ByTom Chapman, writer at Creators.co
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Tom Chapman

How well do you really know your neighbors? No, this isn't To Catch a Predator, but what if there was a time that Michael Myers lived next door to you in Haddonfield? What if Jason cut your hedges, or Leatherface was your local butcher? In 2016 we are too busy staring at our phones to see what is right in front of our faces, so it is highly likely we might notice Freddy Krueger down at our local branch of Starbucks.

Apart from Jason taking a trip to the Big Apple, the big horror bad guys tend to be relegated to the grave, but not anymore. Photographer Jason Shaltz and his "Everyday Horrors" series gives us a candid look behind the lens at what life would be like if horror legends lived among us. Everyone wishes for Superman to fly into their birthday party, or to bump into Wolverine at the bank, but what about the forgotten stars of cinema — the horror greats? No one wants Norman Bates turning up to fix their shower.

'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]
'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]

Shaltz tells us:

But...what goes on during 'non-business hours' for these folks? When they aren't hanging co-eds on meat-hook or making human kebabs from teenage camp counsellors, where are they? What are they doing? Follow Leatherface, Freddy, Jason, Ghostface and Michael around the streets of NYC in this October-inspired photo series.

Funny, terrifying, and a damn good idea. I bet the cannibals from Wrong Turn make a mean potluck roast. Let's take a look at what life beyond our nightmares is like.

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'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]
'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]

The supermarket can be a living nightmare for the average killer. Someone is always asking you to get those cans down from the top shelf and it is so hard to read through those tiny mask slits. I think it may be all the cholesterol from these chips that is causing the heavy breathing.

'Exorcising' The Demons

'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz
'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz

The key to a long and lasting career as a serial killer is an active lifestyle. Cardio is important for chasing after scantily-clad teens or evading police capture. Also, blending in with fellow marathon mascots is a great way to up your unsuspecting kill count.

Damn These Fiddly Buttons

'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]
'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]

Having a razor-gloved appendage is great for gutting scenes, but the modern ATM, subway machine, or iPhone doesn't respond well to claws. Hugging your BFF can become a nightmare, but don't even get me started on high-fives!

I Can't Be Late For This 'Meating'

'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]
'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]

The daily commute can be to die for, especially with those congested inner-city routes and everyone on public transport staring. Driving would obviously be easier, but the standard SUV just hasn't got room for a chainsaw and the corpses of a newly-carved cheerleader squad.

Fouuuuur - That's How Many People I Killed Today

'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]
'Everyday Horrors' [Credit Jason Shaltz]

If the daily grind of being a professional psychopath has got you down, take in some r&r down at the local putting green to blow off steam. If anyone gets a little starey, just swing a club at their head and bury the body off the 9th hole.

'Home Alone' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Home Alone' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

With the promise of a second "Everyday Horrors" coming in December, we can't wait to see who else will be taking to the streets: Chucky? Pinhead? Billy the Saw doll? While we go and hide under the bed, you can buy the prints from collection one over on the Rotten Cake Etsy shop. Don't have nightmares!

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