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OF SHAPESHIFTERS AND SKINWALKERS...
The seedy carnival looks like just the thing to give Buffy and her best buds, Xander and Willow, a break from staking bloodsuckers. Some greasy food, a few cheap thrills — what more could a Slayer ask for?
But then Buffy senses something evil behind this carnival. Xander and Willow aren't so sure. They don't buy Buffy's notion that the carneys are somehow connected to the corpses turning up around Sunnydale. It doesn't help that her two best friends are each interested in someone at the carnival. Which puts the burden of proof on Buffy.
Can she find out what's going on in time to save her friends?
Or has the Slayer become the prey?
- This novel is supposed to take place between Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons one and two. However, the novel indicates that Buffy spends her summer in Sunnydale, while "When She Was Bad" has Buffy in LA with her father during the summer.
- Buffy Summers
- Alexander Harris
- Willow Rosenberg
- Rupert Giles
- Cordelia Chase
- Spurs Hardaway
Behind the scenes
- The cover features a promotional picture taken for episode "Nightmares".
- Dutch: Nacht van de Prairiewolf (Night of the Coyote)
- French: La Lune des Coyotes (The Coyotes' Moon)
- German: Die Hexer von Sunnydale (The Warlocks of Sunnydale)
- Indonesia: Kala Bulan Merah (When the Red Moon)
- Portuguese (Portugal): A Lua do Coiote (The Coyote's Moon)
- The book is likely an homage to The Wolf Man, with American carnies instead of Romani and skinwalkers instead of lycanthropy to suit the change in setting from Europe to America.
- The book is the second in a trilogy of standalone novels using the theme of "Cowboys and Indians", along with Halloween Rain and Night of the Living Rerun. It is the most overt entry in the trilogy, containing numerous in-text comparisons between the narrative and western films, using literal cowboys who stole magic from Navajo medicine men as the antagonists, and ending the book with an homage to the classic western film Shane, where a morally ambiguous anti-hero ally wanders off into the distance to die on his own terms.