The Alice In Wonderland director has started up a 'BurtonStory' account on the social networking site and is using tweets to assemble a tale 140 characters at a time.
The first line of the story reads: "Stainboy, using his obvious expertise, was called in to investigate mysterious glowing goo on the gallery floor."
Until December 6, the best tweet of the day will be selected and added to advance the narrative. Burton has not revealed what he intends to do with the completed Stainboy story.
The filmmaker debuted Stainboy, a nervous young superhero, in his book of poems The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy & Other Stories in 2000. The character later appeared in a series of flash animation shorts.