Knoxville man makes a living specializing in the macabre

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – He is creepy and he’s kooky, mysterious and spooky. And just when you thought it was safe to travel about town, in walks the creature seeker, better known as Eric Brown.

Brown specializes in the macabre and the unusual. He started his “Creature Seeker Studios” a few years back after being introduced to the bizarre world of sideshow gaffs.

“People still travel around with a tent and for a dollar, come in and see the strange thing, the two-headed baby that type of thing, and I supplied those and other props,” he said.

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A look at his collection reveals his slightly twisted sense of humor: a dying man’s last breath, the goat boy and a shrunken head to name a few.  None of them are real.

“An ‘artifake’ as I like to call them. It’s something that could’ve existed, but that never actually existed,” said Brown.

Brown shows and sells his pieces at gatherings like last week’s Fanboy Convention in Knoxville. He also is doing a growing worldwide business online in places like the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.

“Some people use them for haunted attractions. Some people just love having creepy things in their house. Some are big horror movie fans and have a collection of horror and memorabilia,” he said.

Whatever the attraction, Brown says business is good. People like a good scare, especially ones made in Tennessee.



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