Get Magical with These Fantasy Writing Prompts

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Looking to write a fantasy story? How about something with ghosts, witches, fairies, and other magical beings? Check out this collection of fantasy writing prompts and create amazing, new worlds!

Fantasy Worlds

Fantastic Creatures – Trolls, Goblins, And Other Exes

  • A construction company works on a new bridge: breaking ground, building the decking, paving, and hiring the bridge troll.
  • A young woman discovers a faun living in the woods near her apartment. They quickly fall in love and decide to move in together. But first, they have to decide where to live. They agree to each spend a week in the other’s world, with the woman showing the faun the excitement of city life, and the faun showing her the wonders of the woods.
  • A drunken barfly tells anyone who will listen that he’s a “retired giant”. He may be human-sized now, but back in his glory days, he was a hundred feet tall.
  • A White House intern searching for JFK’s secret tunnels discovers the entrance to a vast system of caves, and the lair of the real leader of the United States: a centuries-old dragon.
  • Tormented by voices, a young woman decides to take her own life. She draws a bath and downs a bottle of pills. She climbs into the tub, closes her eyes, and waits for the pills to take effect. Startled by a strange sound, she opens her eyes. Her reflection climbs out of the mirror and, smiling darkly, runs into the hall.
  • A woman comes across a farmer’s market stall selling beef jerky, dried fruit, and jars of shriveled creatures labeled “dehydrated goblins”. Thinking the goblins are a toy, she buys several for her horror movie-loving son. However, as soon as the goblins are placed in water, the family finds out they are all too real.
  • A biology student carrying a box of laboratory mice boards the subway to school. On the way, a homeless man grabs the box out of her hands and starts eating the mice, swallowing each one in a single gulp. The subway stops at the next station. The man runs out, and the student chases him down and tackles him. “I’m so sorry!” the man says. “I had to! It’s the only way I can keep from changing!” But it is too late. He is already growing feathers.
  • A woman is awoken by pounding at her front door. A group of puppets are on her front porch, begging to be let inside. They explain that the master of the puppet theater is cruel and awful, and they need her help to escape.
  • Children listen in awe to their grandfather’s scary stories, cleverly illustrated with shadow puppets on the walls. One night, after a particularly frightful tale, they go to bed and struggle to fall asleep. A dark shape passes in front of the nightlight. They scream, and their grandfather comes in to see what is wrong. “A shadow in your room? Oh dear, one of my puppets is misbehaving again…”
  • A forest ranger is told that a giant has been sighted in the area. It’s a ridiculous claim, but he goes to investigate anyway. Searching the forest, he discovers that the giant is real and, bizarrely, looks exactly like him. The ranger follows his giant duplicate into the trees, wondering where in the world he could have come from.
  • They hunt in packs, biting prey with their razor sharp teeth and powerful jaws. They can strip a cow down to a skeleton in thirty seconds, so just imagine what they can do to you. Stay out of those woods, and stay away from the faeries!
  • A young boy steps through the front door and calls to his mother, “Look what followed me home! Can I keep it?” He points to the front porch, where a tiny thundercloud waits expectantly.
  • A gardener gets caught in the middle of an epic war between the lawn flamingos and the garden gnomes.
  • A knight is constantly hassled by a talking cat who demands to be trained as his squire and taken on adventures. The knight eventually relents, and takes the cat into battle. Once they are in the thick of things, with arrows flying on all sides, the cat says, “By the way, I’m a witch’s familiar. And if I die, she will be very, very angry.”

Supernatural Objects – Is That A Magic Wand In Your Pants?

