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Frightmare Collectibles Grand Opening

Written by Stuart D. Monroe

Fantastic Fest. Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors. Monster-Mania. HorrorHound Weekend. Rue Morgue Festival of Fear. There are a lot of horror conventions out there, and they all offer a unique flavor for the horror fan. I wish I could say I’ve been to all those, but I can’t. However, I’m fortunate enough to say that I have been to the best of the best on numerous occasions – Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas, TX. Did I say, “best of the best”? You’re goddamn right I did. I’m not messing around here.

Started in 2006, I’ve personally watched the event grow from small-ish to quite respectable to (pardon the pun) a monster of an undertaking (my first con was in 2008). The list of luminaries in attendance cover the entire spectrum of horror royalty, big and small. The parties are a blast and run late into the night. The celebrity guests are genuinely enjoying themselves. It’s a spectacle.

This is Texas. I don’t need to tell you that everything is bigger here; you can see that from anywhere in the damn country.

One other thing that all those conventions have in common is the struggle to survive in 2020. Big gatherings are out, and everyone is making do with online watch parties, trivia contests, and Zoom interviews. That’s been fun and different, but how do you change the game in a year like this? Loyd Cryer, the man behind Texas Frightmare Weekend, has found a way – he opened Frightmare Collectibles in Justin, Texas!

Frightmare Collectibles is a true horror fan’s dream. Online or in person, you’ll find DVD, VHS, one-of-a-kind art, exclusive TFW merchandise, posters, standups, clothing, and more signed memorabilia (all autographs certified) than you could possibly imagine. The selection is constantly changing. I should know – I live right down the street, and it’s never the same twice. Bring your wallet because you will spend some serious money on the same vendors and companies that you’d find if you came out to Dallas and attended in person!

I recently spent the day at their grand opening for Horror DNA TV, and it was one I won’t soon forget. Sit back and enjoy listening to Loyd and I ramble about this awesomeness, stay tuned for the interview with Amelia Kinkade, and spend some of that hard-earned cash on something terrifying.

They also have blankets. Yes, blankets.

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About The Author
Stuart D. Monroe
Staff Reviewer - USA
Stuart D. Monroe is a man of many faces – father, husband, movie reviewer, published author of short horror, unsuccessful screenwriter (for now), rabid Clemson Tiger, Southern gentleman, and one hell of a model American who goes by the handle "Big Daddy Stu" or "Sir". He's also highly disturbed and wears that fact like a badge of honor. He is a lover of all things horror with a particular taste for the fare of the Italians and the British. He sometimes gets aroused watching the hardcore stuff, but doesn't bother worrying about whether he was a serial killer in a past life as worrying is for the weak. He was raised in the video stores of the '80s and '90s. The movie theater is his cathedral. He worships H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. When he writes, he listens obsessively to either classical music or the works of Goblin to stimulate the neural pathways. His favorite movie is Dawn of the Dead. His favorite book is IT. His favorite TV show is LOST.
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