Young Quincey Harker is woken in the middle of the night, and his mother reads him a story to help him sleep.
Dr. Edward Muller awaits a visitor in his study with only a glass of whiskey, a journal from a long dead colleague, and a loaded pistol.
Elizabeth Frankenstien (nee Lavenza) awaits her husband on their wedding night, unaware that she will be greeted by a strange visitor.
A violent death leads a small town to suspect that there is a wolf hiding among the sheep. Every man is a wolf to another man, after all.
In the cold autumn of 1738, following the demise of the entire Karnstein family, the townspeople notice shades in the graveyard.
Last year for Halloween, I presented three spooky stories for your entertainment. At the time, I was concepting multiple projects, but I was also in the process of finishing the first draft of one. Men and Monsters is the story of five people who find themselves solving a strange mystery while, at the same time, being something of a mystery themselves. It involves werewolves and vampires and invisible men, and while I’m still in the rewriting stages, I thought I might attempt to expand their characters a bit. I quickly plotted out five short stories that would expand on either their character or backstory, and spent a bit of time reading 19th century and early 20th century fiction to get a feel for the style, tropes, and images I wanted to emulate. So for the month of October, there will be five stories, each centered around a different type of monster.
An excerpt from a love letter to the Universal Monsters.
I’ve had an awful lot of fun lately taking concepts I started a long, long time ago and revamping them. It’s shown me how much I’ve grown as a writer, and how much experience I’ve accumulated. This story started as something very different. It started a long time ago. But in reviewing the concept, I considered a few things: 1) I liked the idea of a gaslight horror mystery, and the Victorian era became an easy ground to sow these seeds, and 2) I’d grown up on the Universal Monsters, so I included more characters to better match the traditional monster lineup. This became a love letter to things I adored, from monster mashes, to goofy ahistorical histories, to the only classical literature I enjoyed, to the things I longed to see more of in fiction. This is the story I’ve dedicated my time to finishing and will begin editing soon, so I thought I’d give a little sneak preview.