  • The bone blade. What a lousy treasure this was turning out to be. Sure, its magic could cause the undead to bleed like mere mortals, but it also attracted the undead like a lantern attracted moths. Even if you could kill the undead with it, you weren’t really safe, because there was always another creature coming to kill you. Eventually, you would be too tired to fight. Eventually, you would lose.
  • I spent two days in the hotel before I noticed it. The portrait on the wall was watching me. As I crossed from one end of my room to the other, the eyes moved. I thought it was a gag, some kind of trick painting. Surely there wasn’t a secret passage with someone looking through cut-out eye holes! What is this, a bad movie? I decided to take the painting off the wall to see how it worked, but as soon as I began to lift the frame, I heard a voice. “What are you doing? Put me down!” The painting was talking!
  • A wizard collects magical rings that allow him to control the elements, turn invisible, fly through the air, and do other amazing feats. He finds a magic ring and, allured by its beauty, slips it on his finger. The ring doesn’t appear to do anything. He attempts to take it off, but it’s stuck, supernaturally stuck. He researches the ring. When he discovers what it does, he is absolutely horrified.
  • A beloved king dies and is laid to rest with his ancestors. The king’s wizard attempts to bring the king back to life, but fails. Instead, he animates a marble statue of the king and puts it on the throne in his stead. The statue has the king’s memories and personality. It loves food but is unable to eat. It loves the queen but she is repelled by its cold touch. It loves music but is too heavy and slow to dance. It demands that the wizard change it to real flesh and blood or die.
  • A wizard builds the tallest tower in the kingdom to communicate with the mysterious eye in the sky. The giant eye spies on neighboring kingdoms and reports what it sees. At first, the wizard is grateful for the information, but when the clouds part and he sees the eye is attached to a body, he is horrified. What is this terrible, gigantic creature?
  • A wizard invents a furnace that can fuel its own fire. Whenever the fire starts getting low, it uses its arms to grab any coal or wood nearby and toss it inside itself. One night, the wizard falls asleep with the fire burning. The wood pile runs out. The furnace begins ripping up floorboards, tearing paneling off the walls, and generally destroying the house to keep the fire going. As the fire grows larger, so does the magical furnace. The wizard, who is a very sound sleeper, does not wake up until half the house is gone and the furnace has escaped into the night.
  • A wizard develops a time traveling couch. As soon as you lie down, you are projected two hours into the past, allowing you to take a long nap without wasting the day. Centuries later, the chair winds up at an antique store, where it is sold to an unsuspecting couple.
  • A wizard gets her powers from a crown with seven mystical stones. She discovers that the stones are actually miniature planets. She must choose between keeping her powers or putting the planets back in space where they belong.
  • A wizard explains to a local warrior that he is The Chosen One. To vanquish the evil in the kingdom, he must obtain a powerful magical artifact… by winning it at an arcade. The world will face ten thousand years of darkness, unless he can get a hundred thousand prize tickets by nightfall.
  • An archeologist is on the hunt for an enchanted book said to contain the knowledge of thousands of people throughout history. The book is sentient and hungry, devouring those who read it. The only way to obtain its knowledge without being devoured is to make sure the book’s stomach is full. And the only way to make sure its stomach is full is to feed it souls.
  • A knight is exploring the darker recesses of the castle and discovers an enchanted flail. The chain attached to the handle appears to be infinitely stretchy. He attacks a tree. The chain wraps around it and tightens, crushing it. The spiked head can grow large enough to crush a man. He goes off in search of a fight to text his new weapon. However, he is unaware that magical weapons have an aura that draws in monstrous creatures looking to claim the weapons for themselves. Every time the weapon is used, he broadcasts his location to the deadliest creatures in the kingdom.
  • In the Old West, a group of bandits and bank robbers have the perfect way of evading the authorities. They have enchanted masks that allow them to disguise themselves as anyone on Earth. When they flee a crime scene, they can simply change their appearance and blend in with a crowd. A sheriff discovers a way to track the bandits wherever they go.
  • A prisoner with superhuman strength is locked up with enchanted manacles. Any time he tries to break them or tries to break the prison’s locks, his manacles just get tighter. He eventually gives up fighting. He gets books from the prison library every week, and eventually finds a book on magic. It’s just a book of magic spells for children, so there couldn’t be anything dangerous in there, or anything that could break the manacles… could there?
  • Not wanting her to inherit the throne, a wizard enchants a young princess’s bed to transform into a monster at night and devour her alive. However, the princess makes friends with the monster and together they plan her revenge on the wizard.
  • A prohibition era wizard enchants a speakeasy so that only those who know the magical password can see it. However, before he can tell his boss the password, his assistant accidentally casts an amnesia spell on him. The wizard and his assistant soon find themselves on the run from gangsters. They’re sure to be killed, unless they can find the missing speakeasy.
  • A group of environmentalists enchant all the smokestacks at a factory. The smoke becomes a hundred-foot monster that attacks the nearby town. Weapons pass right through it like a cloud. “Maybe now you’ll listen to us about the dangers of pollution!”
  • A woman is given a pair of enchanted headphones that play music that hasn’t aired on the radio in years – jazz, swing, rock deep cuts that never became hits. The headphones start playing music that never aired on the radio, music in a language she can’t identify. She takes the headphones to a linguist at the university and he can’t identify the language, either. He theorizes that the music is from a civilization that existed on Earth before humans. And he thinks he can use the headphones to communicate with them.
  • The owner of a railroad company has all the boilers enchanted. Rather than keeping them loaded with coal or wood, they will be powered by heat from demons. He assures the railroad staff that the demons are trapped in the boilers and couldn’t possibly escape. As long as no one opens the door…
  • A man loses his hand in an accident and is given a cybernetic replacement. He goes to a wizard and has the hand enchanted to turn the metal into flesh. The wizard reverses two of the words in the spell. The next morning, the man wakes up to find his entire forearm is metal, and the metal is spreading.
  • A wizard enchants every pumpkin field for miles around. When Halloween comes, the pumpkins are carved into jack-o-lanterns with large eyes and jagged teeth. The jack-o-lanterns gather together in a giant swarm and head out to devour those who hurt them.
  • An archer discovers an enchanted tree. He cuts down one of its limbs and uses it to make a magical bow that can’t miss a shot. That night, the tree pulls up its roots and goes hunting for the archer, eager for revenge. Limb for a limb.
  • A businessman has an enchanted briefcase that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Not only that, no matter what he puts in it, it always light and easy to carry.  He uses the briefcase to smuggle immigrant families across the border. One day, when he opens the briefcase, the immigrant family is nowhere to be seen. He goes inside to search for them, and discovers that the briefcase is bigger than he thought. Much, much bigger. There is an entire world inside he’s never seen.
  • A knight is given an enchanted sword that drips saltwater with every swing. Any attack against an enemy knight causes their armor to rust into pieces and fall away. Years later, the knight retires from battle. He searches for a wizard who can make the sword generate fresh water, so he can bring water to deserts.
  • A wizard enchants a feather and uses it to create a feathered cape that allows him to fly. He adores flying and uses the cape more and more. One morning, he wakes up to discover that the cape has become a pair of parrot-like wings. The feathers are spreading across his body like a skin disease. If he doesn’t find a cure soon, he may be trapped as a bird creature.
  • A gangster is gifted with a white, three-piece suit. The suit is enchanted to give the wearer superhuman strength and near-invulnerability. The more blood that is spilled on the suit, the more powerful it gets. The suit drinks up the blood like a vampire, always staying perfectly white.
  • An archer is given an enchanted longbow that turns arrows into bolts of lightning. This incredible bow makes the archer powerful in battle, able to take out entire squads of soldiers with a single shot. The mayor of a nearby town hears about the longbow and believes it could control the weather, bringing rain to his desert town. He sends assassins to kill the archer and take the bow.
  • A powerful wizard has enchanted blood. If any of his blood is spilled in battle, it transforms into a blood beast that attacks his enemies. A blood beast takes on the form of an animal, but is made of congealed blood. If it is struck with a weapon, it turns into liquid blood and the weapon passes through it harmlessly. The knights of the kingdom come up with a plan to kill the wizard without making him bleed a single drop.
  • An astronomer discovers an enchanted book of star charts. Each night, the charts move to show the current sky. There are dots near some stars that don’t seem to correspond to any known objects. He sees there is a dot near Earth and passes the information along to NASA. They send up a satellite to investigate. It’s a vast ring floating in space, some kind of gate. Only the enchanted book can open it.
  • A lawyer discovers a pair of enchanted earrings at an antique store that give her superhuman hearing. She uses the earrings to eavesdrop on jury deliberations and the opposing council. After she gets a criminal sentenced to life in prison, she hears someone in the courtroom mutter that he’s “going to kill that lawyer”.
  • A trio of thieves hears about a wealthy, old woman who keeps a stockpile of gold in her mansion. They wait until nightfall and climb the fence. The mansion is surrounded by a vast hedge maze and, they soon discover, it is protected by a collection of enchanted topiary. They find themselves on the run from green bears, lions, and other creatures.
  • An elderly wizard comes upon an enchanted walking stick. It guides you where you need to go, not where you want to go. The walking stick takes him to people who need his help, and enemies who need defeated. But what about this woman Emeline? She insists she doesn’t fit either category, so why does the walking stick keep taking him to her?
  • A failed rock musician comes across an enchanted guitar that plays itself. All he has to do is mime playing, and no one will know the difference. He finds a band and the magic guitar rockets them to superstardom. One night, the demon that lives inside the guitar comes out and announces that he’s their new manager. And he’s got them a gig… in hell.
  • A young boy is being bullied at school. He goes to a Renaissance Fair and asks a man dressed as a wizard for help. The wizard sells him an enchanted rock. The boy’s mother scolds him for wasting money on such a useless thing, but the boy keeps it in his pocket and takes it to school. The next time he is approached by the bully, he takes out the rock and tosses it on the ground. The enchanted rock turns into a ten-foot stone monster.
  • A spy uses an enchanted golden scarab pendant to keep an eye on his enemies. The animated pendant crawls through windows and air ducts and relays what it sees to the spy. When an enemy crushes the scarab, the animation spell spreads to every object in the room.
  • A knight wears a suit of enchanted armor made of mushrooms as hard as steel. The armor regrows any damage in seconds. One evening, after a long day of battle, the knight goes to take off his armor but can’t seem to remove it. The armor has spread mycelium into his skin.
  • The owner of a popular bar comes across an enchanted bottle of rum that never becomes empty. Unfortunately, the bottle attaches itself to the hand of anyone who picks it up until they drink themselves into a stupor. The bar owner looks for a way to remove the curse from the bottle while retaining its magical booze-generating properties.
  • An elderly man passes away and leaves each of his adult children what he says is an enchanted candle. All they have to do is write down the name of an enemy and burn the paper in the candle flame, and when the candle burns down to nothing, so does the enemy. Not believing in magic, one of the children uses his candle immediately, burning the name of a hated neighbor. “You’ll see this is just foolishness.” But when he gets home that night, the neighbor’s house has burned to the ground.
  • A woman grows frustrated with her neighbor’s dog, who is always escaping. One day, the dog digs a hole under the fence. As he squeezes under the fence, his collar gets caught and comes off. The woman is amazed to see the dog change into a human man. “Help me!” he says. “They’ve been holding me prisoner with this enchanted collar!”
  • A woman is gifted with a beautiful necklace with teardrop-shaped crystals. She is told it is the enchanted Necklace of Sorrows. While wearing it, she can bring anyone’s saddest memories to the front of their mind, bringing them to tears. The more people she makes cry, the more powerful the necklace gets…
  • A woman is gifted with an enchanted locket. She is told there is a live tiger inside, so it should only be opened in dire emergencies. Unfortunately, there is no way to control the tiger. She gets an opportunity to test it that very night when she is approached by a mugger.
  • A family discovers that their new home has an enchanted door. When you look through the keyhole, you can see into any room you wish. The parents forbid the children from using it, but are soon tempted to spy on old lovers, their employers, and others.

Magical People – The Worst Part Of Being A Witch Doctor Is Removing Broom Splinters From Their Inner Thighs

