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Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities, both on the Saturday and beyond!

It is traditionally an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The initiative started in 2010, and has generated a lot of custom for small businesses and now it’s happening here in the UK, to support those small businesses who are the lifeblood of our economy.

Today, Saturday 7th December, is officially Small Business Saturday in the UK and the Classic Horror Campaign wants to encourage you to support the small independent book, comic, sci-fi and memorabilia shops and publishers which are struggling to survive in today’s homogenised world. A world of bland products and large corporations that care only about profit and not creativity. And remember the small independent print magazines that cater to a fairly niche market of classic horror, B-movie and retro sci-fi fans; magazines that don’t have the huge amounts of money required to pay for their products to be stocked in mainstream stores like W H Smith, Tesco, Sainsburys and HMV. Yes that’s right, PAY! Did you know that a publisher has to pay a fee of thousands of pounds per year just to be stocked in these high street stores and supermarkets? Even Forbidden Planet is so corporate that they only deal with certain large distributors and are not interested in supporting independent, small-press publications.

Here are just a few of the independent publications (British, American and European) that we heartily recommend – check out their websites and Facebook pages to learn more about them and to find out which outlets (online and physical) stock them then treat yourself, your kids, your friends or your other half to a cool magazine that you won’t be able to find on the high street or in the local supermarket. A monster magazine makes the perfect present for Christmas – or any time of the year!

 

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WENG’S CHOP

FREAKY MONSTERS

LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS

MAD SCIENTIST

MONSTER BASH

PARACINEMA

SCARY MONSTERS

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And don’t forget to check out the following independent stores. If there are any independent movie magazines or related shops you’d like to recommend please feel free to leave a comment here or on our Facebook page!

THE CINEMA STORE

DAVE’S COMICS

HEMLOCK BOOKS

PSYCHOTRONIC STORE

SCARY MONSTERS SCARE STORE

THE TRAVELLING MAN

UNCANNY COMICS

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Dark Side 155 BBC2 Horror Double Bills

The reason the Classic Horror Campaign was set up in the first place was not just to celebrate the old sci-fi, horror and monster movies we all love so much but to try and persuade BBC Television to revive their iconic BBC2 Saturday night horror double bill seasons of yesteryear. Our petition is still ongoing as are our on/off horror double bill film screenings, classic horror columns in both Shock Horror Magazine and Haunted: After Dark digital mag as well as our own retro monster magazine Space Monsters. Although we have published the full BBC2 horror double bill listings on this very site and waxed lyrical about those halcyon days spent glued to our television sets, The Darkside magazine has gone one better and dedicated their latest issue to those much-missed monster movie seasons with the definitive history of these legendary film screenings. Hammer authority and publisher Denis Meikle has done a superlative job with his extensive article and even name checks the Classic Horror Campaign along the way.

As well as the horror double bill coverage, The Darkside issue 155 is packed with so many articles, features, reviews and interviews I’m surprised it didn’t explode in a welter of blood, guts and retro gore when I first opened its pages at this year’s Film4 FrightFest! If you dare to look inside you’ll find a fascinating feature by John Hamilton on Tony Tenser’s Tigon Films, an interview with Psychomania star Nicky Henson, a look at the gore-soaked compendium film The ABC’s of Death and a whole lot more besides. Not only that, but this issue comes complete with a FREE Cult TV magazine which includes a competition to win £200 of DVDs from cult television specialists !

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