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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (26 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781162468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781162460
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In real life, I'm the mother of a teenage steampunker and the slave of two Corgis and two cats. I am also the chief attendant of five Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. Alas, MHC Betty recently departed this earthly terrarium for Cockroach Heaven.

In my amazon life, I'm the New York Times bestselling author (with Debbie VIguié) of the Wicked series (Wicked 1, Wicked 2, and Wicked: Resurrection) as well as our new series, Crusade. Both series are marketed as young adult, but we have a lot of "old adult" fans, too. We have also sold a third series called The Wolf Springs Chronicles to Delacorte (Random House.) All three of these series are available in the UK, or will be soon.

Wicked has been optioned by DreamWorks, and Debbie and I are very excited about that.

I also write the young adult horror series, Possessions. There are three books in the series: Possessions, The Evil Within, and The Screaming Season.

I have written a lot of episode guides, novels, and short fiction for such "worlds" as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville, Hellboy, and other TV shows and films. I've written for Harlequin, Nancy Drew, and a lot of material under house names. I love working on fairy tale retellings. By my count, Prince Charming has been married three times at least. In addition, I write comic books and pulp fiction. I've received four Bram Stoker awards for my supernatural fiction. I'm a frequent contributor to anthologies edited by the English horror editor, Stephen Jones.

My two passions in life are Richard Dean Anderson in his Stargate years and the vocal stylings of Anthony Stewart Head.

I teach at the Stonecoast Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at the University of Sourthen Maine. I'm a theme park junkie and dreamt of going to Robin Hood Land in Nottingham, but was recently informed of its demise. I am bereft. Like any good Californian, I also love going to Renn Faires and the Dickens Fair, held in the sumptuous Cow Palace near San Francisco. I'm also a Maker Faire-goer and there's a great annual Dr. Who convention up in L.A.--about two hours from my house by car unless there's traffic, and then it takes about a week or two unless I get the keys to the Tardis.





Additionally, I have separate FB pages for each of my series.



Product Description


A light and superficial look at one of the best loved TV shows of the past 20 years. It is beautifully bound and has tons of fantastic images. --Geek Syndicate

This beautifully illustrated book contains everything you could want to know about Buffy from the earliest days to the end of series 7. --The Tattooed Book

Absolutely packed full of everything a true fan would need. --The British Fantasy Society

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Holder has written numerous Buffy and Angel tie-in novels, as well as co-authoring the first 2 Buffy Watchers Guides. A four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, she is the auhor of dozens of novels, short stories, and essays on writing and popular culture.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 29 Dec 2012
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I didn't really know what to expect when I bought this, but I am the biggest Buffy,so of course I had to have it. From other reviews dotted around the place, I figured it would be the kind of book with all the relevant information about the whole Buffy Saga: the story, the characters, the vampires of course, the relationships etc

However, the contents of the book are not really anything any sub-par fan won't already know? It really read like some kind of summing up of the whole series. And I didn't mind reading about the creative process of the series, but I really wanted something about the actual characters. I wanted the roller-coaster journey and stories of the characters I fell in love with. Take the Big Bads, for example, they get a two page spread and only a mere sentence on each villain. I would much rather have read about the events of the episodes, rather than a shorthand comment or two on each overall series. The text itself feels very overly spread over the page, like physically triple spaced between lines, so don't expect essays or anything. One of my big gripes is that there are sections that really do feel just slapped together with the bare bones information. Nancy Holder even gets a few things wrong. It covers all the major Buffy turning points I suppose, the "well this show is a mid-season replacement, Highschool is Hell, Hush was good, The Body was emotional, Once More With Feeling was revolutionary, Willow being gay was fresh and new, and that's Buffy in a nutshell" attitude. Hmmm.

Even as I am writing this review, I guess the thing that bothers me most is the lack of punch. The book is a summary of the creative process, with the odd comment off of someone behind the scenes. Not exactly what I thought would commemorate the 15th anniversary.

The book itself is quite impressive: a large, hardback, glossy-paged book which is really pretty. It does have that! It really does pain me to write such a blah review of a Buffy product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauren A. Kinghorn on 13 Dec 2012
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I bought this book as a gift on the strength of the reviews on Amazon.com, detailing foil stamped cover and a number of extra artifacts. These are not present in the UK edition, or at least if they are I did not receive them :(
I will still be giving the gift as it is a lovely book, just not what I'd hoped for...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Cutterbuck on 18 Dec 2012
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This is a beautiful book however for hard core fans there isnt any new information and the information that is available is light at best. I would call this an overview rather then an in depth study of Buffy and the mythos. It is a good book to look at and refreash yourself but that is it. I had hoped that this would be a definitive volume but it is not.
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