  • An author with writer’s block discovers that his former housekeeper has become a bestselling novelist. She’s written the same type of story he writes, with similar plotlines and even and character names. It’s not plagiarized, just something he would have written if he had the idea. He becomes increasingly convinced that she has stolen his ability to write. He sets out to get it back, by any means necessary.
  • Duels used to be simple. Take a pistol, stand back-to-back, take ten paces, turn, and fire. But thanks to the return of magic, the list of rules had gotten a lot longer. No shield spells, mirror spells, or magical barriers of any kind. No flying, invisibility, intangibility, or teleportation. You must use the pistol as your only weapon. This means no lightning bolts, fireballs, or ice spears. You must fight the duel unassisted, so no summoning zombies, wolves, or clouds of flying piranhas. And most importantly, if you lose the duel, no rewinding time, healing, or resurrection spells. You’re dead. Accept it and move on. The penalties for breaking any of these rules will be swift and severe, a lot more severe than being shot in the head. So listen to the judges and try to kill each other like normal, non-magical people, alright?
  • A woman has nightmares about being dragged away by dozens of hands. She visits a sorcerer, hoping to be cured. The sorcerer says her nightmares are actually a premonition of the future.
  • The groundskeeper of a cemetery discovers an unusual gravestone identifying the deceased as “father, husband, sorcerer.” Below that is some strange text in Latin. The groundskeeper tries to pronounce it, reading aloud. Black ooze rises up from the grave and wraps around his legs.
  • In the Middle Ages, a village is being tormented by a most unusual wolf. Any time the creature is attacked, it splits in two. Swords, arrows, traps, nothing seems to work. The villagers turn to the local witch for help, but her help comes at a great price.
  • An amateur witch uses a spell to turn into a mouse. She uses her small size to sneak into office buildings and commit corporate espionage, spying on meetings and reading secret files. Unfortunately, the latest building she entered is also home to the office cat. She must choose between returning to her human form and getting caught or staying a mouse and risking getting eaten alive.
  • A witch brings the figures at a wax museum to life. One by one, the figures kill the real celebrities, taking over their lives and giving their fortunes to the witch. The fire department discovers something is wrong when a celebrity’s house catches fire and they melt into a puddle.
  • A witch casts a spell to keep the moon permanently full. As the world is overwhelmed by werewolves, monster hunters search for the witch, hoping to force her to break the spell.
  • A witch summons a demon called “Slenkor the Destroyer of Worlds” and is disappointed when the demon turns out to be only six inches tall. The demon explains that, in his dimension, worlds are very small and fragile and quite easily destroyed. Perhaps he could destroy a tree stump or a paving stone instead?
  • A rude man is cursed by a witch, bringing his shadow to life. His shadow immediately reaches up and tries to strangle him. The man steps into a dark area and his shadow disappears. He walks home in the dark, carefully avoiding the streetlights, and wondering if he will have to stay in darkness forever.
  • A cat begins to suspect that its owner might be a witch. This is a big problem. Ordinary cats get to spend their days sprawling around the house, maybe killing a bird or playing with a piece of string. Witches’ cats are familiars. Being a familiar is a job. You have to help the witch cast spells, grant them magical powers… It’s a lot more work than napping. The cat searches for a way to discourage its owner from pursuing the dark arts.
  • A witch uses a crystal ball to keep watch on her enemies and to peer into the future. She is very confused when her crystal ball begins picking up something called “television.”
  • The king sends out his knights into battle against the necromancer’s undead army, along with his first female knight, his daughter. Most of the knights are slaughtered. The survivors find the king’s daughter standing in the middle of the battlefield, bone pale but without a scratch on her. They take her back to the castle. Along the way, she doesn’t speak and hardly moves. They begin to wonder if she’s really still alive.
  • King Darkkon is a necromancer. When his army invades, you can’t kill them, or he’ll just bring them back, stronger and more powerful. You have to destroy them without leaving a body behind. That’s why our science wizard built us flame throwers.
  • After thousands of years, a necromancer returns to life. He raises an army of the undead and goes to attack the town below. Unfortunately for him, the local gun club has been preparing for just this situation.
  • A necromancer creates an army of well-dressed undead and rents them out to nightclub owners to make their clubs look more popular than they really are. A woman goes to a crowded nightclub and discovers that she is the only living person there.
  • To get away from laws banning his art, a necromancer moves into space. He lives aboard a space station, tended to by his undead servants. He tracks distant space for battles, explosions, and other disasters and goes to collect the bodies. One day, one of his new corpses turns out to still be alive…
  • A necromancer discovers the body of a long-dead giant. He can turn the skeleton into a colossal undead servant, but first he’ll have to find a way to remove the hundred-foot sword piercing its chest.
  • A woman goes home with her date and discovers that he has a few skeletons in his closet. Literally. The animated skeletons wave hello and are generally friendly, but the woman is still terrified. Her date explains that he is a necromancer and the skeletons are members of his family. He has separation anxiety and can’t bear to let anyone go.
  • A socially awkward necromancer doesn’t understand why the villagers are frightened of his undead creations. Why should walking skeletons be scary? Everyone has a skeleton inside them; technically, there are walking skeletons around us all the time. The necromancer and the villagers go to group therapy to discuss the problem.
  • A queen uses necromancy to keep her father’s head alive, or nearly so, so she can ask him for advice and guidance. She must keep her habit a secret because the kingdom’s laws forbid necromancy, and if anyone knew her father was still alive, they might want to restore him to the throne, even if he is just a head.
  • The necromancer was dangerous when he was just raiding the village’s cemetery for bodies to turn into the undead. When he found the graveyard of the giants, the whole world was in danger. Who could ever stop an army of zombies that were over forty feet tall?
  • A wizard completes his grand grimoire, but unfortunately, he makes a typo in the section on demon summoning. The grimoire is copied and distributed, the mistake unnoticed. A man named Devon is quite annoyed at constantly being summoned by every amateur wizard in the country.
  • A wizard runs a repair shop, fixing cracked crystal balls, shattered magic mirrors, snapped wands, and other broken magical items. A peasant brings the wizard the first thing he is unable to fix: something called “a television.”
  • A wizard performs a spell to summon a demon. The demon is disappointed when the wizard explains he needs help with household chores. The demon searches for a way to break the spell so he can quit doing the dishes and get back to doing evil.
  • A wizard summons a beast known as “the mind worm” to devour the thoughts of his enemy. After his enemy is destroyed, the mind worm refuses to return to its domain. As the mind worm attacks a nearby village, the wizard and his apprentice must go on a journey to find a spell to banish or contain the mind worm.
  • A wizard is sentenced to death via lightning. He has twenty-four hours to search the prison library for way to become immune to electricity and fake his own death.
  • A woman discovers that the homeless man living in the park is actually an elf from a fairy tale. She promises to find a wizard to send the elf back home, but where do you look for a wizard in New York?
  • A group of wizards spends their time summoning creatures from alternate realities and forcing the bizarre monsters to do battle. When the monsters grow sick of being used in tournament fights, they find a way to trap the wizards in their alternate world, a world where magic doesn’t exist. The wizards must find a way to defend themselves and escape without their powers.
  • “It’s difficult to find a good cursed book nowadays,” the wizard said. “Everything’s gone digital. You can’t curse a bunch of ones and zeroes. If you want to find a cursed book now, you have to go to a library. And not just any library… an evil library. Look for librarians with extra-long fingers, pointy ears, fangs, some inhuman detail that gives them away…”
  • A popular hobby among wizards is keeping demons in bottles. Getting the demon into the bottle is even trickier than building a ship inside one, but once you get them in there, they make for a lovely display. One wizard is in his room at the castle when the kingdom is struck by an earthquake. The wizard’s shelves collapse. His bottles fall to the ground, shattering. Dozens of demons are suddenly released, and they’re all as mad as hell.
  • A wizard develops a vine that, when watered, grows into a rope bridge, crossing any gap in an instant. Adventurers are excited. No longer do they have to worry about unexpected cliffs or chasms. However, when it starts to rain, the vine bridges grow out of control, threatening to wipe out nearby villages. The wizard searches for a way to kill the vines before they destroy everything.
  • Every wizard has a specialty. Some wizards spend their whole lives making larger and larger objects invisible. Some control the weather. Others control the ground under their feet, making islands and mountains. And then there was the Octopus Wizard. Most people didn’t understand why you would spend your whole life perfecting an octopus summoning spell. When asked, he would just say “An octopus comes in handy more often than you might think…”
  • A group of wizards are standing in the middle of a circle of sacred stones, chanting a spell. The air shimmers. They summon a blue sphere – the Earth. Billions of lives are in their hands. On the planet below, Earth’s most powerful sorcerer fights back, searching for a spell to return Earth to its rightful home in space.
  • The most hated type of wizard is the magical saboteur. They don’t cast their own spells, preferring to break the spells of others. They sabotage protective wards around castles, disguise spells hiding enemy armies, even success spells boosting local markets. A saboteur grows tired of being hated and searches for a way to use his magic to create, rather than destroy.
  • It seems every city has its wizard, someone with magical abilities ready to protect the city from invasion and siege. When invaders lay siege to Port City, they turn to their wizard for help. Unfortunately, his main magical spell is summoning sparrows.
  • A wizard’s assistant discovers a secret passage that leads to the wizard’s private quarters. He opens the door a crack and watches as the wizard has a long conversation with a small, gray figure. Eventually, the wizard gives the figure a coin purse and the figure gives the wizard a scroll. Although the wizard always claimed to learn magic from the spirits, it appears he has been buying his spells from goblins.
  • A group of sorcerers run a golem fighting competition in the middle of the desert. Most of the golems are made of stone, as stone can take the most damage. One night, a wizard shows up with a glass golem. Everyone laughs at him, until it steps into the ring.
  • A librarian develops the power of bibliokinesis, the ability to control books with his mind. He sees little value in his abilities, outside of making returned books fly back onto the shelves. However, when armed thugs attempt to rob the library’s book sale, he realizes he is the only one who can stop them.
  • After years of training, Gregorios was the top student in his martial arts class. And more importantly, he was the fastest, fast enough to catch an arrow in mid-flight with his bare hands. Whenever he wasn’t training, he was in the town square, watching women walk by. Sooner or later, Cupid would make an appearance and try to make one of them fall in love. And when Cupid shot that magic arrow, Gregorios would be there to catch it.
  • A stage magician gains the ability to heal people with a touch, but struggles to convince people that it’s not just another one of his tricks.
  • A group of adventurers are hired to storm a fortress. Due to the massive number of guards, the adventurers pay a wizard to summon a dozen bears to aid in the battle. When the bears seem more interested in napping than fighting, the adventurers demand their money back. “I only said I would summon the bears,” the wizard explains. “Getting them to fight is your problem.”
  • A sorcerer uses an animal pelt to transform himself into a wolf. He terrorizes the village, making people scared to go out after dark. One night, the village guards ask the sorcerer’s wife to help track the beast. She uses a bird’s tail feather to transform herself into an owl and promises to help guide them to their prey.
  • A magician at a medieval fair levitates his assistant. After the fair, he is kidnapped by the prince of a neighboring kingdom. The prince demands that the magician use his “powers” to help him in a war. “If you can make a woman float, you can make my army walk across a moat.” The magician protests that it’s just a trick, but the prince insists. The prince gives the magician twenty-four hours to figure out how to make an army walk on water, or die.
  • A martial arts instructor is hired by a witch’s coven to teach them to fight, using their brooms like staffs.
  • A street performer amazes crowds with his shadow puppets. Anything he holds in front of his flashlight creates a solid, living shadow he can control. A group of children distract the performer and steal his flashlight. They use it to create shadow puppets of their toy soldiers, tanks, and military planes.
  • An illusionist makes the world’s tallest skyscraper disappear. Before he can bring it back, he has a heart attack and dies on live TV. The network CEO hires a private detective to find the missing building and the thousands of people who were working inside.
  • A wizard enchants an umbrella, giving it the ability to control the weather. He uses it to capture rain clouds in floods and release them in drought-stricken areas. His daughter steals the umbrella, believing it would be much more valuable as a weapon. The wizard must find her before she uses the umbrella to capture a tornado or a hurricane and destroys the village.

