Nancy A. Collins's Blog
January 14, 2015
What The Critics Have To Say About SUNGLASSES AFTER DARK: THE FULL-BLOODED COLLECTION
"Horror fans will want to check this out. It’s a brutal, dark tale, like all good vampire stories should be."
-- Big Glasgow Comic.Com
"If you like dark horror, this is great stuff...This collection is a great place to get to know not only this character, but also the work of an important contemporary mistress of horror and the fantastic." -- ComicWOW!
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October 27, 2014
Vampire turned vampire hunter Sonja Blue travels the globe, hunting down and disposing of those creatures of the dark who prey upon the innocent, all the while searching for the monster that created her. But as dangerous as hunting the undead may be, it's nothing compared to the threat posed by The Other, the vampiric personality that shares her body. Can Sonja Blue vanquish her very real inner demons in time to save an innocent man from a depraved televangelist?
Originally published as a mini-series by Glenn Danzig's Verotik Publications in 1995, this hardcover graphic novel from IDW Publishing collects all six issues plus a special ash-can and the short story "Aphra", which first appeared in the notorious Verotika #4 and has been digitally re-colored by artist Stan Shaw, with a re-tweaked script by author Nancy A. Collins, and completely re-lettered by Eisner & Harvey Award-winner Thomas Mauer.
Available in stores November 26th, 2014. Pre-Order Now!
October 17, 2014
I'll be selling and signing my books and comics at Tidewater Comicon on Saturday, October 17th in Virginia Beach from 9am-6pm.
Other guests include Kelley Jones (Sandman,Batman, Deadman), Joel Hodgson (MST3K), Sam Huntington (Being Human), Pop Mhan (He-Man), Sam Ellis (Archer), and Dave Bullock (Star Wars: Clone Wars).
At 3pm Kelley and I will be on a panel together, discussing the role of horror in comics. Scary stuff, kids! Don't miss it!
There will also be a cosplay contest, door prizes, a raffle, and an indoor bouncy castle--Fun for everyone!
Membership @ the door: $15
VIP Membership @ the door: $20
October 14, 2014
Before Vampirella was marked by the Cult of Chaos as a living sacrifice to Lady Umbra, the Queen of Shadows, she worked as an field operative for Cestus Dei, the Vatican's version of MI-6. In this one-shot, set before the "Our Lady of Shadows" story arc, Vampirella must go undercover at a French convent to investigate a series of weird deaths and odd disappearances believed to be the work of a long-dead evil witch known as Metifa, Satan's Mistress. That's right - one of the classic Warren-era menaces makes her Dynamite debut, 40+ years since her last appearance!
I wrote Prelude To Shadows as a tribute to Grindhouse 'eurotrash' such as Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960), Juan L. Moctezuma's Alucarda (1977), and Jess Franco's Venus In Furs (1969); Italian giallo cinema ala Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) and Lucio Fulci's Don't Torture A Duckling (1972); as well as nunsploitation films like Ken Russell's The Devils (1971) and Gilberto Martínez Solares' Satanico Pandemonium (1975). I hope you enjoy it!
In stores October 22nd, just in time for Halloween!
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October 2, 2014
Radio Archives is proud to announce the addition of Nancy A. Collins' award-winning vampire novel Sunglasses After Dark to their Robert Weinberg Presents series of contemporary horror classics audiobooks. Read by professional voice actress Melodee M. Spevack, it is available in both CD and digital formats. You can find it at Amazon , Audible and RadioArchives.com
Sunglasses After Dark , by award-winning author Nancy A. Collins, tells the story of Sonja Blue, a punk female vampire searching for the man who made her one of the undead, and her battle to overcome her very real inner demon in time to rescue an innocent man from the clutches of an unholy faith healer.
While in London, American heiress Denise Thorne disappears from a nightclub, never to be seen again. On that very same night Sonja Blue, a tough-as-nails vampire hunter-slayer, conceived in terror and born of blood, rises from the city's gutters. Saved by modern medicine before she completed her transformation into one of the undead, she becomes a living vampire, determined to fight for what remains of her humanity.
Sonja Blue travels the globe, hunting down and disposing of the shadowy creatures that prey on the innocent while searching for the vampire who created her. But as dangerous as hunting vampires may be, it's nothing compared to the threat posed by The Other, the demonic personality Sonja is locked in constant battle with for control of their shared body.
Acknowledged as one of the first Urban Fantasy novels, Sunglasses After Dark has garnered wide-spread critical praise and won the Horror Writers Association's coveted Bram Stoker Award, as well as the British Fantasy Society's Icarus Award.
