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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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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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“Women have always been an integral part of horror films from the silent days of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) and Nosferatu (1922) through to recent horror franchises Resident Evil (2002 – present) and Underworld (2003 – present). Over the decades the role of women in horror has progressed from screaming victim (hence the term “scream queen”) to kick-ass vampire slayer (step forward Miss Buffy Summers) and everything in between but it was during the classic horror era from the fifties through the mid-seventies that our British fright flick femme fatales really ruled the roost.”

The latest issue of Shock Horror magazine includes an article from Cyberschizoid of the Classic Horror Campaign looking at British scream queens through the decades including Hammer favourites Barbara Shelley and Caroline Munro as well as current leaders of the pack and Emily Booth. You can order your copy of Shock Horror magazine issue 14 (British Horror Special!) from the Shock Horror website and Hemlock Books.

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