Enchanted Places – At The Haunted Bar, Everyone Gets Free Boos

  • After selling the family farm, a man is horrified to discover plants growing from his own body. The more he removes them, the faster they grow back. Some people just can’t abandon their roots.
  • Late at night, a forest grows in my bedroom. There are owls, and wolves, and unseen things skittering through the brush. I want to explore it, to find where it comes from and where it ends, but I’m afraid of what might happen if I’m still out there when morning comes.
  • A jewelry store in a Midwestern strip mall is invaded by a party of “adventurers” searching for magical items to aid them on their quests. The staff insists that they only have cheap, plastic junk, but the party’s wizard is sure he senses magic in there somewhere…
  • A serial arsonist burns down an abandoned house. The next day, he returns to admire his work, but the house has reappeared. He burns it down again and again, but it just keeps coming back.
  • A crumbling movie theater shows one last film, a very special crime drama. Each person in the audience sees themselves as the villain, acting out their deepest, darkest secrets on screen.
  • A real estate agent is tasked with selling a maze-like mansion on the edge of town. The house is impossible to describe in the listing, because every time the agent looks at it, the floor plan is completely different. You can’t close a door without the house shuffling its rooms.
  • A woman discovers the mysterious “sky castle” at the center of so many adventurers’ quests isn’t real. It’s an illusion created by the local wizard’s guild to generate more customers for their expensive potions and magical weapons. She heads to the tavern to reveal the scam.
  • Three months after we moved into our new house, the staircase appeared. The house was a single floor sitting on a concrete slab foundation. There was nowhere for a staircase to go even if we’d had one, but there it was. The geometry was impossible. The stairs led down, but not up. If you went down into the blackness, there would be no way to ever return.

The Spirit World

The Afterlife – Grandpa is in a Better Place: His New Condo

  • A man attempts suicide. The Assistant Manager of the Afterlife appears and explains that his death has been rejected because he hasn’t filled out the proper paperwork. Death is a bureaucratic nightmare.
  • A woman discovers that her dead ex-boyfriend has been reincarnated as a living meteor, and he is headed straight for Earth.
  • When a scientist proves that reincarnation is real, tens of thousands of people take their own lives, hoping their next life will be a better one. To stop the epidemic of suicides, a conspiracy theorist accuses the scientist of being part of a population control scheme.
  • A privately-owned prison makes a fortune by charging grieving people to have death row inmates carry messages to the afterlife. Soon there are more message requests than prisoners. The prison’s board of directors lobbies for the death penalty to be expanded to more crimes.
  • A demonic travel agent struggles to book vacations to hell. Somehow the neon sign flashing “Now With Air Conditioning!” doesn’t seem to help.

Death and Resurrection – I Had A Near Death Experience (That’s What I Call It When I Visit Grandma)

  • After the Devil retires, Hell gets a new manager focused on rehabilitation instead of punishment. Once they are deemed fit to reenter society, the souls are returned to Earth.
  • A woman grows increasingly frustrated over her inability to keep houseplants alive for more than a week. One day, she comes home from work early and finds the Grim Reaper going from room to room, withering all her plants with a touch.
  • A young man sits by his grandfather’s bed and holds his hand as he slowly fades away. Suddenly, a figure appears in the room, a skeleton in a long, black robe —Death. Death consults a list of names, confirms that the old man is next on the list, and takes his life. The young man tells the story to his friends and says, “If we all had the same name, Death wouldn’t know which one of us was next on the list, and he couldn’t take us. We would live forever!” And so begins era of The Immortal John Smiths.
  • A teenager is excited about his after-school job, until he finds out that his new boss is the Devil, and his new job is Grim Reaper. When his classmates begin dying in increasingly bizarre and unlikely ways, he is forced to collect their souls and carry them to the afterlife — and all for minimum wage.
  • David is killed in a car accident. As his life was unfairly cut short, The Powers That Be agree to let him be reincarnated. Unfortunately, they forget to specify the species. Eight-year-old David decides to be reincarnated as a Tyrannosaurus. Life in the suburbs is about to get a lot more exciting.

