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.
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!