Out of print for several years, the Radio Archives edition of Sunglasses After Dark uses the new edition of this novel, which has been extensively revised and edited by the author. It is considered to be the preferred text.Amazon (digital only)Audible (digital only)Radio Archives (CD & digital)
September 18, 2014
I'll be signing Vampirella and other comics at the first ever Ladies Night at STORIES COMICS in Richmond, VA on Friday, September 19th, starting at 6:30pm. Other Special Guests include artists Cathryn Hutton and Melissa Duffy (Rise of Aurora West) Come see us there!
Stories Comics (flagship store)
5067 Forest Hill Ave
Richmond VA 23225
September 3, 2014
In a desperate attempt to fight Lady Umbra's growing control over her mind and body, Vampirella and her unlikely new ally, Lord Drago, take a jaunt to the Mediterranean. There, on the Greek island of Lamos, famous for its unspoiled beaches and friendly natives, they search for the most ancient species of vampire in the world: the dreaded lamia of legend. But can Vampirella locate and slay the seductive half-serpent before her heart falls into shadow?
Story: Nancy A. Collins
Art: Patrick Berkenkotter
Main Cover: Terry Dodson
Variant Cover: Jenny Frison
Subscription Cover: Stephanie Buscema
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August 29, 2014
Radio Archives is proud to announce the most recent addition to its Robert Weinberg Presents series of seminal dark fantasy & horror audiobooks: Sunglasses After Dark! Read by professional actress and voice talent Melodee M. Spevack (Princess Diaries 2, The Mask, Dynasty, Silk Stalkings, Cowboy Bebop, World of Warcraft), the adventures of Sonja Blue are now available in both CD and digital formats!
Sunglasses After Dark, by award-winning author Nancy A. Collins tells the story of Sonja Blue, a punk female vampire/vampire slayer searching for the man who made her one of the undead, and her battle to overcome her very real inner demon in time to rescue an innocent man from the clutches of an unholy faith healer. Sonja Blue travels the globe, hunting down and disposing of the shadowy creatures that prey on the innocent while searching for the vampire who created her. But as dangerous as hunting vampires may be, it's nothing compared to the threat posed by The Other, the demonic personality Sonja is locked in constant battle with for control of their shared body. Acknowledged as one of the first Urban Fantasy novels, Sunglasses After Dark has garnered wide-spread critical praise and won the Horror Writers Association's coveted Bram Stoker Award, as well as the British Fantasy Society's Icarus Award. Out of print for several years, the Radio Archives edition of Sunglasses After Dark uses the new edition of this novel, which has been extensively revised and edited by the author. It is considered to be the preferred text.
March 9, 2014
Yes, you heard me right! Thanks to the good people at Dynamite Comics, I am now the new writer for their monthly Vampirella series! I've taken over the scripting chores for the best-known female vampire character in comics, starting with a new #1 this coming June!
The story arc that kicks off my debut is entitled Our Lady of Shadows , and has Vampirella investigating the kidnapping of a little girl, only to find herself the centerpiece of a ritual that will turn her world upside down and force her to side with the strangest ally imaginable, as she attempts to save the world and dodge a team of elite Vatican hit-squad.
Besides having a lengthy background in writing about female vampires who hunt down their own kind, I used to read Vampirella , along with the other Warren Publications black & white magazines, when I was a teenager, and want to recapture some of those old-school thrills and chills that made those stories so distinctive. The interior artwork will be by Patrick Berkenkotter (The Torch, Avengers Invaders, Red Sonja) and Terry Dodson (Wonder Woman, The Defenders, Cat Woman, X-Men) will be providing the covers for the regular monthly title.
There are also Retailer Incentive covers by Jenny Frison (Revival, Angel, True Blood) Sergio Fernandez Davila (Legenderry, Red Sonja), Jack Jadson (Red Sonja, Teen Titans), Mimi Yoon, and Ken Haesar (The Living Corpse). There will also be a Subscription Cover by Stephanie Buscema (My Little Pony, Adventure Time), dedicated to those hardcore fans who place pre-orders with their local comic retailers. There will also be a Retailer Exclusive Variant Image by Sergio Fernandez Davila that can be tailored to promote individual comic shops.
While I'm under orders not to let too many details slip about what I have planned for Vampirella, I will say that 2014 marks Vampirella's 45th Anniversary, and Dynamite's editorial team and I have some very interesting birthday surprises lined up for her and her fans. So make sure to stop by your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Shop and pre-order a copy of Vampirella #1!
And if you have no Local Comic Shop, you can also order it directly from Dynamite Comics.
February 1, 2014
Paint It Black, the 3rd book in the acclaimed Sonja Blue series, is on sale for $1.99 from February 1st through February 12th! Find out more about it and dozens of different ebook offers each day at Book Bub!