My name is Matt Shirley, and I first got the idea of creating custom made Vampire Killing kits nearly 8 years ago. I had been looking at some items on a popular online auction site, and came across an antique vampire killing set from the 19th century. It was a fascinating item from a historical perspective, and it was obviously also a very cool collectable. I was surprised to see that it sold for several thousand dollars. I decided to put my artistic and woodworking skills to use and build a more affordable replica. I auctioned it off online, and it was almost immediately purchased by the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum in Orlando Florida.
After the close of that first auction I started receiving emails from other people and institutions that wanted one of my kits. I began making them from time to time, and they were purchased by horror buffs and collectors all over the world. Several museums and sideshows commissioned custom work, and I started getting requests for other related items. before long, my product line had expanded to include individual custom stakes, tool sets, shadowbox displays, and more. My work was soon featured on several websites, in the respected Boston Globe newspaper, and in a book called "Found on Ebay".
Now, after a five year hiatus I am excited to be offering these kits and props once again. These new designs will be the best quality I have ever offered, with several features and options that were never available before.
Everything I make is handmade from top quality materials, and no two items are exactly alike. My props and replicas are much better made than most movie props, and would be entirely functional...if vampires actually existed.
Speaking of vampires...I think it's important to explain the idea behind these kits, and my thoughts on vampires in general. I make these kits as display or prop items only. I realize that there is a small group of people worldwide who identify with or consider themselves vampires. I mean these people absolutely no harm.
All of these items are for display or prop purposes only. Any misuse of these items could cause serious injury. Do not, under any circumstances, use them on anyone or anything.