writes speculative fiction for young adults
New Horror Fiction
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The town of Briarghast plays close attention to the observances of All Hallows Eve. For a century or more they’ve lit the lanterns without fail as the sun descends. When Aisling asks her grandmother why they never let the candles burn low, why someone must always keep the night’s watch until dawn, her grandmother tells her it’s to ensure that only their loved ones find their way home on All Hallow’s Eve. It’s Aisling’s turn this year to keep the watch, but when Aisling falls asleep and the candle burns out, she soon learns why her family tradition is so very important when something comes to her door in the dead of night.
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.
NaNoReWriMo and Other Stories
Thirty-thousand words deep into NaNoReWriMo 2016 and I’ve learned that my hack and slash editing style requires three times the time it takes than actually going HAM on the keyboard to produce a draft.
Why NaNoReWriMo? Because this is a rewrite, which accounts for the two extra characters in the acronym. The short version: my nose is to the keyboard and I don’t want to talk about what a long, hard slog this is since it’s largely a structural rewrite instead of something seat-of-the-pants fun, which is what National Novel Writing Month is intended for.Read More