Nancy Holder

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Nancy Holder
Nancy Holder
Nancy Holder
BornNancy Lindsay Jones
(1953-08-29) August 29, 1953 (age 69)
Los Altos, California
Pen nameMelissa J. Morgan
  • writer
  • editor
Alma materUniversity of California at San Diego (B.A., Communications)
Genrescience fiction, horror
Years active1972–Present
Notable awardsBram Stoker Award for Best Novel (1994)
Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement (r. 2022)
SpouseWayne Holder

Nancy Holder (born August 29, 1953) is an American writer and the author of several novels, including numerous tie-in books based on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She's also written fiction related to several other science fiction and fantasy shows, including Angel and Smallville.

Holder is a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in horror writing. She won Best Short Story in 1991 for "Lady Madonna," in 1993 for "I Hear the Mermaids Singing," and in 1994 for "Cafe Endless: Spring Rain." She won Best Novel in 1994 for Dead in the Water. Other books by Nancy Holder (and Debbie Viguié) include the "Wicked" series, about a family feud between a coven of witches called the Cahors and a coven of warlocks called the Devereux.

Holder was born Nancy Lindsay Jones in Los Altos, California on August 29, 1953. Growing up in California and Japan, Nancy quit school at 16 to be a ballet dancer in Germany. Eventually returning to the U.S., she resumed her studies and graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a Communications degree. She occasionally teaches courses in writing and on Buffy the Vampire Slayer at UCSD.

Holder contributed to the design of Dungeon Master, developed and sold by her husband Wayne Holder's company FTL Games.[1] She has a daughter, Belle Claire Christine Holder (born October 28, 1996), with whom she has begun collaborating when publishing short stories.

Holder contributed the original story concept to the 2018 Firefly novel Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove.



  • Jessie's Song (1983) (writing as Nancy L. Jones)
  • Winner Take All (1984)
  • The Greatest Show on Earth (1984)
  • Finders Keepers (1985)
  • His Fair Lady (1985)
  • Out of This World (1985)
  • Once in Love with Amy (1986)
  • Emerald Fire (1986)
  • Rough Cut (1990)
  • The Ghosts of Tivoli (1992)
  • Cannibal Dwight's Special Purpose (1992)
  • Making Love (1993) (with Melanie Tem)
  • Dead in the Water (1994 Dell Publishing) – ISBN 0-440-21481-5
  • Witch-Light (1996) (with Melanie Tem)
  • Pearl Harbor, 1941 (2000)
  • Spirited (2004)
  • Pretty Little Devils (2006)
  • Daughter of the Flames (2006)
  • Daughter of the Blood (2006)
  • The Rose Bride (2007)
  • On Fire a Teen Wolf novel (2012)
  • Crimson Peak (2015)[2]
  • Ghostbusters (2016 Tor Books) – ISBN 0-765-38843-X
  • Wonder Woman (2017 Titan Books) – ISBN 978-1-7856-5378-0


  • Wings and Other Poems (poems) (1972)


Gambler's Star
  • The Six Families (1998)
  • Legacies and Lies (1999)
  • Invasions (2000)
  • Witch (2002) (with Debbie Viguié)
  • Curse (2002) (with Debbie Viguié)
  • Legacy (2003) (with Debbie Viguié)
  • Spellbound (2003) (with Debbie Viguié)
  • Resurrection (2009) (with Debbie Viguié)
  • Camp Confidential (2005) (as Melissa J. Morgan)
  • Possessions (2009)
  • The Evil Within (2010)[3]
  • The Screaming Season (Mar 2011)
  • Crusade (2010) (with Debbie Viguié)
  • Damned (2011) (with Debbie Viguié)
  • Vanquished (2012) (with Debbie Viguié)
Wolf Springs Chronicles
  • Unleashed (2011) (with Debbie Viguié)
  • Hot Blooded (July 9, 2012) (with Debbie Viguié)
  • Savage (2013) (with Debbie Viguié)

Buffyverse works[edit]


Short stories[edit]

She has also written short stories in:



Anthology or Collection Contents Publication


The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance[4] Vampire Unchained 2008
An Apple for a Creature[5] VSI Aug 2012


  • Angel: the Casefiles, Volume 1 (with Jeff Mariotte and Maryelizabeth Hart) (1999)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse (2017)


Beginning in 2009 she has contributed a number of stories for the Domino Lady comics published by Moonstone Books.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Maher, Jimmy (December 11, 2015). "Dungeon Master, Part 1: The Making of". The Digital Antiquarian. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  2. ^ "Crimson Peak: The Official Movie Novelization".
  3. ^ Holder, Nancy (2010), The Evil Within: A Possessions Novel (9781595142917): Nancy Holder: Books, ISBN 978-1595142917
  4. ^ The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance. Ottawa Library. 2008. pp. Table of Contents.
  5. ^ "An Apple for a Creature".

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