This is the story of two college professors who fell hard for a show called Supernatural. Obsession, devotion, fascination, call it what you will. We decided to figure out what was going on with us by writing a book on fandom from the fans' perspective. As academics do, we hit the libraries and internet, accumulating stacks of articles and hundreds of pages of research. We typed and revised and theorized, quoted and footnoted, and ended up with an academic text crammed full of the current scholarship on fandom.
This is not that book.
Somewhere along the line, the research took a back seat to the road trip as we traveled across the US and Canada interviewing the show’s fans, as well as the actors and directors, writers, journalists, bloggers, convention organizers, significant others and insignificant hangers-on. Fangasm! is the story of that year-long roadtrip -- the surprises we never saw coming, the secrets uncovered, the behind-the-scenes insights, the heartwarming and heartbreaking fan confessions. It’s also the story of our shared obsession and the friendship that sustains us through 4 am line-ups, overtaxed credit cards, canceled flights and airport camp-outs, and of course the occasional accusations of insanity.
Order Fangasm now from Amazon by clicking the link at the top of this page.
See Lynn's guest blog post on WinchesterBros.
Our conversation with Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda The Nerdette is now up and available for listening.
We talked with Wired about Sherlock as well.
All Things Considered interview on NPR.
Check out our piece in Slate
An interview in the Chicago Tribune with Kathy and Lynn.
Winchester Family Business reviewed Fangasm
A lovely review on Darkmedia
And another lovely review on Goodreads.
A review on Tales of a Distance Service Librarian.
A review from Busty Book Bimbo.
A review from Far Away Eyes.
A review by the lovely Sharon Vernon, who was one of the first people we spoke to when we were researching Fandom at the Crossroads.
Jim Beaver liked it!!
A review by Sequential Tart
A review at Shameless Fan Girls
A review of both Fangasm and Fandom at the Crossroads at Made Possible By Pop Culture . . .
A review by Sophee83 here
Review on The Diary of a Book Addict.
Review by Superlibrarian
A lovely review on Necromancy Never Pays
Read reviews on Goodreads
Read reviews on Amazon
In 2014, look for our new book Fan Phenomena: Supernatural to hit the shelves, with chapters by cast, crew and fans of Supernatural!
Kathy is also the Principal Editor and Lynn the Associate Editor of The Journal Of Fandom Studies, published by Intellect. The most recent issue is available now.
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