Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3: Carnival of Souls/One Thing or Your Mother/Blooded

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In every generation, there is a Chosen One. A slayer destined to protect the human race. She alone must fight the demons of hell. She alone must risk her life to stop the spread of evil. Buffy is the Chosen One.

A night at the fair becomes a night of terror for Buffy and her friends when their personalities start matching the amusements in the park in Carnival of Souls.

In One Thing or Your Mother, Buffy must ...

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3: Carnival of Souls; One Thing or Your Mother; Blooded

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Overview

In every generation, there is a Chosen One. A slayer destined to protect the human race. She alone must fight the demons of hell. She alone must risk her life to stop the spread of evil. Buffy is the Chosen One.

A night at the fair becomes a night of terror for Buffy and her friends when their personalities start matching the amusements in the park in Carnival of Souls.

In One Thing or Your Mother, Buffy must face a fear worse than her typical demon: children.

In Blooded, Willow accidentally turns her body into a vessel for the spirit of an ancient warrior—and he’s out for revenge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442412118
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series , #3
  • Edition description: Bind-Up
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 648,325
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for adults and younger readers. In addition to the Magic Zero quartet, his YA fiction includes Poison Ink and both the Prowlers series and the Body of Evidence series of teen thrillers, several of which have appeared on the YALSA Best Books for Young Readers list. His current work-in-progress is Cemetery Girl, a graphic novel trilogy collaboration with Charlaine Harris. He has cowritten three illustrated novels with Mike Mignola, the first of which, Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, was the launching pad for the Eisner-nominated, New York Times bestselling comic book series Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead, The Monster’s Corner, and 21st Century Dead, among others, and has also written and cowritten video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.

Nancy Holder has published more than 200 short stories and seventy-eight books, including the New York Times bestselling Wicked series. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, and far too many animals. Visit her at Nancy Holder.com.

Kirsten Beyer is the author of Star Trek: Voyager—Protectors, The Eternal Tide, Children of the Storm, Unworthy, Full Circle, String Theory: Fusion, the APO novel Alias—Once Lost, and contributed the short story “Isabo’s Shirt” to the Distant Shores anthology. In 2006 Kirsten appeared at Hollywood’s Unknown Theater in their productions of Johnson Over Jordan, This Old Planet, and Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse, which the Los Angeles Times called “unmissable.” She also appeared in the Geffen Playhouse’s world premiere of Quills and has been seen on General Hospital, Passions, and the indie feature Stomping Grounds. She has also been featured in several commercials. She lives in Los Angeles.

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PROLOGUE

It was Tuesday.

After nightfall.

In Sunnydale.

And Buffy Summers the Vampire Slayer was out on patrol instead of at the Bronze with Willow and Xander (and hopefully Angel) because Giles had figured out that tonight was the Rising.

The Rising of what, Buffy’s Watcher did not know, but it was easy to guess that it probably meant vampires. Maybe zombies. Something that rose from graves, anyway.

Something that kept her from the fun other sixteen-year-olds were having.

Sighing, Buffy trailed her fingers over the lowered head of a weeping cherub statue and waved her flashlight in an arc.

“Here, rising guys,” she called plaintively. “Ready to play when you are.”

She had on her black knitted cap and Angel’s black leather jacket, but she was still a little chilly. Maybe it was just because she was walking through Blessed Memories, the graveyard that contained the du Lac tomb, famed in the annals of Buffy’s diary as the graveyard out of which Spike and Dru had stolen a fancy decoding cross called, amazingly enough, the du Lac Cross. They had used it to nearly kill Angel. Since then, it was not her favorite cemetery ever.

Blessed Memories also contained a pet cemetery, a little square of plots with miniature headstones that tugged at Buffy’s heart. TOBY MY PUP RIP 1898. R KITTIE LUCY 1931. She had no time for pets, not even zombie cats freshly risen from the grave. She had hardly any time for anything, what with the slayage and the studying, okay, not the studying; but still and all, it was Sunnydale that was the problem, with all its death and monsters and standard normal-teenage-girl pressures, like having friends and not getting kicked out of school. …

If my best buds and I could be anywhere but here, that would be … She thought for a moment. She and Willow were really good at that game. Anywhere But Here was created for high school kids, especially those who had to live in Sunnydale.

