Fangasm is the brainchild of two university professors and unrepentant fangirls. Lynn Zubernis is a clinical psychologist and professor at West Chester University and Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom for the Southwest Popular Culture Association. Katherine Larsen teaches at George Washington University and is the Area Chair for Fan Theory and Culture for the Popular Culture Association. Kathy is the editor and Lynn on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies.
Together Lynn and Kathy have published four books on fandom – Fangasm Supernatural Fangirls, our uncensored (mis)adventures in online fandom, at conventions, and behind the scenes on the set of our favorite television show, Supernatural, to talk to the stars and find out their thoughts on fans, fame and the show. Fan Phenomena: Supernatural is our 360 degree look at the show, with chapters written by cast (Misha Collins and Richard Speight Jr.), crew (brilliant director of photography Serge Ladouceur), academics and fans. Fandom At The Crossroads is our more academic look at the phenomenon that is fandom, using Supernatural as our focus, and Fan Culture: Theory/Practice takes a look at fans in general and how fandom has evolved. You can order all our books at the links on the home page.
Lynn’s newest book, Family Don’t End With Blood: Cast and Fans on How Supernatural Has Changed Lives, was released in May, and is a love letter to Supernatural and its cast and fans. FDEWB was written by the actors and the fans of Supernatural, with heartfelt, powerful and personal chapters written by Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Jim Beaver, Rob Benedict, Kim Rhodes, Briana Buckmaster, Ruth Connell, Rachel Miner, Matt Cohen, Gil McKinney and Osric Chau. If Supernatural has changed your life, this book makes it clear that you’re not the only one! (PSA: Have tissues ready when you read)
Lynn is the voice of Fangasm’s social media. Lynn blogs here on a regular basis, with weekly episode reviews of (what else?) Supernatural, interviews and behind the scenes articles with the actors, convention reports with lots of pretty pictures, and updates on book publications and events. You can follow Lynn at FangasmSPN on your favorite social media platform so you don’t miss any news! Lynn frequently live-tweets from conventions, and she also live-tweets during episodes; although she does try to keep those tweets spoiler free, she does not hold back from expressing her emotions during the eps! And of course you can read her published books on Supernatural, including Family Don’t End With Blood (with chapters written by Supernatural’s actors and fans), Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls, and Fan Phenomena Supernatural, all available at the links on this page – if you order through those links, it helps support this site without costing you anything more!
Kim Prior is the newest member of the Fangasm team. Kim has been a photographer for over 25 years, and she brings her unique way of seeing the world through a lens to Supernatural conventions. Lynn and Kathy first met Kim at the Salute to Supernatural Convention in Chicago in 2014, and they quickly fell in love with her pictures! Kim started shooting for Fangasm at the Salute to Supernatural Convention in Las Vegas in 2015, and she has been shooting for us ever since. Kim also writes con reports from conventions she attends, edits Lynn’s photos and videos, manages the Fangasm Instagram, and monitors our social media while Lynn is live tweeting. Kim also wrote a powerful chapter in Family Don’t End With Blood, and several of her photos are featured throughout the book. Kim is, literally, the Best PA in the Whole History of PA’s. Ever. At least we think she is.