January 20, 2019 at 06:05 PM EST
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Director Guillermo del Toro has backed a fundraising effort to help save the Los Angeles horror- and fantasy-bookstore Dark Delicacies. On Friday, co-owner Del Howison launched a GoFundMe campaign to finance a relocation of the store, which is situated in Burbank and is a beloved fixture of the L.A. horror scene.

“On December 3, 1994 my wife, Sue, and I opened Dark Delicacies, the original all-horror independent book and gift store in the United States,” Howison wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Located in Burbank, California, we soon became recognized as the ‘home of horror.’ We are known, not just locally, but around the world for our weekly signings and events where fans are able to mingle with their favorite writers, directors, actors, composers, among so many others…

“Unfortunately, like so many other places, the landscape in Burbank is changing. Rents have skyrocketed, and many of the unique stores that put the area on the map have been forced to move or close their doors altogether… With our lease up in May, Sue and I thought it was the end of our brick and mortar store. We resigned ourselves to the fact that we would be forced to close, just shy of our 25th anniversary. We were heartbroken. Then, a storefront around the corner became available. A possible new location, coupled with all the people who wrote and stopped by asking us to stay in business, made Sue and I realize we weren’t ready to go quietly into the night.

“Our escalating rent over the last few years created an enormous financial strain. Some days we were just happy to be able to keep our lights on. Moves are expensive and this one is no exception. So, we are asking for a little help in making a resurrection possible.
Anything you can give to help keep the crypt open will be greatly appreciated. We know times are tough, so if you can’t, don’t sweat it. Promise to still venture on in. After all you’re ‘one of us.'”

Earlier today, del Toro retweeted the fundraising page. “Horror lovers- help Dark Delicacies!” wrote The Shape of Water filmmaker. “Please retweet and support!”

The campaign has also been backed by director Joe Lynch (Mayhem, the upcoming Anthony Mackie-starring Point Blank), author Heather Wixson (Monster Squad), and actress Barbara Crampton, whose many horror credits include Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next, and We Are Still Here.

“Screw the clock tower…” wrote Lynch on Twitter. “SAVE DARK DELICACIES!!!”

“@DarkDel’s is doing a fundraiser to help cover moving costs!” wrote Wixson. “Please consider throwing Del and Sue a few bucks if you can! It’s a location that means a lot to #horror aficionados & book lovers alike.”

“Del and Sue are warm and welcoming hosts on a lazy browsing day or for special events held at their shop,” wrote Crampton. “Please help if you can.. xx”

Learn more about the Dark Delicacies campaign at the store’s GoFundMe page.

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