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The Skeleton and the Corpse Candle is a short story that I wrote for Jolene Haley’s Haunted Hotel Showcase back in October 2016. It’s been (a)live for a while on her site, but I always meant to package it up and offer it here for download.

I’m pleased to say you’ve now got that option, and that it’s listed as part of the permanent collection under Short Stories.
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I'm pleased to announce a sneak peak into the new Short Stories collection at my website. The redesign is launching February 17th, but for those of you gracious enough to follow my Google+ collection, I'm happy to welcome you to the revised Short Story collection early.

http://www.kirabutler.com/short-stories/
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Happy Halloween, guys and ghouls! As the sun sets tonight, we open the veil between worlds to let those who’ve come before walk the world of the living once again. Set out your jack-o-lanterns and don your masks to save yourself from those unsettled spirits, or, open your homes and set an empty plate for your departed loved ones at the dinner table to remember them.
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Today marks the twelfth release in a year-long series of short horror stories. Lady of the Grain is the brainchild of several influences stemming most notably from the folk horror tradition. I’m dipping my toes into the rural backwater to celebrate the beginning of autumn with old gods, bloodletting, and some good old fashioned harvest sacrifice.
Always remember to feed the land, lest She come to you hungry.
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Being so close to the end of this project, I’m negotiating a misplaced sense of grief. I looked at my production calendar, and seeing that this is the third to last story in this collection, I recognize I should feel some sort of relief that it’s almost over… but I don’t. Oddly enough, I’m wondering how I can fit another couple of short stories into my production schedule this year. Yes, I know I said I hated it, and that this project was a silly idea, and it was supposed to make me better at short formats but I don’t really see the progression, and I know I told you that if I concocted “any other stupid, impulsive ideas for any other projects that were not directly novel-related you should slap me.” (If you’re at DragonCon this weekend in Atlanta, you’ll have that opportunity too. Slap away.)
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Since we find ourselves in the middle of summer, Soghrum’s Inheritance is a story that takes place over the holidays as well. It’s the tenth release in this collection, which means we’re rapidly coming to the end of this project. I am both relieved and satisfied to say that the final three short stories that round off this experiment are complete and entering the editing round, and that things around here should go back to normal shortly.
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Better late than never, so they say. With so much chaos surrounding the move, I had to make some serious decisions regarding the two releases I had planned for the end of May and the end of June. Both short stories were pushed back so I could treat them…
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Sometimes you think you’re following the right path with a short story, and sometimes the road forks and you end up in places unexpected. Today, being the sixth release in the Short Fictions & Curiosities collection, I ventured into the woods in search of an urban legend: A shoe tree whose cursed existence sometimes takes the lives of the kids that travelled through the forest to find it. A sneaker tree known by a few other names by the generations who’ve seen it for themselves.
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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.
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We’re nearly at the halfway mark of the year on the Short Fictions & Curiosities project. Today marks the fifth release in the short story series: a story about New Orleans, jazz funerals, and making bargains that the devil will inevitably hold you to. Above all that, this story is about desire: about wanting something so much that you’d do absolutely anything to get it.
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