a cabinet of curiosities and wonders

Kira Butler's blog is the crucible for her creative practice, where she shares a little bit of the old dark stuff with other like-minded individuals who deal in the sort of shadows that have heft, those with an affinity for teeth and claws, and those who can't help but stir the spirits up.


Upcoming YA Horror Novels of 2017

Oh, I’m in such a mood. I finished Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia a few weeks back, and it’s lodged into my brain as this penultimate, incredible piece of young adult fiction that [...]


Home is where the human sacrifices happen

Today is the day after a monumental event. A process-changing thing happened to me yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier to share the news of my new addition with the world. I’ve talked before [...]


The Bullet Journal: An Introduction

For as long as I can remember, I've had an infatuation with paper. Books. Notebooks. Pens. Stationary. Sticky notes. Stickers. Highlighters. *handflap* Fountain pens. Wax seals. Embossing tools and bone [...]


Drowning: A summer project

I've been mired in place for the past two months. Just choked with the inability to look at the draft, much less work on it. Thinking about writing was giving me fits of anxiety, and not writing was making [...]


Upcoming YA Fantasy Books of 2017

I'm in the midst of a month-long book binge. Some of you may have heard of Sarah J. Maas, and accordingly, you might be aware of her Court of Thorn and Roses series. With her latest instalment released on [...]


Articles for Horror Writers: On the craft of writing scary

Not gonna lie, I'm pretty bloody tired. This is the result of forcibly doing nothing all weekend to brace for a crazy week. Instead of writing, I made art. Instead of working on the website, I worked on my [...]


The Mourning Pages

I’ve never put effort in living a creative life. I mean, not mental effort — not the psychological kind that required me to sit there contemplating what I could do to bolster my natural impulses to make [...]


Lafayette Cemetery no. 1, New Orleans

When you're thirteen and it's super critical to the point of being social-life-threatening to nurture the ties you're making in middle school to prepare for the years to come in high school, let me tell [...]


The Skeleton and the Corpse Candle

It’s taken a little time to bring everything under the fold what with the website update  taking up a fair chunk of my time over the past couple of months. I’ve had this one particular thing in [...]


Lizzie Siddal: In love and death

We’ve been celebrating all kinds of topics in horror over at The Midnight Society with themed months. February of this year is dedicated to the theme of love and death, and what better way to explore [...]

Book Reviews

Horror, Dark Fantasy, and YA Fiction

what i've been reading lately

A voracious reader with an unending appetite for new books, Kira's personal library presently numbers at just under a thousand titles (and that's not including what she keeps on her kindle.) This is her love affair with the written word: fiction and non-fiction recommendations that she happily foists onto others.

Book Reviews
Photo Galleries

Photo Galleries

Cemeteries and Other Strange Places

documenting the wanderlust

Journeying to find inspiration in odd places, Kira often finds herself wandering to locations where art and history intersect. Her travels have taken her to a handful of countries as she slowly works her way through a very large bucket list of cemeteries, medical museums, and cabinets of curiosity. This is her photographic journey.

Bullet Journal

BuJo for World Domination

down the planning rabbit hole

"I get it, it's just like when I paint minis," said my boyfriend to me as I brandished a ruler and a micron pen at him. I'm like Alice following a white rabbit with the whole Bullet Journal thing. Join me as I adapt Ryder Carroll's system for planning, plotting, and writing novels, and then managing the harrowing submission process.

Bullet Journal

Would you like to live deliciously?

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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