Nine months in, and I’ve learned that I still prefer long format fiction to short, but sometimes short stories yield interesting results. Today’s release is an experiment in tone and language that I’m not wholly sure what to think of: The King of Eight Legged Things wants to be a fairy tale wrapped up in a horror story. In it, we follow a young faery named Tibermay who no longer wants to follow familiar conventions. The result is a dangerous dalliance that costs her more than she expected.


Announcing “The King of Eight Legged Things”

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:

“We serve the King of Eight Legged Things,” is what Tibermay’s grandfather always told her. He’d tug her ears, and send her on her way with an acorn of honey to leave as a tithe at the tree at the heart of the forest. Rumour has it, the spoils are taken by the squirrels anyway. Tibermay looks at the old cobwebs in the trees and makes a decision: she will not tithe for the King. The King is dead, she thinks, along with his regime — no one should live in fear of a legend. Tibermay is not afraid, not until the King comes for his tithe when she least expects it.

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, and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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