The term “Black Friday” takes on new meaning when you consider the gloriously ghoulish gift-buying potential for horror fans of all ages. The day after Thanksgiving is the true “day of the dead”, when tryptophan-drugged zombies stumble through stores everywhere, mindlessly attacking shoppers for the best bargains.

Be prepared for the carnage with the best weapon: Downright Creepy’s holiday gift guide!

BOOKS (Non-Fiction)

Monsters in the Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares
by John Landis

Yes, THAT John Landis. The hit-and-miss director gives us a big, beautiful collection of iconic movie monsters. Organized in chapters like “Werewoves”, “Mad Scientists” and “Zombies”, each concludes with a “conversation” with behind the scenes masters of horror, like Christopher Lee, Sam Raimi and John Carpenter. This is the one must-have item for any and every fan of the genre. (DK Publishing, $40.00)

The Hammer Vault by Marcus Hearn
As sumptuous as the set of a classic Hammer film, this collection of script pages, poster artwork, production designs, promotional material and private corresponsdence is a bargain at any price. (Titan Books, $34.95)

11/22/63 by Stephen King
No gift list is complete without the latest thriller by Stephen King. What if you could change history? More sci-fi than horror, the fake newspaper headline on the book jacket says it all, “JFK Escapes Assassination, First Lady Also OK!” Something tells me everything is NOT OK; otherwise, we wouldn’t have an 849-page story to keep us warm all winter long. (Scribner, $35.00)

Anno-Dracula by Kim Newman
Recently back in print, this 1992 novel also offers a revisionist view of history, this time stirring lierature and politics into the usual horror mix. What if Dracula were real and married Queen Victoria to become the ruler of England? Enter Jack the Ripper and you have a smart, fascinating tale that may inadvertantly cause you to learn something. (Titan Books, $14.95)

Pat the Zombie: A Cruel (Adult) Spoof by Aaron Ximm and Kaveh Soofi Remember the children’s touch-and-feel classic, Pat the Bunny? Well, these clever authors have reinvented it for a time when The Walking Dead is a top TV show, not Captain Kangaroo. Instead of daddy’s cheek or a wedding ring, readers now touch a decaying jaw and an empty eye socket. Fun! (Ten Speed Press, $11.99)

CLOTHING

Freddy Krueger Dunk Low
A sneaker based upon horror icon Freddy Krueger. The graphic design features blood splatter accents and striping patterned after Freddy’s sweater, while the sole resembles his burned flesh. Good luck finding a pair; casual internet searching proved these stylish shoes to be as elusive as their namesake. (Nike, $48.99)

Fright Rags – Kick Ass Horror Shirts
You get high quality horror shirts you can’t find anywhere else based on your favorite cult classics, creature features, and slasher flicks! At Fright-Rags you will enjoy. Act now to take advantage of $10 tees

FOOD

Soylent Green Crackers
I’d tell you what these are made of, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. If your gift recipient already knows, this is the perfect snack and/or collectible! ($8.99)

Tru Blood
Wash down the Soylent Green Crackers with a little Tru Blood, form the hit HBO series. Sold by the 4-pack, you can also buy an official Tru Blood bottle opener for $9.99. ($15.99)

HOME DECOR

Icons of Horror Poster
Decorate your walls with this tall, rectangulr print featuring silhouettes of 149 horror and fantasy icons. How many can you recognize? ($48.00)

Zombie Garden Gnomes
For the outside, frighten nosy neighbors with this delightfully grusome yard art. Pink flamingos (and small children) are not safe from these hungry zombified gnomes. ($55.00)


Steam Crow
Pick-up an original print from Steam Crow! Prices are reasonable varying from $6.50 to $14.00 for large format prints. Fun playful artwork of horror classics or steam punk versions of the Wizzard of Oz. (prices may vary)

TOYS

Universal Monsters action figures
Diamond Select brings four classic monsters to life in detailed and accurate 7” action figures: Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and Mummy. ($19.99 each)

The Exorcist Regan Possessed figure
From a more current horror classic, the box suggests you “re-create Regans demonic possession while authentic theme music plays”. This apparently includes a motorized head that spins 360 degrees. Let’s hope it doesn’t spit pea soup at you! (NECA, $39.99)

Presidential Monsters
Do politicians have you furious? Do you think sometimes they are selfish and act like monsters? Well maybe that’s because they are! Now you can own Lincolnstein,Zom-Bush, The Ron-My, Monster from the Watergate Lagoon, Baracula, Wolf Bill and Phantom of the White House. ($24.99 each)

Cereal Killers Trading Cards
Hilariously combining the worlds of horror and… breakfast cereal, these Wacky Packages-like images are available in a 3-pack mini-cereal box set. Collect all your favorites, including Frosted Freeks, Children of the Cornflakes and Omen O’s. ($24.95)


GAMES

Serial Killer Triva Game
From trading cards to triva games – Have you ever wanted to kill someone? Now you can and be a winner! From Seattle, the motherland of serial killers, Culture Heroes, Inc. brings you a fun family-style board game. The goal is to claim five victims before the other serial killers in town beat you to the guts (and glory)! Break into houses and pick a scenario card to reveal your murderous fate. ($49.95 each)

Dead Island (PS3, Xbox, Wii, PC)
Holidays can be deadly, just ask the characters in Dead Island. The player is drawn into the world of Dead Island on the brink of a mysterious epidemic that suddenly, and without warning, breaks out on the fictional island of Banoi. As a guest of the Royal Palms Resort, the player’s stay was supposed to be a dream holiday; a luxurious getaway to the beautiful beaches of a tropical paradise. But faced with the reality of a zombie apocalypse, there is only one thing left to do: Survive.

Hopefully our holiday list gives you some good ideas for the horror fan in your life, or for yourself. But it’s really only a hint of all that is out there. Is there something you’ve seen that should be added to the list? Hop on our forums and tell us about it. Remember, there are only a few chopping days left…

(Unless noted, all items are available in local stores or from Amazon.com. Prices given are retail; however, bargains abound for dedicated hunters.)