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Spooky Legends: Nancy A. Collins

Click to see the Spooky Legends Master List with links to all the previous posts and giveaways

Today’s Spooky Legends guest is Nancy A. Collins, author of the Golgotham urban fantasy series from Roc books.  The story continues in December with LEFT HAND MAGIC, which is the second installment.  Our story is written in the voice of the characters from LEFT HAND MAGIC, and features The Buggy Burrito urban legend.


Tate: Hi, everyone, and thanks for joining us for this special Golgotham edition of Spooky Legends! My name’s Timothea Alda Talmadge Eresby, but you can call me Tate. Please! I insist! I’m here today at the Two-Headed Calf, the oldest restaurant and pub in continuous service in the United States of America, located in picturesque Golgotham, the Strangest Neighborhood in the Big Apple. Sitting to my right, of course, is the Heir Apparent to the Throne of Arum, and my Significant Other, Hexe—

Hexe: Hello! (Waves a six-fingered right hand in greeting.)

Tate: And standing behind the bar is Lafo, the head chef, mixologist, and chief bottle-washer here at the Calf.

Lafo: Pleased to meet’cha. (Dries glass with his apron.)

Tate: We’re here today to discuss the spooky legend of the Buggy Burrito. According to the legend, this girl named Sara was driving home from work one day and stopped by her local fast food joint  and ordered a burrito, which she quickly ate and then headed home. When she woke up the next day, her tongue felt sore and kind of swollen. After it bothered her all day, she went to her doctor to see if something was wrong. The doctor didn’t find anything , so he told her to come back if it got any worse.  A couple days later she returned with a very swollen and sore tongue. The doctor decided to do some minor surgery and cut open her tongue. Upon doing so, he found a cyst in her taste buds filled with cockroach eggs. They traced the eggs back to the burrito. Don’t ask me how, though.

Hexe: So what makes this a Spooky Legend?

Tate: Because she got cockroach eggs in her tongue from eating a burrito at a popular fast food chain. You don’t think that’s Spooky?

Lafo: What else would you expect from eating a cockroach burrito? Everyone knows you should only eat them when deep-fried!

Tate: Uh, I’m pretty sure she didn’t order a cockroach burrito, Lafo. It was probably one of those beef burrito supremes…

Lafo: Ewww!

Hexe: I still don’t understand what’s so Spooky about this Legend. Your people have such weird hang-ups about food. We Kymerans have existed as a people for tens of thousands of years, and during that time we have evolved a far different palate than that of the human race. Where the human race enjoys hamburgers, fried chicken, and pork chops, we prefer jellied eel, lark’s tongue in aspic, candied seahorses, lutkefisk…You know, comfort food.

Tate:  Well, so much for today’s Spooky Legend, friends. It seems we’ve reached a cultural stumbling block when it comes to what Kymerans and humans consider ‘gross’ and ‘food’.

Lafo: That reminds me! I need to set out the snacks in time for Happy Hour! (Reaches down and then sets a bowl full of flash-fried crickets on the bar.)

Hexe: Ooh! Nacho-flavored! My favorite! (Grabs a handful and starts popping them into his mouth like peanuts.)

Tate:  (Jumps off barstool and hurries off to the ladies room.)

Hexe: Was it something I said?


About Nancy:

Nancy A. Collins has authored more than 15 novels, numerous short stories, and served as writer for DC Comics’ Swamp Thing for two years. She is a recipient of the HWA’s  Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Society Award, and has been nominated for the Eisner, John Campbell Memorial, World Fantasy & International Horror Guild Awards. Best known for her ground-breaking vampire character, Sonja Blue, her works include Sunglasses After Dark, the Southern Gothic collectionKnuckles And Tales, & the Vamps series for Young Adults.  A native of Arkansas, she has lived everywhere from New Orleans to New York City. She currently resides in the Cape Fear area of North Carolina with her fiancé, Tommy, and their Boston Terrier, Chopper.

You can visit Nancy around the web here: Website | Facebook

Want to read more from Nancy A. Collins?

Vamps Night Life After DarkRight Hand Magic Left Hand Magic


Available on December 6, 2011 from Penguin/Roc

About the Book:

Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Golgotham has been the city’s supernatural ghetto for centuries. Populated by countless creatures from myth and legend, the neighborhood’s most prominent citizens are the Kymera, a race of witches who maintain an uneasy truce with New York City’s humans…

Tate Eresby has accepted the unusual sights and sounds of Golgotham and made it her home. Unfortunately, a magazine has alerted trendsetting hipsters to its existence and they’ve descended upon the community-along with an anti-Kymera faction known as The Sons of Adam. The sudden influx of tourists escalates racial tensions to a boiling point when two Kymerans are murdered and rioting fills the streets.

Click HERE to read an excerpt from Right Hand Magic

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**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Laurie London and a chance to win a copy of EMBRACED BY BLOOD**

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15 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Nancy A. Collins

  1. SandyG265No Gravatar

    I don’t think I want mexican food right now.

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  2. DanielleNo Gravatar

    Lovely and I just had a burrito for dinner last night. Thanks 8O

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  3. AnneNo Gravatar

    It seems like forever since I read Right Hand Magic, glad #2 will be out soon.

    Mexican food always gets a bad rap, what’s up with that?!?

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  4. NaNo Gravatar

    I like this group. They have a sense of humor and cheekiness that appeals :) Though, I’ll pass on the burritos.

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  5. Lane (moirae the fates)No Gravatar

    I think I’ll find something else for lunch.

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  6. SusanNo Gravatar

    I don’t think I will be eating a burrito any time soon.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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  7. Barb PNo Gravatar

    So much for my Mexican cravings! I’ve read the first book in the series, can’t wait to read the next. Thanks for the wonderful contest. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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  8. AmyNo Gravatar

    Ewww yuck, crickets! Very creepy story. Would love to give Nancy’s books a try regardless.


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  9. Teri CNo Gravatar

    ugh and here I had a narly burrito last week that haunted me for the day also. Right Hand was a fabulous book! Thank you for coming on and haunting our evening ;)

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

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  10. erinf1No Gravatar

    Thanks for a great post! Bleh… I’m glad that I read this waaaaay before lunch time cuz ewwwww! :)

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  11. Nancy A. CollinsNo Gravatar

    Keep an eye out for LEFT HAND MAGIC this December!

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  12. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar

    Alright a new series to add to the pile. Sounds fascinating.

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  13. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar

    No more burritos for me either,blah. THis story sounds great. I’m definitely keeping an eye out for this book.

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  14. elizabethNo Gravatar

    I dont really like Mexican food I think I got tired of eating it.

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  15. Mickie TNo Gravatar

    Funny – there’s definitely a cultural divide happening in that story.

    I really liked Right Hand Magic, and am looking forward to the next book.

    mdturett at juno dot com

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