I was born on Halloween so I've always harbored a love for creepy things. Monsters, myths, urban legends, that sort of thing. When I was younger, sixth grade, i had a silly idea for a story about a war breaking out between supernatural forces, werewolves vs vampires. I saw the wolves as the good guys. It would have been the silly tale of a sixth grader if I'd written it. But a year or two later, Underworld was released. Not only was it my idea, they also made the vampires the good guys (sort of). Utterly discouraged and convinced Hollywood itself was out to get me, I abandoned the idea. I remain a fan of werewolves and the idea behind them. To me they remain a fascinating way to explore humanities struggle with their own primal selves. The werewolf could be interpreted as a sort of metaphor for all sorts of things. Inside us all is a beast clawing its way to the surface, and such. I still wanted to write a story about a werewolf, so something like 6 years or so ago I came up with a character. I called him Aedan Thomas. One day at college he wakes up naked in the woods, covered in blood. He contacts an old friend of his, Zach Bronson, who shared a love of the occult with him when they were little. It turns out Zach is a sorcerer and a sort of representative to an organization of supernatural beings and entities. Together they investigate why Aedan has suddenly transformed, as well as an unusual murder, and a series of dissappearences (of other supernatural beings) around town. Along the way they meet the Succubus Annaleigh who joins them, as she's certain something is stalking her. The mysteries end up being all connected. Another being is collecting blood of supernatural beings for nefarious purposes. After a grueling week of investigation, and coming to terms with werewolfism, The friends sort the problem out. From there Aedan becomes a Private eye who specializes in "weird" cases (paranormal stuff). From there I could write all sorts of adventures. I'm hanging onto the concept, but much the same way Underworld did all those years ago, I keep discovering that my story is similar to things that already exist. The concept as a whole bares a resemblance to Jim Butchers "Dresden Files" and likely many others. I told a friend about it and he told me it sounded like a show called "Being Human" that he liked. Just to add insult to it, guess what the freaking vampires name is? It's Aidan. (Stupid vampire jerks). "I spelled Aedan different and he's a werewolf." I argued. "Also my story has a succubus trying to live her life!" "Ever seen "Lost Girl?" He replied. "No." "It's about a Succubus trying to live her life." "DAMN IT!!" Still. I'm not letting this stop me from writing the story. I'm a big fan of the characters I've come up with. My love of the occult provides me with plenty of fodder for Aedan, Zach and Anna to investigate. I'm curious to hear what someone thinks of my ideas, and I want to end by saying this: it may be true that your idea has already been done somehow, but don't let that bother you. Just make the story yours.