Monster Encyclopedia: Fulek

First off, fuleks facilitate fun for fidgeting fancy foals (a little alliteration for you on a Tuesday). Fuleks came about because I wrote a bad chapter and needed to replace it with a different chapter, and I wanted to show that not all monsters are to be feared. All of the other monsters up until this point in the book (hulla, pok, gamba, rarohan, nagy, kover) had the main intention of killing and eating everything. But not fuleks.

Fuleks eat plants primarily, and because of their more passive nature, are sometimes preyed upon by other, larger monsters. As a result, they have evolved a type of spray (like a skunk) that is acidic in nature and can burn other monsters. This spray is used as a defense mechanism, but also sprayed around the area they inhabit to warn off other monsters. They have long legs, weird ears, and can run fast. Their coloring allows them to blend in with tall grasses and low bushes.


An interesting fact about fuleks is that they are both male and female (asexual). Each one has all the necessary means to reproduce, so they tend to live as “families” which typically consists of one parent and several children, or groups of parents, which is made up of two or three parents and their children (or grandchildren, as it may be). When too many fuleks are inhabiting an area, one parent takes one or two of their children and migrates to a new area.

Another fun fact: the Lamplighter’s Society brings fuleks into the properties of the safe houses that they maintain, to help keep other, larger monsters away. But I won’t say too much else about that because [spoilers!].

An even better fun fact: The book is available for sale! Click here to grab a copy.

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Tentacles and Teeth Launch Party

The launch was a huge success—thank you to everyone who participated! We had a ton of fun at the party, and I just wanted to share a few of the details with you.

In case you missed it, you can now grab a copy of Tentacles and Teeth here.

I launched the book on March 28th, with a few online promotions and a Facebook Live video, which you can watch here.

Then on Saturday the 30th, I had a party at my house, were we ate monster-themed snacks, chatted about monsters, and acted out a short reading from the book. You can watch the live video of the reading here!

All in all, it was a wonderful event, and I am grateful for everyone who came and supported me throughout the process. Onto Book 2 (and 3 and 4!)!

If you want to stay more involved in the series as a whole, follow me on Patreon! It’s free—all you have to do is sign up and follow me, and I’ll be sharing monster sketches, fun facts, and whatever fun stuff I feel like. <3

A few notes about the party:

  1. I tried to fit as many tentacles into my house as I could. I had a tentacles tablecloth, blanket, dishtowel, floor mat, wall decals, gummies, and a necklace, as well as a painting and some postcards and other imagery I made myself.

  2. My friend sent me black roses on the day before—they looked AH-MAZING with everything else.

  3. The marbled balloons popped really easily, and I may now be scarred for life.

  4. I had a ton of fun making the food. Tentacles dirt cake, cookies with eyeballs, monster cupcakes—it was delicious. Thank goodness for candy eyeballs lol.

  5. I had bowls of eyeballs around the house. I thought I had purchased some that were gumballs and some that were jawbreakers, but they all turned out to be gum. So now I have a lot of gum shaped like eyeballs in my house.

  6. If you’re ever doing a monster-themed party, let me know. I have some stuff, haha.

Monster Encyclopedia: Hulla & Elnok

Image of a hulla: long curved neck, wings, and a human face.

Image of a hulla: long curved neck, wings, and a human face.

This monster (to me) is one of the creepiest. They have human-like faces, but the bodies of birds. They fly, and can sort of talk—but they’re also kind of dumb.

One of the creepier parts of hulla is that they eat carrion—anything dead, too: monsters, humans, animals, you name it. They tend to sense when a battle or a big fight is going down, and they will fly around waiting for it to be over so they can feast. They rarely intervene in the actual battle, and when they do, it’s only because they think it means more food for them in the long run. They don’t care who wins in these situations, only that everyone involved dies.

The good thing about hulla is that they aren’t after you when you’re alive. They’re also pretty soft and fleshy, so if you do want to kill one, anything sharp should do the trick. They will attack from above though, so watch out.

Elnok is the Queen of the Hulla, and appears later on in the book.

In Tentacles and Teeth, hulla & elnok play a pretty important role both the plot and Askari’s realizations about the extent to which humans and monsters can interact on a civil (or not) level, so I won’t go into too much detail about them because [spoilers!].

Instead, I’m going to talk about the drawing process a little. I knew hulla and elnok looked similar, and when I did the first drawing, I liked it so much I thought it was going to be the elnok. This was my fifth or sixth drawing, and I was getting a lot better the more I did. I loved the tail feathers on this, and thought the face was pretty good.

Creepy bird with human face.

Creepy bird with human face.

But I still needed another drawing, and when I got about halfway done with the second one, I realized that no, the second one would be the elnok. It was crazy better (in my opinion), and I had given it hands, which made sense that the Queen would have hands and the minions wouldn’t, because [spoilers].


I loved the detailing on the wings of this monster, and the sort of neck feathers. I thought (and still think) it was so creepy and weird-looking.

In other news, the book is now available!!! Click here to buy it on Amazon and read about all these monsters.

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Launch Day of Tentacles and Teeth!

Today is the day!

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I'm stoked to announce that you can now purchase Tentacles and Teeth on Amazon! The e-book is $2.99, and the hard copy is $15.99. 

To celebrate, I'll be doing a Facebook Live event at 7:00 PM EST on my author page. You can click here for more information. There are still a few hours left to enter the giveaway, as well! If you're interested, just reply to this email and tell me what your favorite monster is in film, literature, real life, or wherever, and why. The prizes include books, a backpack, journals, drink tumblers, and lots of fun monster-themed items.

If you purchased the book from me at an event over the last few months or are a member of my Patreon, I would be eternally grateful if you left a review. Reviews help the book get more visibility in the Amazon algorithms as well as give me more options for advertising platforms--not to mention, it gives other people a glimpse into what you thought of the book. Click here to leave a review.

I am thrilled about this book, and thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with you!

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Monster Encyclopedia: Kover

The kover is a pretty popular monster. Quite a few people have told me it’s their favorite, and I understand why: it’s gross, yet familiar. Like finding your favorite gym sock under your bed, all stiff with dried sweat—gross, yet familiar.

I love my initial drawing, including the little person running as fast as they can away from the giant slug-like garg.

Pencil sketch of a small stick figure running as quickly as it can away from a giant slug with big teeth.

Pencil sketch of a small stick figure running as quickly as it can away from a giant slug with big teeth.

As you can see, a kover essentially looks like a giant slug. Its back is covered with porcupine-style quills, but they can shoot out of its back and fly quite a distance. It has teeth, horns, creepy eyes—but best yet, it’s covered in slime that will paralyze you if you touch it. They can also hear absolutely anything—their sense of sound is unparalleled. In terms of size: think train car. The really big ones, though? They can get up to several train cars in length.

The one advantage you have is that they are slow, and they will only pursue you for a short while, but if you step in any of the trails of slime it leaves behind, you’re out of luck, my friend. They also need space to move around. Kovers tend to like abandoned towns with wide roads, woods with wide trails cut through them, or fields.

My recommendation would be to avoid these creatures at all costs. If you come across one, always, always, go the long way around.

This is the stippled drawing of the same monster, slug-like, with quills on the back and big teeth.

This is the stippled drawing of the same monster, slug-like, with quills on the back and big teeth.

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