Kira Butler

writes speculative fiction for young adults


Short Fictions

Free horror fiction and dark urban fantasy


Book Reviews

Horror novel reviews for young adults and adults too.


About the Author

Biography, press, and contact information


She dreams of dark things

The Horror Writer

Kira Butler writes speculative fiction for adults, new adults, and young adult readers. She appreciates dark urban fantasy and low key horror, and likes to write about everything in between.

She is currently completing work on her forthcoming horror novel, Wake the Dead — the first book in The Neverafter Sequence: It’s about the darkness found in all of us. It’s about survival against all odds.

Kira Butler: Horror Writer

The Graphic Designer

In her daytime hours, Kira works another sort of alchemy: she is a creative professional of ten years, working in graphic design, brand development, content architecture, and user experience.

With a background in marketing and product development, she applies what she knows to her own web presence, and she teaches other authors how they can improve their marketing, branding, and social reach.

Hanging Tree, a free short horror story by Kira Butler

New Horror Fiction

Hanging Tree: Available April 30, 2016!

Everyone knew the stories about the wood: passed between each successive class of students to matriculate through Barrow High — they said there was a tree standing at the exact centre whose boughs were weighted by the numerous sneakers draped over its branches. The senior dare had been the same for generations: Find the tree, then get the hell out. Corinth never meant to take the dare, but when Penn gets a little too handsy at the homecoming bonfire, Corinth escapes into the wood despite the warnings. The tree has another name, however, a name that no one can pronounce anymore — but in the thickest part of Barrow’s wood, the tree has been waiting for Corinth to find it…

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May 27, 2016 in A Collection of Curiosities

A Collection of Curiosities – Part VI

Oh hai. Let me tell you: it has been a busy few weeks around these parts. I’m in the final leg of preparations before I move, and my life is in boxes. I can’t find anything. I’m wearing old, achey flip-flops and a rotation of outfits that are heat-tested for the insane weather we’ve been experiencing in Montreal. I’m barely living at my apartment, which is serving as a storehouse for all my worldly possessions (and especially my books.) We take possession (pun) of our new home on June 1st, with another ten days before all of our stuff follows us.

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