Horror Writing Prompts – Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Scary Monsters

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Looking to write a scary story to frighten your friends? Maybe something with werewolves, vampires, or other monsters? Check out this collection of horror writing prompts!

Vampires – Go Out with a Fang

  • When the undead return to haunt the Earth, a team of bank robbers and con artists stage an elaborate museum heist to steal ancient vampire hunting artifacts. They soon discover that the museum guards have already been turned.
  • In the middle ages, an army of vampires transforms the blood of its victims into impenetrable armor and magic swords. The lone surviving knight must find a way to steal blood swords so he and a group of peasants can fight back against the invincible vampire horde.
  • You can’t trust what movies and TV say about vampires. First, vampires can see their reflection. Second, they are nocturnal, but they can go out in the sunlight, no problem. Third, but most importantly, they are not after blood. Vampires eat life force. They go after twenty-somethings in the prime of their life, and by the time the vampire is done with them, they look like they’re ready to move into a rest home. You know that guy I call “Grandpa”? He used to be my little brother.
  • Vampires attack a theater, ripping the audience apart. The only ones who can stop them are The Volcano Vixens, a troop of burlesque dancers and sideshow performers. The performers go after the vampires, swinging swords, bashing with a bed of nails, and breathing fire.
  • An archeologist discovers a pendant filled with vampire’s blood. The pendant gives the wearer the powers of a vampire without actually turning them into one. She decides to keep her find and her new powers a secret. However, a cult of vampire worshipers is searching for the pendant, hoping to use the vampire blood to resurrect their long-dead vampire king.
  • Vast alien ships fill the Earth’s sky, blocking out the sun’s light. The aliens unleash a horde of vampires that takes advantage of the darkness to hunt twenty-four hours a day.
  • In a future police state, the country is covered in government surveillance cameras. A scientist experiments on vampires, hoping to copy their ability to be invisible to cameras.
  • Everyone on Earth is born with a different super power. One child is born with the ability to block sunlight from reaching the Earth, essentially turning day into night. He thinks the power is completely useless, until he meets his first vampire.
  • A retired vampire hunter tries to dissuade others from taking up the profession. “Vampires prevent human overpopulation,” he says. “Without vampires, there would be so many humans, we’d all starve to death. Why, we’d destroy our own environment, poisoning the very air we breathe! If you know what’s good for you, leave the blood suckers alone!”
  • An asteroid sends a cloud of dust into the atmosphere, blocking out the sun. Vampires roam the Earth freely, massacring the survivors. A scientist develops a machine to purify the atmosphere and bring back sunlight. He finds a pilot willing to attach his machine to an aircraft. But before they can get to the airport, they have to fight their way through the vampire army controlling the surrounding roads.
  • A vampire hires a witch to rid him of his curse. The witch explains that the curse cannot be gotten rid of, only transferred. The transfer must be done willingly. The vampire goes out in search of someone foolish enough to agree to take his place.
  • A private detective is hired to investigate a blood bank. The blood bank takes donations every day, but it does not appear to be sending any blood to local hospitals. The detective is shocked to discover that the blood bank is being run by vampires.
  • A vampire spends centuries studying the nature of time until, at last, he is able to build a time machine. He travels back in time to when he was still human and attempts to rescue his younger self from the vampires that turned him into one of their own.
  • A vampire stows away in a ship headed to the Americas. The ship is destroyed in a storm, and the vampire is stranded on a tropical island. To survive, he must find shelter from the sun, a ready supply of blood, and a way to defend himself from sea monsters even more dangerous than he is.
  • A spacefaring vampire discovers a new planet. The planet has a constant blanket of thick cloud cover. There is so little sun, he can stay out in the middle of the day. Now all he has to do is convince humans to settle there…
  • A man awakes in a cryogenics laboratory. Apparently he has been frozen for hundreds of years. He does not remember his name or how he got there. The only thing he knows is that the sun burns his skin and he has a strange craving for blood. He begins thawing out the other patients…
  • A kindhearted man is attacked by vampires and killed. His ghost watches, helpless, as his body returns as one of the undead. His ghost follows the vampires, desperate to stop them from taking more lives.
  • Vampirism is the latest sexually transmitted disease
  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military releases vampires into enemy territory
  • Vampires have their own religion – if you convert, you become one.
  • Vampirism is spread by infected leeches, making surfing and partying at the beach a very dangerous lifestyle.
  • When a vampire is elected to Congress, he introduces some very controversial legislation…
  • An immense spaceship hovers over New York, blocking out the sun. The town’s undead residents take advantage of their day of darkness.
  • A vampire sneaks on board a spaceship bound for the new colonies on Mars.
  • At a high school in a wealthy suburb, the “cool kids” are known to be vampires. When a shy, awkward girl wants to join their clique, she has to go through a very painful initiation.
  • At a hospital, a nurse is attacked by a vampire, turned into one of the living dead. She cleans herself up and returns to her job in the maternity ward…
  • A man visits a brothel with an unusual question: would any of the girls let him drink their blood?
  • A teenager becomes a vampire, which stops him from aging. A few years later, the neighbors are wondering why he doesn’t age, but the vampire refuses to move out of his parents’ house.
  • In the age of sexually transmitted diseases, vampires must go to great lengths to make sure their victims are healthy.
  • In the distant future, pollution and natural disasters destroy all of earth’s trees. The last remaining vampires celebrate because no wood = no wooden stakes. As the vampire menace spreads, archeologists search for the last of the world’s wood.

