The incredible institution of a quarter of a century Burbank Dark Delicacies is a store of books, memorabilia and horror clothing that is a community center for genre creators, hosting a wonderful stream of events, dedications and even chance to get your picture taken with Krampus at an open house at Christmas.

It's also a potential victim of the Rise in rents at Magnolia Park, where greedy homeowners are throwing independent tenants out of the neighborhood as quickly as possible in the hope of luring multinationals to open stores that are already found in all the malls and that will destroy Any reason for people to come to the neighborhood first place.

I live within a five-minute walk of Dark Delicacies and have already organized events and filled book orders signed for me in the past. They are great people, driven by the community, and because of a rent hike, they are settling in a space around the corner (this could be worse – until They find the new space, they would completely close).

But after running an exciting business for many years, they do not have the funds to pay for the move. So they hope their neighborhood supporters will commit to GoFundMe where they hope to raise $ 20,000. They are $ 3,400 right now and I just gave $ 100.

One of our greatest joys has been to donate by sponsoring and organizing many charitable activities for our two-legged friends. We are very proud of the "people of horror", whose support and generosity have helped so many people.

We knew we would never become wealthy managing the store, and it was not serious. We just wanted to be able to do something we loved and be part of the community that was dear to us.

Unfortunately, as in so many other places, the Burbank landscape is changing. Rents have exploded and many of the unique stores that place the area on the map have been forced to relocate or close down. This little corner of the country is so popular, a campaign and a video of Save Magnolia Park have been created.

With our lease 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 have to close, just before our 25th anniversary. We were heartbroken.

Then a shop window at the corner of the street became available. A possible new location, associated with all the people who wrote and stopped asking us to stay in business, made Sue and I realize that we were not ready to go quietly into the night.

Fundraising Dark Delicacies Relocation [Del Howison/GoFundMe]