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Serena Valentino is an American author of fairy tale-inspired graphic novels, horror, and young adult fantasy books.

Her bestselling Disney Villains, written primarily for young adults, is centered on the perspectives of Disney characters, none more so than Disney Villains.

She has been critically acclaimed for her unique storytelling ability in the Disney Villains series; plunging readers into extremely terrifying worlds rife with terror, beauty and remarkable female protagonists.

Serena resides in New Orleans with her beloved dog, Gozer, and an incredibly tiny kitty named Momma.

More about Serena Valentino

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Young Adult

Born: 1970

United States


Non Series

  • How to Be a Zombie: The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains (2010)
  • How to Be a Werewolf: The Claws-on Guide for the Modern Lycanthrope (2010)
  • Howl: Everything the Modern Werewolf Needs to Know (2012)
  • Undead: Everything the Modern Zombie Needs to Know (2012)
  • Raising the Horseman (2022)

GloomCookie Books

  1. Gloom Cookie, Volume 1 (2001)
  2. GloomCookie, Volume 2 (2002)
  3. Broken Curses (2004)
  4. The Carnival Wars (2005)
  5. The Final Curtain (2007)

Nightmares & Fairy Tales

  1. Once Upon a Time (2004)
  2. Beautiful Beasts (2005)
  3. 1140 Rue Royale (2007)
  4. Dancing with the Ghosts of Whales (2008)

Picture Books

  • How the Villains Ruined Christmas (2022)

Disney Villains

  1. Fairest of All (2009)
  2. The Beast Within (2014)
  3. Poor Unfortunate Soul (2016)
  4. Mistress of All Evil (2017)
  5. Mother Knows Best (2018)
  6. The Odd Sisters (2019)
  7. Evil Thing (2020)
  8. Cold Hearted (2021)
  9. Never Never (2022)
  10. Fire and Fate (2023)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

How to Be a Zombie: The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains

So you’re a zombie. What now? Slow down — and flesh out the life of the mindless with this essential guide for the newly undead.

The vacant stare, the shambling gait, the sense that you’re falling apart — adjusting to "life" as a zombie takes a little getting used to. And what’s with the sudden obsession with brains? Time to get your outstretched hands on this comprehensive handbook spelling out all things z-o-m-b-i-e.

* identify your zombie archetype, figure out if you’re dating a zombie, and savor the joy of brains (or alternative foods when necessary)

* learn how to "pass" among the living, brush up on zombie fashion and etiquette, discover décor for the decaying, and check out some awesome tunes to eat brains by

* explore zombies in literature, films, and novels — and learn the truth about rumored celebrity zombies

* attention span getting shorter? Enjoy mini graphic novels on how to evade zombie hunters, take a zombie road trip, and" who do that voodoo"

* and much, much more guaranteed to make a trendy — if creepy and vacuous — creature proud!

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0763649340
Publisher: Candlewick
How to Be a Werewolf: The Claws-on Guide for the Modern Lycanthrope

Celebrate your inner beast — and harness that newfound animal magnetism! — with this essential guide to the lycanthropic lifestyle.

Are you subject to savage moods, extreme and unexplained buffness, and cravings for meat on the rare side? Do you long for super speed and reflexes, along with rapid healing and maybe a talent for telepathy? Welcome to the pack — and get ready to howl — as you sink your claws into this guide to everything life as a werewolf has to offer. Among its abundant fur-raising topics:

— A look at good, bad, and ugly transformation styles, including an answer to the question of what happens to your clothes.

— A quiz to determine if you’re a menace to society, and tips on taking precautions

— Planning your social schedule around the lunar calendar

— Dating hints, from the risks and rewards of cross-species romance to avoiding your sweetheart’s family pet

— Killer fashion suggestions, from urban (leather and hardware) to a cute and foxy kitsune look

— Ideas, decorations, and recipes for a full-moon party

— Tales of real-life werewolves, plus lore and legends from around the world

— Juicy reading material and gems of the silver screen

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0763653873
Publisher: Candlewick
Howl: Everything the Modern Werewolf Needs to Know

Werewolves remain one of the hottest undead creatures, with books, movies, videogames, and TV shows featuring the hairy shapeshifters. This book speaks to the teenage lycanthrope, or the would-be werewolf hunter, with tongue firmly in cheek, offering fashion, dating, and lifestyle hints for the when the moon is full.

Written for the lycanthropic teen (or the aspiring werewolf hunter), this quirky, fast-paced, visually compelling guide has it all: fashion, make-up, movies, dating, dealing with the inevitable full-moon parties, and more. Fast-paced, funny, colorful, and good for the whole pack.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1616283964
Publisher: Weldon Owen
Undead: Everything the Modern Zombie Needs to Know

Zombies are hot. With movies, TV shows, graphic novels and, most importantly for this demographic, new video games coming out every year, the undead are everywhere kids are. And this book is gory enough to keep them interested, and funny enough that their parents will be secretly borrowing it.

