| The subject of this article is non-canonical.|
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
|Go Ask Malice|
|Author(s)||Robert Joseph Levy|
|Publication date||June 27, 2006|
|Published by||Simon Spotlight Entertainment|
Go Ask Malice provides a back story for Faith Lehane, beginning several months before she becomes the Slayer and ending with her entering Sunnydale just prior to "Faith, Hope & Trick" . It could be said that Go Ask Malice is to Faith what The Origin is to Buffy Summers.
Go Ask Malice is presented as a diary of Faith's recovered from the ruins of Sunnydale bus station in 2006, taking place between Buffy seasons 8 and 9. Therefore, it is also an in-universe document.
Faith has always been a loner. Growing up in a broken home in South Boston, shuffled from relative to relative, her only companion was an imaginary friend named Alex, who helped her escape into a fantasy world of monsters and the supernatural, far from the real-life horrors of the waking world.
Now, taken away from her mother by social services and shipped off to a foster home, Faith learns that some nightmares are all too real, that the inventions of her childhood really do haunt the night, hungry for blood. Enter Diana Dormer, a Harvard professor and representative of the Watchers Council who has come to tell Faith of her destiny, to train her, to prepare her for what is to come: Faith is the Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness.
But she's not alone. When Alex, her childhood companion, returns in her dreams, she warns Faith that someone else is coming for her, a force so deadly and unforgiving that it has inspired fear in the underworld for a thousand generations. Its name is Malice.
As memory and fantasy begin to merge, Faith's two worlds collide, with cataclysmic results. A violent battle for the Slayer's soul is staged, winner take all.
This is her story. . . .
- Faith Lehane
- Diana Dormer
- Mr. Lehane (as George, only mentioned)
- Alex (in dreams)
- Malice (evil force)
- Buffy Summers (in dreams)
- The Master (in dreams)
- Kendra Young (in dreams)
- Drusilla (in dreams)
Behind the Scenes
- The book utilized many of the few details in the series about Faith's past. It incorporated all three relationships she mentioned to Buffy in "Revelations"  and the anecdote she told the Scoobies in "Faith, Hope & Trick" about having rescued church folks outside her house from vampires.
- The title references Go Ask Alice, the controversial book about drug abuse. It was considered a classic of American young adult literature. In turn, the title of the book was named from the Jefferson Airplane song, "White Rabbit", which includes the lyrics, "Go ask Alice/When she's ten feet tall". Grace Slick wrote the song after noticing possible drug references in Alice in Wonderland.
- Levy also wrote The Suicide King.
- Go Ask Malice is also of note because of the surprisingly few characters from the TV series that are included. Excluding Faith herself, the only other character to appear in the series was Kakistos, the Father, although Buffy and Kendra were both mentioned.
- Two of Faith's dreams included Buffy being drowned by The Master  and Kendra being hypnotized and slaughtered by a "vamp chick that looks like a porcelain doll dressed in red." 
- Setting: Before season 3.