… in Maui, with Angel. … Okay, not. Too much sun for a boyfriend who would burst into flames if he stepped into the tropical rays. So …

… in Paris, with Angel … and Willow could be with James Spader—I officially give him to her because I’m with Angel now—and we’re so not eating snails, but oh, I know! French pastries. And we are shopping …

… for rings …

Buffy stopped and cocked her head. Did she just hear something? Snap of a twig, maybe? A cough?

She listened eagerly for a replay so she could head toward it. She waited. Waited yet more. Heard nothing. Turned off her flashlight. More waiting.

Behold the sounds of silence.

She tried to pick up the Paris thread again. French pastries, okay, maybe too early in the relationship to shop for rings, then for shoes. … Truth was, she really would be happy to be just about anywhere but here. If only she could just run away, join in the fun-having of other kids her age. Join the circus, even.

Except she didn’t like circuses. Never had. What was with those clowns, anyway? She shivered. She was with Xander on that one: They gave her a wiggins.

Send in the clowns.

Six miles away, just past the outbuildings of Crest College, the trees shivered. The clouds fled and the moon trailed after them, desperate to hide.

Sunnydale, loaded with souls ripe for the plucking …

Five miles away.

The clowns materialized first, big feet flapping, overstuffed bottoms wiggling, in polka dots and rainbow stripes, and white gloves hiding fingers that no one should ever see.

A jag of lightning:

A parade of trucks, wagons, lorries. A maroon wagon, its panels festooned with golden Harlequins and bird women plucking lyres, shimmered and stayed solid. Behind it, a Gypsy cart with a Conestoga-style bonnet jangled with painted cowbells, and beneath the overhanging roof, black-and-silver ribbons swayed. Behind the wagon, a forties-era freight truck blew diesel exhaust into the velvet layers of moonlight. A jagged line, creaking back into shadows, disappearing. Maybe the entire apparition was just a dream.

Thunder rolled, and they reappeared.

Maybe they were just a nightmare.

Spectral horses whinnied and chuffed; it began to rain, and through the murky veil of downpour and fog, the horses’ heads were skulls; their heads were … heads. They breathed fire; they didn’t breathe at all.

They began to rot in slow motion.

The clowns ran up and down the advancing line, applauding and laughing at the flicker-show, the black magick lantern extravaganza.

Skeletons and corpses hunkered inside truck and wagon cabs and buckboard seats. Whipcracks sparked. Eyes lolled. Mouths hung open, snapped shut. Teeth fell out. Eyes bobbed from optic nerves.

Things … reassembled.

A creak, and then nothing.

Two ebony steeds pulled the last vehicle—the thirteenth wagon in the cortege. It was an old Victorian traveling-medicine-show wagon, maybe something that had crisscrossed the prairies and the badlands, promising remedies for rheumatism and the gout when the only ingredients in the jug were castor oil, a dead rattlesnake, and wood alcohol.

Where their hooves touched, the earth smoked. Black feathers bobbing in their harnesses, black feathers waving from the four corners of the ornate, ebony wagon, the horses were skeletons were horse flesh were demon stallions ridden by misshapen, leathery creatures with sagging shoulder blades, flared ears, and pencil-stub fingers. And as the moon shied away from the grotesquerie, the angle of light revealed words emblazoned on each of the thirteen vehicles that snuck toward Sunnydale, home to hundreds of thousands of souls determined to ignore the peril they were in:

PROFESSOR CALIGARI’S TRAVELING CARNIVAL

The wind howled through the trees—or was it the ghostly dirge of a calliope?

Too soon to tell.

Too late to do anything about it.

© 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2015

    One question for miya zack and melody

    Wher do i check the rest of ur bios like what is hell house

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    Miyas bio

    I dont want to join you people vause i am a huntress of artimis and any smaert girl would do the same!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Frozen fire

    Species: vampire
    Wepons: none
    Powers: i control ice amd fire
    Looks: pale, black spiked hair, red eyes, sharp fangs, 6' 2",
    Age: 17

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Julia

    Name: Julia//Age: Stopped aging after 17// Species: Vampire// Looks: Long red curly hair bright blue eyes and plae skin// Thats all bye!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    To below

    NOT HOW USPELL CLASSIFIED DUMB A<_>SS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Songol to below

