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Novel Book
"Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row"
Prettymaids
One Slayer dies, another is called… unless Spike and Drusilla have their way…
About
Author(s) Christopher Golden
Publication date May 22, 2001
Length 368 pages
Published by Simon Pulse
ISBN ISBN 0743418921

Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row” is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel. It was written by Christopher Golden and published by Simon Pulse.

Synopsis

“You got Slayer problems? You know what I find works real good with Slayers? Killing them.” — Spike

It’s 1940, and Europe is ravaged by World War II — an ideal environment for demon paramours Spike and Drusilla. The anniversary of Dru’s resurrection as a vamp impends, and Spike wants to celebrate. What better gift than Freyja's Strand — a powerful necklace rumored to allow its wearer to shape-shift at will? Spike learns of a demon named Skrymir, who claims to possess the bauble and is willing to trade.

Spike’s task is to infiltrate the Watcher’s Council headquarters and get his hands on the list of young women in training to take over as Slayer should they be called. In exchange for Freya’s Strand, Spike must kill the reining Slayer, a brazen young woman named Sophie, as well as the Slayers-in-Waiting. And if he succeeds, it could mean the end of the Chosen One — all of the Chosen Ones — forever…[1]

Continuity

  • The story takes place between March and September 1940, during the World War II. In 1943, Spike is eventually kidnapped into a German U-boat ("Why We Fight").
  • Drusilla celebrates eighty years as a vampire, turned in 1860 ("Darla").
  • A flashback with Vikings takes place in the year 837.
  • Spike mentions going to the World’s Fair with Drusilla, an event explored in Spike and Dru: All's Fair.
  • The Helm of Haraxis is eventually found and used by Cordelia Chase, in Lovely, Dark and Deep, Part Three.
  • Edna Giles is one of the directors of the Watchers Council; in Tales of the Vampires, Part Five, it’s implied she would become a leading member.
  • Spike is described with blond white hair; by 1943, he would have his hair dyed black ("Why We Fight").
  • Mr. Travers and Miss Fontaine talk about ideally having a hundred Slayers, not knowing that one day thousands of Potential Slayers would be activated ("Chosen").
  • Spike kills Alessandra Cavallaro using railroad spikes, his trademark weapon at the time ("School Hard").
  • The Council recognizes Spike as the vampire who has killed a Slayer in 1900, as seen in "Fool for Love".
  • Drusilla questions Spike if they’ll ever return to America; the vampire would attend Woodstock in 1969 (as mentioned in "School Hard"), fight a Slayer in New York City in 1977 ("Lies My Parents Told Me"), and both arrive in Sunnydale in 1997 ("School Hard").
  • Spike is bothered by the suggestion of returning to Prague for he and Drusilla have almost being killed by a mob; in 1997, Drusilla is eventually captured and tortured there (The Problem with Vampires).
  • The elimination of Potential Slayers is also a plan eventually used by the First Evil throughout Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7.
  • Sophie dies killed by Spike, which contradicts the fact that he killed only two Slayers: Xin Rong and Nikki Wood ("Fool for Love").
  • Voodoo Lounge is a companion to this story.

Appearances

Individuals

  • Alannah
  • Angelus (Only mentioned)
  • Henri Arno
  • Marya Bajdek
  • Collette Boisvert
  • Christian Bornholm
  • Eleanor Boudreau
  • Mr. Brackett
  • Mrs. Brackett
  • Arthur Cabot
  • Mrs. Carstensen (Only mentioned)
  • Hans Carstensen (Only mentioned)
  • Sophie Carstensen
  • Alessandra Cavallaro
  • Charn
  • Christian (vampire)
  • Isabel Cortes
  • Drusilla
  • Ernst
  • Jacques Fontaine (Only mentioned)
  • Marie-Christine Fontaine
  • Freyja (Only mentioned)
  • Marco Giampa
  • Edna Giles
  • Giovanni Gnecco (Only mentioned)
  • Rita Gnecco
  • Teresa Gnecco (Only mentioned)
  • Gorm (Only mentioned)
  • Heinrigh Gort
  • Greta (Only mentioned)
  • Gudrod (Only in flashbacks)
  • Haraxis (Only mentioned)
  • Chief Haupt
  • Kenneth Haversham
  • Henrik
  • Kate Hutchins
  • Jarl (Only in flashbacks)
  • Ned Jude
  • Kakistos
  • Trevor Kensington
  • Ariana de La Croix
  • Langsdorff (Only mentioned)
  • LeBeau
  • Abram Levin
  • Bertram Martin
  • The Master (Only mentioned)
  • Adrienne Montclaire
  • Donald Morgan
  • Mr. Narvik (Only mentioned)
  • Yanna Narvik
  • Jack Norton
  • Gillian Partington
  • Paxel
  • Pierre
  • Kurt Raeder
  • Charles Rochemont
  • Rubie
  • Sally (Only mentioned)
  • Scharnhorst
  • Ilse Skovgaard
  • Skrymir
  • Edgar Somers (Only mentioned)
  • Spike
  • Stig (Only in flashbacks)
  • Jozeff Strakus
  • Harold Travers
  • John Travers
  • Tycho
  • Valerie Vourtsas
  • Mr. Vourtsas
  • Mrs. Vourtsas
  • Walther
  • Webley
  • Nigel Williams
  • Zweig (Only mentioned)

