Kira Butler

writes speculative fiction for young adults

A writer of dark fiction, she is heavily influenced by the gothic tradition with particular affinities for low-key, supernatural, folk, and occult horror. She is a contributor at The Midnight Society, a member of the HWA, a self-confessed book nerd, and is currently seeking representation for her first young adult horror novel.
Kira Butler's Biography

About

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.

Offerings
Offerings

Completed manuscripts currently in query, and available works in progress for consideration.

Oddities
Oddities

A sample of free short stories: wonders, terrors, and explorations in the darker side of speculative fiction.

Curiosities
Curiosities

Resources and references collected for horror writers, aspiring authors, and fans of genre fiction.

Ephemera
Ephemera

Kira’s blog collects art, books, films, and documents her practice as she delves deeper into the dark to find inspiration.

Books

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.

Kira Butler's Books
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short stories
  • Oh, you guys, this story is so good. So so good.

    Andy Greiser
    Andy Greiser Author
  • Quietly creepy!

    Kathleen Ann Palm
    Kathleen Ann Palm Author
  • I LOVED this story by Kira Butler, y'all - definitely worth a read!

    C. L. McCollum
    C. L. McCollum Author
  • HOLY CRAP. You guys are going to LOVE Kira Butler's Haunted Hotel story. I just read it 5 times. In. Love.

    Jolene Haley
    Jolene Haley Author
  • The voice was just fabulous! Kept me wondering about the twist, but I second guessed myself constantly. Just lovely.

    C. L. McCollum
    C. L. McCollum Author
  • It's true. This Haunted Hotel story from Kira Butler is CAPTIVATING.

    Jolene Haley
    Jolene Haley Author

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Occasionally, Kira runs a giveaway, a contest, or supplies the horror community with interesting tidbits of useful information that she’s collected. She likes to curate the weird and wonderful, but is a real stickler about who gets that information first. Subscribing to her newsletter is the golden ticket.

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