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Horror Shop

Horror Shop

A comic about growing up, university life, and the monsters in your closet.

Life isn't easy for Caleb "Shade" Smith. Not only is he struggling to balance school, relationships, and his job as the manager of the Horror Shop in the Canadian city of Port Salem, British Columbia. But Shade is also a closet monster-in-training, still learning the ropes of the whole "haunting" business.

And if that wasn't stressful enough, there's far more weirdness going on in Port Salem than anyone would have guessed. Things are about to get even more interesting for Shade and his band of misfit monsters.

Welcome to a world of magic, mystery and monsters.

Welcome to the Horror Shop
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Horror Shop

A comic about growing up, university life, and the monsters in your closet.

Life isn't easy for Caleb "Shade" Smith. Not only is he struggling to balance school, relationships, and his job as the manager of the Horror Shop in the Canadian city of Port Salem, British Columbia. But Shade is also a closet monster-in-training, still learning the ropes of the whole "haunting" business.

And if that wasn't stressful enough, there's far more weirdness going on in Port Salem than anyone would have guessed. Things are about to get even more interesting for Shade and his band of misfit monsters.

Welcome to a world of magic, mystery and monsters.

Welcome to the Horror Shop

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the_vizir
September 5th, 2019
Rage Button
Because calling a monster who also happens to be a witch "cute" ever works out in the end for anybody...
Shade's Declassified Supernatural Survival Guide
When you've got an entire hidden world of monsters, myths and magic, you've gotta come up with some way to keep the mundane masses from sussing it out...

Bane's idea of having his students work at a Halloween-themed novelty store was an absolute stroke of genius in this regards. Most weirdness can just be handwaved away as "just another product we're testing," and sleepers will buy it hook, line and sinker!
@Merrsharr: And kid-sized, too!

But hey, one of the first things the instructors at the Horror Shop teach their students is how to come up with plausible excuses to explain away any weirdness. Veil Breaches are headaches that are best avoided, after all!
"How do you like my Halloween costume? Since we run a horror shop, our costumes need to be super realistic."
One door opens...
As if we needed more proof that Hex suffers from tunnel vision here...

Though this is indeed a rather extreme case of that. Try explaining away a Veil Breach caused by rolling a nat 1 on perception!
Enter the Witch
It's not often that Shade gets one over on Hex, so let him have this moment.

Plus, we get to continue making Grey miserable, which is always a plus!
@Merrsharr: Well, if they did normal science, everyone would be able to use it! And, thankfully, we don't have folks running around with death rays and jet packs and robot minions.

Okay, in the world of Horror Shop they do, but that stuff gets covered up like post-haste.
Blinded me with SCIENCE!
This is a page I've been excited for ever since I dreamt it up! A big ol' exposition dump about mad scientists in the world of Horror Shop! Not a full encyclopedia article, mind you, but it should provide a bit of history and insight into this group of oft-misunderstood people--even if that insight is from the very biased mouth of Grey.

And yes, his does indeed mean that in the world of Horror Shop, both Dr. Frankenstein and Captain Nemo were real. As are several other literary characters... but we'll get to them eventually, just you wait and see!
Mad scientists count as supernatural? Huh...
Questions and Answers
Being in over your head is never fun. But at least Shade is handling this as well as could be expected: focusing on the immediate problem, and worrying about the rest when he's got time to think. And when he doesn't have a child with a potential death ray in the next room...
Collateral Damage
Oh, Grey, what have you unleashed upon the world. Or at least upon the Horror Shop...

I believe Gloom is classified as a weapon of mass destruction in at least three states.
From bad to worse...
Mad scientists, gates to other planes, exploding warehouses, stolen blood, and now something back at the shop. The problems here just seem to keep on piling up, don't they?
Don't Panic
Yeah, that's about the last thing you want to hear in a world with magic: a mad scientist has got your blood. Grey's handling it pretty well, all things considered. I mean, it's not his blood that's been taken, but he's also a bit of a spaz, so it balances out.
Pointed Warnings
That might be rude, but when have you ever known a 10-year-old or a mad scientist to ever show propper manners.

Poor Grey, alone with a kid he's not allowed to scare, but who can apparently conduct experiments on him. I'd say it'd drive him batty, but, well...
That Moment When...
Yeah, Grey might not know a lot about magic, but he knows an occult ritual when he sees one. Somebody's working with some weirdness they really shouldn't be...
That rising sense of dread
I mean, sure the mansion looks haunted...

And sure, the living room has brains and eyeballs floating in preservatives on the shelves...

But that doesn't mean "mad scientist," right?
the_vizir
February 26th, 2019
And I Would Drive 1,000 Miles
Poor Grey, stuck in a car with a bunch of Canadians who think that a 30-minute trek out into the hinterlands qualifies as a "short drive."

Just wait until it dawns on him that he has to do the same thing again to get back to the Shop...
the_vizir
February 19th, 2019
Wingman
Grey might be one of the most grating wingmen in existence, but you can't argue with results like this now, can you?

Unfortunately for him, looks like it worked too well. Well, I hope somebody isn't afraid of travelling in cars...

Oh, wait.
the_vizir
February 13th, 2019
Out of the loop!
Yay, Mel's back!

And it looks like she wasn't the only person to miss something that was right under their nose. Poor Shade, guy just can't catch a break here, can he?

Spoilers: he can't.
Go, Speed Racer
All things considered, it's probably not all that far from the quay to Quayside Street. That, plus the giant flaming wreck of a warehouse like a block away made them really easy to locate. I'm not saying Shade should've seen it coming, but... he should've seen it coming.