Innocent Blood (Buffy the Vampire Slayer zine)

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Title: Innocent Blood
Publisher: NorthCoast Press
Author(s): Oshram
Cover Artist(s): Oshram and George Skoch
Illustrator(s): Oshram and George Skoch
Date(s): 1999
Medium: print
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Xena/Hercules: TLJ
Language: English
External Links: North Coast Press website
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cover by Oshram and George Skoch. Note that Buffy is holding Xena's chakram.

You may be looking for Innocent Blood (film), a vampire film directed by John Landis.

Innocent Blood is a 196-page comb bound het novel by Oshram. The cover art is by Oshram and George Skoch.



From the publisher's online page:

She closed her eyes and inhaled. "I want you. Here. Now."
"What? On the beach?."
She nodded yes, green eyes aflame. She began to unbutton his shirt.
"Outside?" Alec asked as she started pulling the ends of his shirt out of his pants. "Meg," he said. "It's really late. It'll be light soon."
"So?" "So?" he repeated. "So, someone might see us," he finished, kissing her.
"Someone already has," a voice said behind them.
The couple whirled around, caught completely off guard. He didn't know what he expected, but certainly not the creature that stood no more than twenty feet from them. He felt Meghan slip behind him, uncertain.
"We don't want any trouble," he continued. "Really."
The creature cocked its head to one side. "I want to see you dead."
"No!" screamed Meghan. "We haven't done anything to you!"
"You exist, that's enough." The creature shook its head as it drew a weapon. Powerful legs launched the creature through the air. Alec tried to defend himself, but it did him no good. The creature crashed into him, buying the sharp stake directly into his heart. Alec gasped in pain, then exploded into a cloud of dust.
Meghan screamed again, starting to run. The creature flashed a feral smile and threw another stake at her, piercing her from behind. As she looked down at the stake protruding from her chest, she burst into ashes that slowly fell to the ground and melded with the sand.
"Maybe next time they'll think twice before dining out," Buffy said as she picked up her stakes and headed toward the boardwalk.''

Reactions and Reviews

It is really two novels, two complete books, woven together to look like one novel. But it's smoothly done, and uniquely appropriate in structure. It is set during and just after the summer when Buffy had run away to be on her own in Los Angeles, mourning Angel. The author, writing before Buffy came home, guessed accurately a good deal of what the story-arc actually would be. This writer has a mature, strong hand that controls the material very well, and makes you believe everything in the story. The first half of the book pits Buffy against a gang of vampires in LA. The second half is set after Buffy gets home, and pits Buffy against a different, but related, adversary. The first half sets up her emotional condition that generates the second half of the story. The two halves are overlapped and inter-cut, one chapter telling Buffy's adventures in LA, and another developing what's going on in Sunnydale. But it's the second half that introduces the most delightful twist. Xena, from the television show, Xena, turns out to be the First Slayer, whose soul is trapped inside the circular weapon she uses, the chakram, which is now put on display in Buffy's mother's art gallery, put there by a vampire looking to attract and kill Hercules (of the TV show Hercules.) Hercules turns up and helps Buffy free Xena from the Chakram and kill the oldest Vampire. This book changed my whole understanding of Buffy. [1]


  1. ^ Jacqueline Lichtenberg. "Daily Heroics of the Millenium", posted March 2000. (accessed 28 Jul 2010)