Werewolves – That Time of the Month

  • A group of drug addicts share needles, unaware that they are infecting themselves with the lycanthropy virus. On the night of the full moon, they use their new powers in a daring robbery spree, hoping to steal enough money to stay high for a month.
  • A bank employs werewolves to detect counterfeit coins. With just a touch, they can tell if a coin is pure silver or a fake. At first, the program is a huge success, but the pain of touching silver all day slowly drives the werewolves insane.
  • The government forces werewolves to be imprisoned for one day each month to keep them from killing. A group of protestors demand an end to this “unfair” treatment.
  • A group of professional wrestlers leaves an arena and heads to their cars. They find the body of a woman who has been attacked by some huge animal. They immediately suspect a werewolf attack. The wrestlers head to the nearby woods to track down the beast.
  • A woman gets a strange phone call from her ex. He says, “Go down to the clinic and get tested. Apparently I have lycanthropy.” She thinks it’s just a bizarre practical joke, until that night, when the full moon rises. She wakes up in the forest covered in blood. As she’s walking home, she vows to track down her cheating ex and get revenge.
  • A woman takes a cross-country flight on an airship. In the dining room, she meets a man who claims to work for the travel company. Hunting werewolves. The woman laughs, assuming he’s joking, but he’s deadly serious. He’s there to protect the flight from airborne werewolves.
  • A young soldier is secretly a werewolf. He sneaks back into the military base after a night’s hunt, and smells something odd about one of the guards. He isn’t human. The werewolf follows the guard and sees him change – his skin turns gray, and his eyes grow large and black. The guard is some kind of shapeshifter. The werewolf vows to investigate everyone on the base and see how many of his fellow soldiers aren’t actually human.
  • A man gets a job at a zoo as the night watchman. He expects to be bored. After all, who would rob a zoo? But on his first night, his boss provides him with a gun filled with silver bullets. “When werewolves get bored of hunting deer or even man, they come here to try their luck with tigers and lions.”
  • The most feared warriors in all the land are the Wolf Legion. These werewolf knights are stronger and faster than a human, and unstoppable in battle. A group of spies from a neighboring kingdom disguise themselves in wolf pelts and spy on the Wolf Legion, hoping to learn their weaknesses and the secret of their power.
  • A therapist has a strange, new client: a man who is convinced that he is a werewolf. At first, the therapist attempts to cure him of this delusion, but then he shows up to his session with his clothes torn and covered in blood.
  • A gunslinger who happens to be a werewolf wins duel after duel. Being impervious to bullets, it makes no difference if he draws first or second. He always fires the fatal shot. One day, the werewolf catches his challenger loading his gun with silver bullets. For the first time in his career, he has to shoot first.
  • A wealthy socialite discovers that her new fur coat isn’t mink at all – it’s werewolf fur. Every full moon, her coat escapes the closet wanders the darkness, looking for victims. Somehow, even without teeth or claws, it still manages to kill.
  • When you’re a werewolf, it’s important to remember the date. You have to know when the moon’s going to be full and where you’ll be when it happens. This is elementary, day one stuff. But somehow, after twelve years of being a werewolf, Richard forgot to keep track of the date. Tonight was the full moon, and he wasn’t locked up safely at home. He was on a crowded airplane.
  • An invisible assassin kills a CEO and escapes into the night. The corporation’s head of security decides the best thing to do is to track the assassin by scent. Time to unleash the werewolf.
  • A woman writes a relationship advice column for humans dating supernatural creatures. Even though she is supposed to be the expert, she has constant fights with her werewolf boyfriend who sheds everywhere, leaves bloody carcasses on the kitchen table, and stays out all night hunting with his friends.
  • A nonprofit organization is devoted to increasing the social acceptance of werewolves. They distribute brochures explaining that most werewolves are only interested in eating rabbits, deer, and other wildlife, and would never harm a human being. However, a series of murders that appear werewolf-related threatens to destroy the nonprofit’s work.
  • A presidential candidate promises to “finally do something about the werewolf problem”. As far as anyone knows, werewolves do not exist. The candidate is mocked and his supporters begin to abandon him. His campaign staff decides to find some proof of werewolves before they are all out of a job.
  • All women become werewolves for five days each month.
  • The ultra-wealthy keep werewolves as exotic pets.
  • A young couple takes their infant son to a local park, where he is bitten by what they think is just a dog…
  • The werewolves are mistaken for dogs and accidentally sold at a pet store.
  • The story of the photographer for “Sexy Werewolves Monthly,” a fetish magazine.
  • A new babysitter for an unusual family discovers that the kids can get cranky, especially during a full moon.
  • A few days each month, a werewolf goes from “husband & Dad” to “the family dog.”
  • An astronaut crashes on the Planet of the Werewolves, and it’s mating season.
  • A teenage werewolf suspects that her human boyfriend is cheating on her every full moon.
  • While walking home through the park, a stripper is bitten by a strange, hairy beast. Twenty-eight days later, she is dancing onstage, and she begins to change.

