Happy Halloween, guys and ghouls! As the sun sets tonight, we open the veil between worlds to let those who’ve come before walk the world of the living once again. Set out your jack-o-lanterns and don your masks to save yourself from those unsettled spirits, or, open your homes and set an empty plate for your departed loved ones at the dinner table to remember them.

It’s a special night.

But also candy, and free short stories.

 

Announcing “Chasing Ghosts”

Today is also a special day for me here at KiraButler.com. It’s the launch date for a very special pet project of mine, and I’m pleased to announce that the very first installment in a twelve-month series is live.

I began this experiment partially for the love of the fantastic, and partially because I wanted to take mini-vacations from the novel I’ve been toiling over for the last year. I look at Short Fictions & Curiosities as a collection of oddities that didn’t quite want to fit anywhere else: misfit creatures that occasionally poked their heads out of the murky places where I’d hidden them.

As bizarre as they were, I still wanted to give them a home. And here we are.

 

About Short Fictions & Curiosities

Short Fictions & Curiosities are monthly offerings: a sample of short stories, wonders, terrors, and experiments in speculative fiction: small slivers of dark fiction and horror from the vault for your enjoyment. They are free to read, with the hopes that you’ll share with others on the social media platform of your choosing. Each story has been penned and designed by Kira Butler. They are formatted for ePub, Mobi, and PDF, and it’s at your discretion how you’d like to receive them.

You can read the initial announcement about the series here.

 

About the story:

When Nicolas inherits the apartment in Spitalfields, he expects that the purge will take a week, at best: he’ll clear it out for sale and forget it ever existed. The place is ancient; an archive that seems to peer into 18th century London through its dusty rooms and trapped shadows. It seems to him that it was abandoned and forgotten, left behind as if its owners only got up and left to return later. There are strange things, though: doors that won’t open to any key in his collection, a certain quality of trapped light, and the unsettled whispers that escape him at every turn…

Read the story >

 

About Kira Butler:

Kira Butler is a speculative fiction writer and creative professional from Montreal. She holds a BFA from Concordia University, is a supporting member of the Horror Writers Association, and a member of the Quebec Writers Federation. She has been writing fiction for over ten years, having produced over twenty short stories, and three novels. She haunts KiraButler.com, and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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