The Brains That Wouldn’t Obey

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: Grell

They cannot be reasoned with, they cannot be bargained with, they absolutely will not be stopped. Genre conventions, logic, and good taste cannot restrain these merciless and multi-talented brains. Only one thing is for certain, they will not obey.

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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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The Mermaid

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: Merfolk

Opening night at the town carnival. Five delinquent friends steal an obviously fake ‘dead mermaid’ from the new freak show. But some truth to the legend may place them in lethal danger.

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Swarm

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 Insects

Trigger Warning: Gore

They killed him. They killed him just about as dead as a person could be killed. So how is that sick sadist Marty Vigotti taking his revenge from beyond the grave? What dark powers are allowing him to kill in such horrible ways? And can he even be stopped?

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Two Heads Are Better Than One

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: Ettin

Once upon a time, a very clever merchant fell afoul of a nasty, brutish ogre with two heads… Will his cleverness be enough to help him escape an unpleasant fate? A fairy tale with a moral message.

Trigger Warning: Gore

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Henry

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: Death Dog

Trigger Warning: Loss of a Pet

Six months after their dog, Henry, passed away, Darrell and Molly are considering getting a new pet but moving on is hard to do. That is until the god of death Hades arrives at their door with a mysterious box.

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