You know that stretch of Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank that's super hipster now? Well, back when Sue and Del Howison first opened Dark Delicacies in 1994, it wasn't. Not only has the specialty shop become a landmark destination for horror lovers but it's helped transform its neighborhood into a thriving community of independent businesses, complete with trendy eateries, vintage boutiques and more. Dark Delicacies itself, however, remains true to its original vision: to supply the best books and gifts for the horror fan. The store stocks a mix of new and used books on everything from ghosts and monsters to tarot, astrology and the afterlife, and also sells a range of rare DVDs. A steady roster of signings and events to promote horror-related films and literature fills the store's calendar. All along the plum-colored walls, toys, clothing and posters are artfully arranged alongside cabinets full of high-end, skull-themed tableware and jewelry. It's an eye-popping, museum-quality shopping mecca designed to effectively appeal to your inner — or outer — goth.
Credit: Tanja M. Laden