Horror for the Holidays 2020

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:

The Weeping Glass

Trundle Manor — When I visited, I gave the owners a copy of my H.H. Holmes book and they showed me their jar of dirt from Holmes’ grave!

10 Oddity Places 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

The Witch’s Bath: Gorgeous products — also featuring a BLM Donation Bath Bomb

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.

Antisocial Jewelry: Also check out their very cool Instagram

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!”

Wickedland Jewelry and Redbubble Shop: “Handmade Jewelry Craft for Werewolves, Witches, and those who have fallen through the Looking Glass”

Lenore and Co

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.

Claire L. Smith, author of the novella Helena, has gorgeous artwork available here!

Fright Night Sketches: Zombies, monsters, famous horror icons, and more!

Imaginarium Arts: Custom art pieces, handcrafted jewelry, and so much more! You may recognize Ellen from being a reviewer at Divination Hollow Reviews and more within the horror community!

Death Positive Art: Jody Monochrome Art

Destiny Kelly’s Etsy shop can be found here, and her amazing art portfolio here

Vicki Be Wicked: “Kawaii Afro, Pastel, Fun and Geeky Original Art Shop”

Tales from the Stitch: Crochet horror dolls! Twitter: https://twitter.com/thestitchkeeper

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

Shayna J. Feinstein Arts

Abigail Larson: “Hugo Award winning illustrator Abigail Larson specializes in macabre and gothic illustration using a unique mix of traditional and digital media.”

Molly Violence Art

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

The Creep Boutique

Retech_org: Sci-fi sculptures (can DM for customs)

Ghost Girl Greetings

South Street Mart

Ihdar

Hot Pink Black Ink

The Art Experiment — Kevin Simpson Illustration

Scott Bokma: “Morbidly tasty twisted goodness”

Little Spooky Studio on Etsy and Society 6

Lovely Landfill

Classy Creeps

The Haunted Bouncy Castle: First of all, I just love that name. Great art, products, stickers, mugs, and more!

Misc.

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

Brain Fever Artwork and Taxidermy

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!

Strangehouse Books & Rooster Republic Press Design Services

Scary Dairy Press

Raw Dog Screaming Press

Journalstone

Crystal Lake Publishing 

Unnerving

Cemetery Dance

Death’s Head Press

Independent Legions

Off Limits Press

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing

Sinister Horror Company

Neon Books

Clash Books

Author Stephanie Rabig has a great Queer Horror Database found here

The Ladies of Horror Fiction have an amazing directory here for book buying needs!

Lynne Hansen Art: amazing book covers and art!

Horror for the Holidays

Thought Halloween was the last of the horror holidays? Nah. I asked Twitter users for some ideas on Small Business Saturday for horror businesses we could support. I enjoyed looking through the stores and websites so much that I thought I’d make a quick post with links/info on how to find these cool and unique shops so we could support them all year long! Check them out:

Night Worms — Horror will be your happy place here with exclusive book club packages

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From Night Worms Website

and goodies that you won’t regret subscribing to. I subscribe to Night Worms myself and can confirm that I’ve absolutely loved every package I’ve received. *Books and goodies

Let’s Get Galactic — One of my favorite book reviewers, Cassie, IMG_9100combines rainbows and horror, which I think is genius. Her work is beautiful and makes me so happy. Check out the photo of the Poe mug I bought from her shop. You can’t go wrong with her work! *Bookmarks, mugs, various artwork, and more

7Fetishes — Another amazing Etsy shop. This one was recommended by my friend Nelson  Pyles who has great taste because the work here is stunning! *Various artwork

GrindHaus Podcast — For my podcast lovers out there, this one covers a lot of horror and cinema from a filmmaker perspective! *Podcast

Two awesome recommendations from Christa Miller are Elegant Gore (I love this name) and Wes Brooks. These links are for their beautiful insta but check out the respective websites at Elegant Gore’s Etsy and Undead Speed Equipment! *Stickers, prints, shirts, art, and more

Velvet Hand Designs — Shout out to the wonderful Tracy (@tracy_reads79) for

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“Pocketful of Creepies” I ordered from Velvet Hand Designs

recommending this AMAZING shop! I already ordered work from here and am a little obsessed. *Various artwork

Die With Your Boots On — I love this recommendation from Jenna Moquin. 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 — A great recommendation from Just Dee on Twitter for this place I really want to check out if I ever get back to Cali, but they have an online shop, too! *Books, clothes, collectibles, and more

Witch Baby Soap — Their products are probably the best smelling things I have ever bought. Notice my collection below — I might have a problem. *body butters, oils, bath products, and lots of witchy goodness

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Beautiful Carcass — Another great name. *From their website: “Pleasantly Grim & Handcrafted Skincare Products”

Horror Decor — I bought a Jack the Ripper pillow from here years ago; they have a lot of interesting things! *Home decor of all kinds

 

A Stranger Dream

You already know I’m obsessed with these bookmarks. I mean look at my collection. Plus, Karlee is awesome. *Bookmarks, prints, and more

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My collection of bookmarks from A Stranger Dream!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And since I live near the area, some great places to check out in Pittsburgh:

The Weeping Glass

Trundle Manor — When I visited, I gave the owners a copy of my H.H. Holmes book and they showed me their jar of dirt from Holmes’ grave!

10 Oddity Places in Pittsburgh

Small and Indie Horror Presses:

Strangehouse Books

Scary Dairy Press

Raw Dog Screaming Press

Journalstone

Crystal Lake Publishing 

Unnerving

Cemetery Dance

Death’s Head Press

Independent Legions

*There are MANY more — I just ran out of brain power. Feel free to leave me comments on any more shops or presses to add!