Garden, Nancy (1938–)(pop culture)
Nancy Garden, an author of books for young people, was born in Boston, Massachusetts and attended Columbia University where she received a bachelor’s degree in 1961 and a master’s degree the following year. Garden decided to specialize as an author of juvenile literature and, in 1969, became a contributing editor for Junior Scholastic. She held various positions as an editor through the mid-1970s, and in 1976 became a freelance writer.
Garden has been credited with writing the first book introducing young people to vampirology—from folklore to modern presentations of the vampire in books and motion pictures. Following the publication of Garden’s Vampires in 1973, other writers attempted to write vampire books for young people, although no other works were as substantial as her original. She also explored a number of related subjects such as werewolves and witches.
Most of Garden’s early volumes were nonfiction, but in the 1980s she began primarily writing fiction. Among these works are three vampire novels: Prisoner of Vampires (1984), Mystery of the Night Raiders (1991), and My Sister, the Vampire (1992). She has continued as a prolific writer of juvenile fiction into the new century.