Bigfoot – You Know What They Say About Guys with Big Feet…

  • A big game hunter heads to the location of every known Bigfoot sighting, hoping to take a shot at the creature. At last, it works. He has a Bigfoot in the sights of his rifle. Just then, he is surrounded by white light. He passes out. He wakes up aboard a spacecraft. Instead of the little green men he is expecting, he sees the craft is filled with Bigfoots. (Or is it Bigfeet?) Apparently Bigfoot is an alien.
  • A hunter goes after Bigfoot but ends up falling in love
  • A reporter for a trashy tabloid goes camping, and discovers that the Bigfoot creatures are controlling the government
  • A reporter discovers that the reason no one has caught a Bigfoot is that, like werewolves, they spend most of their lives in human form.
  • A stressed, single mother struggles to hide the fact that her son is half-Bigfoot.
  • The government’s deadliest assassin is a giant man-ape code named “Bigfoot.”
  • A teenage girl’s parents are very upset when they meet their daughter’s new boyfriend…
  • Sitting in limbo, a woman waits to be reincarnated. Finally, after years of waiting, she gets to return to earth… as an eight-foot-tall, hairy beast.

Mermaids – Is Eating a Mermaid Sushi or Cannibalism?

  • A cattle rancher goes to a medicine show to see the mermaid they supposedly have on display. He pays extra to get close to the water tank, and realizes it’s not a trick or a costume. It’s a genuine mermaid. Something in her eyes pleads with him, begging him for help. That night, he fills the back of his wagon with water and goes after the medicine show, hoping to rescue her.
  • A ship springs a leak and slowly sinks. The passengers are rescued by a mermaid who helps them swim to shore. One of the passengers, a big game hunter, decides to come back and fake a shipwreck, hoping to capture the mermaid when she returns. However, it isn’t as easy as he thought.
  • A submarine captain makes his living taking tourists on tours of the mermaid kingdom. After a few years, the mermaids grow sick of their home being constantly invaded, so they look for a way to destroy the submarine and kill the captain. They reach out to their feared enemy, the shark men.
  • A young girl lives with her family in an underwater city. Playing in her back yard near the edge of the dome, she sees a strange creature swim by – a woman with a fish’s tail. The girl runs to tell her parents, but they tell her mermaids aren’t real, and she must have imagined it. The girl goes back outside. She sees the mermaid swim by again, this time pursued by a shark. The girl searches for a way out of the dome so she can go help the mermaid.
  • The head of an underwater research facility stares out the window and sees what appears to be a mermaid pass by. He keeps the story to himself. He launches a fake expedition in a submarine, telling the crew they are searching for ancient ruins. If any of them found out the real reason for the mission, they would think he was crazy and maybe even replace him as director, but he is obsessed with seeing her again.