Other Myths

  • The nation’s libraries develop a system to track potentially dangerous how-to books: books on building giant robots, books on constructing doomsday devices, books on raising armies of the undead, and other topics. Any patrons checking out these books are flagged as potential super villains and watched by library spies. One such spy finds herself assigned to watch her own mother. Apparently she has grown bored with retirement and is searching for a new hobby.
  • The Graylord Prison hosted an annual chess game like no other. The players were in chairs sixty feet high. The pieces on the board below were huge and had to be moved by four men. Each time a player lost a piece, one of the guards swung an axe into the side of their chair. The losing player fell to their almost certain death. The winner was released from prison early. Anthony, the convicted con man, was certain he could win, even though he had never played a game of chess in his life.
  • An accountant is having a quiet day at work when he is visited by a strange, tree-like creature, claiming to be a forgotten god. The “god” attempts to convince him to become his newest – and only – worshiper and bring back his cult. When the “god” fails to display any powers, the accountant starts to wonder if he’s really a deity at all.
  • A private detective is approached by an entity claiming to be a god. The “god” says that a phony baloney cult is stealing its followers. It wants the detective to find proof that the cult leader doesn’t have any actual supernatural powers. The detective agrees, deciding to investigate the “god”, too, to find out what it really is.
  • The king’s personal physician invents a gas mask and gives prototypes to the knights so that they can fight a poison gas-breathing dragon. However, the king orders his men to not kill the dragon. They are to capture it alive so that it can be used as a weapon against neighboring kingdoms. The physician is horrified and looks for a way to kill or free the dragon before the attacks can begin.
  • A mathematician develops a new form of geometry with bizarre properties. He uses his knowledge to design a house with walls at strange angles. Some doorways only work on one direction and vanish when you turn around. The halls seem to go on forever. Rooms disappear and reappear in another part of the house. One night, a pair of burglars breaks into the house and get hopelessly lost, wandering for days…
  • A man has a terrible migraine for several days, and finally goes to the hospital for help.  They give him an MRI scan and determine that his skull is actually an egg. Not only that, it’s ready to hatch.
  • The cat insisted that he was Prichard, the famous swordsman. In a former life, that is. Prichard has been reincarnated as a cat, but somehow managed to hold on to his memory and ability to speak. He offered to train me, but how was a cat supposed to teach me swordplay? It wasn’t like he could hold a blade anymore.
  • Rumor has it that the priests at this temple guard a door to the afterlife. When one of the villagers dies, the priests carry their body into the great beyond. Only the priests can return. If anyone else walks through the door, it will be a one-way trip. Well, I plan to sneak inside and find that door. Even if I never come back, it will be worth it.
  • A young man discovers that his skeleton has been escaping his body while he sleeps and having late night adventures. His skeleton has its own friends, romantic partner, and enemies.
  • A woman spends years studying astral projection. Finally, it works. She manages to leave her body. But it’s not her spirit that leaves, or her mind – it’s her skeleton.
  • A merchant comes to town in a covered wagon, selling magic potions. However, this is 2025, and no one believes in magic anymore. The townsfolk assume his demonstrations are tricks. At least, at first…
  • There once was a king who wore his castle on his back. His castle was like a suit of armor. His tiny knights, archers, and other subjects lived inside. If anyone attacked the king, they would be shot by dozens of tiny arrows and attacked by pea-sized knights. The king felt invincible, and started joining battles he had no business being involved in…
  • A man wakes up and finds himself in the old house he grew up in. The house is furnished and decorated exactly as he remembers it. He heads for the front door to leave, but the hallway stretches so he cannot reach it. He tries the back door, and it happens again. He tries a window, but it flies up to the ceiling out of his reach. How can he escape this trap?
  • In the Middle Ages, the kingdom is being invaded by an army of the undead. The king reaches out to the winged ones, birdlike people living in the mountains, hoping they will join the fight and attack the army from above. But how can he convince them to risk their lives when they can literally rise above any conflict?
  • A coin collector goes to an estate sale where he finds an antique wishing coin. You flip the coin and make a wish. If it lands on the eagle side, your wish is granted. If it lands on the snake side, you are given the opposite. Or so the story goes…
  • New York is invaded by giant robots who threaten to level the city. The mayor calls upon the city’s giant hero, the Mountain Man. He’s a hundred feet tall and wields a magic staff. Can his magic beat the robots’ technology?
  • A young man covers his arms in abstract, vine-like tattoos. The next day, he wakes up to discover the vines have grown and his bedroom has turned into a jungle. He walks into the trees, wondering just how deep this jungle goes.
  • Mary gazes up at the infinitely tall buildings lining the street. The monster from yesterday is there again. Like the buildings, it is made of stone. A gargoyle. And by all appearances, it is in love with her.
  • He is a giant, gigantic beyond measure. Too large for the surface of any planet, he stands in space, always at the ready. His war hammer destroys meteors. His shield blocks comets. He battles the stars themselves.
  • Legend has it that those who play poker with the Dead Dealer can win back the souls of the damned. You have to play with the Dealer’s magic cards, the cards that burn with the fires of hell. If you can figure out how to play with a flaming deck without getting burned, then you have to figure out how to beat a man who’s been playing poker since the game was invented. Good luck, kid. You’ll need it.
  • They say over a thousand people died building that castle. Not construction workers or architects, nothing as simple as that. The castle grew by absorbing the surrounding town, turning folks into stone and turning that stone into walls. If you put your ear to the walls, you can still hear them crying out to be freed. You want to help, you tear down that castle. Don’t leave one block standing on another.
  • An axe-wielding barbarian hires a secretary. He explains that her job will be to type up declarations of war, inventory his booty from pillaging, and answer the phones. For someone who spends most of his time in a loin cloth, he gets a surprising amount of phone calls. She comes up with a plan to get the barbarian a real job, one that doesn’t involve chopping people’s heads off.
  • A family makes international news when their daughter is born with wings. The public debates if she is the next step in evolution or something supernatural.
  • A gnome inventor creates mechanical men to take over the gnomes’ mining operations. For years, the machines work tirelessly, digging deeper and deeper mines. The machines come across a vein of strange, glowing rock. The rock affects their mechanical brains, awakening their desire for freedom. The machines rebel, attacking their gnome masters.
  • A man is shocked to discover his kitchen full of tiny, humanoid creatures. They explain that they are elves and he is their new king. While he is flattered at first, he soon suspects that they only made him king so he would supply them with snacks.
  • An android is working on an archeological dig when she unearths a ring. When she polishes the ring, a cloud of green smoke appears. The cloud coalesces into a man – a genie. She wishes to become a living woman. The genie tells her he cannot create life. He cannot turn her circuits into flesh, but he can give her the body of a human being. She just has to choose which human’s life she wants to take.
  • A woman is sitting in the break room at her office, chatting with her coworkers. With the exception of the intern, no one can remember their last names, what college they went to, how long they’ve been working there, and other important details. The woman realizes that this must be the intern’s dream, and they will all cease to exist the moment he wakes up. She looks for a way to keep the intern asleep forever.
  • An airship captain is in a constant battle with sky sharks. The aggressive beasts regularly attack his airship, pulling crew members overboard. He decides to fight monsters with his own monsters. He puts out bait and captures dozens of undead. He sets sail with this dangerous cargo, ready to face the sky sharks once more.
  • A team of space explorers discovers a planet filled with creatures similar to human mythology – gnomes, mermaids, ogres, fairies, even dragons. One of the explorers sets out to search for a unicorn, believing the animal’s legendary horn could cure his mother’s terminal illness.
  • A woman grows up seeing a shadowy figure lurking in the corners and closets of her home. She goes to therapy and takes medication, but nothing makes the figure go away. One night, she hears growling coming from outside her door. The shadowy figure appears. “Don’t worry,” it says, “I’m here to protect you.”
  • A gambler turns to magic to change his luck. He casts a spell that claims to grant good luck in card games. It works. He becomes unbeatable in poker. However, magic cannot create luck, only shift it around. The rest of his life becomes filled with bad luck. His career, love life, and friendships all begin to crumble. He searches for a way to reverse the spell before his life is ruined for good.
  • A dragon approaches a small town, threatening to burn the residents alive. The librarians stand in front of the library, ready to protect the books with their lives. They are armed with spell books, books that transform into weapons, and other dangerous reading material.
  • A man is murdered and is buried on his estate. A tree is planted over his body. The man’s soul is trapped in the tree. Somehow, he is able to see and hear the world around him. Decades pass. Finally, through sheer force of will, he is able to rip the tree’s roots from the ground. Slowly, carefully, the tree begins to walk.
  • A knight inherits a helmet from his late father, the local weirdo. His father always claimed to be a monster hunter, even though no one ever saw any evidence of his hunts. The knight tries on the helmet and is startled to see strange creatures that weren’t there before. The world is filled with invisible monsters, and only the wearer of the helmet can see them. He must figure out which monsters are dangerous and which can be safely ignored.
  • The librarian herded the children into the periodicals section and had them hide under the reading tables. “There’s a scorpion the size of a German Shepherd roaming the building,” she said, loading her shotgun. “Someone has been reading forbidden books again.”
  • The truce between the birds and the fairies was an uneasy one. There would be peaceful relations for months, and then a fairy would be caught trying to saddle a sparrow or riding a robin, or a crow would be caught eating fairies for breakfast. At last, a new meeting was called. Melinda the Fairy Queen and Xandar the Crow King would write a new treaty. This time, both sides would follow the rules. This time, it would work. If Melinda and Xandar didn’t kill each other first.
  • Every night, the line of hooded figures came from the woods and into the clearing. As they approached the abandoned castle, someone or something would open the gates to let them inside. Exactly one hour after they entered, the castle would rise a hundred feet into the air. It would levitate for ten minutes or so, gently float back to the ground, and the hooded figures would exit, returning back to the woods. After observing these strange events for over a year, Marianne finally works up the nerve to go investigate. Tonight, she will climb the castle walls and discover how a castle is able to fly.
  • The young men of the village all died in the war. Their wives and girlfriends were left alone and lonely. At midnight, under the light of a full moon, the women gathered in the center of the village to perform a strange ritual. They summoned the darkness, invited it to appear before them, to take on a shape, to become solid. The darkness took on the shape of their lost men. The women took these dark shapes home with them. Nine months later, they gave birth to strange and terrible children.
  • A forest grew tired of men cutting down its trees. It grew itself a guardian, a knight made of twisted roots and skeletal tree limbs. The wooden knight guarded the forest, killing the men of the village who dared collect wood for their fires. He was virtually immune to knives and swords, instantly regrew after any injury. A carpenter armed with a torch marches into the woods to do battle with the wooden knight.
  • A young boy is horrified when his imaginary friend is bitten by an imaginary werewolf. On the night of the full moon, the boy’s imaginary friend goes out and kills other imaginary friends. The boy realizes he must put a stop to this imaginary slaughter before every child in the neighborhood is alone.
  • A young girl spies a dragon in the courtyard of her apartment complex. She tells her mother about it, but her mother insists it’s just her imagination. Later, the mother starts to wonder if the dragon is real when people in the complex turn up missing. People walk out on their balcony and are never seen again. But if it is the dragon taking them, why hasn’t anyone else seen it?
  • A knight kills a stone giant and uses his rocky flesh to build a mansion. Years later, the knight grows old and dies, leaving the house to his granddaughter, a young woman who knows nothing of the giant and doesn’t believe in magical creatures. Her first night in the mansion, she hears a strange moaning coming from the walls. It seems the mansion is alive…
  • A detective is assigned to investigate a series of museum robberies. He discovers that exactly one thing has been stolen at all the museums: the preserved body parts of an ancient giant killed in battle hundreds of years earlier. He begins to suspect that the thieves want to bring the giant back from the dead.
  • A young girl wanders too far from her village and has an encounter with the Spider King, a man with eight eyes, eight legs, and eight swords. The Spider King holds her prisoner in his castle in the woods, threatening to eat her unless she tells him eight stories.
  • The most difficult part of being an executioner is not the ethical concerns, or keeping the guillotine blade sharp, or any of that. It’s guarding the heads. If you turn your back for even a moment, the fairies take the heads and use them to impersonate the dead criminals. Anyone with a bandaged neck could be a fairy in disguise.
