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25 October 2012 @ 02:24 pm
Rare Character Recs: Holden Webster  
I'm here to kill you, Buffy, not to judge you.
—Holden Webster in Conversations with Dead People

Webs only lasts about 42 minutes, but he makes a huge impression. He just might be my favorite vampire in the Buffyverse after the Fanged Four and Harmony. Here are some fanworks to help you get to know him better:


Conversations With Vampires Who Won’t Shut Up by flurblewig Also on AO3 and Flurblefic
All dialogue story of Buffy trying to get to the bottom of Holden’s “siring” story.

Once in a Lullaby by doyle_sb4
In the NormalAgainverse, Buffy has a disconcerting habit of killing her doctors. A classic, featuring bonus rare character, The Mayor.

Truth, like light, is blinding by flurblewig Also on AO3 and Flurblefic
Buffy decides that a truth spell might be the quickest way of getting to the bottom of the mystery of Holden’s origin.

Fly Like a Cannonball by doyle_sb4
Holden helps the Scoobies nurse Spike back to health after Showtime.

Psycho Analysis by Airawyn
When Buffy runs off to rescue Dawn during CWDP, Holden finds another victim to analyze: Andrew.

Psychiatric Help 5¢ by duh_i_read Also on AO3
Holden clocks a little analytic field time before CWDP.

Discretion is the Better Part of Evil by flurblewig Also on AO3 and Flurblefic
Buffy gets distracted when Holden tells her who sired him.

Chatting In The Graveyard at 3AM by menomegirl
After The First tries talking to her during Touched, Faith takes a stroll to do some thinking and meets an old acquaintance.

Float Your Boat by doyle_sb4
Devon meets Holden while he’s working on his graduate thesis.

Psych101 by Doyle
Holden’s got a lot to think about in his final minutes.

Psychology of Self by voleuse
What Holden dreamt during Restless.


Awesomest Buffyverse Monsters (Part 2) by lostboy_lj
If the original purpose of a monster was to challenge our hero in a way that would expose her wounds and weaknesses and lay bare her soul, then Holden Webster might qualify as the most successful monster to ever appear on the show.

Please add anything else Holden-related in the comments! Links, love, whatever you've got...
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on October 25th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't think I've read more than one or two of these! Thanks so much for the recs.
Rebcake: btvs_spi_hellorebcake on October 26th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
There just wasn't enough Holden on the show. I'm happy to share the joy!
dancing till the world ends: mood: jazz handslynnenne on October 26th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Oh, neat! I love Holden, and I've only read about half of these fics. Thanks so much for linking them!
Rebcake: btvs_spi_hellorebcake on October 26th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
My pleasure! I am surprised that you have read so many of them. They are rare as hen's teeth and mostly pretty old.
Kiki Maykikimay on October 26th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
Holden was the best and I would loved to see more of him and Buffy together. Their one and only therapy session was amazing and he totally could be a couple therapist for Buffy and Spike, an analyst for Angel and Connor ... you know, many possibilities.
Thank you for sharing this list! Gonna read 'em all.
Rebcake: btvs_spi_hellorebcake on October 26th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
I suspect he would have been an even more sinister and funny "guestage" than Andrew! Useful, therapeutic, and evil...

Enjoy, sweetie!
Rebcake: ats_squee_lornerebcake on October 26th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Found some more!

Curiosity Killed the Cat by shapinglight, part of her "Being a Vampire Sucks" series.

Past and Present by debxena — Another Normal Again verse story.

Edited at 2014-05-16 04:12 pm (UTC)
Restfield Placerbfvid on May 23rd, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
Few more (besides those which can be easily found by AO3 tag:
Undine by uncreativity – Willow/Holden, very dark AU where Holden became the vampire much earlier.
Proverbial Light – Buffy and Holden having conversation about reincarnation and philosophy.
Buffy&Holden drabble by flurblewig.
Xander/Holden drabble by flurblewig.
Morgue by deird1 – Tru Calling crossover.
There are few Holden Webster scenes in The Rose by coalitiongirl, also he is a very minor character in thet epic.