Written by Patti Pauley
This past weekend over at Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, California, boasted some incredible panels, fantastic cosplays, and some of the best horror genre items to spend your hard-earned cash on. I made the road trip from Las Vegas to So Cal last week just to attend the horror fandom event and report back to you readers some of my favorite finds at the con- and during my rounds at various vendor tables, I came across Andrea Von Drakenstein and her table of horror babies.
I can’t even begin to express how much I’m in love with these little faces.
Photo Credit: Patti Pauley
Andrea began making these darling creations back in 2011 with her first works of art being Frankenbaby and one of her now infamous, Sugar Skull Babies. The dolls sat for two years while Andrea dabbled in other art projects, then in 2013, Drakenstein turned her passion to the public and started making the Sugar Skull Babies- which in turn caught the eye of the Chimaya Art Gallery in Los Angeles who put the dolls on display and became a hit with the public.
Photo Credit: Drakenstein Art
With the Sugar Skull Babies a huge success, Drakenstein still had her Frankenbaby in the back of her mind and decided she wanted to venture into the horror icon genre:
“Frankenbaby sat there waiting for me to move forward with the Horror Babies. Since I had found the perfect base doll I then moved into the Horror Genre creating the characters from the films and the more I made the bigger the fan base grew. I did my first Horror convention in 2015 at the HorrorCon International in downtown LA. Then Days of the Dead, Midsummer Scream, Monsterpalooza and other smaller venues.”
And of course at Monsterpalooza, the dolls were an immediate hit not just with fans, but the icons themselves were fascinated at their porcelain portrayal of cuteness. Freddy Krueger himself Robert Englund gave his slasher stamp of approval!
Robert Englund and Fan Vecky Mota
Aside from creating Sugar Skull and Horror Babies like her favorites Edward Scissorhands and Jason Voorhees, Drakenstein also steps out of horror element and does custom orders. In the past, the artist has created anime characters, The Grinch, Norman Bates and Mother, and a special doll for the Movie Dolly Deadly for promotional purposes.
For anyone interested in purchasing one of these horror treasures outside of Southern California, visit Drakenstein’s Etsy shop by clicking here. For this week only, Audrea is offering up her Horror Babies at the special convention price of $80. If you’re interested in a custom order, you can directly message her through Etsy, Drakenstein Art’s official Facebook page, or by visiting Demented Designs at 1046 N. Tustin St. #D in Orange, California 92867.
You can also catch Andrea and her entire line of tiny terrors at the following upcoming events along with the upcoming Vintage Halloween Kids series making their debut in July: