Week of Geek: The Fandom of Horror

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Trick or Treat, Geeklings!  To paraphrase an old saying; “There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight.”

Yup, Halloween is next week everyone!  The Superbowl of scares and costumes is almost upon us.  I’ve got a couple of costume options in mind, and that’s after what I wore for the Zombie Prom.  I’M JUST REALLY EXCITED!

*clears throat*

What I thought I’d talk about today is the fandom of horror.  Yup, horror has a fandom.  If you’ve ever been to the massive sci fi convention Fan Expo (I may have mentioned it.  Once or twice.) you’ll notice that there are 5 fandoms it caters to; Sci Fi, Comics, Manga/Anime, Gaming… and Horror.  Horror has such a following it needs it’s own category, and conventions like Fan Expo bring in horror writers, horror actors, horror creators, figures in the Goth community, etc.  They have their own floor crawling (maybe literally?) with scary stuffed animals, horror movie posters, graveyard scenes and other such spine tingling attractions.

They’re there, they scare, get used to it!

Now, there are PLENTY of reasons why someone would be devoted to terrors real and imagined, and these reasons can be both psychological and philosophical.  There’s a couple of books written by people much smarter and more educated than I on the subject of why we may gravitate towards things that are, by all logic, horrible and macabre and gory and scary.  But we’ve all seen the fans, or maybe you are one.  The guys and girls who seem a little enthralled with the dark side of life, with ghosts and ghouls and slashers and things that generally go bump in the night.  Though I wouldn’t consider myself a hardcore fan of horror (at least compared to some) I definitely subscribe to it.  I LOVE scary stories (not too scary, mind) and ghosts and monsters and the color black and Halloween.

And you know what I think?  I think Horror is one of those fandoms that you either “get” or you don’t.  For anyone on the outside looking in, it’s hard to comprehend why someone wants to see a movie where a whole bunch of people get killed by an axe-wielding maniac.  Many horror fans I’ve spoken to have mentioned how parents and other authority figures in their life start to worry about them or wonder if there’s something wrong with them when they begin to let that love of the genre show.  I know I’ve had similar reactions myself when I went through my Interview with the Vampire phase in high school (yes, that happened.  Don’t judge me!  They’re gorgeous and sad vampires, how could I not?)

But when you think about it, it’s not too different from liking villains in a story (I’ve mentioned that before).  It’s a safe way to explore that darker side of us all.  And people get a thrill out of being scared.  It’s why roller coasters are so popular.  So it’s all good.  Horror fans are certainly not alone.

So this Halloween embrace it.  We got books, movies, CDs and other fun stuff.  Don’t forget to check out Lore and then look up books we have on those stories.  And have fun!  Safe fun, but fun!

Stay scary, and until next time, End of Line.

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