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Why I don’t believe in the concept of a “true” horror fan

As a horror fan you have undoubtedly traveled through the perils of social media with many of us participating in horror forum boards and various horror groups. The one topic/discussion I have seen come up time and time again is the concept of who really is a “true” fan of horror. I have seen people label themselves as such and witnessed arguments where people lash out at each other accusing one another of not being a “true” horror fan for various reasons. So, I ask what does being a “true” horror fan mean to you? My guess is there would be a lot of different answers to this question. But, honestly how do you truly measure something like that? Is it determined by how long you have been a horror fan, what areas of horror you have the most knowledge in, how much memorabilia you have collected, how many conventions you have attended, how your lifestyle is horror orientated, how many horror movies you have watched and so on. 

As a fan of the genre for several years I have been told that because there are certain horror films I have no desire to watch somehow that makes me less of a horror fan, which frankly is untrue. I personally do not like exploitation films, Asian horror or B styled horror films. Now I have watched both the original and remake of Last House on the Left and I have no need to every watch them again. I have given Asian horror a view, but didn’t really get into it and B styled horror films never really appealed to me. I also don’t want to watch Cannibal Holocaust or I Spit on Your Grave. Why? Because I know what they are about and frankly I am not interested in them. Now because I don’t want to watch those films does that make me any less of a horror fan or not a “true” horror fan as opposed to someone who has watched those films a dozen times? No, it doesn’t. Just because I have no need to watch them doesn’t mean that I don’t understand the impact and influence that they have in horror. The love of horror comes from the personal preference of something that you love about the genre and it expands from there. But, to say someone isn’t a “true” horror fan because they didn’t watch *insert movie title* like *insert movie title or sub-genre* or don’t know about *insert director, actor, etc* does nothing more than alienate those that are new to the genre and create distension between other horror fans. 

Shows like The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow and Hannibal have brought horror more to the mainstream and with that an influx of new horror fans are coming into the genre. Some may really want to get into horror, but don’t know really where to start. Because let’s face it, it’s a big genre and it can be hard to navigate through and with the concept of a “true” horror fan looming over, it can alienate future or even new fans from being part of the horror community because they may believe they can’t live up to that concept. 

The bottom line for me is that there really is no “true” horror fan because we are all fans of the genre it’s just that there are varying degrees of fandom from the novice to the hardcore and everything in between that run through it. To be a fan of any fandom is wanting to share your knowledge and experiences with others. I believe that deep down it is the love of horror that brings you and keeps you in the genre and that love shouldn’t be used as a measuring tool to evaluate your place in it….because there really is a place for everyone in this genre! 

Checkout more of my horror musings http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/

Have you ever been told you are not a “true” horror fan or thought someone else wasn’t one for various reasons? I explain why I don’t believe in the concept of a “true” horror fan.
http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/2014/03/why-i-dont-believe-in-concept-of-true.html

Have you ever been told you are not a “true” horror fan or thought someone else wasn’t one for various reasons? I explain why I don’t believe in the concept of a “true” horror fan.

http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/2014/03/why-i-dont-believe-in-concept-of-true.html

timseeleyart:

I found the original pitch for HACK/SLASH from 2004! It’s fun to see what’s changed and what stayed the same.

graveyardshiftsisters:

Kinitra D. Brooks, Ph.D. (above) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research focuses on constructions of black femininity in literature, film and popular culture, specifically comic books and hip hop videos. Her current monograph project is tentatively titled The Perils of Strength: Black Women in Contemporary Horror and focuses on constructions of black femininity in horror literature, film, television and comic books. She is also in the process of co-editing a volume of theoretical examinations of black femininity in hip hop videos.
Her teaching interests include 20th-Century African American literature and film with a specific focus on black feminist theory, horror, and science fiction. She continues to incorporate all manner of texts in her classes, including film, television, comic books and graphic novels. Many of her courses are cross-listed with African American Studies, American Studies, and Women’s Studies. She is a Women’s Studies Institute faculty affiliate.
She’s also written/lectured; “Severing the Heads of Decrepit Stereotypes: The Black Superwoman in the Land of Zombies.”, “Finding the Humanity in Horror: Black Women’s Identity in Fighting the Supernatural.”, and “The Transcendental Black Maternal in Phyllis Alesia Perry’s Stigmata.” 
She also has taught courses on Black Women in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
She is a native of New Orleans and enjoys the company of good friends, good family, and good food!
http://colfa.utsa.edu/english/brooks.html

graveyardshiftsisters:

Kinitra D. Brooks, Ph.D. (above) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research focuses on constructions of black femininity in literature, film and popular culture, specifically comic books and hip hop videos. Her current monograph project is tentatively titled The Perils of Strength: Black Women in Contemporary Horror and focuses on constructions of black femininity in horror literature, film, television and comic books. She is also in the process of co-editing a volume of theoretical examinations of black femininity in hip hop videos.

Her teaching interests include 20th-Century African American literature and film with a specific focus on black feminist theory, horror, and science fiction. She continues to incorporate all manner of texts in her classes, including film, television, comic books and graphic novels. Many of her courses are cross-listed with African American Studies, American Studies, and Women’s Studies. She is a Women’s Studies Institute faculty affiliate.

She’s also written/lectured; “Severing the Heads of Decrepit Stereotypes: The Black Superwoman in the Land of Zombies.”, “Finding the Humanity in Horror: Black Women’s Identity in Fighting the Supernatural.”, and “The Transcendental Black Maternal in Phyllis Alesia Perry’s Stigmata.” 

She also has taught courses on Black Women in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

She is a native of New Orleans and enjoys the company of good friends, good family, and good food!

http://colfa.utsa.edu/english/brooks.html

(via womeninhorrormonth)

Spaced reviews Nurse 3D…is it worth a view? Checkout the review to see for yourself!

http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-nurse-3d.html

menton3:

Eurydice One. 18x24 oil on panel. Prints available at link below. Reference Model Sky Dakota

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/menton3/katabasis

Women in Horror Recognition Month continues as Spaced does a mini profile on her favorite Scream Queen Dee Wallace Stone
http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/2014/02/women-in-horror-recognition-month-dee.html

Women in Horror Recognition Month continues as Spaced does a mini profile on her favorite Scream Queen Dee Wallace Stone

http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/2014/02/women-in-horror-recognition-month-dee.html

Women in Horror Recognition Month continues as Spaced lists some female driven horror movie posters!
http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/2014/02/women-in-horror-recognition-month.html

Women in Horror Recognition Month continues as Spaced lists some female driven horror movie posters!

http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/2014/02/women-in-horror-recognition-month.html

It’s WOMEN IN HORROR RECOGNITION MONTH!!!
So, I am hoping to feature one women from the horror genre each day on my blog. Make sure you bookmark my site for a daily post!
My first entry is Elsa Lanchester
http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/2014/02/women-in-horror-recognition-month-elsa.html

It’s WOMEN IN HORROR RECOGNITION MONTH!!!

So, I am hoping to feature one women from the horror genre each day on my blog. Make sure you bookmark my site for a daily post!

My first entry is Elsa Lanchester

http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/2014/02/women-in-horror-recognition-month-elsa.html

horrorfan79:

365daysofhorror:

I want to take an unofficial Tumblr census. Horror loving ladies, scream queens, wicked women, gore-geous girls, witches and bitches of all kinds…. reblog this if you’re out there.

Guilty.