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The Nerd Manual is meant to be both a useful resource for nerds and a guide for the people involved with nerds. If you're a nerd you can find information here that will help you improve your life and perhaps better understand yourself. If you're close friends with, dating, or married to a nerd, I want to give you insight into things nerds do that a lot of people have difficulty understanding.

I hope to avoid offending anyone--either nerd or non-nerd--but please understand that the manual will get into some sensitive topics, stray into contentious territories, and even use stereotypes to illustrate points. It's OK to disagree with something, but keep your comments civil.


Nerd Specializations: Horror Nerd

Nick Kenrick - Horror Show

Horror is a tricky topic, that cuts across cultural facets from nerds to non-nerds, geeks to jocks, men to women, and east to west, but it's a $400 million dollar a year movie industry, and it's absolutely huge when you add in other media and the seasonal earnings of haunted attractions. A lot of people enjoy the occasional scare, but when when someone collects Wes Craven films on VHS, she earns herself the horror nerd label.

Like any other facet of society, nerds are divided over horror. Somewhere around half of all nerds take great pleasure in horror books, movies and games, but the half who don't enjoy it usually can't stand it, so ask before you queue up a hi-def stream of Dead Snow.

Horror nerds may seem really creepy on the surface, and you may wonder what sort of sick freak wants to watch the ghost of a Japanese school girl suck the eyeballs out of drunken teenagers, but the Dario Argento posters and Jack Skellington figurines decorating the apartment are not an indicator of an asphalt colored soul lurking inside your nerd. 

Most horror nerds are polite to the point of meekness, go out of their way to help people, rescue abandoned animals, and have a highly developed sense of morality. So, why would someone so nice enjoy such vile entertainment? 

First off,  horror offers an amazing adrenaline rush. Maybe your nerd can't ride roller coasters if she gets motion sickness, but a horror movie kicks her fight or flight instinct into gear and gets her heart pounding just as fast as any thrill ride.

Andrew Kuznetsov - Horror
More importantly horror is an escape, not a guide to life. Much like sci-fi or fantasy, it's a way of experiencing the worst possible worlds without getting hurt. Consider that your nerd has probably spent a good portion of her life persecuted for her intellect and possibly her entertainment choices, so that axe murderer might not be as scary as you think. Besides, if your nerd can survive 90 minutes of werewolf attacks, vampire assaults, and the zombiepocalypse, then she knows she can face the hard reality of school or work on Monday.

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