Today marks my first official young adult short story release. While I’ve dealt with younger protagonists in previous releases of the Short Fictions & Curiosities collection, this is the first time I’m actively dealing with young adult content in the horror spectrum: Specifically bullying.

Like everything, there’s an action and a reaction, and while the bad things have already happened to Emily Rosencrantz, she’s reached a point where it’s only going to get worse when she decides to retaliate with witchcraft.

Everything comes at a cost. Especially revenge.


Announcing “Rosencrantz & Hemlock”

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 I visited Yaga’s apartment, I didn’t really believe in magic — and definitely not the really black stuff — but I did know one thing: you could totally put a price on revenge, and I was ready to pay with my life savings if it meant never having to endure another week of those bitches posting stuff to my Facebook wall where mom could see it. I thought the old lady would scare them, you know? I thought maybe six months worth of allowance would cover it. I’ve never been more wrong…

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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