I'll just say before I go any further that this is largely experimental and the format may change for any future contests, so feel free to give feedback on how you feel about it.
Now, onto the contest itself.
The theme for this month is Horror, as suggested by Dear and Glorious Leader Roget. The entries allowed are art and tales. Entries should be posted in this thread, and you're limited to one entry in both categories. Writing entries should be posted under the Origins Tales section, and linked in your entry. Voting will be done via Strawpoll for writing and art separately, after the cutoff date for entries, which will be 2/22, 00:00 AM. This allows for a week for voting.
Please note that you need permission from anyone to use their characters, and that by posting anything here with other's characters without permission your entry will not count.
All of this said, have fun!