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Watching horror movies and TV series, reading horror fiction, and diving deep into a good horror comic book series, besides socializing with like-minded fans of the fright are basic horror lifestyles, but for some, all that isn’t enough.
I’m talking about those that need to live in an integral horror environment. I mean by this that their relationship with horror goes beyond leisure, study, hobbies, or work. I mean those that have horror needs at not only the conventional leisure, social, occupational, artistic, and aesthetic levels, but also at the mental and spiritual ones.
It’s sad that things that horror fans perceive as the paragons of coolness aren’t known by others. Or haven’t reached vocal followings and a substantial presence for those that love these kinds of things to express themselves.

Horror Metaverse

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World simulators are fertile ground for enthusiastic horror fans with a taste for virtual worlds. Case in point, Second Life. The days when Second Life was the only permanent, advanced virtual world are gone.
With the coming of open grids, horror fans can create and/or visit horror virtual worlds that aren’t tied to a specific commercial scheme. To be blunt, the open grids are a separate internet and the rules aren’t the same as the 2D web.

I’ve seen some very wonderful things there, but only in Second Life.

It’s a very complex and politically-charged subject that I’m not going to go into here. The only thing that matters is that of all places on the 3D online world, the metaverse is a confirmed haven for ghost train and walk-in dark rides lovers.

Now, something that is not difficult to find out, in the topic of horror in virtual worlds, simulated traditional horror amusements like walk-ins, ghost trains, and fun houses are just the gateway drug.


OpenSimSecond Life
Extra motions to beginConnect and go
Isolated regionsInterconnected
Region-restricted engagementGrid-wide friending
Unknown quantity of horror amusement simulatorsA steady flow of ghost trains, fun houses and similar sims

The Tortoise

One thing about the metaverse without taking on account the horror genre: it’s inherently creepy. That declaimed, horror, darkness and negative takes on life are common there.

My experience was with Second Life only. I never ran open sim. Maybe I’m scared? Maybe.

For the places I saw and the kinds of interactions I witnessed I dare say, it’s not the dark web, but it’s not lagging too far behind in moral bankruptcy, idiocy, crass commercialism, and concentration of lowest common denominators.

Now, take it from me. If you use it just for a simpleton’s pleasure of innocently connecting to enjoy horror amusements go ahead if you didn’t already.

In my experience, the constructive, highly pleasurable aesthetic experience that the love and sweat of those that created horror amusements produced in me felt ruined each time I went elsewhere and I tried to mix with the virtual world at large.

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Besides, if you don’t have too much free time to spare, with everything there’s to see of uncomplicated horror amusements, most of which you can find through the client’s search, it is enough for not needing to engage with other Second Life users to find good simulators.

To give an example. I found a ghost train simulator once that occupied a whole region. A region is 65,536 square meters or a square of 256 by 256 meters. More or less the equivalent in size of a three by three blocks neighborhood.

It was wonderfully thought out. The whole place was a big ghost train, but it had stations. You could go down in the stations and visit a small horror location that had its own theme and felt detached from the rest.

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There is a lot of creativity like this, but in an unregulated place like the metaverse, you also have the downside of it lending itself to abuses. Like a very big funhouse simulator, I once visited that was a mess.

It grabbed you and didn’t let you go. It was hopelessly broken, but somehow the little of itself that it showed to you made you want to see what was inside the broken rooms and navigating the broken rooms was a nightmare and a very annoying experience.

Precisely for this, to deal with the drawbacks (and consequent loss of time) posed by a chaotic environment like the metaverse, I curate dark ride simulators and similar amusements, so you can go directly to them knowing what to expect.

Horror Music

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What shyly began in the 1950s with the so-called, “horror novelty records” and became a craze for horror-addicted teenagers did evolve through the years. It became sub-cultural and counter-cultural musicians and acts that spawned many horror-related genres.
Those horror-related music genres compete with each other in their borrowing of horror esthetics, even if the musical styles are completely different. Examples of horror-related musical genres:
  • Psychobilly
  • Horrorpunk
  • Deathrock
  • Metal
  • Black Metal
  • Darkbient
  • Deathbient
  • Hardstep
  • Movie Soundtracks
  • Many more, like this one:
While I don’t agree with the description that Oliver Vierkorn gave to this set on his YouTube channel, this is by far the best horror music mix I found on YouTube. Don’t think I found Vierkorn when I started to search for remixed horror music.
I’ve been searching, albeit occasionally, for this kind of music for two-plus years. I might not have used the correct phrases, but generally, I was finding loose songs, not sets like this one, carrying a genre description that surely awakens your curiosity: Dark Minimal Techno Horror.

