Running the Bull

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: Gorgon

When Donovan wakes up to find his office, and Manhattan’s entire Financial District, completely abandoned, his first thought is terrorism. But something far stranger is happening, as he discovers when the 7000 pound Charging Bull statue near his building comes to life and tries to stomp him into the ground.

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Burn

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: Ancient Gold Dragon

Unearthed by a rogue missile strike and discovered by a crew of marines performing roadwork, a strange vessel comes with an ominous warning. When the vessel hatches, it unleashes an ancient war machine the likes of which the modern world has never seen.

Somehow, and I mean absolutely legitimately, I failed to realise just how long this story actually is! I did not think it was longer than the previously longest piece I’ve put out this year but it’s literally 2000 words longer. So as I try to do with some of my longer stories, if you would like to download a MOBI version to take away and read on your own device, please feel free to click this link!

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Slaying Dragons

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: Dracolich

Despite being trapped in the mansion and rarely let outside, the kids had never paid much attention to the monstrous skull taking pride of place on their dining room table. But their honorary uncle is more than happy to explain its origins, even if his story sounds a little far-fetched.

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Tattoo

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: Pseudodragon

Trigger Warning: Female-on-Male Sexual Assault, Loss of Bodily Autonomy, Self-Harm, Some Gore

After blacking out during a hookup, Patrick wakes to find a mysterious dragon tattoo on his chest. Not only is the tattoo real, it’s alive, and unless he finds a way to stop it then it’s going to eat its way through his other tattoos before it starts to feed on him.

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Encounter

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: Flumph

After failing to listen to their mother, a youngster slips outside the borders of safety and has an unforgettable encounter.

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King of Crows

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: Kenku

Trigger Warning: Gore, Drug Use

A lonely traveller takes refuge in an abandoned church only to find it home to a bizarrely intelligent murder of crows. While at first enjoying the crows’ company and generosity, he comes to find the birds have a desire for something much stranger than a few loaves of bread and some shiny trinkets.

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Little Red Riding Hood

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: Werewolf

Little Red Riding Hood is taking some food to Grandma’s house! But to get there, she’ll have to cross the dangerous, post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with mutants and psychos. And something even worse is watching, a monstrous shapeshifter named Wolfe!

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Mimic

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: Mimic (Duh)

Trigger Warning: Gore

Note: This is the longest ‘short’ story I’ve written for All There in the (Monster) Manual so far by a considerable margin – 12,500 words in total. So, if you would like, I have made it available to download as a MOBI file you can download by clicking here! Totally up to you if you’d like to take advantage, otherwise read on below.

Trapped on an island of rock while the cars keep circling, Kylie and her bandmates were road tripping to their next gig when they were attacked by three strangers who refuse to leave their vehicles. Now it becomes a question of what will get them first, heat and thirst, or the drivers ready to run them down if they try to escape.

Eyes of the Beholder

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: Beholder

HAILING FROM THE FAR REALM, WHERE YOUR MOST SECRET TERRORS AND DARKEST DREAMS BECOME A BALEFUL REALITY. FLAWLESSLY CONCEIVED AND BORN OF THE MIND OF THE GREAT MOTHER, THE MIGHTY BEHOLDER goes to the optometrist to have its eyes checked.

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Scorpion’s Sting

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 Scorpion

Salma Al Aleagrab and her family flee across the deadly sands of the Great Sandy Wastes atop their scorpion mounts, pursued by a seemingly unstoppable predator. Unexpected allies and unexpected new ideas might be the only way to stay alive, free, and uneaten.

This story is based in the same setting as The Birth of Cities and Captain’s Log, although no knowledge of either is required before reading.

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