    "Tyank you for your compasion."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Flower

    Name - Flower <br> Age - Secret <br> Hair/Eyes - Brown hair/ Drak green eyes <br> Thats all you need to know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Zaylias bio

    Name: zaylia dawn arietia married to no one gender: female im half vampire half human was abbandond dont know my parents looks: pitch black hair golden eyes freckles pale skin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Zeri Zero's bio

    Name Zero Tsunami I am the son of Poseidon. I am a free runner. I have brown-black hair and i am Hawaian and i like to swim alot. My species is a demi-god.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Lux's bio

    Hello! My name is Lux Silvermoon. I am a witch. I am 16 in age. I am female. I am single. Im going to make this short. I have blonde hair. I have light blue eyes. My atire is normaly a silver dress with a headband. I am a trained killer so, yea. My wepons are my double sided wand. You may think wow this girl is weird. Say it to my face and you will die twice if your a ghost. I am a light and dark witch. That means I mainly do light and darkness spells. That includes light healing. I can sometimes summon creatures but, most of my magic drains me. And anything else dont be afraid to ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Soul

    Name:Soul....Gender:Female....Age:Im dead.....Type:Ghost....Looks:Wears a white short dress.......Personality:Fadey, quiet smart, and has her secrets....anything else just ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Emilys bio

    Is at ethics res 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Zacks bio

    Name Zack Jones species half vampire quarter werewolf and quarter grim reaper looks brown eyes black hair left arm is skeletal status hates melody lightwood because she is a cheater and lives with a skeletal dragon named eragon anything lse ask at hell house

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Myriad's Bio

    Name; Myriad Viola Tiberius. Age; Let's see . . . . She was born on September 17th of 1192. So she's 822 years old. She looks about 17 though. Species; She prefers the term 'Sorceress', but the more vulgar and often-used term is Witch. Appearance; Myriad looks like a regular 17 year old, with wavy raven brown hair that reaches her waist and lapis lazuli eyes melded with violet that are framed with long lashes. She is adequately cu<_>rvaceous but has a small stature, lean and lithe at 6'5 and 119 lbs. She wears lots of black and maroon, usually stealthy velvet catsuits or something just as elegant. Weapons; There's her wand, of course. She also has at least a dozen daggers hidden on herself at all times: made of Geisha Steel, Obsidian, Adamantium, Titanium, Stygian Iron, etc. For safety, she has silver daggers as well, along with holy water and a wooden cross necklace. You can never be too careful. Other; Not that you care, but this is the reason why she is named Myriad: If you aren't a complete imbecile, you'll know that 'myriad' means an inconceivably large amount of something. Even from birth, she's had almost infinite power when it comes to wizardry and magic. Just warning you. She will whoop your as<_>s if you annoy you, or lay a finger on someone she cares about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Gina bio

    Name: look up
    Age:lost with the years
    Race:vampire
    Looks:tall blonde hair red eyes pale skin
    Personaity:kind caring but can be shy and cranky if u are on her bad side.
    Status:single and looking for a dominent male vampire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Jay's bio

    Name: Jaida call me Jay

    Looks: Hazel eyes White skinny jean with blue half shirt and Purple cape blue heels Dark blue braclets Blue eyeshadow Pheonix tattoo on back and the galaxy on wrist

    Personality: ;)

    Powers: ;)

    Status: Single

    I AM A WIZARD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Melodys bio update

    Name meldy lightwood
    Status single
    Look long black curly hair with red highlights and icy blue eyes
    Wears a silver dress with a diamond incrested crown
    Species demigod and vamp
    Anything else just ask at dracula

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Buffy

    This book was sooo good! I even carved my own stakes because i think someone is stalking me and watching me sleep. I keep them wih my pajamas and pull them out once evey day for 10 minutes for target practice. At school, kids think im a freak because im obsessed with vampires. Thisbook was awesomeAwesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Demiwitch... artemis fowl?

    Hey which one is book one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    To demiwitch from AC and TS author

    Anonymous Charge: thanks for putting me in the story! I never been in a story before! Awesome. Twisted Stories Author: you might have not known but I also wrote the Twisted Stories. Sorry they're ending but thanks for advertising for me. Plus I love your story!!! 5 stars!

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