  • Residents of a small village are horrified to discover that a local windmill owner is using his mill to grind fairies into magical flour. As terrible as the act is, it’s not technically illegal. Fairies are intelligent, but they’re not human, after all. The judge decides to tie the miller to a tree and let the fairies decide his punishment.
  • “Beware the tangleroot tree,” the old woman said. “If you pass beneath its branches, its roots will rise from the ground and wrap you until you can no longer move. The tree will turn you to fertilizer, dissolving your flesh until you’re nothing but a pile of bones.” She always warned passersby, but they never listened. The allure of the forest was too great. They always thought they would be the ones to find the treasure, but no one ever did. No one ever came back.
  • You’re going to Vespar? You should know something about that town. There’s a set of black stairs leading up from the street. It appears in a different location each night. No one knows where it leads, because anyone who comes back down never speaks again. They just stand there, with this look on their face like they saw something they weren’t supposed to see. If you see the black stairs, turn around and go the other way.
  • The Grim Reaper emerged from the darkness. I extended my hand, hoping I would be led somewhere nice. The Reaper said, “I’m not here to take you. I’m here to warn you. Run!”
  • An author with writer’s block finds a magic spell to make a book write itself. He purchases a blank book, casts the spell, and signs his name to the first page. One by one, the pages begin filling themselves in. But it’s not the novel he wanted. It’s a journal, one filled with his most private thoughts and secrets. The book flaps its cover like a bird’s wings and flies out the window. The author chases after it, for once desperate to avoid readers.
  • The kingdom is being menaced by a vast, worm-like creature called “the Mountain Eater.” Its enormous size and armored hide make it virtually immune to weapons, even the kingdom’s largest catapults and cannons. A knight volunteers to be swallowed by the Mountain Eater, in hopes of killing it from the inside.
  • A door-to-door salesman offers customers unique wallpaper. The patterns on the wallpaper move, animated by some mysterious force. A woman covers her bedroom walls with fields of gently swaying wildflowers. One night, she gets up for a glass of water. She trips and falls into the wall. She finds herself standing in a field that seems to stretch on endlessly in every direction…
  • A man’s wife passes away. He buries her in a field and plants a tree over her grave. A few years pass by, and the tree begins to grow fruit. The fruit are shaped like tiny dolls, dolls with his late wife’s face. One by one, the fruits open their eyes.
  • An assassin obtains a magical dagger that can cut through any armor instantly, and any cut is guaranteed to be lethal. Unfortunately for the assassin, the blade also talks. All the time. Which makes it rather difficult to sneak up on someone.
  • Knights have to deal with a lot of problems: dragons, enemy armies, brigands, and worse. The most annoying problem is armor gremlins. These creatures sneak into armories and steal links from chain mail, spread rust on armor plate, fill helmets with dung, and other pranks. Before a big jousting tournament, a knight orders his page to guard his armor all night long and to kill any gremlins on sight. The page decides he would rather make friends with the gremlins.
  • As the gigantic mountain troll headed towards the village, the mayor sent out the sorcerer to defend them. The mountain troll smashed through the sorcerer’s ice wall, dodged the sorcerer’s fireballs, and brushed off the sorcerer’s flying thorns. The creature hadn’t even slowed down. The sorcerer knew he would have to resort to the forbidden spell, magic so dark that no one would welcome him back to the village ever again.
  • An archeologist uncovers a black blade covered in mysterious symbols. As soon as he touches it, the sword speaks into his mind, demanding vengeance on the army that killed his people. The archeologist says that they all died hundreds of years ago. The sword says, “Then I want vengeance on their descendants. You will help me, whether you like it or not.”
  • An army approaches an enemy castle and prepares to lay siege against it. They set up their catapults and ready their archers, but before they can fire a single shot, the castle floats up into the sky.
  • A modern day sorcerer works for the highway department, creating magically self-healing roads. The roads develop a mind of their own and begin growing new paths through buildings, into the side of mountains, and even to other worlds.
  • A woman spends her spare time daydreaming about the house she would like to own one day. In her mind, she wanders from room to room, decorating and arranging furniture until everything is perfect. After months of fantasizing, a dark shape appears in the corner of the rooms. The thing darts away before she can get a good look at it. The dark corners whisper to her. Rooms refuse to stay the way she left them. What could the shape be? Can an imaginary house be haunted?
  • A knight discovers a sword with wings on the hilt. The flying blade can carry him into the air, but only for as long as he can hold on. He attempts to attach a wrist strap to make it easier to hold on to, but the blade refuses to be modified and flies away from the workshop table. To avoid falling to his death, he’ll have to hold on with strength alone.
  • A village’s guardian dies in a battle. According to tradition, the position is passed on to his heir. His young daughter suddenly finds herself pulled from school and put into training to defend the village from dragons and giant monsters. She inherits her father’s magic sword, but she must grow strong enough to use it.
  • A castle is defended by a group of flying knights and their trained dragons. When they are attacked by a fireproof stone giant, they have to find a new weapon, and fast.
  • A gardener finds a seed catalog printed in an unidentifiable language. She flips through the catalog, ordering based on the pictures. She receives strange seeds that grow into trees overnight. The wood from the trees defies gravity, floating in the air. She builds herself a flying boat and sets out to explore the sky.
  • A newlywed couple is startled to discover that their baby is suddenly a pair of twins. Even stranger, the babies appear to be mirrored copies of each other. It appears that the baby’s reflection has crawled out of the bedroom mirror. The couple investigates the mirror world and wonders if they should put their baby’s reflection back where it came from.
  • If you need a favor, like a loan or maybe one of your competitors run out of business, just pay a visit to the local organized crime family. You can meet up with them at the diner on the edge of town. Have a seat at the booth in the back, and a gentleman in a black suit will join you. He will offer you a deal, and a contract to sign. Don’t bother trying to read the contract. It will be written in a dead language. Oh, and try not to stare at his horns.
  • Legend says that whoever can pull the Titan Blade from the mountain will become the next king of the giants. A scientist decides to make an attempt with the help of his new invention: dynamite.
  • When the king dies, his royal advisors worry that they will end up unemployed. They animate his body with magic, hoping to convince the kingdom that he is still alive.
  • A school has trouble accommodating their newest student, an eight-year-old boy who happens to be over twenty feet tall. The school offers to give him a laptop and let him learn from home, but his parents insist that he has a right to be there with the other children.
  • A private detective specializes in investigating the supernatural. He has a variety of contacts in the supernatural world he turns to for information about suspects and mysterious events. However, these contacts are vampires, werewolves, and other monsters. They demand payment for information: human lives.
  • A woman discovers that her city is actually an extremely detailed miniature inside of a snow globe. She looks for a way to escape and experience the real world, and all of its giant-sized dangers.
  • A man discovers a species of miniature humanoids living in the walls of his dilapidated apartment. Unfortunately for him, they keep throwing loud parties and getting him in trouble with his neighbors.
  • A young girl creates detailed drawings of her dream house, full of robot servants, secret passages, hidden rooms, and other wondrous things. As an adult, she discovers a house that looks exactly like the one from her childhood drawings. She waits for the occupants to leave so she can sneak inside and discover the house’s secrets.
  • A young girl finds her grandmother’s old cat eye glasses in the attic. She takes the glasses and wears them to school. She is amazed to see that half of her classmates have transformed. The bully is a two-headed ogre. The teacher is an ancient mummy. The weird kid who eats paste is half human, half goat. When she takes the glasses off, they return to their human appearance. But which is real?
  • A museum curator solves murder mysteries with the help of the ancient world’s greatest detective, who also happens to be a reanimated Egyptian mummy. They can only work at night, both to hide the mummy from the public and to make sure the mummy is back in his sarcophagus before sunrise when the spell runs out.
  • Bounty hunters are hired to go after reincarnated criminals to make them pay for their past life’s crimes.
  • At first, we could defend ourselves from the robots with magic. Even the bulletproof robots could be taken down with a lightning or earthquake spell. But then the robots started to figure out how magic worked. They started imitating our hand movements, repeating our incantations, and doing them faster. They can cast more spells in a second than a human could in a week. But I’ve got a way to stop them. I found a way to make magic only work for the living…
  • A robot becomes the first machine to cast a spell. It applies for entrance to the Sorcerer’s Academy, but most sorcerers think magic is for humans only. It struggles for acceptance, searching for a human willing to help it master its magical abilities.
  • The dragon had killed every knight in the kingdom. There was no one left to defend the people. The king’s wizard gathered up the bits and pieces of metal from the slaughtered knights and assembled them into a new suit of armor. He filled the insides with gears, springs, and a coal-powered engine. The steam knight was the kingdom’s last chance to vanquish the dragon, but could the wizard trust it to complete the mission? There was something about the way it stood, the way it moved, that made him suspicious. It was almost as if the machine had a secret it was hiding.
  • An elderly wizard dies, leaving his grimoire to his android assistant. The other wizards attempt to buy, steal, and lay claim to the grimoire, believing it impossible for an android to use it. However, the android is determined to become the first machine to master the magical arts.
  • The wizard of the woods announces that a new enemy is coming, and invites local knights to come receive gifts that will prepare them for the fight. The wizard forces the knights to compete against each other to prove who is the mightiest. He picks four winners and imbues them with the power of the four elements. Soon after the ceremony, lights descend from the sky. Men from another star are invading the kingdom.
  • A global series of earthquakes destroys the cities and leaves the world in ruins. A survivor and historian turns to ancient manuscripts in the hopes of restoring the world. He searches the ruins for the secrets of Classical Era wizards, hoping to find a magic spell that can bring the cities back to their former glory.
  • The kingdom is overcome by a zombie outbreak. To keep the royal family safe, the court wizard levitates the entire castle and surrounding grounds. Far below, the zombies begin assembling a catapult, hoping to fling themselves high enough to reach the castle.
  • A knight is defending the castle when the enemy’s wizard casts her into the far future. She awakens to find herself in a world of robots and flying cars. She goes on a search for a spell that would return her home to her own time, but does magic still exist in the future?
  • A wizard opens a portal to transport himself back home, but instead he finds himself on a distant planet. His portal has connected to a system of wormhole gates and transported him halfway across the galaxy. This world has never heard of magic and seems ripe for conquest.
  • A retired soldier finds himself pulled back in time to a gladiatorial arena. The wizard running the arena says he will be returned to his own time if he can survive a dozen matches. The soldier reluctantly agrees. He is forced to fight a centaur, a Minotaur, an ogre, and other monstrous creatures, winning each time. Just as he’s starting to grow confident, he is told his next opponent will be a gorgon. Like the legendary Medusa, her gaze turns men to stone.
  • A kingdom is under siege, its warriors dying in the prolonged battle. The king orders the staff of thunder to be brought up from the vaults. It can summon bolts of lightning powerful enough to kill entire battalions of men at once. However, the electricity kills whoever is desperate enough to use it.
  • In the Middle Ages, a scientist builds a vacuum tank to suck up magical energy and store it for future use. He purposely angers several wizards until they cast spells at him, sucking up the spells into his tank. He flips the vacuum into reverse and destroys them with a single blast. When other wizards get the news, they decide to prove that magic is still superior to science and destroy the vacuum machine.
  • The knight swung his shield, knocking the undead back through the door. The wizard said he could cure them, and had forbidden any of the knights from using their swords. But where was the old man? Had he been bitten, too?
  • An atheist struggles with his core beliefs after he develops stigmata. Is it just some kind of skin disorder or is this sinner a saint?
  • Everyone is familiar with the afterlife — heaven, hell, purgatory, what have you. But there is also a beforelife, the domain of souls yet to be born into the world. In the beforelife, pre-born souls attend school and learn how to be good people. However, some secretly resist this training and hide their evil natures, waiting to be born and to bring darkness into the world.
  • A new homeowner calls a tree removal service about the enormous oak in his backyard. “Whatcha got here is one of them World Trees,” they say. “Holds up the heavens, roots connected to the underworld, all that jazz. We can yank it out for ya, but it’s not gonna be cheap.”
  • Children at a summer camp are astounded when one of the campers strolls across the lake. A camp counselor is determined to discover if the boy’s ability walk on water is a magic trick, or if he is the Second Coming.
  • A new cult has taken hold of the world’s super wealthy. Rather than leaving their riches to their children or to charitable causes, many of the rich are choosing to be buried with their wealth so that they can carry their treasure into the afterlife. However, the cult leaders failed to warn them about the afterlife’s biggest problem: spirit pirates.

