Tis’ the season, for horror! We know you like horror, and chances are you have a motley crue of friends that do to. So we’ve compiled some gift ideas to stock up that evil bag. In fact, you should probably just share this list with your Mom, Dad, Grandparents and any other friend or family member that usually gives you that bewildered stare when wondering what the heck you’d want for Xmas. We’ve compiled a random mix of ideas here but don’t for get about the standards. Horror fans love DVDs, movie collections, horror movie posters, horror shirts, memorabilia, soundtracks on vinyl, collectible toys and anything that shows their love of horror. Tricky thing about those can be, you might need to know their favorite movies or style of horror. Before we get on to our random gift ideas, let us remind you that you can find lots of horror gifts around town. Here in Austin, there are several places that you can drop into for that last minute gift. You can check out our Links page for stores but we’ll lay down some places right here and now.
HORROR IN AUSTIN: Find jewelry accessories, horror shirts and cool clothes at Austin’s goth, alternative store, Secret Oktober. Have a comic book lover to buy for? Austin Books & Comics, Tribe Comics & Games and Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy are just a few here in Austin. Sfanthor also sells vintage comics. In addition, Sfanthor and it’s sister store, Museum of The Weird, sell lots of unique gifts and horror shirts for the horrorr/sci-fi fan. Heck you can even buy tickets to either one of their wax museums as stocking stuffers. Most fans of horror like to dress up, so a gift certificate from Lucy in Disguise or The Bazaar are great gifts since they can use it to buy FX makeup, blood, masks, costumes, wigs, etc. Looking for art? Guzu Gallery and Mondo Gallery sell horror-themed posters and artist prints. End Of An Ear and Encore Records sell plenty of horror movie soundtracks on vinyl. Many older movie soundtracks have been re-released as high quality re-mastered editions on vinyl and they are great for a horror fan’s collection. Magazine subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving and if you want to support a local title — get ’em a subscription to Gore Noir Magazine. Gift certificates to your local video store will always be used. Stop into Vulcan Video or I Luv Video to pick some up. And don’t forget your local artists. Many of them have appeared at our events and at plenty of other great events around town. Please visit the list of vendors that just appeared at our 2nd Annual Horror For The Holidays Art & Gift Bazaar event (Events page). Most of them are on Etsy, have websites you can order from and are appearing at holiday markets throughout this month. And last, but certainly not least, give the experience of ghostly phenomena with a hearse limo tour of Austin at Haunted ATX . If you walk into any of the stores we mentioned and ask for help finding gifts for that horror fan in your life, they will set you up for sure. So shop local if you can and tell them Blood Over Texas sent ‘ya! And now on for the show…
GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HORROR FIEND
MIDDLE OF BEYOND: We’ve already shared the plethora of awesomeness from MOB, but this year, they’ve added a ton of Krampus items for a complete Krampus Collection. Besides the high quality, thick Krampus sweaters and cardigans they had last year (including a kid sweater), they now sell blankets (seen here), scarfs, pillow covers, new ornaments, a new sweater design and a Krampus tree topper. We see a festive Krampus living room in your future.
SIN IN LINEN: Raise those ‘lil demons right with a skull crib collection. Bumper, crib sheets and blanket. Awww. $39-$45.
THNK GEEK’S BLOOD LIP GLOSS: Okay, it’s actually a kit to make your own lip gloss called “DIY Groovy Lamp Lip Gloss Kit”, but we see the evil within. Great for kids and adults, the kit includes two rollerball bottles and all the ingredients. Choose from Pink with Orange & Cream flavor (shown) or Purple with Root Beer Flavor. $19.99
THE SCARLET GOSPELS: Clive Barker’s long awaited novel, continuing from The Hellhound Heart and the Harry D’Amour stories in which Clive kills off the infamous Pinhead, came out in May and has garnered many favorable reviews. Has your horror friend had a chance to read it yet? Amazon $12.99 Kindle, $16.24 Hardback, $12.80 Paperback
JASON MORPHING COFFEE CUP: This “killer” mug transforms from all black when cold to a red hot killer when filled with hot liquid. Only a few available at this writing. Hurry and get your Friday The 13th fan a cup of “Jason.” Get it? Amazon $23.99
GAME NIGHT WITH THE WALKING DEAD: Your childhood games have been zombified! We featured the Yahtzee game last year, but there’s even more and there’s always time for games with friends and family. Classic games Monopoly, Risk and Yahtzee — TWD editions. Each game has has had their “normal” features zombified for the zombie and the show fan. Amazon TWD MONOPOLY: $33.56; TWD RISK: $34.90; TWD YATHZEE: $24.99
FILM JOURNAL by MOLESKIN: Perfect for the horror film buff. A film diary with alphabetical tabs, blank tabs and stickers to use for categorizing and archiving their favorite films. MOLESKIN SITE; BUY ON Amazon: $17.73
ALANDIA “WORLD OF ABSINTHE SET”: Introduce the tradition of Absinthe while you conjure up spirits from another world with this Absinthe starter set. Includes one bottle of Strong68 Absinthe, 2 glasses, 2 spoons and sugar cubes. This ships from Europe, so ‘ya better order it now to get here by xmas. $49.39
CHALKBOARD SKULL: If you haven’t noticed, chalkboard items are all the rage, so follow the trend in your own style. This would make a great notepad for the household “Buy More Blood,” perhaps? Skullpops on Etsy. $28
CHILDREN OF THE CORN INSPIRED PLACEMATS: Horror Decor has tons of cool horror stuff including kitchen items, pillows, candles, “Killer Carnival Punks” and their new “Cuddle Creeps.” At the time of this writing, the deadline has passed to guarantee xmas delivery, but give your gift after the holidays! It’ll be extra special. Experience HORROR DECOR
KRAMPUS SHIRT & PILLOW: Local business, Pallbearer Press makes TONS of great horror shirt and also sells memorabilia, records, etc.. You can stop in and buy their horror shirts in Austin, at Secret Oktober and Sfanthor & Museum of the Weird. See the horror at PALLBEARER PRESS
ZOMBIE SURVIVAL TOOLS: Made-in-the-USA steel weapons to use in the zombie apocalypse. Great gift for the horror and weapon lover. For realsy… display only. Get prepared at ZOMBIE HAMMER
PRAYER CANDLES: We’ve seen tons of horror themed prayer candles but we especially like these because they are designed as actually Saints. Lots of designs to choose from including Saint Beetlejuice, Saint Vampira (shown), the Universal Monsters and more. GREASER CREATURES on Etsy.
STABBY PAPER TOWEL HOLDER: Grasp the knife handle as you rip a towel off to soak up the blood. Found at many sites, but here’s the link to AMAZON
BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS: A box of horror prizes in the mail is sure to make anyone happy. Once again, Box Of Dread and Horror Block make our list because, duh, they’re just awesome. Horror toys, mags, shirts, movies, etc. are packed into a box and shipped directly to your horror fan. Also, for the goth lover, we added Black Box box of goth goodies. All of them cost around $20 a month and you can buy a month at a time or get 3-month, 6-month, and year subsciptions. Check each website for more details: BOX OF DREAD • HORROR BLOCK • BLACK BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS
HORROR MAGS: Another gift that keeps on giving. All stellar horror mags with great content and quality print. Subscription prices vary. Digital subscriptions also available. Visit their sites for more info: RUE MORGUE MAG • FANGORIA • GORE NOIR MAG
Have a great holiday and happy New Year!