Sock Horror


‘The Great Sock Horror’ is a time we find ourselves in, where our socks are fighting against us. The Sock Horror Investigation Team is dedicated to exposing their crimes and eradicating their threat. In their emporium you will find all things Sock Horror; the taxidermied creatures themselves, their investigation essays / survival manuals and warding charms… there is even the odd Fluff Creature or two.

Madame Horror herself stopped by for a little chat to tell us more about her study of this secret underworld.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Madame.
It has always bothered me why, no matter how careful you may be, every home has a pile of odd socks. I have a naturally inquisitive mind and in 2006, with the frustration of having lost one of my favourite socks, I determined to find out the cause.

After the first searches proved unsuccessful my efforts were doubled. I was certain there was some underlying cause, and then I struck lucky and caught my first Doldrite. The scientist in me needed to find out more… to understand their kind, and so I applied all my knowledge on identification and classification, and learnt everything I could about taxidermy.
I was then obsessed. I needed to find more, catch more, and learn more. I wanted to know the extent of their reach, their desires and plans. I had to know what kind of threat we face and warn the world about their kind.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Before I embarked on Sock Horror I would have said dancing. I am heavily involved in Gothic and Tribal belly dance tribes and any spare time I have, outside of my calling, is given over to this.

Now, I find that there is nothing more exhilarating than taking my good friend Professor Doodlemonkie on a hunt. Probing round wormholes and likely hiding places; laying traps and ferreting out. We have such a good time on these excursions that we can lose many an hour. He doesn’t like to get his paws dirty though, and prefers to document and illustrate our exposition of the doldrites, but we are a good team and I dare say world experts in our field.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
The biggest challenge for me is fitting everything into the hours available. Who needs sleep right? We are so active locally with retailers, fairs and festivals that I struggle to find time to keep everyone online informed of all our activities and new trappings. It can look, on occasion, that there have been weeks of inactivity, but in this game we rarely have a moment free.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Now that’s a hard question and I do have a confession to make. It is often the way that each new creature is my new favourite. To deal with not wanting to part with any of the collection I have developed a practice that enables me to indulge myself and keep certain creatures close. At the beginning of the week I will chose a favourite and I will not be ‘allowed’ to sell that creature for that week.

There are a lot of my weekly favourites in the shop at the minute, but I think of those listed Seran would be the one I would chose to adorn my wall. I’m so into those colours right now!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Honestly? I thought I was going to be a ballet dancer. I was dancing in shows from the age of 4. I have a box of medals that lie hidden in my drawer. It was all I wanted to do… that was until I discovered boys and metal and that it wasn’t ‘cool’ to wear a pink leotard.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
It goes without saying that I love the work of Doodlemonkie. I just love his vivid use of colour and his lowbrow aesthetic.

I also love ‘Bride and Gloom’ without whom I wouldn’t have been able to have the gothic wedding of my dreams.

What does your future hold?
My immediate future holds a pair of scissors and a needle and thread. Beyond that who can say? I like to believe that we will be successful in curtailing the pace of the Doldrites; we may even be able to stop them in their tracks… that is our aim anyway.

I don’t really want to think about what will happen if we don’t succeed. The best possible outcome in that situation would simply be that we are left to wander barefoot while the Doldrites go about their own business, however I cannot see this as a reality. They will fight until the bitter end, of that I am sure, until we are slaves to their whims and gravel in their feet.


Visit Sock Horror today before it is too late. You can learn more at Etsy, SockHorror.com, or sockhorror.blogspot.com. While you're there, check out the Madame Horror's much awaited second book; Sockmosis- Survival of the Fittest.
This volume exposes just what these nefarious invaders are getting up to when they arrive in our world; the means they are sometimes forced to go to in order to return to their homeland, and the dangers they face when trespassing in our homes.
There is also a limited time promotion on the Sockmosis Essays: buy both books and receive a free set of magnetic bookmarks. You can't afford not to.