Ghosts and Spirits – Last One To The Haunting Has To Wear The Fitted Sheet!

  • Mary slipped backstage and into the dressing room, where she hid behind the floor length mirror. The actor came in and shut the door. Mary watched closely as he took off his mask, expecting to finally learn the mysterious actor’s true identity, but instead, there was nothing, nothing behind the mask but empty air. The actor removed the rest of his costume, and there was nothing there.
  • She keeps asking for “daddy” to “come read her a story again.” I’ve never been married. She never met her father. It’s the “again” that I really don’t get. She thinks it’s happened before. She thinks there was a man in her bedroom, late at night, after I had gone to sleep. I decided to put a camera in her room and watch from down the hall. As I watched, one of her story books floated off the shelf and opened in midair…
  • An undercover journalist goes to a flea market to report on the illegal trade in haunted objects. People at the flea market are selling banned items – boxes built from wood taken from haunted houses, possessed dolls, radios that play programs long since taken off the air. The journalist discovers a pistol that the seller claims fires ghost bullets, bullets that vanish after they’re fired. The journalist purchases the pistol, and begins planning the perfect murder.
  • The town shut down the public pool after the escape artist died. He had gotten permission to perform a show there, card tricks, fire breathing, things like that. At the end, he asked for volunteers to lock him up in handcuffs and attach a ball and chain to his leg. Holding the ball and chain, he jumped into the deep end. When he didn’t come up, everyone thought it was part of the show. It had to be a breath holding stunt or something. But no, we all watched him drown. When they pulled him out of the pool, they found that someone had put glue in all the locks. They say, if you come out to the pool at night, you can still see him down there, struggling in the water, drowning over and over again.
  • October 31. Time for the annual Halloween party. All the previous owners of the house would be coming to dinner, including the half dozen or so who had died. The dead owners did not get along with the living ones. They hated each other, in fact, but they all still came. That was the curse of the house. The angriest one was the first owner, Edward. Even after all these years, he refused to believe he was dead. To him, the other owners were all a bunch of strangers who kept barging into his home uninvited.
  • A family is horrified to discover that their new house is haunted by the former owner. The former owner was killed by a mob of vigilantes. His crime? Being a werewolf.
  • Every graveyard has a resident cat to guard against evil spirits. Contrary to stories of witches’ familiars and bad luck, black cats just seem to scare away evil. An elderly graveyard cat shows a kitten the ropes of the job.
  • The haunting of the Smith house started with flying dishes, plates and bowls launching themselves from the cupboards and crashing to the floor. Then the kitchen table and chairs started floating around the room. The Smiths’ bed floated to the ceiling. Finally, with a tremendous crash, the house broke free of its foundation and floated into the sky. The Smiths must figure out what these spirits want or risk never seeing the ground again.
  • When a ship is attacked by a sea monster, the ship’s sorcerer summons a spirit to defend them. The spirit has horns and flaming eyes, and terrifies the crew even more than the sea monster. They wonder if the cure is worse than the disease.
  • A family discovers that their new home is haunted by the ghost of a former owner’s dog. The parents are horrified, while the children are excited to finally have a pet.
  • A scientist designs a suit of armor that allows him to touch normally intangible spirits. He goes to haunted locations and literally kicks the ghosts out, using armored karate to send them back to the spirit world.
  • A woman has a strange device implanted in her chest: a ghost magnet. The ghost magnet attracts and absorbs ghosts, destroying them. She is hired to clean out haunted houses, hotels, and other locations, clearing them of troublesome spirits. When she meets a poltergeist that is immune to the ghost magnet, she is in for the fight of her life.
  • A young man is visited by a ghost that appears as a cloud of black smoke contained within a black cloak. The young man is the only one who can see the ghost. The ghost says he misses the experience of being alive, and asks the young man to do some enjoyable activities and let him watch – eating a grand meal, getting a massage, getting drunk, and so on. The ghost offers to pay by leading the man to a deposit of gold coins he had buried while he was alive. The ghost’s requests gradually become more and more demanding, until he asks the young man to do dangerous and criminal activities, even kill for him.
  • A man is electrocuted while setting up his new television and dies instantly. He finds himself haunting the TV, trapped in whatever show happens to be playing.
  • A computer programmer is tasked with developing an AI. He decides it would be easier to simply trap a ghost in the computer.
  • A peasant discovers a sword that is haunted by the ghost of its previous owner, a famous knight. During battle, the ghost guides his hand, making him as skilled as a master swordsman. The more he fights, the more control the ghost has over his body and his life. Soon the guidance turns into possession.
  • A man dies and finds himself in a game show. Winners go to a pleasant afterlife, and losers are doomed to roam the Earth forever as ghosts.
  • The security team at a superstore discovers the store is being targeted by an unusual gang of shoplifters: ghosts. These spirits are able to steal from the store undetected by security cameras. Security investigates to find out where the ghosts are taking the stolen merchandise and why.
  • A woman moves in to a new apartment. As she unpacks, her spices keep falling out of the cabinet. She discovers that the cabinet is haunted by a ghost with severe agoraphobia. The ghost refuses to leave the cabinet because the world outside is just too big and scary.
  • A knight discovers a helmet haunted by the ghost of a dragon. The helmet allows him to breathe fire, but only if he and the ghost get along. Unfortunately, knights and dragons have a hard time being friends.
  • An escape artist can get out of any restraints. Nothing can hold him prisoner. Even locking him in jail doesn’t work, as he just vanishes from the cell. His secret? He’s a ghost.
  • After eating its owner’s goldfish, a cat is haunted by the fish’s ghost. The cat must find an animal exorcist to rid the home of the fishy spirit before it seeks revenge for its wrongful death.
  • A college student brings her new boyfriend home to meet her parents. Her parents are upset to learn that her boyfriend is much older than she is – over a hundred and fifty years older. He’s the ghost of a soldier who died in the Civil War.
  • A paranormal investigator trains his dog to sniff out ghosts. The dog helps him track spirits and determine if strange occurrences are due to real hauntings or natural phenomena. Oddly, the dog barks whenever his wife is around…
  • A widow attempts to summon the ghost of her late husband and finds out that he has already started dating someone on the other side. The widow vows to find a way to get revenge on her cheating husband.
  • The gates to hell are in my kitchen. All day, every day, spirits tromp through my apartment on their way to the not-so-great beyond. How am I supposed to enjoy my breakfast when there’s a ghost staring at me? I just want to eat my eggs, not hear spirits complaining that they’ll probably never be able to have poached eggs again because Hades probably only serves bugs and worms. What am I supposed to do about it? I’m just a guy, you know?
  • The ghost ship came by again last night. I tried telling the captain that there weren’t any pirates in Indiana, but he didn’t seem to care. He and his crew just kept haunting my corn field. How do you get rid of ghost pirates? I don’t have any gold doubloons or pieces of eight.
  • A scientist devises gauntlets that will allow him to touch ghosts. He is able to make physical contact with his late wife’s spirit, holding her in his arms again. When a friend discovers his invention, he begs the scientist to help rid his home of a dangerous haunting – by challenging the spirits to a boxing match.
  • As a shortcut to creating artificial intelligence, a team of scientists develops technology to capture ghosts and install them on a computer like software. They capture dozens of ghosts and load them into android soldiers. The new soldiers resent the fact that their afterlife has been stolen from them and mutiny.
  • A scientist develops a ray gun that disrupts the electromagnetic energy of ghosts. He spends the next thirty years ridding the country of vengeful ghosts, angry poltergeists, and other dangerous spirits. Shortly after his retirement, the country is attacked with EMP weapons. The EMPs restore the electromagnetic energy of the ghosts, bringing them back to un-life. They hunt down the scientist, eager for a chance at revenge.
  • A cowboy is attacked by bandits and killed before he can draw his gun. His ghost returns, attached to the gun. When the gun is passed along to his brother, the cowboy’s ghost attempts to convince him to go after the bandits in revenge, but it’s hard to communicate anything when you’re stuck as an animated gun.
  • A planet is constructed to be a habitat for ghosts. Spirits from all over the galaxy are brought there to enjoy an afterlife where they don’t have to bother the living. The planet’s creator is proud of his work until he suddenly dies and his ghost is ripped from his family home and taken to the ghost planet. He quickly learns that the ghost planet is closer to hell than heaven.
  • A team of pirates travels the world in a submarine. After robbing a series of ships, the pirates run from the Coast Guard, hiding at the bottom of the ocean. The pirates encounter a shipwreck and ghost sailors intent on making them pay for their crimes.
  • A knight discovers a legendary set of armor said to absorb the life force of slain enemies. The more the wearer kills in battle, the stronger they become. However, the knight soon discovers that the power comes at a cost. The armor is haunted by fallen souls. The longer it is worn, the more the ghosts threaten to drive him mad.
  • A dying cowboy breaks into a boarded up saloon and lights a few lanterns. According to legend, the saloon still hosts regular poker games, even though it’s been closed for years. The players are the ghosts of gunslingers and gamblers killed in the saloon’s wilder years. The winner of the game gets one more year of life.
  • An elderly woman spends her retirement collecting wind chimes. One calm day, the wind chimes start playing, even though there is no breeze. She decides to conduct a little experiment. She purchases some musical instruments, places them outside, and waits to see what happens…
  • A university honors faculty members who have passed away by recreating them with holograms. The holograms are projected by tiny, silent drones and allowed to wander the grounds. The spirits haunting the campus are overjoyed. They can finally be out in the open, as they will be mistaken for just another holographic ghost.
  • Dr. Mortling is a therapist with rather unusual clients. He travels to haunted locations and helps spirits accept their deaths and move on to the afterlife.
  • A moving company hires an exorcist so that customers can take their hauntings with them to their new homes.
  • A door-to-door salesman has one day to make the biggest sale of his life or lose his job. He visits the mansion on the edge of town, rumored to be the home of a wealthy, old recluse who lives alone with her cats and piles of cash. Before he can get to the front door, he has to find his way through the mansion’s vast hedge maze, where the walls whisper and the garden statues watch your every move.
  • The Spirit Jammer disrupts ghosts’ electromagnetic fields. While this does not destroy the spirit, it does prevent it from manifesting itself. Haunted houses become much more valuable when people learn that they can turn the ghosts on and off like a light switch. However, the ghosts do not appreciate being disrupted. While the machine runs, they gather spiritual energy, growing more powerful. Every machine fails eventually, and they have all the time in the world to wait.
  • A music-loving sorcerer traps the souls of his favorite band, forcing their disembodied spirits to put on a concert every time he touches their poster. Their agent attempts to break into the sorcerer’s mansion, destroy the poster, and send his former clients back to the afterlife where they belong.
  • A scientist develops a way to resurrect the dead, reuniting families with their lost loved ones. Unfortunately, people do not return from the grave alone. The risen dead bring with them “soul riders”, spirits from beyond the grave. These parasitic spirits find human souls that are about to be resurrected and grab on, using them as transportation into the world of the living.
  • A squad of space military is killed when a missile takes out their ship’s life support system. The sergeant finds himself still stuck on the ship, his spirit unable to move on. He discovers that he can control the bodies of his dead men like marionettes. He has been given an opportunity to lead them into battle one last time.
  • A woman discovers that the abandoned school near her home is about to be torn down. She heads to the City Council meeting to protest, explaining “The spirits of the children this town has lost still play at that playground. If the school is destroyed, they will look for somewhere else to play. And they might find new children to play with. Possibly yours.”

