Today marks the third release in a twelve-month series of short horror stories. Fortune’s Son is particularly special to me, because it revolves around two characters who you will doubtless meet in the not so distant future. It is a prequel to The Neverafter Sequence, and follows the life of Cicero leading up to the events of Wake the Dead. Our story worlds often extend before and beyond the immediate telling of a novel, and in the case of Cicero, given that he was born sometime around 330 BCE, he has quite a bit of living left undocumented. I wanted to explore the lives of my characters to better understand where they’re coming from: this is one of a handful of experiments that belong to the world of The Neverafter Sequence.
Announcing “Fortune’s Son”
I began the Short Fictions & Curiosities 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:
I am I. Not a god, but a man as any other: born of flesh and blood, age marked against the bones like the rings that count the years of a tree when you saw into its trunk. I am older than any coastal redwood, and I no longer stand tall.
I am I, and I have had many names and borne many secrets, but the worst of those are always weighed to be carried in the pockets as stones as one walks into a river.
I am I.
But who I once was is the story worth telling:
And she was the river I drowned in.
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.