Nancy A. Collins

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Nancy A. Collins
Nancy A. Collins
Nancy A. Collins
Born (1959-09-10) September 10, 1959 (age 60)
McGehee, Arkansas, United States
Pen nameNanzi Regalia[1]
Short story writer
GenreHorror 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 moved about the South for several years, living in coastal North Carolina and Virginia, before settling in Macon, Georgia in 2019.


Collins has written numerous 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 the 1998 movie Blade 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]



  • Sunglasses After Dark (1989); White Wolf Publishing, Incorporated, 2000, ISBN 978-1-56504-849-2
  • Tempter Penguin Group, 1990, ISBN 9780451402158; Gauntlet Publications, 2001, ISBN 9781887368513
  • In The Blood (1992); White Wolf Publishing, Incorporated, 2004, ISBN 978-1-58846-876-5
  • Wild Blood (1993); White Wolf Publishing, Incorporated, 2006, ISBN 978-1-58846-878-9
  • Walking Wolf: A Weird Western (1994)
  • Paint It Black (1995)
  • A Dozen Black Roses White Wolf Pub., 1996, ISBN 978-1-56504-872-0
  • Fantastic Four: To Free Atlantis (1996)
  • Angels On Fire (1998); White Wolf Publishing, Incorporated, 1998, ISBN 978-1-56504-909-3
  • Lynch: A Gothik Western (1999)
  • Darkest Heart White Wolf Pub., 2001, ISBN 9781565048454
  • VAMPS. HarperCollins. 2008. ISBN 978-0-06-134917-1. Nancy A. Collins.
  • VAMPS: Night Life. HarperCollins. 2009. ISBN 978-0-06-134918-8.
  • VAMPS: After Dark. HarperCollins. 2009. ISBN 978-0-06-134919-5.
  • Right Hand Magic: A Novel of Golgotham. Penguin. 2010. ISBN 978-0-451-46366-1.
  • Left Hand Magic: A Novel of Golgotham. Penguin. 2011. ISBN 978-1-101-55905-5.
  • Magic and Loss: A Novel of Golgotham (2013)
  • Absalom's Wake (2015)
  • Vampirella: Blood Invasion (2019)


  • 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)
  • Swamp Thing by Nancy A. Collins Omnibus (2020)


  • 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]


  • 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 November 25, 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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