Author: Ben Butina

Fiction

The Three Bird Stone

Soulea’s father had two daughters, one of whom was beautiful and the other of whom was Soulea. Unpestered by suitors and unburdened of the drudgery of self-adornment, Soulea spent her girlhood in her father’s library, flirting shamelessly with new ideas. And then, one day, she fell deeply in love with […]

Life

Time for the Handshake to Bow Out

I recently interviewed Forneus, the Great Marquis of Hell, who originally developed the handshake as a way of “spreading pestilence and suffering o’r the land. An excerpt follows. Me: So, I understand the handshake wasn’t your first attempt at spreading germs throughout the human race, right? Forneus: That’s right, Ben. […]

Art

Stand Up Comedy & Horror

You can never laugh at a Jim Gaffigan joke the way you did the first time you heard it because you see the punchline coming. You’ll never be as scared of The Sixth Sense as you were the first time you watched it because you know where the jump scares […]