Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 2
Author: Scott Allie, Laura J. Burns, Rebecca Rand Kirshner, Todd McIntosh, Michael Reaves, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Melinda Metz, Max Allan Collins
Release Date: January 2003
Similarly to volume 1 of this series, the quality of stories was a mixed bag in this collection. I’d rank them as follows (from worst to best):
The Ghosts of Slayers Past – A Christmas Carol homage that didn’t really go anywhere or get funny.
Blood and Brine – A pirate story where the main character is a bit unbelievable and the cliches are plenty.
All That You Do Comes Back Unto Thee -The first Buffy centered short story was about as generic as one would expect from a TV adaptation (focusing on a student never on the show that uses magic to raise an Egyptian demon).
House of the vampire – A bit of a generic story set in 1800’s London but I liked the Scooby gang of the era.
Lady Shobu – A solid take in feudal Japan with interesting characters and suspense.
The New Watcher – Vampires in the Civil War and the army is aware! This was lots of fun.
Stakeout on Rush Street – A great private eye story that read like a pulp mystery set in prohibition America.
The War Between the States – I’m not sure where the title comes from but I really dug this story of a flapper girl that had very little vampires or slayers involved. The build and reveal were very well done.
Abomination, Beauport – The darkest story yet, about a slayer and watcher who fall in love and have kids. Very disturbing stuff, had to tell Beth about it when it was over.
Again – Another Buffy story, but written like some of the best episodes of the series. Buffy, Willow and Xander go back in time three years and make choices based on what they know about the future. The best story yet, even with the hokey tie-in at the end to the season six villains.