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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Slayers – Other

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Campfire Tale for the End of Days by Stultiloquentia

'So. A very long time ago, Demons walked the earth. Stomped, also. Flew. Slithered, swam, percolated, oozed.' This clever take on the First Slayer legend packs a surprising amount into its brief span

[Added 27/07/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: First Slayer]

Dig for Victory by Nostalgia

Surprisingly few Buffyverse authors care to explore the wealth of past slayers and their stories. Nostalgia's interesting vignette is a welcome exception, and Iris is a realistic past slayer whose plight is moving, despite the brevity of the piece. More past slayers can be unearthed at the History Lesson archive

[Added 15/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Historical Slayer]

Foreign Devils by Indri

'She is motion and she is fury: she is the warrior of the people.' The tale of the Chinese slayer from 'Fool for Love'. Indri's vision is so convincing it feels like canon

[Added 20/03/2006; Drama; 2500-6000; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Historical Slayer]

Just Full of Gifts by Karen

'I can give you a gift that you cannot refuse.' A thoughtful vignette that addresses a question that occurred to me as well after watching 'Chosen'. Written for the excellent 'When the Clock Strikes' Challenge

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Slayer]

Phoenix Burning by Yahtzee

An AU following 'The Gift' that's arguably better than much of what Joss & Co wrote in seasons 6/7. Yahtzee is one of the very few writers who can interest me in Buffy as a character, and this novel focuses on her, in a rather unexpected setting. Deservedly among the fandom classics

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; >50,000; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Buffy, Angel, Slayers]

Serious Moonlight by RivkaT & MustangSally

Spuffy meets Indiana Jones: sex & plot wrapped into one neat novel-sized packet. Probably my favourite of the Bowiehabarata series, but the others are also worth a try

[Added 07/06/2005; Drama; >50,000; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Buffy Summers, Spike, Willow, Slayer, OCs; Adult]

Theses on a Philosophy of Power by Glossolalia

'There are bloodsuckers on every corner. The usual kind, with fangs and dead eyes and skin like paper, and they die as dust. And the new kind, desperate bourgeois selling silver teapots and lace throws and children's toys to pay for passage out of the country.' Set during the Russian Revolution, this is one of the most interesting historical slayer pieces I've seen

[Added 07/06/2005; Drama; 2500-6000; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Historical Slayer]

While the Women Came and Went by Mosca

Another interesting response to the 'When the Clock Strikes' Challenge. I've no idea how authentic the portrayal of Afghanistan is, but I love it that someone remembered Buffy's war wasn't the only one going on at the time

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Characters: Slayer]