WKU creative writing alumnus Jenny Kiefer, who graduated in 2011, is opening a bookstore in Louisville, Kentucky, selling horror books and related paraphernalia. Butcher Cabin Books, located at 990 Barret Ave, has its grand opening October 15-16 from 12:00-7:00 pm.
Kiefer herself is a horror writer, her debut novel this poor valley It’s slated for release in 2024. “I’ve always loved horror movies,” Kiefer said. “As a child, I read books like Scary stories to tell in the dark, goosebumpsand street of fear. I’m not easily scared, I just like creepy stuff. When Kiefer started writing, her own story leaned toward the dark side.
Kiefer talks about why she loves writing horror films: “For some people, saying ‘I have anxiety, so I like to read and write horror films’ seems a little behind because they think horror films cause more anxiety However, writing horror fiction is a way for me to channel my anxiety and make it useful in a way.” Kiefer describes how characters in horror can convincingly present fear and anxiety to readers, and she is able to describe them in these descriptions. using her anxiety experiences. The process also gave her a sense of strength. She said: “Writing a horror movie gave me a way to control my anxiety. If I was writing it, I could control its ending.”
Kiefer noticed the amount of great work that came out of the indie horror scene. She’s always loved the idea of opening a bookstore, and she and her mother, her business partner, decided now was a good time to open one to support the scene, since most traditional bookstores don’t have the widespread horror. (However, Kiefer does claim that Barnes & Noble’s in Bowling Green has one of the better horror sections because an employee worked hard to curate books for it.)
Kiefer believes that the process of opening a store is a result of luck. The building where the store is located has been owned by her family for years; her father’s business, Currie Sound, runs from the back of the building. Owning the building gave them the freedom to do renovations, such as painting the exterior to drip blood. Kiefer tweeted a photo of the storefront, and the post went viral, sparking a lot of interest in the store. Refurbishment work is currently wrapping up, and it includes a moth-wing mural that people can stand in front of and take pictures.
Some of the books for sale are obtained through library book sales and thrift stores and from friends who send them books. They will also sell new books from independent publishers and local authors to better support the independent field.
Kiefer has invited Kentucky writers to the store to discuss their work and has events planned for October and November. She wants to foster interaction between writers and readers, and she envisions Butcher Cabin Books as “not just a store, but a community.”