Bloody Awful Poet Society

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Community
Name: Bloody Awful Poet Society
Date(s): 08 Feb 2001[1] - May 2008
Type: mailing list, website
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
URL: http://www.bloodyawfulpoet.com/ Archive (archived on Wayback)
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The Bloody Awful Poet Society (BAPS) was a Spike-oriented Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan club and yahoo group, with a mailing list that "spiked" (heh) at over 2,000 members, the largest Spike redemptionist group on the internet.

The club's name referred to Spike's pre-vampire human persona, the mild-mannered William, described by one of his Victorian-era tormentors as "a bloody awful poet." The mission statement of the club was to champion Spike's redemption via essays, episode analysis, fanfiction and chat.[2] Given Angel's fifth season, one could say that they were successful.

The site was formerly the home of the Spoiler Whore Zone, before Wendy moved to Tabula Rasa and started Wendy's Spoiler Zone. -- James Marsters, May 11, 2003, upon receiving an honorary proclamation from BAPS

"I like that fan club (Bloody Awful Poet Society) a lot. At a point when I played the earlier part of the character before he became a vampire, we had to admit that he was, er, not so sexy. And then they really embraced that character. That felt really good." -- James Marsters, August 2004, SFX magazine
William, the bloody awful poet

The Mailing List

Descriptions:

The Bloody Awful Poet Society is devoted to discussion of the character "Spike" in the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", spoilers appear onlist, spoiler space will not be used, fan fiction is welcome, but please limit it to PG-13, we believe that Spike's humanity will one day become dominant over his demon soul in the same way that some people's inhumanity is dominant over their human soul. [3]

Inspired By His Beauty Effulgent

The Bloody Awful Poet Society is a Redemption mailing list devoted to discussion of the character "Spike" in The WB TV series "Angel," which airs 9 p.m. ET on Wednesdays in the U.S. Spoilers appear onlist. Spoiler space will not be used. Fan fiction is welcome, but please limit it to PG-13. Spike HAS been Redeemed, dammit!

I thank you for being on line calling for that [Redemption], by the way. Joss does go on line and he did hear you. And there is no way you're going to give Joss Whedon an idea for his show, but if you plant seeds, maybe he'll get his own. And something tells me you guys had a hand in that. In the soul. -- James Marsters, May 11, 2003, upon receiving an honorary proclamation from BAPS [4]

References

  1. "Bloody Awful Poet Society". Archived from the original on 2002-02-06. Retrieved 1 July 2019.  Main page updated for site anniversary.
  2. Main Page, archived from May 2001, and features the sites mission statement.
  3. mailing list
  4. mailing list