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Hello everyone my name is Adam and I created Frankie's Closet back in 2011. I have been a long time fan and collector of all things Rocky Horror for many years. I was first introduced to the movie by my father in 1996 when I was 6 years old, I was looking through his VHS collection and came across a tape with a white label, written on the tape in blue biro were the words 'ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW'. I asked what it was and was promptly told that I could not watch it because it was 'too scary'...

Months passed and yet again I came across the VHS and begged my dad to let me watch it, eventually he gave in which I think was due to the fact that I had just got one of the lead parts in my school musical about Aliens... He probably wanted some peace and quiet also!

That night we sat down to watch the movie and those famous lips appeared on the screen singing 'Science Fiction', I was mesmerized but for some reason also frightened. I also remember covering my eyes when the scene with 'Over At The Frankenstein Place' came on, it really scared me and I was expecting a monster to jump out. I managed to get past the fright when the 'Time Warp' came on and that was the moment there and then that I fell in love with 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'.



Obviously at that time being so young I did not really understand the movie to it's full extent but I fell in love with the music, the colours, the costumes, the feeling of the movie and the characters. I remember being so excited watching it all the time and I went out shopping with my dad to buy the soundtrack with my pocket money from my mum. I was drawn to the movie, became obsessed with it and told all my friends at school about it, not understanding at the time why I had such a connection to this movie that other people found strange.

Cut to 2003 and I had just become a teenager starting to understand the thoughts and feelings I was experiencing from a young age. I was obviously attracted to other boys in my class but could not understand why this was and why I felt so wrong about it. I was still obsessed with Rocky Horror and had just started collecting merchandise as my dad had just got dial up internet, he let me use his eBay account to bid on items and then I would give him my pocket money and he would send a cheque to the seller for me. I became so lost and obsessed in collecting merchandise and I think that was partly due to the fact I was having a horrible time at high school and being bullied for not being like the other boys.

I honestly believe looking back now that Rocky Horror saved my life. It gave me the confidence and inspiration to develop a love for singing and dancing, which at the time was the only escape for me as well as the movie itself. Slowly but surely it made me realise that I was not strange and abnormal like the other boys in my school were telling me every single day of my high school life. Rocky Horror truly helped me with my sexuality, it helped me to become comfortable in my own skin and to also rock the fact that I was in fact different from most of the other boys in my school and that it was not a bad thing...
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To cut a long story short here I am 12 years later aged 25 writing this not giving a damn what other people think of my sexuality and me as a person. Rocky Horror has helped me to be proud of who I am and celebrate it. I have made some amazing friends who did not judge a book by it's cover and got to know me as a person and not a label. I never imagined these friends would end up coming with me dressed up to watch Rocky Horror on stage at all, let alone with me dressed as Frank n Furter walking the streets!

I also believe I have Rocky Horror to thank for my close relationship with my cousin Nicola, if it was not for Rocky Horror who knows if I would have told my family about my sexuality. We have been through so much together and we always go to see the stageshow whenever it is on tour, I cannot count how many times I have seen the show over the years with her.

Back in 2003 when I felt so different from everybody else I never would have believed I would have such a close bond with friends and family as I do, be able to share such 'secrets' as my sexuality and be able to have so many fun memories going to the stageshow with them. A stage show which challenges what people think is normal on so many levels and helps those people who feel they aren't normal to feel accepted and like they belong!
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As you can probably tell Rocky Horror has brought so much to my life. I cannot thank the people involved in it's creation enough. But the one person I am most thankful and eternally grateful to is my father for introducing me to a movie which changed my life, a movie that has got me to where I am today and a cult which I am proud to be part of.

So here I am writing this in 2015, I am still just as in love with the movie and stage show as I was in my childhood. Over the years I have come to understand the frustration of trying to track down those rare items and how frustrating it can be, I set up the store in 2011 with a goal in mind to solve this problem along with setting up the printed Rocky Horror fanzine 'Frankie's Closet'.

The fanzine was run for a year and had many members, I interviewed some amazing people from the world of Rocky Horror and featured some great content in it. Due to the days of retro printed fanzines behind us and the fact people were more interested in the store, I decided to stop the fanzine and focus more on developing the store...
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Now here we are 6 years later and the store has become the go to place for Rocky Horror collectors looking to purchase rare cast recordings, tour programs and movie merchandise. I have shipped orders all over the world and it makes me so happy to be able to provide this service to you guys. I would like to say thank you to the customers that have supported the store from 2011 and continue to do so. I have been told many times that I am talented when it comes to tracking down rare items and I have used this talent to make the store the success it is today!
 
'DON'T DREAM IT, BE IT'
 
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