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Son of Monsterpalooza is starting up in just a few weeks, and what luck! It’s just in time to kick off the Halloween season in a big way! That’s right! The sequel to my absolute favorite convention gives horror fans plenty of reasons to plan a trip to L.A. And just in case you’re going to be in the area, I present to you a few of the finest must-stop horror shops and haunts for all your grizzly demands.

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Son of Monsterpalooza (September 15-17, 2017)

It goes without saying, Monsterpalooza is incredible! So is its annual Fall sequel, Son of Monsterpalooza. It’s a perfect gathering for horror fiends to get their creepy fix – with plenty of guests to meet, shows to see, panels to experience and vendors to visit – there is never a dull moment and is well worth your money. It’s always a fun and friendly atmosphere and one you’ll want to break the piggy bank wide open for.

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However, I recommend not spending your savings all at the convention. There are plenty of other places to explore before your stay is over!

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Dark Delicacies.

This is a wonderful emporium for all your spooky needs. It’s one part book store (and provides the single-most impressive selection of rare horror literature I’ve ever seen), another part movie shop, and you can’t forget the section of the store that just simply showcases some of the finest horror collectables you’ll find this side of sanity.

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Need some Halloween socks? Dark Del has you covered, my friend. What’s that? You don’t have enough horror shirts? Or you’re looking for a demonic tea set? This place has it all and is a definite must-stop requirement for all your Halloween planning.

Be sure to keep an eye on their upcoming events. The dark mastermind of this horror shop is always spinning his dark magic to bring in your favorite scary icons for store signings and autographs. And besides, just stop in. You never know who you might run into while you’re there.

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You’ll certainly want to walk in with the intention to shop. You’ll be bewitched by what wonderment you’ll find inside. In one location you have a plethora of chilling needs. Jewelry for that special ghoul in your life. Magazines, posters, and did I mention signatures? You can find signed movies, books, and CD’s all right here. Everything is easy to find, too. I stress this is a must for Manic when I’m in town. And I’ve not even touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the selections within.

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3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Creature Features


And the sign does not lie. Through these doors awaits a world nearly forgotten. It’s the nostalgia shot we all need, a revisit back to times far simpler and gravely missed. This is Creature Features where all of our childhoods are perfectly persevered in museum-like perfection. That is if your childhood was anything like mine – fraught with Gremlins, monsters, giant apes, and Godzilla!

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This place is a genuine blast to the past!
I always enter not knowing what I’ll find, but know I won’t be disappointed. And I never leave empty handed. One thing I love is to skim through the excellent selection of old monster/horror magazines I grew up with, and there’s one Hell of a selection to choose from here. I’ve added plenty of gory goodness to my thriving little library thanks to this wonderful establishment.

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And honestly, where else can you find a cup of Godzilla Ramen noodles? I ask you, friends. There is NEVER a dull moment here.

What sticks out most to me is the wide – and I mean gaping wide – selection of rare and unique soundtracks you’ll find here. It’s the most impressive selection of horror classic scores you’ll ever see, and what perfect timing! Imagine playing Halloween 4’s soundtrack at your Halloween party! Or cruising down the road blaring Batman: The Animated Series!

And again, be on the lookout for signatures! This place is brimming with autographed CDs and Blu-rays.

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Not content to just be a one-of-a-kind monster shop, Creature Features is it’s own incredible museum and supports different themes throughout the year. One year the theme was Alien, and show cased different artists’ take on the Ridley Scott horror masterpiece. Another masterpiece to be showcased was John Carpenter’s The Thing last Spring. Absolute quality and so worth the visit. This is a treasure trove for the horror fan. Again very friendly atmosphere and quite worth the trip.

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2904 W Magnolia Blvd,
Burbank CA 91506

Say, speaking of museums…

Bearded Lady Vintage Oddity Shop and the Mystic Museum

Perhaps not for the faint of heart, ladies and gents. However, should you be in the market for some truly one-of-a-kind type of art – something glamorously macabre – then this is your stop. Feel free to feast your eyes on the truly eccentric gloom contained herein. Taxidermy of bats, rats, and other darkly delightful beauties all need a home too, you know. And your house of nightmares simply can’t be complete without it. Hehehe.

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Take for instance – The Alfred Hitchcock Rat! Wouldn’t he look dashing on your dining table? Or how about the the decorative deer antlers? I’m sure you have a spot on the wall for this grotesque display. And of course there is the real human skull that would make your Halloween decorum the talk of the town! You know your devilish curiosity has been tickled. So welcome to a little shop of playful horrors.

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And while in town please be sure to visit the shop’s sister store across the street where you can explore the Mystic Museum. The last time I visited they were showcasing an Alfred Hitchcock and Twilight Zone theme.


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Oh but wait! I know what some of you need. Oh yes I do. Some of you crave a taste for the truly macabre. The dastardly delightful! Some of us must satisfy our gluttony for gore. I hear you, dear reader. Trust your ol’ pal, Manic. And looky-looky what I have for you on the next page.