Into the Labyrinth

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: Minotaur Skeleton

For years, seven young men and seven maidens were sacrificed to the beast that roamed the inescapable halls of the labyrinth. But the minotaur is dead and rumours of treasure have drawn the attention of a group of mercenaries. In the endless dark, however, something even more vicious has survived.

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The Floor is Lava

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: Magmin

Playtime has never been so lethal, as Kevin and his friends discover the floor has transformed into bubbling, searingly hot, molten lava. Not everyone will survive as they make the treacherous journey from playroom to kitchen, across the dining room and to freedom through flames and choking clouds of smoke, pursued by evil lava monsters.

Trigger Warning: Children Dying Horribly

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The Ooze That Ate Everyone

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: Ooze

Having come to earth inside a meteorite, the Ooze has now consumed every living creature, every man, woman and child, every animal, every insect, every tree and plant, on the face of the earth – except for one person. Time has come to find out exactly why they were saved.

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The Hunt

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: Cockatrice

The gods never made a creature more foul than the cockatrice. Its gaze paralyses, its breath sickens, and its bite turns living flesh into stone. But if Gould is going to get back into the good graces of his crime lord boss, he needs to capture one and bring it home alive. Is he hunting the cockatrice though, or is the cockatrice hunting him?

Trigger Warning: Cruelty to Animals, Cruelty to Humans

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Art

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: Ettercap

Moreau is one of the hottest artists on the planet, but he doesn’t work on canvas or with clay. His medium is the human body, his art expressed through extreme surgery and body modification. He makes human beings into artworks, but art isn’t always about beauty. Art makes you feel something, and that something isn’t always nice.

Trigger Warning: Body Dysmorphia, Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Surgery, Body Horror and Gore (yeah, there’s a lot going on in this one)

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Living Longer, Living Better

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: Aboleth

“Here at Abolife, we believe the key to humanity’s future lies in the past. The Earth’s distant, ancient past. This planet has existed for eons before the first human being stood upright on the plains of Africa, it would be arrogance to think of ourselves as its true owners…”

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Spiders-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!

This Week’s Inspiration: Swarm of Spiders

Trigger Warning: Spiders, Suicide, Gore

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Spiders-Man, Spiders-Man, does whatever thousands of sentient spiders can!

Spins a web across the sky!

Will stop all those who defy!

Watch out, here comes the Spiders-Man!

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Swinehead Pete

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: Wereboar

Seven friends go on an overnight camping trip, sleeping under the stars, cooking s’mores, and telling scary stories by the campfire. But stories have a power all of their own. What would you do if an old and murderous legend came to life?

Trigger Warning: Gore. Like, a lot of Gore.

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Crossroads

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: Hell Hound

Milton Masters has it all, riches, his own talent agency, a mansion and a beautiful wife. Until one morning he starts to lose everything. What’s the connection between his sudden streak of bad luck and these lapses in his memory? And what’s it all got to do with these hallucinations he keeps having of a spectral dog?

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Shadows

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: Shadow

When was the last time you really took notice of your shadow? Did it ever occur to you that they might have thoughts, feelings, an agenda of their own?

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