Chancey Bush
Shay Langley, 14, practices special-effects makeup techniques on her mother, Michelle Langley, on Friday in preparation for the Denver Zombie Crawl.
Ghouls are this girl’s best friend

A black storage box sits under Shay Langley’s bed in her South Jeffco home, but it doesn’t contain extra clothes or shoes.

Instead, it’s where she keeps a charred flap of skin, a mutated eyeball, a gaping, bloody mouth.

Yet what might scare many inspires the 14-year-old special-effects makeup artist. In fact, she lives for the horrified gasps that the art inside her “creepy little monster case” creates.