I've always been vaguely aware of "analog fandom," groups that had to communicate via telephone, letters and gatherings in the decades before the Internet. Many of these people communicated for years before ever meeting each other, if they ever met each other at all. They expressed themselves in stories, art, poems and essays which were usually circulated through inexpensive mimeographed newsletters. This kind of fandom kept alive the interest in everything from the stories of Robert E. Howard to Star Trek, and the passions of fandom might even be the reason we're still talking about these things today.
|The cover of an issue of|
Inside the Old House, a long-running
Dark Shadows fanzine.
Since I discovered the letter from Betty Patterson and the United Fans for Jonathan Frid I've asked around, very casually, about where these fans are today. I've also come across a few of the many, many fanzines produced by these men and women since Dark Shadows left the airwaves and will be sharing excerpts from them over the next few months. With luck, maybe some of the creators of these publications will take notice and share a few words about their work.