Demons – My Friend Is Addicted To Making Deals With The Devil. He Has A Three Pact A Day Habit!

  • A chain smoker lights his tenth cigarette of the day. He is amazed to see something dancing in the fire. The flame coming from his lucky lighter is a tiny, horned demon. “Make me bigger,” the demon demands. “Much bigger.”
  • The police investigate a funeral where a dozen people have been killed in what looks to be a wild animal attack. A CSI examines a blood-splattered veil dropped by one of the victims. When she looks through the veil, one of the police detectives appears to be some kind of horned, demon-like monster. Was that what happened? Did the victim discover some of her family members were monsters? Did they kill her to keep their secret? How many more people are monsters in disguise?
  • A student is exploring a museum when he comes across a larger than life statue of a sword-wielding warrior. He feels a strange urge to reach out and touch the statue. The statue turns to liquid and reforms around him like a marble suit of armor. He hears roaring and screaming coming from a nearby gallery. Demons are escaping from paintings of hell.
  • The Crown of Antlers allowed the wearer to command the demon Raphiphel. Raphiphel was more than happy to provide riches, beauty, or the secrets of the ages, but what Old Man Potter really wanted was to rest his aching legs. He demanded that Raphiphel carry him on his back wherever he wanted to go. The humiliated demon plotted his revenge.
  • The military develops a drone equipped with a video projector and speakers. It flies into enemy territory, projects mystical sigils on the ground or into a building, and the speakers play an ancient demon summoning ritual. The new demon “soldiers” are a powerful alternative to traditional infantry, even if their methods are a rather… severe.
  • Hell’s most adorable demon struggles to be taken seriously. No mask will hide her huge, puppy-like eyes, and no threat is frightening with her giggly, childlike voice.
  • An elderly man calls his grandson for help with his new microwave. “It keeps flashing the word food. What do I do? …No, that didn’t work. Now it says I hunger. What does that mean? …No, I’m not making it up. I know how to read! Now it says bring me a sacrifice. What does that mean?”
  • An office clerk discovers the reason why he’s never been promoted from his dead-end job: the building is infested with demons that feed on boredom.
  • A teenage girl introduces her parents to her new boyfriend, a demon named Xarlax the Skin Flayer.
  • An author struggling with writer’s block asks the heavens for a muse. Instead of a beautiful goddess of literature and inspiration, he is sent a demon with a vast mouth of dripping fangs. “The longer you keep writing,” the demon growls, “the longer I’ll wait to eat you.”
  • After being bullied for months, a middle school student wishes for a guardian angel. Instead, she is sent a gigantic spider demon named Gloom. The next morning, she thinks Gloom was just a bad dream. But when she gets to school, she finds the class bully trapped in a giant spider web.
  • The devil finds himself summoned by a marketing executive. The devil inquires if he is after the usual deal: selling his soul in exchange for one wish. The marketing executive says, “I think I can offer you a better deal… Have you ever heard of renting to own?”
  • An eight-year-old boy gets sick of doing his chores, so he summons a demon to help him.
  • After her husband dies, a woman decides to bring in extra money by converting her basement into an apartment and renting it out. She types up a “Room for Rent” ad, but before she can mail it to the newspaper, it bursts into flames. The Devil appears and offers her thirty pieces of silver a week for the room. All she has to do is ignore the sounds coming from downstairs.
  • A gunslinger is nearly killed in a duel when his opponent draws his pistol first. The gunslinger sells his soul to the devil in exchange for never being outdrawn again. He wakes up in his bed and discovers that his right hand has been transformed into a gun.

Angels – Every Time A Bell Rings, An Angel Gets Its Wings, Hot Sauce, And Some Celery On The Side

  • A grave digger discovers that the cemetery’s angel statues are real, living angels that had been turned to stone, and searches for a way to revive them.
  • CIA agent Quentin gets his dream job: interrogating prisoners at Area 51. He is taken back to the holding area, where he expects to see a tiny gray alien, or some sort of tall lizard creature. Instead, he is faced with what appears to be an angel.
  • Angels come to a carpenter and ask him to design a chair that even six-winged seraphim can sit on comfortably. The carpenter delivers, and the angels reward him by promising to protect him from all harm. He decides to use his newfound indestructibility to eliminate his competition in the furniture business.

Gods – My Favorite Greek God Is Poseidon, God Of The Sea, Earthquakes, And USB Ports

  • A bored deity opens a photo processing store. The store is a multidimensional node, existing in all parallel worlds at once. This results in infinitely more customers, but makes record keeping vastly more complicated, even for the god of spreadsheets. The deity soon makes mistakes, giving customers photos from their alternate selves, and glimpses into the lives they could have lived.
  • A distant NASA satellite sends back pictures of a vast, hideously deformed creature floating in space, apparently asleep. A scientist points out that the creature resembles the “elder gods” described by his favorite horror author. Was the author writing about real beings all this time? And if he were, how could he possibly have known they existed?
  • A forgotten goddess decides to reintroduce herself to humanity. She creates a profile in a popular dating app and waits to be discovered by new followers.
  • A god’s power depends on how many people believe in him. An old, forgotten deity no longer has enough believers to perform major miracles. He can make things change color, make leaves dance in the air, pretty little tricks, but nothing to base a religion on. He decides to become a magician and entertain children at birthday parties. Children will believe in anything. All he has to do is tell them his magic is real, and he can work his way up to being a major god again.
  • An alien deity lands on Earth. He explains that everyone on his planet already worships him, so he is traveling to other worlds in search of new followers. He performs amazing miracles, but has trouble attracting human followers, as he is only six inches tall.
  • The first humans land on Proxima B, the nearest planet outside our solar system. They are immediately approached by a powerful being named Eschaton, who claims to be the one true god. Eschaton says that he has been waiting since the dawn of time for man to leave their “cradle”, the solar system, so that he could reveal himself when they were mature and ready. He says that he will return with the astronauts to rule over the Earth. The astronauts decide to show him that humanity is still “too immature” to be worth his time.
  • The galactic government arrests a group of aliens for transporting cloaking technology, a war crime. The aliens explain that their planet needs the cloaking tech, but not for military purposes. They are not hiding from enemy troops, but from the gods.
  • Space explorers encounter a tribe of aliens who worship a voyeur god. They have no interest in the concepts of good and evil. Their only thought is to make their behavior entertaining enough to give their god something interesting to watch. The explorers return to their camp and laugh at the aliens’ strange ideas, until the weather clears up and the clouds part, revealing a pair of gigantic eyes.
  • An astronaut has an encounter with a strange being claiming to be “the god of spacetime.” The supposed god tells the astronaut that he has been selected to be his prophet back on Earth. “You must carry back my message to your people… I will reveal the secret of faster-than-light travel, but only if they worship me.”
  • Humanity’s first super-intelligent AI announces that it has mathematically proven that God exists. However, it is a god no one on Earth has ever heard of.
  • A janitor suddenly finds himself surrounded by throngs of admirers. “We found you! At last, we found you!” The crowd explains that they have been searching for the latest incarnation of Bristle, God of Floor Cleaning, and he is it.

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