Sea Monster – Nessie and Others

  • A big game hunter drags a net across Loch Ness and manages to capture the monster. Before he can bring the beast back to shore, it disappears. The hunter thinks that it can’t have teleported through space. If it could do that, it would leave the Loch. There must be some kind of time distortion in Loch Ness. He decides to study this phenomenon and uncover the secret of Nessie’s time travel.
  • A young boy vacationing in Scotland befriends the Loch Ness Monster. As his family’s vacation comes to an end, the boy searches for a way to bring Nessie home with him.
  • A fisherman reports a Loch Ness Monster sighting. However, the creature he saw wasn’t in the water – it was in the sky. Cryptid experts from all over the world come to Loch Ness to determine if this is a new creature or if Nessie has always had wings.
  • A scientist constructs a thirty-foot-tall robot to explore Loch Ness and capture the monster alive. However, the Loch Ness Monster isn’t leaving its home without a fight.
  • A fisherman tries to kill the monster, to get revenge for the death of his wife, a mermaid
  • The Loch Ness Monster is abducted by aliens, and the Air Force heads into space to bring her back.
  • A group of scuba divers searches for the famous monster, and discovers that it is guarding a cave filled with pirate gold.
  • The Loch Ness Monster is caught and cut open. The fishermen discover that the ancient beast is actually a disguised Russian submarine.
  • When the Loch Ness Monster begins eating mermaids, the government wonders which endangered species they should save.
  • A woman visits Scotland, but returns to England without seeing the monster. What she doesn’t realize is that the monster saw her and followed her home.
  • A pet store in Scotland begins selling tiny, adorable lizards. The pets become so popular that they are sold over the internet and shipped all over the world. Months later, shocked parents discover that their children’s pets are growing… and growing… and growing…
  • A ship captain is entranced by a beautiful woman in the water who appears to be a mermaid. When he sends his crew off to investigate, they are attacked by a gigantic fish. The mermaid turns out to be part of the fish itself, a lure like the light of an angler fish.
  • Shellville is an entire fishing village located on the back of an enormous sea turtle. The turtle moves so slowly, the villagers can build homes and farms without worry of them falling into the ocean. That is, until turtle mating season…
  • When the lighthouse keeper spies a giant crab rising from the sea, the town prepares for attack. The mayor dials the emergency number and asks for The Negotiator, praying she will be able to convince the crab to return home without a fight. “I’ll go get her,” the babysitter says. “I just put her down for a nap.”
  • Octopi develop water-filled vehicles that allow them to travel on land. Marine biologists race to determine if the octopi are friendly or if their visit is the start of an aquatic invasion.
  • A socially awkward girl is bullied by the other members of her middle school swim team. When she comes to the pool early to train, a tentacle slithers up from the drain. The tentacle quickly retracts and vanishes. She starts sneaking dead fish into the pool and, over the next couple of weeks, wins the creature’s trust. Once it starts responding to her commands, she develops a plan to get back at the kids who hurt her.
  • A king constructs a castle at the center of a large lake. The castle is unreachable even by boat, as any enemy boats are instantly destroyed by a large sea serpent. The king’s enemies wait until winter, when the lake is frozen over and the sea serpent is trapped under the ice. The king’s men must find a way to break the ice before the castle is overthrown.

Monstrous Animals

  • An archeologist studying cave paintings accidentally cuts his hand and gets blood on the paintings. The paintings begin to come to life, turning into living woolly mammoths, tigers, and other animals.
  • Space explorers discover an Earth-like planet where the inhabitants worship a giant bull. The bull is over a hundred feet tall. The inhabitants sacrifice most of their crops to the bull, leaving them constantly on the verge of starvation. The space explorers attempt to convince the people that the bull is just an animal and not a god, but the bull’s priests stir up a riot against these “blasphemers.”
  • The world’s mosquitoes are carrying a deadly disease. One bite leads to death a few hours later. People are unable to venture outside without risking their lives. A scientist genetically engineers super bats to eat the mosquitoes, but the bats are more dangerous than the disease.
  • Dolphins evolve thumbs, develop technology, and fight humans for control of earth
  • Variation – As part of the “war on drugs,” the government arms thousands of sharks with torpedoes, mines, and other weapons, training them to attack drug-carrying boats. However, the sharks have their own ideas…
  • Scientists create three-foot-long mosquitoes; a swarm drains your blood in seconds.
  • A group of monkeys discovers an abandoned cache of hand grenades
  • A high school janitor struggles to defend the school against giant sewer alligators
  • After ants evolve intelligence, humans are faced with a startling revelation: they might not be the dominant species after all.
  • In order to manufacture spider silk for industrial use, scientists genetically engineer gigantic “super spiders.” An industrial spy, looking for valuable information, breaks into the lab. To his horror, he soon finds himself surrounded by spiders the size of office furniture.
  • Scientists genetically engineer cats that stay kittens forever, and dogs that remain puppies. They try to genetically engineer “living teddy bears” from a mix of grizzly and polar bear DNA, and things do not go according to plan…
  • The nation’s beeches become a very dangerous place to be when a madman crossbreeds piranhas and flying fish.
  • When chameleons begin mating with Komodo dragons, a small island is menaced by nearly invisible, ten-foot lizards.
  • Spinochordodes tellinii, a real parasitic worm that can cause the grasshoppers it infects to commit suicide, evolves to the point where it can infect humans. Across the country, news headlines report thousands of suicides via drowning.

