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Note: This article is about the prose series. For the graphic novel, see Tales of the Slayers.
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Tales of the Slayer is a series of prose short story anthologies. It was originally published by Simon & Schuster in the years of 20012004.


The stories were centered in the figure of the Slayer through the years, as well as their relations with watchers, vampires, demons, as well as the community around them.


Original anthologies[]

Cover Title Release date
Tales of the Slayer 1 Tales of the Slayer, Volume 1 October 2, 2001
Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 1, chronicles Slayers past who have influenced — and are influenced by — the traditions and mythologies of yore. From ancient Greece, to aristocratic Slayers holding court in revolution-era France, to the legend of the Bloody Countess Elizabeth Bathory, to 1920's Munich, each girl has a personal history, a shared moral code, and a commitment to conquer evil, regardless of the cost…
Tales of the Slayer 2 Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2 December 17, 2002
It's an ancient tradition, steeped in lore, mythology, and fateful prophecies. Slayerdom consists of a Council of Watchers, a continuum of slayers, an archive of journals, and even a handbook. But first and foremost, it begins with a girl. One girl in all the world. A Chosen One. Now, catch up on other Slayers past and present, in the second short-story collection, Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 2!
Tales of the Slayer 3 Tales of the Slayer, Volume 3 November 2003
The Slayers' lives are short, and not very sweet. The Watchers' Journals are full of their tales — their battles, their triumphs, and ultimately, their successors. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is but the latest in a long line of women warriors stretching back to the dawn of humankind. As long as there have been vampires, there has been a Slayer. Usually called in her teens, the Chosen One leads a brief life full of conflict and doom. From the Anasazi villages of A.D. 1250 to Shanghai, China, in 1866, from Hollywood in the '40s to Buffy's predecessor in Tokyo of the '90s, Slayers have always risen above their most recent defeat.
Tales of the Slayer 4 Tales of the Slayer, Volume 4 November 1, 2004
Tales of the Slayer, Vol. 4 chronicles the Cruciamentum of eight earlier Slayers. From Prohibition Chicago to beatnik New York City, from the sideshows of a traveling carnival to a small Irish farm, from the fifteenth century to the twentieth, the Cruciamentum has tested the prowess of Slayers throughout history. Each of them has had to fight: for her job, for the lives of those she loved, and for her own existence…


Cover Title Release date
Tales of the Slayer 1 2 Tales of the Slayer, Volumes 1 and 2 December 4, 2018
Catch up on Slayers past and present in this action-packed collection of Tales of the Slayer Volumes I and II containing original short stories based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Into every generation, a Slayer is born… As long as there have been vampires, there has been a Slayer. One girl instilled with supernatural strength and abilities so that she may protect the world from the forces of darkness. But the Chosen One leads a brief, violent life. When one Slayer dies another is called, creating an eternal line of powerful female warriors stretching all the way back to the beginning of time. From ancient Greece to present day, Tales of the Slayer chronicles their stories in which each girl has a personal history, a shared moral code, and a commitment to conquer evil, regardless of the cost…


The 29 short stories are ordered by chronology rather than by their appearance in the books:

Title Author(s) Setting Volume(s)
"A Good Run" Greg Rucka 490 BCE, Greece 1, 1&2
"Lady Shobu" Kara Dalkey 980, Japan 2
"Dark of the Moon" Yvonne Navarro 1250, New Mexico 3
"Abomination" Laura J. Burns,

Melinda Metz

1320, France 2, 1&2
"The Rule of Silence" Kara Dalkey 1481, Spain 4
"The White Doe" Christie Golden 1586, Roanoke Colony 1
"Die Blutgrafin" Yvonne Navarro 1609, Hungary 1, 1&2
"Blood and Brine" Greg Cox 1661, Caribbean 2
"Unholy Madness" Nancy Holder 1789, France 1
"The Ghosts of Slayers Past" Scott Allie 1843, England 2
"The New Watcher" Kristine Kathryn Rusch 1864, Atlanta 2
"Ch'ing Shih" Mel Odom 1866, China 3
"Alone" Scott Allie 1876, Ireland 4
"Mornglom Dreaming" Doranna Durgin 1886, Kentucky 1, 1&2
"House of the Vampire" Michael Reaves 1897, England 2, 1&2
"Sideshow Slayer" Greg Cox 1911, Minnesota 4
"Survivors" Kristine Kathryn Rusch 1919, Chicago 4
"The War Between the States" Rebecca Rand Kirshner 1922, New York 2, 1&2
"Silent Screams" Mel Odom 1923, Germany 1
"Voodoo Lounge" Christopher Golden 1940, Louisiana 3
"Stakeout on Rush Street" Max Allan Collins,

Matthew V. Clemens

1943, Chicago 2
"Undeadsville" Michael Reaves 1952, New York 4
"And White Splits the Night" Yvonne Navarro 1956, Florida 1
"Back to the Garden" Robert Joseph Levy 1969, Canada 4
"It's All About the Mission" Nancy Holder 1973, New York 4
"Two Teenage Girls at the Mall" Jane Espenson 1981, Nebraska 4
"The Code of the Samurai" Nancy Holder 1993, Japan 3
"All That You Do Comes Back Unto Thee" Todd A. McIntosh 2000, Sunnydale 2
"Again" Jane Espenson 2001, Sunnydale 2, 1&2