Hi there! My name is Lauren Spear and I’m the founder of HorrorFam.com!
My idea was to create a horror-focused website that harkened back to the sites I visited in my youth. As a teenager in the late 1990s, topic-specific forums were all the rage; and I missed
that “focused” community vibe. I longed for an updated hangout spot to chill with my online horror “fam.”
Why bother with an old-school forum in the day-and-age of social media platforms? For me, the answer was simple: Forums are focused.
Social media outlets can be fantastic (I have a Twitter account - @LoveHorrorFam), but their focus is extremely scattered. Even “niche” social accounts don’t always stay “on brand” with their topics. How many times have you followed a “horror” account only to end up with political “hot takes” in your timeline? Ugh. Plus, the constant onslaught of information, updating every second, makes it nearly impossible to find EXACTLY what you want, when you want it.
Again: Forums are focused – everyone stays on topic (unless they’re in the “off-topic” section!). If you go to the HorrorFam.com forums there are – gasp! – people talking about HORROR. The people and threads vary wildly, but the overall subject “theme” is agreed upon in advance.
Additionally, forums are organized, and easily searchable. The pacing is less frantic as well – you can compose a reply in your own time, without having to worry about things like wordcount restrictions. Hanging out with your friends shouldn’t be stressful (as it often is on modern social platforms). I wanted to recapture that magic.
But a forum on its own, while nice, didn’t feel like enough. So, I added a blog to the site. A place for a constant flow of curated content, specific to the horror niche.
However, there are already a ton of horror “news” sites for upcoming features. And they do a great job! So, the HorrorFam.com blog doesn’t focus on horror “news” (with one exception; detailed further below). It’s a hodgepodge of nostalgic topics in the horror genre, mixed with subjects loosely tied to “horror” as an idea/feeling/lifestyle.
Plus, as a freelance writer with over a decade of experience, I knew the blog could provide something else: Portfolio clips for writers looking to break into the industry.
By accepting guest posts (writer submissions), HorrorFam.com gives newbie writers looking to break into the horror genre (as well as veteran writers who’re looking to switch niches; or simply do some “just for fun” writing!) a way to get published pieces under their belts. Dealing with me is usually (hopefully?) far less intimidating for writers than approaching the Head Editor of a more prestigious/established publication.
Finally, and most importantly, I wanted HorrorFam.com to focus on the “fam.” The wonderful weirdos, the “mutants,” and the creepy creators who love the genre.
Creating a place for like-minded “fiends” to have some horrifically good fun was the number one goal. Not far behind, I wanted to shine a spotlight on the “little guy” creators – the everyday people who actually produce horror-related indie films, YouTube videos, podcasts, artwork, comics, novels, music, clothes, toys, masks, etc.
It’s Wonderful (note the capital “w!”) that the horror industry has had a surge of “mainstream” success recently; however, there are SO many people who create AMAZING things who will lack the funds necessary to get eyes on their creations. Those lovingly-crafted “monsters” end up withering on the table and their creators never have that “It’s ALIVE!” moment because they lack the social “lightning” needed to succeed…
So, the HorrorFam.com forum has a section dedicated to allowing creators to promote their work for FREE to a built-in audience who LOVES horror. And, occasionally (in the exception to the “we’re not a ‘news’ site” rule), creators and their current and/or upcoming projects are highlighted on the blog as well.
HorrorFam.com was built so people who love the horror genre could find each other, and have fun together.
Welcome home, Fam!
Who's Responsible for This?!
Lauren Spear -
Lauren grew up in the horror industry and never grew "out" of it. The only child of two former FX artists, Lauren is a "Monster Kid" through-and-through. She created HorrorFam.com primarily so she'd have likeminded people to chat with who wouldn't think she's creepy >_>
Frank Spear -
Writer/Supportive Husband/Horror Fan
Frank's the reason Lauren's last name is "Spear" - they're married! Frank's a talented freelance writer, and shows off his skills occasionally on the blog. He loves the horror genre (especially video games), and is super stoked to be a part of this!
Heather Landry -
Known online as SandpaperDaisy, Heather's been a diehard horror fan since birth (give or take a year). She's HorrorFam.com's official illustrator, one of the primary blog writers, and helps Lauren live the "dream" of owning a horror site.