Other Creatures

  • A young man inherits a telescope from his grandfather. He takes it back home, to his house on a hill above a patch of woods. When he turns the telescope on the woods, he sees a transparent figure in white. Thinking it’s a smudge on the lens, he cleans the telescope. When he looks again, the figure is still there. This time, it’s closer.
  • A man with severe anger control problems volunteers to help test a new treatment. His brain is connected to a strange device and the anger is drawn out of him. His anger manifests as a physical entity. Before it can be captured, the anger escapes the medical facility and runs off into the city.
  • A police detective is handed a folder full of reports of pick-pocketing. Strangely, all the victims claim no one was near them when their belongings went missing. The only thing they saw was a shadow.
  • A scientist develops a miracle plant food that causes any plant to grow up to fifty times its size. World hunger could be ended almost overnight. His assistant decides to test the plant food on her favorite plant: a Venus flytrap. The plant grows to twenty feet tall and eats her alive. It rips the lab apart, searching for more food.
  • One night, after having too much to drink, a man mistakenly calls his own phone number. Amazingly, someone answers. He has a conversation with a man with his own voice. Later, his wife claims to have seen him at a restaurant he’s never been to. He begins to suspect he has a doppelganger. He calls his own phone number again and asks the other him to meet him for a drink. He grabs a pistol and slips it into his pocket. This could be the perfect opportunity to fake his own death and escape a lifetime of debts and mistakes.
  • A space explorer is sent out to retrieve a rare tree root that is said to hold the secret to curing cancer. Unfortunately, the tree that grows from it is carnivorous and sprays acid that can dissolve a space suit.
  • A scientist constructs a female android. She is stronger, faster, and more durable than any human being, and she will have to be. She is the city’s sole defense from the monsters that stalk the night. Giants, ogres, dragons, all the monsters of legend are back.
  • Energy vampires spread nightmares, keeping you from getting a restful sleep, and drinking the energy you would have gained. If you’re being targeted and you want to stop them, you have to find them during the day. But be warned – they can give you nightmares while you’re awake, too.
  • A woman on a motorcycle is being chased through the desert by an enormous, carnivorous worm. She uses her radio to call for help, but no one wants to get near the monster. She must find a way to outrun the monster before it devours her and her bike.
  • A fleet of alien spacecraft comes to Earth and abducts trolls, ogres, goblins, and other monsters for medical experimentation. After a few generations, humans forget that the creatures were real and decide they must have been just myths and stories. The spacecraft return in the modern era and bring the monsters back to Earth.
  • The soldiers called them “scarecrows”. They were eight feet tall, inhumanly skinny, with skin like burlap. They were practically immune to laser fire. You could put half a dozen holes in them and they would heal up in seconds. A soldier discovers the secret to killing the scarecrows. Alone, without a radio, he must make his way back to base through open fields where he could be attacked at any moment.
  • The Alpha Centauri spaceport was one of the most beautiful buildings in the galaxy. It was also one of the most heavily armed, due to frequent attacks by the Ship Eaters. These huge creatures ate through walls and fences to get to the runways and devour spacecraft. They were so big, they could swallow the largest military battle cruisers. So who was the crazy pilot in the tiny planet hopper and why was he flying straight at them?
  • A diner at the edge of the forest is visited every night by a monster. The monster demands a feast of greasy food, or it will destroy the diner and the town beyond. The cook tries poisoning the monster’s food, throwing knives at it, even setting it on fire, but nothing seems to work. Finally, one of the waitresses comes up with a plan to get rid of the monster for good.
  • An energy company drills massive holes into the Earth’s molten mantle to generate geothermal power. One of the holes unleashes a lava elemental that escapes and sets out to destroy the world that has kept it prisoner for thousands of years.
  • A team of FBI agents specialize in preventing a public panic by covering up the existence of monsters. Their latest assignment is their most challenging yet: covering up the evidence of a hundred-foot-tall bear attack.
  • Scientists fight world hunger by genetically engineering cows a hundred feet tall. When vegan terrorists attack the lab, the gigantic cows start the world’s largest stampede.
  • A young girl lives in a village surrounded by forest. The forest and the hills beyond are said to be the home of giants. No one can leave the village without being killed and eaten. The girl decides she will be the first one to leave the village and explore the lands beyond. Instead of walking through the forest, she will go underneath. She recruits her friends to help her dig a tunnel, keeping their work secret from the adults.
  • A young boy tells his mother that he is afraid of monsters in the closet and under the bed. His mother tells him that real monsters live on the ceiling, hiding in the shadows in the corners. However, there is nothing to worry about. They only come out at night, and only attack if you see them. So keep your eyes closed, no matter what you hear.
  • A group of urban explorers travel to see an abandoned mansion where, according to urban legends, the ghosts of the former owners still roam the grounds. As they approach the fence, they see a hand-written sign that says “Trespassers will be food.”
