The Other Dog

All There in the (Monster) Manual are stories based on creatures from the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, over 2022 I released a different story fitting the theme every single week! Could be fantasy, science fiction, horror, or something else entirely, check them out on the main page of the website.

This Week’s Inspiration: Doppelganger

The other dog stalks this home through rooms I cannot access, always on the other side of the glass. He wants to take my life for his own unless I can stop him.

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52 Weeks, 52 Monsters, Three Novels Worth of Words, All There in the (Monster) Manual for 2022!

Besides this website, I’d been posting All There in the (Monster) Manual stories on half a dozen other writing sites to mixed results (largely trying to drive people back to this site – hi, if that’s the route you took). And a few weeks before the end of 2022, I got an “award” for 250,000 words written on one particular site.

That can’t be right, I thought. I hadn’t been keeping track of how long these stories were at all, certainly not cumulatively. Plus this website is kind of weirdly prudish, so it hadn’t accepted all the stories I’d tried to post on there, particularly rejecting any with sexual content – although if you’ve read most of my stories you’ll know very few contain much of anything erotic. At the same time, I had used the account to post some of my older stories pre-2022 so maybe that’s where that number came from?

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The Little People

For 2022, I’ve been wanting to write more ‘creature features’ and generally improve my short story writing. My partner got me a Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual for my birthday so I came up with the idea of writing a story every week based on a different creature from that – All There in the (Monster) Manual. Hope you enjoy!

This Week’s Inspiration: Halfling

The little people live in tunnels beneath your house! The little people eat and play and pray. You should learn all you can about the little people while you have the chance!

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Do They Know It’s Christmas?

For 2022, I’ve been wanting to write more ‘creature features’ and generally improve my short story writing. My partner got me a Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual for my birthday so I came up with the idea of writing a story every week based on a different creature from that – All There in the (Monster) Manual. Hope you enjoy!

This Week’s Inspiration: Zombie

One year after the zombie apocalypse, Carter faces the possibility of spending Christmas all alone… except for the company of a horde of half-frozen, decaying, flesh-eating ghouls.

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Climb to Oni Mountain

For 2022, I’ve been wanting to write more ‘creature features’ and generally improve my short story writing. My partner got me a Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual for my birthday so I came up with the idea of writing a story every week based on a different creature from that – All There in the (Monster) Manual. Hope you enjoy!

This Week’s Inspiration: Oni

Meighan and her family find themselves competing on the ultimate Japanese game show, Climb to Oni Mountain! But as they progress, the rounds keep getting darker and stranger, as well as more dangerous. The only way out is to win.

If you’d like a version of this story to take away and read on your ebook device, feel free to download it from here! I’m generous that way.

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Under the Trees

For 2022, I’ve been wanting to write more ‘creature features’ and generally improve my short story writing. My partner got me a Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual for my birthday so I came up with the idea of writing a story every week based on a different creature from that – All There in the (Monster) Manual. Hope you enjoy!

This Week’s Inspiration: Giant Centipede

Having recently lost his mother, and now having lost a precious locket that belonged to her, Damon and his friends venture beneath the enormous branches of their city-sized hometree to retrieve it. To recover the locket, they’ll have to search the strange and dangerous world of the forest floor.

With some of my longer stories, I’m happy for you to grab yourself a copy of an ebook version to take away and read it in your own time if you prefer! So, feel free to click this link and do just that.

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The Old Man

For 2022, I’ve been wanting to write more ‘creature features’ and generally improve my short story writing. My partner got me a Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual for my birthday so I came up with the idea of writing a story every week based on a different creature from that – All There in the (Monster) Manual. Hope you enjoy!

Inspiration: Modron

Who is he? Where is he? How did he get here? An old man wrestles with his decaying mental state and the mysteries of the strange windowless, peopleless facility in which he has been trapped for as long as he can remember.

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Unseen

For 2022, I’ve been wanting to write more ‘creature features’ and generally improve my short story writing. My partner got me a Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual for my birthday so I came up with the idea of writing a story every week based on a different creature from that – All There in the (Monster) Manual. Hope you enjoy!

This Week’s Inspiration: Invisible Stalker

You are trapped in your apartment with an invisible, silent, almost certainly malevolent presence. You don’t know what its intentions are but it has targeted you, it has tricked its way inside, and no matter what you do it is coming for you.

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Regicide

For 2022, I’ve been wanting to write more ‘creature features’ and generally improve my short story writing. My partner got me a Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual for my birthday so I came up with the idea of writing a story every week based on a different creature from that – All There in the (Monster) Manual. Hope you enjoy!

This Week’s Inspiration: Barlgura

The Eighth Wonder of the World, a monstrous ape known as ‘The King’, was stolen from his island home and put on nightly display in the heart of Times Square. But tonight that all changes thanks to one lowly janitor.

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Hollywood Necromancy

For 2022, I’ve been wanting to write more ‘creature features’ and generally improve my short story writing. My partner got me a Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual for my birthday so I came up with the idea of writing a story every week based on a different creature from that – All There in the (Monster) Manual. Hope you enjoy!

This Week’s Inspiration: Lich

Fishpeople protests, outpourings of grief for the King of Pop (and Atlantis), and raising the dead to sell fast food. It’s just another day in Hollywood.

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