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Hauntings (Smallville) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2003

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Book 3 of 8 in the Smallville Series

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Editorial Reviews


Sublime invention, well-stocked with surprises . Smallville has soul and an intuitive feeling for the zeitgeist' - The New York Times 'Smallville leads the pack!' - Entertainment Weekly 'Phenomenally successful' - SFX 'This Superman is a slam-dunk!' - USA Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Nancy Holder is the author of a number of popular and highly successful tie-in novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Smallville (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Aspect (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446612154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446612159
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am the New York Times bestelling coauthor (with Debbie Viguie) of the New York Times bestselling dark fantasy series, Wicked. I also wrote the Crusade and Wolf Springs Chronicles series with Debbie, and we have a teen thriller out titled THE RULES.

I love the TV show BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and have written three novels about Cat and Vincent. The third, FIRE AT SEA, will be out on May 31--just in time for seaon 4 to begin!

My latest books are DEMONS OF THE HELLMOUTH: A GUIDE FOR SLAYERS and CRIMSON PEAK: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELIZATION. (Actually, Rupert Giles wrote DEMONS and I helped him get it published by Titan Books. He was embarrassed because his notebook had some much scribbling it in (by Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Faith) but Titan thought it added to the informational content of the Guide for all the new Slayers and elected to publish it as is. To top it all off, Giles's good friend Anthony Stewart Head wrote the Introduction.

CRIMSON PEAK: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELIZATION has been selling like crazy in a number of different formats and I've been receiving stellar reviews. Of course, I had the wonderful script by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins to work from, as well as a screening of GdT's breathtaking movie. Writing this novelization was a dream come true for me!

The reaction to the book has been wonderful. Here's what one reviewer said:

"The poetry in this novel is chilling and fantastic. The extra details bring unanswered questions to light and flesh the characters out a little more. If you fell in love with the film, this novel will deepen it."

BUFFY: THE MAKING OF A SLAYER is a beautiful tribute book published by 47 North with Joss Whedon's approval. We collected lots of never-before-seen images from the private collections of Buffy staffers, as well as interviews and reminiscences. Amber Benson, played Tara, wrote the foreword.

Here are some nice things people have said about THE WOLF SPRINGS CHRONICLES:

365andMe - 5 Stars
" From the get-go, this young adult werewolf story had me hooked...Bottom line, I can't wait to read book two. This is my first book by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié. I enjoyed it so much, I'd like to try another series while waiting for book two of the Wolf Springs Chronicles to come out."

"If you love Nightshade, or Kelley Armstrong you will definitely like this book, it has love, betrayal and A LOT of mystery. A great read." -- Siobhan Reads a Lot (blog)

Avid Reading in NV - 5 Stars
"I loved this book from page one, haven't been able to put it down till i just finished it."

Mundie Moms - 4.5 Stars
"This is a classic paranormal read! It's dark, thrilling and one I quickly devoured. I've read a lot of enjoyable wolf books this year, and this one is definitely at the top of my list. Nancy and Debbie's enticing blend of mystery, suspense, passion, love and loyalty made for a story that was hard to put down." - Katie


I am also the author of the POSSESSIONS series, for young adults, about a haunted boarding school, where the mean girls are EVIL. The BookKidsBLog says, "Possessions is the novel Stephen King would written if he'd been asked to write Gossip Girl." As I am a HUGE Stephen King fan, this made my head spin around like that poor little girl in The Exorcist.

I have also written some fairy tale retellings as well as tons of what we call "tie-in" books--which are based on TV shows and movies. My tie-ins include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HELLBOY, SMALLVILLE, SAVING GRACE, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, and others.

I was born in California and have lived in Germany and Japan. I was a ballet dancer for a while but after an injury I gave that up. I attended the University of Hawaii and graduated from the University of California at San Diego. I am also a faculty member of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program, offered through the University of Southern Maine.

