Short Stories

free short-format fiction for fans of scary stories

Tiny drops in a very large, very deep, and dark pond: short samples of horror and dark fiction for lovers of the ephemeral, creepy, spooky, and obscure -- the short stories offered here are oddities that wouldn’t fit anywhere else, but belong to a larger pool of inspiration and experiment.

The Skeleton and the Corpse Candle

a ghost story

Written for Jolene Haley’s Haunted Hotel Showcase, The Skeleton and the Corpse Candle is a story about enduring love, told from the perspective of the Thornewood Hotel’s caretaker.

The Skeleton and the Corpse Candle
The Curiosities Collection

The Curiosities Collection

thirteen subdued spooky tales

An ephemeral collection of wonders, terrors, and experiments in low-key horror — small slivers of darkness written over thirteen months. The collection has been described as quietly creepy.

  • Quietly creepy!

    Kathleen Ann Palm
    Kathleen Ann Palm Author
  • It's true. This Haunted Hotel story from Kira Butler is CAPTIVATING.

    Jolene Haley
    Jolene Haley Author
  • I LOVED this story by Kira Butler, y'all - definitely worth a read!

    C. L. McCollum
    C. L. McCollum Author
  • HOLY CRAP. You guys are going to LOVE Kira Butler's Haunted Hotel story. I just read it 5 times. In. Love.

    Jolene Haley
    Jolene Haley Author
  • Oh, you guys, this story is so good. So so good.

    Andy Greiser
    Andy Greiser Author
  • The voice was just fabulous! Kept me wondering about the twist, but I second guessed myself constantly. Just lovely.

    C. L. McCollum
    C. L. McCollum Author

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