Welcome to the first annual Grave Decay horror awards! We’ve covered a lot more fashion news than we ever expected over the past year, mostly thanks to horror apparel brands like Cavitycolors, Fright-Rags, Gutter Garbs, Terror Threads, and others in the officially licensed t-shirt industry.

Every original t-shirt design released in 2018 was eligible for our Best Horror T-Shirt Design award, but not re-prints or variants of previously released designs. All of the t-shirt designs we reported on throughout the year, as well as a few that we missed, were in our pool of consideration. We then narrowed the field down to ten nominees which we ranked. So without further ado, here are the nine nominees & one winner of our first ever Best Horror T-Shirt Design 2018 award:


We reported on our tenth favorite t-shirt design of the year back in May, Cavitycolors’ “Hatchet” by artist Devon Whitehead, based on Adam Green’s modern classic slasher franchise.

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Halloween 40th Anniversary

Back in September, we reported on our ninth favorite shirt, Fright-Rags’ “Halloween 40th Anniversary” design by artist Justin Osbourn, depicting various scenes from John Carpenter’s original 1978 slasher classic.

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Back in August, we reported on our eighth favorite t-shirt design of 2018, Fright-Rags’ “Containment” by artist Kyle Crawford, featuring the “Tarman” zombie from John A. Russo’s Return of the Living Dead.

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The Howling

In August we reported on our seventh favorite t-shirt design, Cavitycolors’ extra-vibrant “The Howling” by artist Devon Whitehead.

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Midsummer Scream

Back in July, we reported on our sixth favorite design of the year, Fright-Rags’ “Midsummer Scream” by artist Justin Osbourn, the first of two amazing designs that the company released this year for Slashback Video.

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Man of the Hour

In May, we reported on our fifth favorite design, Terror Threads’ “Man of the Hour” by artist Sam Coyne (AKA Samhain1992), depicting various scenes from this year’s incredible killer clown slasher Terrifier.

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An American Werewolf in London

Back in July, we reported on our fourth favorite t-shirt design of 2018, Fright-Rags’ “An American Werewolf in London” by artist Justin Osbourn.

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Summer of Fear

We reported on our third favorite t-shirt design of the year in May, Cavitycolors’ “Summer of Fear” by artist Devon Whitehead, which replaces the sunbather in the classic “Wish You Were Here” postcard with Tales from the Crypt‘s Crypt Keeper and the word “Here” with “Dead”.

New York Maniac

In July, we reported on our second favorite t-shirt design and first runner-up, Cavitycolors’ “New York Maniac” by artist Devon Whitehead, featuring a handful of big apple scenes from Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan in vibrant neon colors.

Graveyard Ghoul

We actually didn’t report on our favorite t-shirt design of 2018, which slipped through the cracks in early December, Cavitycolors’ “Graveyard Ghoul” by artist Devon Whitehead, depicting the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira.

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Well that wraps up the 2018 Best Horror T-Shirt Design category. Congratulations to Cavitycolors & artist Devon Whitehead for a clean sweep of the top three spots despite extremely tough competition, and thanks to all the nominees for creating such amazing art!