First edition cover
|January 24, 2006|
|Media type||Print (paperback)|
|Preceded by||Portal Through Time|
|Followed by||Carnival of Souls|
This is for the novel by Pierce Askegren. For other uses of the term, see Afterimage (disambiguation). Not to be confused with other novels with similar title, including Afterimage, a novel by Helen Humphreys, or Afterimage, a novel by Kathleen George, or Afterimage, a novel by Jay Brandon, or Afterimage, a novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Kevin Anderson.
Sunnydale Drive-In reopens with a dusk-to-dawn festival of classic B movies. Xander has free tickets after working there as a gopher for the construction crew, but as Buffy, Willow, and Cordelia show little interest, he ends up going with Jonathan. Jonathan, like many of the patrons of the drive-in, falls asleep during the night and cannot be re-awakened.
Meanwhile, Buffy and Angel fight off attacks from a wolf-man and a gang of chain-wielding bikers who seem solid one minute and fade into thin air the next. Other vanishing figures are seen around town, leading Giles and Willow to research ectoplasm. Xander recognizes a picture in one of Giles' old books as the man behind the re-opening of the drive-in: Mr Balsamo, otherwise known as the eighteenth-century occultist Cagliostro.
When Giles is kidnapped, Buffy, Angel and Willow head to the drive-in to confront the villain, while Xander and Cordelia stay at the hospital with his victims.
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