chapter  4
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Screaming for release: femininity and horror film fandom in Britain

WithBrigid Cherry

Horror fandom in the UK takes a variety of forms. A number of groups and societies exist which are dedicated to horror, although there is a much larger number of fan groups based around related genres such as science fiction and fantasy in which horror fans participate. It is impossible to consider horror fandom as having distinct boundaries and there is a great deal of overlap with other fan cultures. As Reeves et al. argue in their work on fans of The X-Files (1996: 32): ‘horror/dark fantasy fan groups . . . exist on the margins of sci-fi fandom.’