Organizations and Titles

Species

  • Alligator (Only in visions)
  • Cat (Only mentioned)
  • Demon
    • Dwarf
    • Frost demon
    • Ice demon
    • Old One (Only mentioned)
    • Quetz demon
    • Vahrall demon (Only mentioned)
    • Vargas demon (Only mentioned)
    • Xharax demon (Only mentioned)
    • Yazi demon
  • Dog
  • Horse (Only mentioned)
  • Human
  • Snake (Only in visions)
  • Tiger (Only mentioned)
  • Vampire

Locations

  • Atlantic Ocean
    • English Channel
  • Belgium (Only mentioned)
  • China (Only mentioned)
    • Hong King (Only mentioned)
  • Czech Republic (Only mentioned)
    • Prague (Only mentioned)
  • Denmark
    • Copenhagen
      • Absalon’s castle ruins
      • Christiansborg Palace
      • Grundtvig church (Only mentioned)
      • Rosenborg Palace
      • Tivoli Gardens
      • Vesterbrogade street
    • Helsingør
  • Egypt (Only mentioned)
  • England
  • France
    • Briare
    • Calais
    • Dunkirk
    • Nice
      • Monsieur Arno’s villa
    • Orleans
    • Paris
    • Somme river
  • Germany (Only mentioned)
  • Greece
    • Athens
    • Mykonos
  • Holland (Only mentioned)
  • Italy
    • Genoa (Only mentioned)
    • Venice
      • St. Mark’s Cathedral
  • Libya
    • Benghazi
  • Netherlands (Only mentioned)
    • Rotterdam (Only mentioned)
  • Norway
    • Bergen (Only mentioned)
    • Bodo (Only in flashbacks)
    • Galdhöpiggen
      • Stronghold of Skrymir
  • Poland
    • Warsaw
  • Soviet Union (Only mentioned)
    • Moscow (Only mentioned)
  • Spain
    • Barcelona
      • Barceloneta (Only mentioned)
      • Fortress Montjuïc (Only mentioned)
      • Gothic Quarter (Only mentioned)
  • South America (Only mentioned)
    • Rio de Janeiro (Only mentioned)
  • Switzerland
    • Geneva
  • Turkey (Only mentioned)
  • United States
    • Batiste, Louisiana
    • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Boston, Massachusetts
      • Hanover Street
      • Sacred Heart Church
    • Charleston, South Carolina (Only mentioned)
    • Chicago (Only mentioned)
    • Lafayette, Louisiana (Only mentioned)
    • Montgomery, Alabama (Only mentioned)
    • New York City, New York
      • Keen’s Chophouse
    • West Coast (Only mentioned)

Weapons and Objects

Rituals and Spells

Death Count

  • Adrienne Montclaire, staked by Spike at Keen’s Chophouse.
  • Webley, bitten by Spike and Drusilla aboard the Aberdeen.
  • Mr. Brackett and Ms. Brackett, drowned by the German attack aboard the Aberdeen.
  • Johannes, thrown at the Atlantic Sea by Drusilla.
  • Heinrigh Gort, bitten by Drusilla aboard the Aberdeen.
  • Four human guards, killed by Gorm’s acolytes at Rosenborg Palace.
  • Three of Gorm’s vampire acolytes, slayed by Sophie Carstensen at Rosenborg Palace.
  • An unidentified dog, eaten by Tycho.
  • Stig, neck broken by Gudrod (in flashback).
  • Two frost demons, crushed by Spike and Drusilla at the stronghold of Skrymir ruins.
  • Two dwarf guards, killed by Spike at the stronghold of Skrymir.
  • A demon server, decapitated by Spike at the stronghold of Skrymir.
  • Ernst, slayed by Sophie (only mentioned).
  • Christian, slayed by Sophie at Absalon’s Castle ruins.
  • At least fifteen of Gorm’s vampire acolytes, slayed by Sophie at Absalon’s Castle ruins.
  • At least one of Gorm’s vampire acolytes, killed by Tycho at Absalon’s Castle ruins.
  • Two of Gorm’s vampire acolytes, run into the sunlight from Absalon’s Castle ruins.
  • Tycho, hearts taken away by Gorm at Absalon’s Castle ruins.
  • Gorm, burnt by Sophie at Absalon’s Castle ruins.
  • Marco Giampa, bitten by Drusilla at the Watchers Council headquarters.
  • Harold Travers, neck snapped by Spike at the Watchers Council headquarters.
  • Unknown number of human soldiers, died in battle at the River Somme.
  • Six vampires, staked by Sophie at the River Somme.
  • Kate Hutchins and her Watcher, killed by Spike and Drusilla at their room above a pub.
  • Pierre, shot in the chest by Spike in Orleans.
  • Six unidentified French soldiers, killed by Drusilla in Orleans.
  • Unknown number of villagers, killed by Spike and Drusilla in Orleans.
  • Collette Boisvert and Henri Arno, killed by Spike and Drusilla at Arno’s villa (only mentioned).
  • Alessandra Cavallaro and seven passersby, killed by Spike and Drusilla at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
  • Marya Bajdek, killed by Spike and Drusilla in Warsaw (only mentioned).
  • Christian Bornholm, chocked by Charn in Sandefjord.
  • Unidentified Libyan Slayer-in-Waiting, drained by Spike and Drusilla in Benghazi.
  • Unidentified Egyptian Watcher, left to die of burn and dehydration by Spike and Drusilla in Benghazi.
  • Arthur Cabot, sired in Boston (only mentioned).
  • Giovanni and Teresa Gnecco, killed in Boston (only mentioned).
  • Rita Gnecco, bitten by Arthur at the Sacred Heart Church.
  • Unidentified twin brothers, fed to the alligators by Kakistos (only mentioned).
  • An elderly couple, two businessmen, and a family of four, bitten by Spike and Drusilla in the train to Montgomery (only mentioned).
  • Bertram Martin, chest open by Spike and Drusilla in the train to Montgomery (only mentioned).
  • An unidentified vampire couple, staked by Rubie in Geneva.
  • Unidentified couple, killed by Spike and Drusilla in Barcelona.
  • Valerie Vourtsas and Donald Morgan, killed by Spike and Drusilla in Mykonos (only mentioned).
  • Mr. Rubie and Kenneth Haversham, killed by Spike and Drusilla in Mykonos (only mentioned).

