New Horror Fiction
Near Dark: A free short story available today!
The dead are permitted to return between sundown to nightfall every fifteen years on the anniversary of their death. It’s a brief window of time, and a long drive, but Mara knows a few things about her mother: she’d never let Mara live it down if she didn’t make it back to her childhood home time to welcome her home. It’s the very least Mara could do — even though she doesn’t want to; even though she doesn’t really have the time. Worse, Mara doesn’t want to deal with a potential poltergeist, let alone her husband’s protests.
But the ghost of Mara’s mother has a secret, and she’s been waiting fifteen years to confess.
Don’t be afraid.
Book Reviews in Dark Fiction live
KiraButler.com sees the launch of Book Reviews in Horror and Dark Fiction: a section dedicated to the best in speculative fiction: declares it “open season” for submissions at the site.
“Curses!” gets quoted
Kira’s article “Curses! Using Profanity in Teen Fiction” was quoted and referenced in a recent Dead Darlings article by Emily Ross about swearing in young adult fiction.
In interview with Kristy Harding
Talking about influence, inspiration, writing the dark stuff, and taking a walk back through the places where I really learned to love horror fiction: nostalgia-inspired fear put to practice.
Announcing Short Fictions & Curiosities
I’m pleased to announce the release of a new project here at KiraButler.com: monthly free short stories, wonders, terrors, and experiments in speculative fiction for your enjoyment.
Return to the Midnight Society
Kira returns to her biweekly column at The Midnight Society with a series of curiosities: collected interests and oddities to inspire horror and weird fiction writers, found on the internet for your perusal.
Writing Inspiration: Dennis Severs House, London
What if you could visit a house where the occupants had seemingly up and left, mid-life? You’d pass through rooms where meals were left half-eaten on a table, or correspondences were left with the ink hardly dry, sheets rumpled at the foot of the bed, the mattress still warm?Read More