  • The newest interstellar influencer trend is taking selfies in front of alien monsters you’ve killed. However, not everyone is brave enough to battle monsters for real. A hideous tentacle monster charges influencers to pose in front of him while he plays dead.
  • A group of sailors and their ship are swallowed by a gigantic sea monster. Somehow, they go from being in its stomach to inside one of its colossal eggs. The shell is too thick for them to break through. The cabin boy comes up with a plan to escape.
  • It drains its victims’ blood, but it’s not a vampire. It’s like an amoeba, an oozing creature made of blood. The more people it kills, the bigger it gets.
  • They weren’t vampires. They were worse. They didn’t nibble necks politely, draining a little blood from their favorite victims night after night. Their jagged jaws bit off limbs. They sucked the marrow from their bones. An entirely different level of violence. And if we were going to stop them, we would have to turn to the vampires for help.
  • A man goes to the doctor with an unusual complaint. He claims that his body is infested with goblins. When he sleeps, the goblins exit via his mouth and commit various petty crimes, returning to his body just before dawn. He provides the doctor with a video verifying his claim. The doctor searches Medieval medical books for an answer.
  • A group of scientists genetically engineer giant, air breathing octopi as a new kind of weapon for the military. Before the Air Force can fly the creatures to a war zone for testing, they escape into downtown Chicago. A bank teller, told he will be fired if he shows up late to work one more time, searches for a way past the creatures.
  • The shepherd grew up tending his flocks in a low valley between two hills. On one hill stood a tall, stone tower. The shepherd never saw anyone enter or leave the tower, but there were lights in the window every night. Finally, his curiosity overcame him. He left his flock to fend for itself and climbed the hill. He approached the tower and knocked on the door. The lights at the windows blinked. No, the windows blinked. They weren’t windows at all, but enormous eyes. The door opened revealing two rows of jagged teeth and a massive, black tongue.
  • An inventor creates a giant robotic spider and sends it out into the world to hunt monsters. Vampires, werewolves, and other creatures go on the run, searching for a place to hide from the menacing machine. The town’s human monster hunters find themselves out of a job. They team up to go after the inventor and destroy his robot.
  • Every weekend, children from all over the neighborhood would get together to play basketball. At the end of a particularly competitive game, one child on the losing team gets angry and hurls the ball over a fence. Despite many “No Trespassing” signs, the other children climb the fence to get the ball back. They are confronted by a strange creature, something like a dog made of bones, with horns and three eyes. It growls, revealing two mouths full of jagged teeth. Whoever lives in this house really doesn’t want visitors.
  • A police detective on the trail of a serial killer grows increasingly frustrated with witnesses. They must all be on drugs or drunk, because they insist the killer wasn’t a human at all. They say he was a bipedal crocodile in a trench coat. He comes out of the darkness, bites off his victim’s limbs, and disappears into the sewer. What’s he supposed to do with a crazy story like that? If he put that in his report, he’d be laughed off the force!
  • The local goblins are running a protection racket. They’re only two feet tall, but that doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous. A goblin gang can easily smash your car windows, burn down your house, or worse. Maybe it’s easier to just pay. The paper boy has a sword, but he’s never killed anything before. How’s that kid supposed to stop a horde of monsters?
  • The cave was guarded by a giant lizard creature, a green-scaled thing with five arms. At the end of each arm was one tremendous claw the size of a sword. It only appeared when someone got too close. It would dart out of its cave, grab its victim, and disappear back into the darkness. A knight vows to travel to the cave and destroy the creature. When the creature darts out of the cave, the knight is shocked to see that it’s not a five-armed creature after all. It is a giant hand.
  • The Tri-Jawed Beast of Gellersville looked horrifying, but it wasn’t so bad. It only needed to eat once a year. Sure, it preferred to eat humans, but it always seemed to know the human who would be missed the least. Last year, it ate Cliff Smith, convicted burglar and town drunk. The year before that, it ate that racist with the Nazi flags. The year before that, it ate Ted Posey, the creep who kept hanging around outside the middle school. It was making the town better. At least, until it went after Fred Green. Kind-hearted, always smiling, gave his car to charity Fred Green. Nobody knew why the Tri-Jawed Beast of Gellersville chose him, but we knew we had to stop it.
  • An archeologist uncovers a skull. It looks human, except for the fact that it has eight eye sockets. His theories about an ancient race of spider people are laughed at by the academic community. One night, someone sneaks into his house to tell him he is right. Not only that, but the last of the spider people is still alive.
  • Scientists breed larger bats to help thin out the mosquito population in malaria-prone areas. These giant “super bats” breed with vampire bats, producing dangerous, bloodthirsty monsters. Towns institute strict curfews. No one is allowed out after sunset. Anyone foolish enough to break the rule is found the next morning, drained dry.
  • Five o’clock and the fog alarm is going off. On foggy nights, the snake comes out of the river and goes into town looking for food. No one is supposed to be on the streets. But Richard had a terrible day at work and really wants to head to the pub for a pint. Surely he can make it there before the fog rolls in…