I live in San Diego with the writer Mark Mandell and our sweet Corgi, Tater. I love to travel, read, and watch movies. I'm also an avid Jazzerciser and yogini.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buffy Fan on January 21, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading the other books in the Smallville series, I was not pleased. They are nothing like the show. But even though thats true, I decided to give Hauntings a chance, and I'm glad I did. This is the best book in the Smallville series by far, it is about a haunted farmhouse, and a Mayor's past. A good book, if anyone else has read the Smallville books and has been disappointed, hopefully you will enjoy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juan Suros on March 29, 2003
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The town of Smallville has become a character in the TV series of the same name, with a history of strangeness that extends back a long time before the meteor shower that brought Clark Kent to earth. This book explores some of that strangeness in a ghost story where unavenged wrongs keep the souls of victims active in the world.
All the characters get their share of the action, both the cast familiar to us from the TV show, and a few new ones. The Brucker's come to Smallville with their own ghost still a very unsettled part of their lives. By the end of the book they are not only at peace with themselves, but they manage to escape Smallville alive. No small feat for secondary characters in this series.
Nancy Holder has some fun with a range of details while telling her story, from small town life to cutting edge science to the toys and phone etiquette of the super rich. Her characterizations of the characters were very good. I especially liked Chloe's annoyance at Clark's attempts to save her life while she was preoccupied with camera angles. Who cares about supernatural attacks when the story is all around you, after all?
The ability of the Luthor family to hide anything allowed Nancy to write a much more important story than you usually see in series books. If I have any gripe at all, it's that Clark has so little understanding of Lex's need to sweep everything under the rug.
It's not like he has his own spaceship in the storm cellar or anything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on May 2, 2003
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Ghosts are real. In Smallville, there is strange energy generated by green glowing meteorites. Enter high-energy physics and you are just asking for trouble.
Nancy Holder tells a tale of a scientist renting a haunted house. Unfortunately the ghosts have gained extra strength from the presence of the Smallville meteorites.
Clark Kent and friends get involved with the scientist daughter and try to solve the ghostly mystery. Along the way there are disappearances, seances, cover-ups and Clark begins to lose his powers.
The ghosts and their haunting would be at home in any conventional horror tale. Good spooks and some clever plot twists make it quite good. The book's weakness is involved in adapting the ghost story to Smallville.
Ms. Holder has a strange idea about man-made elements and I couldn't help thinking that the imagery was taken from the movie Madame Curie. Also, there is no real explanation as to why Clark is losing his powers or how he gets them back again. Now, in the Superman mythos, Superman is vulnerable to magic, but that was not the case here. Instead, it was just an unexplained plot device.
A good ghost story (I really enjoyed the twists), but the Smallville framing just didn't work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Jacobs on June 3, 2003
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Nancy Holder has a real problem with "gray" characters. She didn't get Spike in her Btvs novels, and she doesn't get Lex in Smallville. I really think she would be better served sticking with series where all the characters are clearly labeled "good" or "evil". If you like Lex, you won't like this novel. In fact, if you like the "gray" morally ambiguous characters in any series, you should probably avoid any tie-in novels by Nancy Holder.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tammy on January 13, 2003
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adise from the first smallville book that was based on the first
episode, this book comes in a close second as a well written book. when a famous scientist is killed in an accident, his widow and daughter decide to move to smallville to start over. they rent a farmhouse but soon discover that the house is haunted. the daughter ginger enlists the help of clark, chloe,
pete, and lana to discover what is causing the unrest in the house. the story is suspenseful and has a very good ending. of course, nancy holder wrote this book. she has written several buffy the vampire slayer books and i have always admired her work. for any true smallville fan this book is a must.
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By Brandon S on June 21, 2004
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Hauntings was a good addition to the series and one well worth reading. The only reason I did not rate it a four is because the book was slow at points and unlike the first two books in the series I felt the Lex Luthor character was not as strong in dialogue. If you've read my reviews on the first 2 books then you will realize I hammered the Clark character. The author did a much better job with Clark in this book and it was very true to the story and characters. Definitely worth reading and I would say is one step behind Dragon but better than Strange Visitors.
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