When you love horror as much as we do you want it to permeate every part of your life, at home, at work, on the walls, on your clothes, everywhere! That is where our regular feature Little Shops of Horror comes in handy as we run through some seriously spooktastic stores and wicked websites ready to sell you truly terrifyingly awesome horror products.
Run by two besties who share a passion for horror and the macabre Pyre and Wolfe are best friends, Sophie Harris and Amy Lewis. “We’re situated in Haverfordwest and the Llynfi Valley, Wales.” say the friends “We met on twitter in 2012, we were fans of a same band and the rest is history, we talked more as time went on. After recovering from a major breakdown Amy wanted to start a new venture and asked Sophie if she wanted to start a monster shop with her. Pyre and Wolfe was born in May 2018. Since then we’ve attended many events selling and promoting our little business, it’s slowly growing!”
1. How did you get into making such magnificent horror merchandise?
Amy: The reason I wanted to start making horror stuff was a YouTube video! A channel called the carpet bagger visited a monster workshop. This guy had made all monster movie masks and props and I thought that I’d love to do that. Not long before or later I can’t remember, Sophie introduced me to horror. I was a real late bloomer!
Sophie: For as long as I can remember I’ve had an affinity with horror, and I’ve always enjoyed making things. I think it was pretty inevitable that the two would combine, really.
2. What is your bestselling product?
Sophie: Definitely the mystery packs!
Amy: Our mystery bags and needle felts. We try to keep things one of a kind and unique, rarely I’ll make duplicates unless it’s a already existing character.
3. What inspires your creepy creations?
Sophie: Horror films, folklore, mythical creatures, and my own taste in spooky stuff really.
Amy: Folklore, alternative fashion, different styles of art and Victoriana. I’m a really random thinker and when I get a moment of inspiration it normally comes out of the blue. I’m fascinated by Japanese folklore such as y?kai, they have some really disturbing stuff. No wonder their horror movies are at a different level.. Well, Asia in general really. Anything victorian is a big part of my inspiration. Their literature, their mourning jewellery was beautiful and their graveyards are as well. They viewed death so differently and romanticised it.
4. What is your favourite horror film and why?
Amy: Annabelle creation. It’s one of the first horrors I saw and I was taken by how scary it actually is and I don’t scare easily. I love how it comes full circle at the end, that’s what I love about the conjuring universe, it all adds up! The same with the insidious franchise! I have my own Annabelle and the living dead dolls version signed by Mirana Otto, what a lovely lady she even took a picture with my Annabelle! Annabelle is my life.
Sophie: A Nightmare On Elm Street. It was one of the first films to get me into horror and I can still remember buying the 7 film box set in hmv when I was 15 and feeling like a boss! I just love Freddy and his wit so much! I’ve always been fascinated by dreams and lucid dreaming as well so that’s probably another reason I like it so much.
5. What scares you the most?
Sophie: Spiders. Definitely spiders.
Amy: Dead things. People are always surprised at this one because I love such grim things and I work as a ghost hunter. The thought of coming across a body freaks me out, I can’t even describe how scared I am of dead things. That’s on par with my phobia of animatronics and mascots, I get regular nightmares about five nights at Freddys and Disneyland will be more like nightmare land. Its strange, I collect dolls but if its human sized I’m paralysed with fear. I started crying at a dummy when we did an escape room!
6. If you had to make a present for a famous horror movie character who would it be and what would you give them?
Sophie: Hmmm… Maybe I’d knit Freddy a new jumper… Maybe a Christmas one as it’s that time of year!
Amy: I would make Sam from Trick R Treat a pumpkin pie. I make a damn good pumpkin pie and I’m sure Sam would appreciate it.