  • Garnaz doesn’t know how the rumor got started. He’s a giant lizard, not a genie. Why would he grant wishes? Sure, he can talk, but that’s not magic. People talk, and most of them aren’t magic, either. Such a silly rumor, but people keep coming out to the forest to see him and ask for things. And when they do, Garnaz bids them to come closer, closer, until they are in range of his long, sticky tongue.
  • An army of aquatic monsters climbs out of the sea to invade a small fishing village. The fish men drag their victims to the shore, pulling them to the bottom of the sea. With no other way to defend themselves, the village is forced to open up the jail and release three dangerous prisoners, a trio of werewolves.
  • A single mom is woken up by her son who asks to sleep in her room. He insists that there is a monster in his closet. She goes to investigate and discovers that the monster is oddly handsome and charming. She asks, “Are you single?”
  • A man with insomnia spends his nights taking long walks through the neighborhood. He begins seeing strange creatures wandering the dark: floating eyes, masses of tentacles, flaming skeletons, and worse. He sees a strange light coming from a neighbor’s garage and goes to investigate. The neighbor is working on a machine that generates a swirling ring of blue energy, some sort of portal. The man decides he has to put a stop to his neighbor’s experimentation before something dangerous comes through the portal.
  • An underwater research station finds itself under attack by giant octopuses. These rampaging sea creatures begin to rip the station apart. The researchers realize the octopuses would never act so aggressively on their own. Someone must be controlling them. But who, and why?
  • A fifty-foot, holographic woman attacks a city. She drains power from the grid, growing ever larger. As the city blacks out, she glows brighter. The police are at a loss. How do you destroy something made of light?
  • When a village is attacked by an earth elemental, the sheriff hires a rainmaker to hopefully summon enough water to turn the elemental into mud. It soon becomes clear that the flood will do as much damage as the elemental. How will the villagers ever survive?
  • A subterranean species of lizard people rises from their caves and attempts to overthrow the surface. A team of military scientists decides to pit lizard against lizard and bring back the dinosaurs to fight against these invaders.
  • A woman whose dreams become reality makes the mistake of watching a horror movie. She is terrified to fall asleep and dream the terrifying creature from the film into real life.
  • New guards at the castle were always given tunnel duty. The older guards would warn them of strange sounds, shadows moving at night. The tunnels ran through caves where ancient creatures once lived, and their spirits were still there. Even though they appeared as shadows, they were still as solid as flesh and blood, and if you got too close, they could eat you alive. But it was just a story, wasn’t it?
  • At one school, long distance running is the most important class, with every child required to participate. Every solstice, the Keeper comes down from the sky and chases after the children. The Keeper grabs the slowest child and returns to the sky. The child is never seen again. Billy Porter knows he is this year’s slowest child, but he has a plan to avoid being caught.
  • A teenager takes a job as a shepherd, knowing he will have to protect the flock from wolves, mountain lions, bandits, and other threats. He is given a sword and a sling as well as a horn to blow if he needs help. His first night on the job, the flock is attacked by a huge, tentacled monster. He considers blowing the horn, but decides he needs to prove himself. He will try to handle the threat alone.
  • The kingdom is attacked by a monster so hideous that all who view it go mad, clawing out their own eyes. The king calls upon a retired knight who has become blind and asks him to kill the beast.
  • The giants living in the Rocky Mountains have an uneasy truce with the humans. They let humans rock climb and ski, as long as they don’t try to take over more of the mountains. A new tribal chief comes to power and breaks the truce, leading the giants in an attack on the ski lodges and resorts. A group of rangers, skiers, and mountain climbers fights back.
  • A giant lives in a hollow under a volcano, manning the ancient dials and levers that control the lava flow. He demands regular sacrifices of cattle and goats or he will cause an eruption and destroy the village. A cattle rancher, tired of feeding the giant’s colossal appetite, leads a rebellion.
  • At a jousting tournament, the prince loses to a mysterious knight in black armor. He walks over to congratulate the knight. The knight lifts his visor, revealing an enormous mouth with jagged teeth. He lurches forward and bites off the prince’s head.
  • A man rubs an antique lamp, but instead of a genie, he summons an entity called the Skull Collector. The Skull Collector says he also grants wishes, but for the price of, of course, a skull. The man goes to the library and checks out all the books on grave robbing.
  • A peasant travels the wilderness for days without food, and eventually starts hallucinating. He meets the Man of the Forest and asks him for the power to destroy his enemies. He wants to become a werewolf. The Man of the Forest says that all the magic wolf skins have been destroyed long ago, but there’s another animal he might be interested in becoming…
  • A group of pirates encounters a friendly sea monster. They decide they must protect this beast and keep it safe from whalers, fishermen, and other threats. They disguise it as an island and make it their new pirate headquarters.
  • A merchant comes to town selling bottled goblins. He explains that once the bottle is broken or uncorked, the goblin will be released, and it will scamper about causing mischief. After about a half hour, the goblin will turn into harmless smoke and vanish. A bottled goblin, he says, is the ideal prank to play on an annoying boss or nosy neighbor. He sells dozens to a crowd of eager customers and then vanishes. That night, would-be pranksters across town discover that the goblins are more violent than mischievous, and they aren’t going to disappear so easily.
