For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with New Orleans. I attribute my fascination with Louisiana as a whole to Anne Rice — her book The Witching Hour inspired me to visit the first time over Mardi Gras when I was in my early twenties. I made a point of visiting the house on First Street which inspired the story of the Mayfair witches in which the author herself lived, the Garden District cemetery Lafayette, and the bayous surrounding the city.

I fell in love with the food, the people, and the legends. It doesn’t take very much for me to recall the feel of the place — it’s smell, the texture of its streets, or the sounds of jazz falling from Preservation Hall.

The city lives, the city endures, and it finds its way into my writing more times than I can count.

Second Line is a short story that I wrote not long after Katrina. It’s not the only story that draws inspiration from the disaster of the Hurricane in my roster, and it does address the horror of loss in the aftermath of destruction. It’s not a pretty thing, to lose people’s loved ones twice. My sympathies are extended to those souls affected, and my hopes that all that is lost is eventually found again.


Announcing “Second Line”

Today marks the second release in a twelve-month series of short fiction stories. Second Line was a workshopped piece that took a brief beating at the hands of the QWF. It’s gone under the knife since, and is now available for public consumption.

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:

Marlow left the bayou after Daisy died. They blamed him, of course: she drowned after all, but Marlow only tried to escape her memory and not the crime. In the wake of Katrina’s receding flood waters, the cemeteries have been submerged, and the bodies left to float downriver. When Marlow gets a call from Jake, he returns home to search for Daisy’s remains, but the heart has a stronger pull than the tide, and some loves can endure any storm…

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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