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Encyclopedia > Blackout (Buffy novel)
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Book Information

Author(s): Keith R.A. DeCandido Keith R. A. DeCandido (born April 1969 in New York, United States) is an American sci-fi writer. ...

Substance: 256 pages

Publisher: Pocket Books

Date first published: August 29, 2006

Book Description

It is 1977, the summer of a brutal blackout, the time of the Son of Sam murders, and a period of brutal fiscal disaster for New York. The slayer, Nikki Wood fights against the forces of darkness and also trys to protect her son. Spike arrives in the city hoping to hunt down Nikki.


  • Takes place in 1977, New York, and revolves around the then-current slayer, Nikki Wood.

Canonical issues

Main articles: Buffyverse canonical issues, and [[]], and [[]], and [[]], and [[]]

Buffy novels, such as this one are considered by most fans to not be part of Buffyverse canon. They are not considered as official Buffyverse reality, but are novels from the authors' imaginations. However unlike fanfic, 'overviews' summarising their story, written early in the writing process, were 'approved' by both Fox and Whedon (or his office), and the books were therefore later published as official Buffy merchandise. // Introduction Main article: Canon (fiction) Canon of a fictional universe comprises those stories, considered to be genuine (or official), and those events, characters, settings, etc. ... // Introduction A large number of books have been published since 1998 by Pocket Pulse, and Simon Spotlight Entertainment. ...


  • Tagline: 'Spike's in town, a slayer to slay'
  • Characters include: Nikki Wood, Robin Wood, Bernard Crowley, Spike, Drusilla
  • One of the few Buffy books that does not feature Buffy herself.
  • There actually was a blackout in 13 July 1977, the city was suffered riots, looting, and fires.
  • Looking for an appropiate style to the novel, the author watched films: Shaft, Foxy Brown, Cleopatra Jones, Superfly, The Black Godfather, Hell Up in Harlem, Across 110th Street, Shaft's Big Score!
  • The events and new characters in this novel are non canon. They aren't actual events that happened to the canon Slayer, Nikki Wood.
Nikki Wood as seen in Tales of the Slayers

Nikki Wood was a vampire slayer in the Whedonverse. Not much is known about her, other than that she was killed by Spike in New York, 1977, and that she was the mother of Principal Robin Wood. ... Principal Robin Wood is a recurring character on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... William Pratt (born 1860 in London, England), better known as Spike, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Julia Drusilla (September 16, 7 - June 10, 38) was a daughter to Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder. ... Tales of the Slayers is a miniseries of graphic novels set in the Whedonverse. ...

See Also

// Introduction This list orders many of Buffy/Angel related stories by the place which they chronologically fit into the Buffyverse. ... // Introduction A large number of books have been published since 1998 by Pocket Pulse, and Simon Spotlight Entertainment. ... // Introduction These books focus on Angel and his so-called Fang Gang Canonical issues Main article: Buffyverse canon The books featured in this list are not part of Buffyverse canon. ... Note this is not to be confused with Tales of the Slayers Graphic Novel. ... // Introduction Buffyverse original novels fit into one of four categories. ...

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