The following list consists of mostly small businesses with a few exceptions, and a diverse group of creators! I know shopping is tight during this strange pandemic year, so remember that even just sharing shops you love helps support these artists, shop-owners, and creators.
I first put together a Horror for the Holidays list last year — check out the creators from last year below since I definitely wanted to include their amazing work again, and then all the additional ones I added (shout-out to everyone who sent me recommendations, too!) below that.
From last year’s list: (check out this link to see photos and more from last year)
Let’s Get Galactic — Cassie Daley combines rainbows and horror! She’s added so much new stuff since last year, such as coasters, books, and resin coffins!
7Fetishes — Artwork, original drawings and paintings
GrindHaus Podcast — For my podcast lovers out there, this one covers a lot of horror and cinema from a filmmaker perspective!
Elegant Gore (I love this name) and Wes Brooks. These links are for their beautiful Instagrams, but check out the respective websites at Elegant Gore’s Etsy and Undead Speed Equipment! *Stickers, prints, shirts, art, and more
Velvet Hand Designs — Gorgeous artwork, original illustrations
Night Worms — Horror will be your happy place here with exclusive book club packages and extra goodies in store!
Die With Your Boots On — Horror Christmas sweaters and more! *Clothing, patches, pins, and more
Goods and Evil — From their website: “If you could mix together all the things that make you happy and those things were Sci-Fi, being Vegan, Horror movies, Pop Culture, Art and Punk Rock, you would get Goods And Evil.” *Shirts, hates, decals and more
Dark Delicacies — Books, clothes, collectibles, and more
Witch Baby Soap — Body butters, oils, bath products, and lots of witchy goodness
Beautiful Carcass — Another great name. *From their website: “Pleasantly Grim & Handcrafted Skincare Products”
Horror Decor — Home decor
A Stranger Dream — Bookmarks, prints, and more
And since I live near the area, some great places to check out in Pittsburgh:
New This Year
Witchcraft, Soaps, Body & Spirit
The Naked Wytch made by Brooke Warra, who also wrote the Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella Luminous Body
Belladonna’s Botanicals: “Belladonna’s Botanicals (formerly Restorative Aromatics) was started in 2018 by Jennifer Vatza, a Left Hand Path Witch, certified aromatherapist, herbalist, perfumer, skincare formulator, and incense crafter.”
Witchy Washy Bath Co: “All products are handcrafted by Taylor and are vegan/cruelty-free.”
Mystical Blossoms: “We are two sisters from Southern New Jersey — We make natural products from nature for the mind, body and soul. We are herbalists and artists.”
Scent From Hell: “Horror-inspired candles by writer Kristi DeMeester”
Greywick Lane: Horror candles & wax melts
Houss Freya: Intention candles, smudge sprays, and more
Jewelry & Apparel
Handmade jewelry at The Peculiarity Shop: “The Peculiarity Shop started as two queer folks (Hillary and Becky) adopting a hobby.” As you can see from their gorgeous shop, it has morphed into so much more!
Probably the most stunning jewelry you will ever see is found at Sofia Zakia’s shop. A fine jewelry selection made from what looks to me to be actual magic.
Toxic Femme 666: “Shirts, patches and bags for queer and trans people.”
Crooked Teeth Keys: Personalized vintage key or a human tooth necklace? This shop has you covered.
Death Couture: Seller note since there are real animal skulls and bones used, “Cruelty Free! Everything I use is ethically sourced from USA!”
Red Hot Gals Boutique: From the shop — “handmade accessories, jewelry, vinyl decals & T-shirts inspired by my love of vintage, pop culture and horror!”
Team Manticore: So many amazing things! Frightdorables are a must-see; apparel, decor, and so much more!
PlusHiiKawaii: “Plus Size Kawaii Fashion and accessories” — great for pastel goth lovers!
Melty Chocolate Moon: Another dream for pastel goths!
Badmouthed Bruja: Horror inspired enamel pins and more!
Crow Treasures Co: Jewelry, dishes, trinkets, etc…
Artwork, Crafts, and Decor
Fiyah Lit Mag: Bookish things, art, and apparel
Forest Noir: You may have seen Alyssa’s stunning work around Instagram; I have her Autumn Eternal photo book and few other small pieces and am obsessed. The work is truly gorgeous.
Fright Night Sketches: Zombies, monsters, famous horror icons, and more!
Death Positive Art: Jody Monochrome Art
Vicki Be Wicked: “Kawaii Afro, Pastel, Fun and Geeky Original Art Shop”
Art, ornaments, candles, and other unique items: Me and Annabel Lee (who could resist that shop name?)
Black Nook: Handmade spooky wallets, wristlets, and more
Abigail Larson: “Hugo Award winning illustrator Abigail Larson specializes in macabre and gothic illustration using a unique mix of traditional and digital media.”
Bat Factory: Creepy and cute custom creations
Lost Graves: Real bone and art jewelry
Glitter Thread Designs: Glitter Halloween and spooky tumblers
Our Dark Days: Handcrafted gothic accessories and décor
Retech_org: Sci-fi sculptures (can DM for customs)
Scott Bokma: “Morbidly tasty twisted goodness”
The Haunted Bouncy Castle: First of all, I just love that name. Great art, products, stickers, mugs, and more!
I’ve Created a Monstah by Jose Souza: Unique sculptures & original artwork
A place I hope to visit in a post-pandemic world, The Mutter Museum! Their online medical gift store has an array of the strange and macabre, including museum exclusives.
Tooth and Veil: Oddities and Macabre Shop (everything from upcycled art, to taxidermy, to home furnishings!)
Glam Goth Beauty: “a creepy chic vegan and cruelty-free indie brand. We pride ourselves on having a glamorous combination of a deadly and luxurious aesthetic.”
Antique and vintage garments: Black Cat Clothiers
Cabinet of Curious Clay: “Curious Ceramics for Unconventional Individuals”
Dark Rain Designs: Clockwork critters, oddities, and darksome market finds
Rex Boucher: Gothic glass (stained glass artist)
Fanbase Press: Bookish gifts
Small and Indie Horror Presses:
I created this list last year as well, but have since added to it!
The Ladies of Horror Fiction have an amazing directory here for book buying needs!