Ghoul Trouble

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name = Ghoul Trouble
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image_caption = First edition cover
author = John Passarella
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country = United States
language = English
series = Buffy the Vampire Slayer
genre = Horror novel
publisher = Pocket Books
release_date = October 1, 2000
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media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 256 pp (first edition, paperback)
isbn = ISBN 0-7434-0042-9 (first edition, paperback)
preceded_by = Child of the Hunt (Buffy novel)
followed_by = Paleo (Buffy novel)

Ghoul Trouble is a novel by John Passarella set in the fictional universe of the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".


A new vampire arrives in town who walks outside during the day and yet does not seem to be affected by the sun's rays. The vampire, called Solitaire, is here to challenge the Slayer. He wants to reassure himself that he can beat a Slayer in physical combat. He is an old vampire and Giles struggles with his research. At the same time a band called Vyxn arrives at the Bronze and plays for four nights straight. Vyxn is made up of four girls who appear to be not quite human, especially when they seem to be turning all the males at the Bronze into slobbering idiots and bending them to their will. Xander is especially taken by them and would do anything to help them out. Buffy and the gang need to figure out what Vyxn is in town for, and why Solitaire can walk in the sun.

It is later discovered that Vyxn are comprised of a group of ghouls that can seduce men (and it is hinted vampires) at will through their voice. Giles and the Scooby Gang rescue Xander from them just prior to Buffy's final fight with Solitaire.

Solitaire it is discovered is immune to sunlight because he is not actually a vampire, he is a full-blooded demon, that can shift forms between human and demon, and the halfway mark looks remarkably like a vampire. Buffy decapitates him with an axe.


*Tagline: 'Evil walks by day'.
*Buffyverse canon characters include: Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Angel.
*Buffyverse non-canon characters include: Solitaire, and the band, "Vyxn".
*Notable for including UC Sunnydale in a Season 3 setting.


*Suppose to be set during BtVS's third season.

Canonical issues

:main|Buffyverse canon

:Buffy novels, such as this one are not considered by most fans as part of canon. They are usually 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 officially "Buffy" merchandise.


*Stories that take place around the same time in the Buffyverse:

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