Written for the zombie-loving teen (or the aspiring zombie-killer), this quirky, fast-paced, visually compelling guide has it all: fashion, make-up, movies, dating, rotting gracefully, and more. Fast-paced, funny, colorful, and gloriously gruesome.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1616283971
Publisher: Weldon Owen
Raising the Horseman

The two-hundredth anniversary of the Headless Horseman's legendary haunting of Sleepy Hollow is approaching, but Kat van Tassel wants nothing to do with the town's superstitious celebrations.

As a descendant of the original Katrina van Tassel, Kat knows she’s expected to fulfill her ancestor’s legacy by someday marrying her longtime boyfriend and running the prestigious family estate. But Kat dreams of a life outside Sleepy Hollow.

Then Kat meets Isadora, a new girl in town who challenges Kat to reexamine those expectations, opens her eyes to the possibility that ghosts are real, and makes her question who she truly wants to be...and be with.

When Kat is given the original Katrina’s diary, a new legend begins to take shape, one that weaves together the past and the present in eerie ways. Can Kat uncover a two-hundred-year-old secret, and trace its shocking reverberations in her own life, in time to protect what she truly loves?

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1368054614
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

GloomCookie Books

Gloom Cookie, Volume 1

(W) Serena Valentino (A) Various

GloomCookie is Serena Valentino's cult-favorite, goth-infused, satirical soap opera graphic novel series, focusing on the star-crossed relationship between goth clubber Lex and her gargoylesque friend and lover Damion. Each volume collects a six-issue arc of the series; Volume 1 features are from Ted Naifeh, Jon Gebbia provides art for Volume 2, Breehn Burns works on Volume 3, Harley Sparx draws Volume 4, and Vincent Batignole provides art on Volume 5.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-0943151342
Publisher: SLG Publishing
GloomCookie, Volume 2

Collecting issues 7-12 of the popular gothic soap-opera series - follow the conclusion of the triangle of fate between Isabella, Damion, and Lex; discover the secrets behind Chrys and Sebastian; and see triumph turn to humiliation in Vermilion the poet's ultimate plot against Lex. Plus NEW material, including an introduction by Darick Robertson and guest page by Jhonen Vasquez!

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0943151618
Publisher: SLG Publishing
Broken Curses

The drama continues with GloomCookie's third collection. Lex & Damion are haunted by a terrible curse, Sebastian struggles to understand his increasing powers, and Chrys learns about her past.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2004
Ebook: B01LZSKU3Q
Publisher: SLG Publishing
The Carnival Wars

GloomCookie features an ensemble cast of cursed beauties, living wax statues, bad goth poets, malevolent gargoyles, disturbed werewolves, and a boy struggling to come to terms with his enormous power. The Carnival Macabre goes to war against Marguerite and her evil shape shifting acolytes for their horrific misdeeds against Sebastian and his friends.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1593620226
Publisher: SLG Publishing
The Final Curtain

Wrapping up the long-running Gloom Cookie series, The Final Curtain brings us to a brief resting point for all of the characters as the goth soap opera brings everything to a boil, with plots, twists and turns in the relationships and the storylines.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1593620660
Publisher: SLG Publishing

Nightmares & Fairy Tales

Once Upon a Time

This haunting first collection of Annabelle's memories are filled with frightening stories and dark fairy tales about her various owners . Featuring the first 6 issues, as well as some other spookirific surprises, including an introduction by Tommy Kovac (Skelebunnies, Stitch and Autumn) as well as a guest page by Jhonen Vasquez and other SLG creators.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0943151878
Publisher: SLG Publishing
Beautiful Beasts

Nightmares and Fairy Tales is a continuing series filled with dark fairy tales and horror stories, all narrated by Annabelle, a disturbingly creepy-cute little doll. Each person who possesses Annabelle falls into horrible circumstances, and Annabelle isn't sure if she's merely witnessing the horror or causing it.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1593620189
Publisher: SLG Publishing
1140 Rue Royale

This tale belongs to the dead and the house they dwell in. Madame Lalaurie inflicted unspeakable acts upon her slaves at 1140 Rue Royale, and now their tortured souls are seeking revenge on the house's new occupants: an elderly woman named Victoria and her young niece Rebecca. Rebecca must fight for their lives as she learns of the house's horrifying past, encounters monstrous nuns with a deadly secret in the attic and becomes possessed by one of the spirits in her new home.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1593620653
Publisher: SLG Publishing
Dancing with the Ghosts of Whales

Nightmares & Fairy Tales returns to the book's manga-inspired roots with two new retellings of classic horror stories and fairy tales. This issue features two stories inspired by Sleeping Beauty and H.P. Lovecraft's Shadow over Innsmouth.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1593621322
Publisher: SLG Publishing

Picture Books

How the Villains Ruined Christmas

No one is more of a bah humbug than a Disney Villain. This Christmas Maleficent, Hades, Captain Hook, the Queen, Ursula, and Cruella are planning to ruin the holiday season once and for all! Join these dastardly Disney characters as they cause some Christmas chaos by sending their minions to ruin Christmas dinner, steal the Lost Boys presents, disguise themselves as Santa Claus, and more!