Horror Collectibles

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Goes without saying that in this department, horror has been a mainstay like since forever. From toys, action figures, figurines, games, card decks, trading cards, and licensed media like posters, to movie prop replicas and life-sized horror franchise dummies.
Horror collecting is food for thought in many different senses. For one, there’s how one is going to get one’s money worth back and hopefully profit from the collections.
Don’t mistake the commercial approach I just named as the be-all, end-all of horror items collecting. I think a handsome use to give this hobby would be building dioramas that incorporate extras not just scenic, but also extras of artistic lighting composition. And then taking all kinds of dramatic photographs.

Seasonal Horror Lifestyle Stuff

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As opposed to collectibles, one may or may not be able to keep a seasonal horror thing. Seasonal horror things is a broad category that includes things related to Halloween and goes beyond it, to an exploration of horror themes for other holidays.
There are as many different horror things as there are dissimilar horror tastes. There are myriads of horror stuff and you have to be organized and purposeful to know them systematically.
Do you think it’s to your advantage to dedicate a portion of your budget to this kind of hobby? Many do, and I applaud them because it’s a start towards remembering horror always.
Now, I love the idea of horror collectibles, mementos, gizmos, at both the industrial and cottage levels of manufacturing, but when made especially for a holiday, it makes the horror even closer to your heart for the connection to childhood it creates in your mind.

Horror Home Decor

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Happily enough for horror fans, there’s a two-sided industry of horror home decor that is industrial-grade as well as cottage-grade.
While expensive horror props made by leaders in the industry can scare some with their prices, there’s the cottage side of the industry with a different kind of bang for your buck.
Just making a search in any of the retail portals gives gigantic results, in both the industrial and small-scale sale modalities.

Horror Dark Rides

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It may look childish to include horror dark rides as a horror lifestyle thing. Still, horror dark rides deserve more love from the horror crowd than the one I think they get. It may appear a shallow topic, but if one has a slight interest in ghost trains and similar dark rides, one is going to find that there’s a lot of interesting things to learn from this commercial art form.

It’s a Big Horror Heap

ROB ZOMBIE THE MUNSTERS - 7 IN SCALE ACTION FIGURE – ULTIMATE THE COUNT (ETA MAY / JUNE 2023) From Rob Zombie’s The Munsters, NECA introduces The Count as an Ultimate action figure! This venerable vampire is also Lily’s dad (and none too pleased with his daughter’s affection for the goofy Herman Munster). This 7” scale action figure is loaded with features and accessories for the discerning collector, like a removable soft goods cape, extra interchangeable head, spade, skull cane, and alternate
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Get your retro fix with this Misfits The Fiend retro action doll! The poseable 8-inch articulated figure is dressed in tailored fabric clothing similar to the retro toy lines that helped define the licensed action figure market in the 1970s. The Fiend is one of the most recognized music mascots of all time, and NECA is proud to present two versions based on the classic artwork and imagery of the legendary punk band, the Misfits. The Fiend is available in either red or black flowing robes: both v
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Curse Of Frankenstein 8" Retro Mego Style Figure 2-Pack
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There are dozens of websites specializing in all kinds of horror swag to enhance our appetite for a horror lifestyle. From DVDs to dummies passing by all kind things created with collecting in mind. In my search for sales portals to buy horror merchandise, I found purely industrial operations and some that mix small-scale production with industrial.
I say it’s a big pile because, just to give an example, the horror_crafts tag on Etsy.com gives a total search results of more than 13000 items. You can’t search a sales portal like that, with a rather generic two words search.

In the case of Etsy, if you don’t refine the search even if you navigate the 250 pages that a search for that phrase gives isn’t going to show you everything, you need to use the advanced search. I counted how many I could see if I went through all the 250 pages, and it was just over 3000 products only.

So it’s a kind of caveat emptor because if you don’t create a laser-focused search phrase you’re going to miss out.

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