Nancy A. Collins

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Nancy A. Collins
Nancy A. Collins
Nancy A. Collins
Born (1959-09-10) September 10, 1959 (age 59)
McGehee, Arkansas, United States
Pen name Nanzi Regalia[1]
Occupation Novelist
Short story writer
Genre Horror fiction
Science fiction

Nancy A. Collins (born September 10, 1959) is a United States horror fiction writer best known for her series of vampire novels featuring her character Sonja Blue.[2] Collins has also written for comic books, including the Swamp Thing series, Jason Vs. Leatherface, Predator: Hell Come A Walkin and her own one-shot Dhampire: Stillborn.[1]

Collins was born in McGehee, Arkansas, United States. She lived in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1980s; after time in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia she settled in Wilmington, North Carolina in the late 2000s.


Collins has written fourteen novels since 1989, most of which refer to and directly include races of creatures the author calls Pretenders, monsters from myth and legend passing as human to better hunt their prey. She is best known for her vampire character, Sonja Blue.[3] Critics such as A. Asbjørn Jøn have noted possible intertextual links between the Whistler character in Blade (1998) and a character named Whistler in the Sonja Blue novel, A Dozen Black Roses (1996), as they possess "striking similarities in role, dramatic focus, visual appearance, and sharing the name".[4]




  • Nameless Sins (1992)
  • Midnight Blue: The Sonja Blue Collection (1995)
  • Avenue X (2000)
  • Knuckles and Tales (2002)
  • Dead Roses For A Blue Lady (2002)
  • Dead Man's Hand: Five Tales of the Weird West (2004)


  • The Tortuga Hill Gang's Last Ride: The True Story (1991)
  • Cold Turkey (1992)
  • Voodoo Chile (2002)
  • The Thing From Lover's Lane (2003)

Movie tie-ins[edit]

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • Forbidden Acts (1995) (with Martin H Greenberg and Edward E Kramer)
  • Dark Love (1995) (with Martin H Greenberg and Edward E Kramer)
  • Gahan Wilson's the Ultimate Haunted House (1996) (with Gahan Wilson)


  • The Big Book of Losers (1996)

Comic books[edit]

Screen plays[edit]

  • Dead Town (1999, unproduced)
  • Sonja Blue (written with Eric Wallace) (2006, unproduced)
  • Devil Head (2006, unproduced)


  • Bram Stoker Award First Novel winner (1990): Sunglasses After Dark
  • Bram Stoker Best Novellette nominee (1997): The Thing From Lover's Lane
  • Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (2003): Knuckles and Tales
  • International Horror Guild Best Collection nominee (2003): Knuckles and Tales


She is the founder of the International Horror Guild.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Nancy A Collins". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ Monica I. O'Rourke "Nancy Collins" in: Richard Bleiler, Ed. Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror. New York: Thomson/Gale, 2003. (p. 221-226). ISBN 9780684312507
  3. ^ "Nancy A. Collins - about the author". Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ Jøn, A. Asbjørn (2003). "Vampire Evolution". mETAphor: 23. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nancy A. Collins". 

Further reading[edit]

  • David Mathew, "Collins, Nancy A(verill)", in David Pringle, ed., St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers (Detroit: St. James Press, 1998) ISBN 1558622063

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