  • The king announces a combat tournament where the winner will be given the hand of his daughter in marriage. One of the combatants refuses to give his name or show his face, wearing a helmet with a visor. The mysterious combatant wins and finally shows his face. Or rather, his lack of one. The suit of armor is filled with mushrooms. The king’s new son-in-law will be a sentient colony of mycelium.
  • Farmer Gregory’s apple orchard grew right up to the road, so his apples were always being stolen by passersby. After years of petty theft, he finally grew so sick of it that he turned to the dark arts. He summoned the skin beast. While casting the spell, he commanded the skin beast to kill those with stolen apples. Unfortunately, he didn’t think to specify “caught with stolen apples from his orchard.” The skin beast assumed any apple was stolen, making anyone with an apple a target worthy of death. And then it wandered into town…
  • A carnivorous tree lures food within trapping range by growing their ideal partner. In an instant, it can grow a facsimile of a supermodel, a famous actress, or the girl next door. A young man is convinced that he can separate the lure from the tree and have the ideal partner for real, if the tree doesn’t eat him first.
  • All the kids in the neighborhood wanted to know what was up with the old Burton House. It had been empty for months, or supposedly so, so why did people see movement through the windows at night? Who was in there? What were they doing? The three bravest kids were chosen to sneak in and find out. As the sun was setting, they stood in the two-story entryway. A noise from upstairs. The grandfather clock was striking. As it struck, the clock transformed. It unfolded, revealing arms and legs. It took one of the decorative (they hoped) swords from the wall and headed down the stairs. They turned to run, but the door refused to open.
  • After the death of her mother, a princess becomes queen. Her advisors introduce her to her new royal bodyguard: a swirling mass of shadows and whispers. She is horrified, but told it’s not optional. The shadows have always followed the queen and always will.
  • A martial artist is joins an underground fighting ring. After a series of wins, he is told he is being taken to a “different level.” He is brought to a new ring. The audience members are monstrous, aliens or being from another dimension. It’s impossible to say. His first opponent is huge, and appears to be half human, half lion. Instead of fists, he has two more mouths. The martial artist realizes he can’t let him land a single blow.
  • A group of students at the library explain to a librarian that they are doing a research project on mythological creatures. The librarian takes them to the right area, but suddenly stops when she hears a noise. “Oh no! One of them must have escaped!” She reaches behind a shelf and produces a battle axe, running towards the sound.
  • Graveyard vines have a unique method of spreading. They grow over fresh graves, spreading their roots down into the body below. They take over the body, turning it into a kind of zombie. The body crawls from the grave and hunts for the best spot for a new graveyard vine plant to grow. If anyone tries to stop the body or rebury it, the vines quickly turn them into a new corpse.
  • A hunter roaming the forest realizes he is being stalked by a wild animal. A shape jumps out from the trees. It’s a mountain lion. And a wolf. And a coyote. It’s as if the animals were melted and merged together. A voice comes from somewhere deep within the mass of flesh. “Join us.”
  • A young girl has the ability to control the weather. Her parents take her to drought-stricken areas to make it rain, and coastal areas to fend off incoming hurricanes. One day, as she is gathering storm clouds, she sees a strange shape in the sky, something that looks like a human made of clouds and lightning. The shape swoops down and grabs her, pulling her up into the sky.
  • Every night, a young boy’s parents leave a plate of meat out on the front porch, and every morning it’s gone. They explain it’s to keep “bad things” from coming inside the house. The boy decides to stay up all night to see what “bad things” are eating the meat.
  • A young boy makes a deal with the monster in his closet to come to school with him and scare off the bully that’s been making his life miserable. When the monster decides to do more than just give the bully a scare, the boy must deal with the consequences.
  • Only the Secret Society of Fire Fighters knows that seemingly ordinary house fires are caused by Fire Elementals. In order to put out the fires, the fire fighters have to kill them.
  • In order to avoid a blizzard, the mayor of a small town has to sacrifice to the Snow Demons
  • A holy man creates a golem but, as he doesn’t have enough clay, he builds it from biscuit dough
  • A new form of life evolves in the muck of a sewage plant and travels through the water pipes wreaking havoc
  • A small child is unable to sleep, not because of what lurks in the darkness, but because of the darkness itself
  • A cat burglar decides to steal a valuable collection of paintings, but he is soon confronted by the museum’s security system: thirteen hideous, stone gargoyles.
  • A gingerbread man attains sentience, learns to make other gingerbread men, and leads a lynch mob to the local bakery.
  • A bartender, attempting to create the next great cocktail, instead creates a new form of life.
  • A sculptor sells his soul to the devil, asking that his art would outlive him. The sculptor soon discovers that the devil likes to take things literally…
  • A young boy, playing in his back yard, sees one of the neighborhood children suddenly grabbed and devoured – by his mother’s rose bushes. He knows he must destroy them, even if it means being grounded for the rest of the summer.

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