A series of short stories by Creator/RykESpoor in which everyday hero Jason Wood battles mythological monsters with modern technical know-how. The first six stories originally appeared in ''Digital Knight'', published by Creator/BaenBooks in 2003, which is now [[http://www.baen.com/digital-knight.html available on the Baen Free Library]]. Three more are available free online. ''Paradigms Lost'', released in December 2014, incorporates greatly expanded and revised versions of the first eight stories.

The Jason Wood stories make up part of a multiverse that includes ''Literature/TheBalancedSword''.

# Gone in a Flash (vampires)
# Lawyers, Ghouls, and Mummies (exactly what it says on the tin)
# Photo Finish (werewolves)
# Viewed in a Harsh Light (TheReptilians)
# Live and Let Spy
# Mirror Image (basilisks)
# [[http://seawasp.livejournal.com/77356.html Shadow of Fear]] (things that go bump in the night)
# [[http://seawasp.livejournal.com/93705.html Trial Run]]
# [[http://www.baen.com/Bait_and_Switch.asp Bait and Switch]]

!!Tropes in the Jason Wood series:

* BigBad: Virigar, the Werewolf King
* BigRedButton: In "Bait and Switch", the emergency button that triggers the anti-werewolf measures is described as being bright red and twice as large as any other button on the control panel.
* CatapultNightmare: Jason has one in "Bait and Switch".
* CharacterNameAlias: The werewolf in "Bait and Switch" introduces himself as Cheney Lugosi, in homage to ''Film/{{The Wolf Man|1941}}'' (in which Creator/LonChaneyJr stars as a man who becomes a werewolf after being bitten by another werewolf played by Creator/BelaLugosi).
* CourtroomEpisode: "Trial Run" has Jason defending a werewolf in court, mainly because he wants to establish the precedent that non-humans have rights. [[spoiler:After successfully proving that his client's killing a would-be rapist armed with a silver-alloy knife qualified as legitimate self-defense, he has her re-arrested for some unjustifiable killings she had committed.]]
* FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire: [[spoiler:Verne Domingo]] in "Gone in a Flash" and [[spoiler:Father Jonathan Turner]] in "Live and Let Spy".
* HorrifyingTheHorror: Even other monsters are terrified of Virigar.
* IGaveMyWord: Werewolves take oaths made in the king's name ''very'' seriously... because anyone who breaks any such oath without Virigar's explicit permission will have to answer to him.
* ImmuneToBullets: Pretty much every kind of supernatural menace. Lampshaded in "Mirror Image":
-->"I should have known, I should have known, you can ''never'' kill a monster with bullets, never, it's in the friggin' Monster Union Rules!"
* InhumanableAlienRights: "Trial Run" establishes the legal precedent that non-humans have the same legal right to self-defense as humans - [[spoiler:and the same right to be prosecuted for acts of violence which do ''not'' fall under the legal definition of self-defense]].
* JustToyingWithThem: In "Trial Run", Virigar explicitly says he could kill Jason any time he likes, but that would be "unamusing".
* MagicalDatabase: Jason Wood is told that he can't find out stuff about vampires from a nice cross-indexed database somewhere, so he sets out to create one himself.
* TheMultiverse: the Jason Wood stories are set in an Earth similar to ours, but there is a severed connection to Zarathan, the world of ''Literature/TheBalancedSword''.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: "Wanda Beers, and don't make any jokes about her name unless you can figure out one she won't have heard a thousand times before."
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Virigar, of Jason Wood. There are occasions when the only thing keeping Jason alive is the fact that Virigar is the monster that other monsters have nightmares about.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: A standard of the series, including basilisks, vampires, and werewolves.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Curse of vampirism was created in a long-ago time as a twisted mockery of the powers and weaknesses of the priests of an Earth goddess (for instance, they drank blood freely given by volunteers as a symbol of the interconnectedness of living things, were harmed by wood because it was once-but-no-longer living, and by sunlight because being so closely aligned with the Earth strained their connection to other powers). Jason learns all this when his FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire is revealed to be not a Curseborn vampire but the actual last priest of the goddess.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Werewolves are [[VoluntaryShapeshifting voluntary shapeshifters]] capable of perfectly imitating other human forms, and have several other non-standard abilities. They're powerful enough that even "the Great Demons" wouldn't lightly defy the will of the Werewolf King Virigar. Also, they devour souls. The narrator's FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire friend tells him:
-->"Their strength is immense, their cunning formidable, and their ability to shift shape, though confined to a wolflike predator on the one hand, is unlimited in the human range; they can be anyone at all. They do not fear night or day, nor does the phase of the moon have any effect on them. They also have a talent similar to my own to charm and cloud other minds... There is nothing I have seen ... that I fear more than the Werewolf King."
** Consider the last sentence of that quote in light of the fact that the speaker is five hundred thousand years old and has seen the Great Demons reshape the continents of Earth.
** On the other hand, they do have [[SilverHasMysticPowers a weakness against silver]].
* PatchworkStory: ''Digital Knight''
* PlayfulHacker: "The Jammer"
* PostModernMagik: The series is all about this.
* TheReptilians: In "Viewed in a Harsh Light".
* SilverBullet: Jason Wood makes some silver bullets first to fight a vampire (which didn't work) and then a werewolf (which did). He ran out of silver bullets while fighting the werewolf king, and was forced to improvise.
* SpotTheImpostor: Jason finds himself having to distinguish between his FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire and a werewolf doppelganger. [[spoiler:Having discovered by this point that silver bullets work on werewolves but not vampires, he [[KillUsBoth just shoots both of them]].]]
* SummationGathering: Used in "Bait and Switch".
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: In "Shadow of Fear"
* TheTimeOfMyths: In the backstory of the series; most of the supernatural stuff Jason encounters is connected to it one way or another, and some of the creatures are old enough to have personally been part of it.
* UnfazedEveryman: Jason Wood.
* TheUnmasquedWorld: After the 'Morgantown Incident' in "Photo Finish", everybody knows about the [[spoiler:werewolves]]. Other parts of the {{Masquerade}} also pass into public knowledge as the series progresses.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Werewolves, in this series, can take a variety of forms, and can imitate other people, down to their fingerprints ''and their DNA''.