Behind the Scenes

Production

  • The cover features a promotional picture taken for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2.
  • The novel is the fifth and final publication using the “Spike and Dru” title, the comic stories also written by Christopher Golden: Paint the Town Red, The Queen of Hearts, All's Fair, and Who Made Who?.
  • About writing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer horror story, Golden has said: “I do think it was much easier for me to write a horror story in that universe without Buffy. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it with Buffy, but it’s not easy to balance the snark with the dread and revulsion and fear that you want. I do think that Nancy [Holder] and I pulled that off — to a certain degree — with ‘Immortal’, but that’s because we set out to do that very thing. […] Unfortunately the bookstores did not have any interest in putting a Buffy novel anywhere but the YA section, so for both that and the ‘Spike & Dru’ novel, I tried to say as often and as publicly as possible that those books were not appropriate for young readers. They were never intended for the eleven- and twelve-year-olds who were on the young end of the readership of the earlier Buffy novels.”[2]
  • The vampire Gorm refers to Gorm the Old, the first historically recognized ruler of Denmark.
  • The magical artifact Freyja’s Strand refers to the mythological Brísingamen.
  • In the novel, the historical figure of Rasputin is revealed to be a demon.
  • The novel uses the character Skrymir from Norse mythology.

Pop Culture References

International Titles

  • French: “Spike et Dru: Petits Massacres Entre Vampires” (Spike and Dru: Small Massacres Between Vampires)
  • German: “Spike und Dru: Dämonische Liebe” (Spike and Dru: Demonic Love)
  • Spanish: “Spike y Dru: Bonitas Doncellas, Todas en Fila” (Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids, All in a Row)

Gallery

Quotes

(Narration) - Spike had seen enough in his life to believe anything, but he knew he did not believe in gods. There had been a time when monsters stalked the long nights, and then there had come a time of heroes, men and women brave enough to face the things in the dark. Not gods, just humans. The monsters, though, he certainly believed in those.
(Narration) - Humans — the living, breathing kind — sometimes seemed to exist only as ghosts to [Drusilla]. And the things that only she could see, the surreal whispers of other worlds and other powers, those were rich with life and power. There were times when Spike envied her the color and vibrancy of the world in which only she could travel. This was not one of those times.
Yanna - “Evil is the vampire’s nature. I do not claim to understand them. Yes there is something about this Spike that draws me, confounds me, even awes me, in a way no dark power or demon ever has. I cannot define what that magnetism is, except to say this: He rejoices in evil. I have seen him once, in the flesh. And I have seen him so many times in my head. Evil is ecstasy for him. There is so much joy for him in death and suffering that it undermines everything I have ever believed in.”
Eleanor - “I don’t mean just afraid of the vampires who are huntin’ us. I mean… more than that. Just… are you afraid to be the Slayer? ‘Cause I am. Here I am, bein’ trained to replace y’all when you die. If I’m next to be Chosen, that is. But you’re so nice to me, protectin’ me, even though just bein’ around me’s gotta be a constant reminder of how short Slayers’ lives usually are.”


References

  1. “Spike and Dru eBook by Christopher Golden”. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  2. Deb Moore, “Guest Blog: Dark Horse Editor Scott Allie Interviews Author Christopher Golden”. Dread Central, October 02, 2012.