For more Disney holiday fun, check out these other Christmas titles:

Anna, Elsa, and the Enchanting Holiday

12 Days of Princess

Nightmare Before Christmas: 13 Days of Christmas

Disney Christmas Storybook Collection

Frozen: Olaf's Night Before Christmas

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1368077019
Publisher: Disney Press

Disney Villains

Fairest of All

Why exactly is the wicked Queen so nasty, particularly to Snow White? Perhaps it has something to do with the creepy-looking man in the magic mirror who's not just some random spooky visage...

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1368011464
Publisher: Disney Press
The Beast Within

A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp--like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1474840811
Publisher: Parragon Publishing
Poor Unfortunate Soul

The tale of the sea king's daughter Ariel is a beloved one of losing―and then finding―one's own voice.

The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the mergirl wants more than her world can offer, and her father demands that she live within the confines of his domain. Her rebelliousness costs the little mermaid her voice and nearly her soul. But the power of good prevails, and Ariel emerges proud and unchanged.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of Ariel's nemesis, Ursula, the sea witch? What led to her becoming so twisted, scorned, and filled with hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account of what might have shaped the sea witch into a detestable and poor unfortunate soul.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1788107693
Mistress of All Evil

The tale is told as if it's happening once upon a dream: the lovely maiden meets her handsome prince in the woods. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the maiden finds out that she is a princess—a princess who has been cursed by a dark fairy to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into an eternal sleep. Though her three good fairies try to protect her, the princess succumbs to the curse. But the power of good endures, as her true love defeats the fire-breathing dragon and awakens the princess with true love's first kiss. The two live happily ever after.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of the dark fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled down from the many passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the Mistress of All Evil.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1474899956
Publisher: Paper rocket
Mother Knows Best

The tale of the legendary golden flower is widely known. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the flower is coveted by an old witch to keep herself young and beautiful. And always the flower is used to save a dying queen, who then gives birth to a princess with magical hair. Not willing to lose the flower, the old witch steals the princess and locks her away in a high tower, raising her as her own. But the princess always finds out who she truly is and manages to defeat the old witch.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of the old witch, Mother Gothel? Where does she come from? And how does she come across the magical golden flower? Here is one account that recounts a version of the story that has remained untold for centuries . . . until now. It is a tale of mothers and daughters, of youth and dark magic. It is a tale of the old witch.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B07DVPH4D6
Publisher: Disney Press
The Odd Sisters

When the truth about the odd sisters is revealed, will anything be the same again? Throughout the course of time, three witches - Lucinda, Ruby and Martha - have changed the fates of the greatest villains ever known. They've turned innocents into monsters and left chaos in their wake. Now those they have wronged throughout the many kingdoms demand justice and the secrets of the twisted, diabolical odd sisters are about to be revealed...

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1788107525
Publisher: Igloo Books Ltd
Evil Thing

“Sure, you know the story of those wretched Dalmatians. But don’t I deserve a chance to tell my own side of the story? It is fabulous, after all.”

You may think you know the tale: a happy young couple, one hundred and one Dalmatians, and the woman determined to turn them into a perfectly spotted fur coat.

But who is that monster, that scene-stealer, that evil thing? Who is the woman behind it all? Before the car crash, before the dognapping, before furs became her only true love, there was another story. This is the story of Cruella De Vil―in her own words.

Even the cruelest villains have best friends, true loves, and daring dreams. After all, nothing is as simple as black and white.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1368076104
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Cold Hearted

It was supposed to be Lady Tremaine's fairy-tale ending, so where did it all go wrong?

Everyone thinks they know about Cinderella's stepmother, the cruel and cold-hearted woman who made her stepdaughter a servant in her own home. But do they?

Discover a tale of grief, hope and lost love as the tragic, true story of Lady Tremaine is finally revealed.

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1800221543
Publisher: Autumn
Never Never

Before Peter Pan and Wendy. Before the Lost Boys. There was just a boy named James who wanted to get back to Neverland.

As a baby, James Bartholomew fell out of his pram and was taken to Neverland. James is claimed by his parents just shy of seven days―after which he would have officially become a Lost Boy. Once he returns to London, he never stops thinking about Neverland. As he grows up, he hates his life in London, and everything to do with growing up and eventually becoming a gentleman. So he seeks a position on the ship of the infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

On Blackbeard’s ship he learns to be a cutthroat pirate, and eventually becomes captain of his own ship, which James is determined to sail to Neverland. With the help of the Odd Sisters and a bit of magic, he just might get his wish. But returning to Neverland comes at a price―and now that he’s grown up, the whole world seems to be rooting for his demise…

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09WX4P67W
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Fire and Fate

The tenth book in the New York Times bestselling Villains series takes a dive into the Underworld, exploring how Hades turned from god to villain. Ruler of the Underworld is not the title Hades would have chosen for himself, but when he and his brothers made a deal to split the world in three, Hades drew the short straw. And a deal is a deal. But eternity proves a long time to be shoved into a role he never wanted, and with each passing day of being treated as a villain, he grows more vengeful. 

When he discovers he wasn't invited to the celebration of his nephew Hercules' birth, Hades reaches his limit. So he does what he does best: Hades cuts a new deal. But when you're a god, making a deal with the Odd Sisters has the potential to rewrite more stories than just your own . . .

Author: Serena Valentino
First Release: 2023
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion