormal studies, occult traditions, and curious places. Her fondness to treat setting as character is a defining aspect of much of her work. Favouring Byronic heroes with a lot of baggage and troubled antiheroines who must rise above their self-defeats, she nurtures the monster dwelling within ordinary people to shape her stories. Her present manuscript pitches include three YA dark fantasy and horror titles.
HOLY CRAP. You guys are going to LOVE Kira Butler's Haunted Hotel story. I just read it 5 times. In. Love.
Oh, you guys, this story is so good. So so good.
The voice was just fabulous! Kept me wondering about the twist, but I second guessed myself constantly. Just lovely.
It's true. This Haunted Hotel story from Kira Butler is CAPTIVATING.
I LOVED this story by Kira Butler, y'all - definitely worth a read!
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