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The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,198 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Twenty-three years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. Following the tragedy, their father, John, set out to teach his boys everything about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . . . and how to kill it.

Fans of the blockbuster television phenomenon can rejoice! A one-of-a-kind compil
ebook, 240 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Aug 27, 2015 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this one because Supernatural is one of my favorite TV shows... I liked it for most parts. It brought back the adventures from first two seasons and that was awesome. Also the appendix with the herbs and oils was cool. The only thing that i didn't like are the parts from the "John's journal", they were written in cursive and i had a bit of trouble reading them smoothly.
Feb 27, 2011 Sammet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Supernatural
An interesting book for Supernatural fans, but I definitely lacked sources for anything.
The book is written from Sam and Dean's point of view, but also shifts to 3rd person perspective, which is extremely strange. It also feels a bit out of character, but hey! I did not read this book for the writing of Sam and Dean. I read it because I wanted to know more about the monsters, spirits, revenants, ghouls and demons.

There were plenty of interesting ghost stories and lore from all over the world, an
After reading a few reviews I decided to read this a littler differently than other books. Rather than reading it from start to finish I read a section than read a different book than back to this.

It's an enjoyable read. However it seemed like that there was a small amount of new information for avoid fans of the show. If I had not seen the show it would be a great read but because I have seen the show majority of the monsters talked about have been seen on the show.

Jayne Lamb
Jul 27, 2011 Jayne Lamb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was tempted to go for the half-star option but that seemed a little harsh. This is poorly-written, inconsistent and a dull read - and to make anything to do with 'Supernatural' dull is quite a feat in my opinion. Irvine has just taken a random collection of creatures that have appeared on the (superlative) show, and written a litttle about each - sometimes no more than a paragraph. There's also entire pages of possibly 'real' historical quotations - not exactly riveting - and almost three page ...more
I read this a while ago and at the moment I am looking for the person who illustrated this book for a drawing project I am working on.
I think I can separate books and the shows they are based on because no matter how much I want it to be like Sam and Dean are the ones telling me this information I know that it's not and no matter how much research Alex Irvine does he would have never been able to capture the personalities that these actors convey so well.
I thought this was a decent read and the
The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons and Ghouls is quite interesting. It's put together by the same guy who later put together John Winchester's Journal. It's not as fun as that, since it's mostly just information about the monsters (et al) that they encounter in canon. It is kind of fun, it's written from the boys' point of view, but it's hard to imagine them actually sitting down and writing a how-to guide like this, so I wouldn't take it too seriously. It's a good resource for p ...more
Tara Lynn
Thanks to Jackie for feeding my obsession!

(Seriously, though...two obnoxiously hot guys travel around in a mint classic car and use weapons to kill bad guys and save equally hot girls from the forces of darkness...It's like Buffy, but with guys. Did I mention obnoxiously hot?)
Heather K
Apr 09, 2015 Heather K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. Well since i watched all 10 seasons of the show supernatural, so i recognized alot in this book. My favorite chapter was one the 'The Yellow-Eyed Demon'. The yellow-eyed demon is the thing that killed Dean and Sams mother, when she was pinned the ceiling than burned, right on top of Sams crib with him in it. There was this one gun with thirteen magic bullets made by Samuel Colt, that gun could kill anything, so they used it to kill the yellow-eyed demon, and now they ca ...more
Juliet Davis
May 26, 2014 Juliet Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The tie-ins to the show were fun. I am a fan of the show and this novel. It is set up like an encyclopedia format. A fun book to read with fascinating descriptions of many creatures, demons, monsters, etc. It was light reading.

The perpetually changing point of view was distracting and hard to follow. The reader could guess which brother was talking in each section. Although a third possibility existed in some parts for an omniscient narrator. This facet was badly written, bu
Bob Cantrell
Dec 21, 2015 Bob Cantrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great companion to the series

I have read several like this one and found this one to be a great source on Supernatural. Easy reading with a touch of humor thrown in. As I read I could just imagine hearing Sam and Dean Winchester giving voice to the reading. To say I am an fan of Supernatural is an understatement. But that did not influence my review, because I read the whole thing including both appendices in this book. The appendices were the toughest part to read as they were lists of all ki
Jul 14, 2010 Jediraven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of boring. Most stuff in there is already in John Winchester's journal. But I loved it.
Apr 27, 2009 Oceana2602 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SPN fans, especially fanfic writers
To be honest (and you wouldn't believe how much it pains me to say this), I was a bit disappointed by this book.

First of all, the writing style didn't work for me at all. The book is written like a "How-to" from the Winchester boys, and nothing about it convinced me, starting from the ever-annoying "we" to the whole idea that the Winchesters would tell someone in such a fashion about the monsters they encountered. I picture Sam and Dean sitting in their motel room at the evening writing "we did
Nov 16, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This was the first Supernatural(tv show) related book I had ever read, having purchased it with another book based on the show, Supernatural: Bone Key(novel). It did take me a while to actually pick this one up, simply because I'd rather spend my time watching the show, even if I've seen the episode a million times, than reading about it. Only after my brothers persistence on how important it was I read it to understand the creatures featured in the show, did I actually pick it up. For me, it wa ...more
Ariyana Spencer
Dec 10, 2011 Ariyana Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice fictional/folklore reference book for fans of monsters, legends, and the TV show Supernatural. I much preferred this book to the similar John Winchester's Journal (in fact, quite a bit of the journal is quoted in this book), mainly because it was an actual reference guide, divided into sections according to the type of baddie. It's not very extensive (considering it's written early into the tv series), but it's a fun tie-in that would probably also interest people who only vaguely know wh ...more
Ellissa Eichinger
Aug 21, 2015 Ellissa Eichinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a very different book than what you would expect. There is a bunch of information on all the things that go bump in the night, and it's all in cannon. The only problem with this book is that it seems, to me, very unlikely that Sam or Dean would write a how-to guide like this. First, they don't have the time. Second, who would the give it to? All of their friends are hunters except for Jody Mills, and she just calls them or another hunter when she needs something. This is a great book for l ...more
Jan 11, 2010 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the TV series
A fluff read for fans of the TV series Supernatural, this book manages to range from vaguely interesting to outright pointless. A "manual" of monsters battled by the series' heroes, the Winchester brothers, and ostensibly written by them, it covers a lot of familiar ground for fans, and is a give-it-a-miss for non-fans. Still, there are parts that quickly bring to mind favorite episodes. Very little insight, however, which is disappointing - there's not much to the descriptions that couldn't be ...more
Rylie Dougherty
Feb 07, 2013 Rylie Dougherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know people were disappointed in this book, and I guess I an understand why, but I absolutely loved it. There were certain points web the writing perspective confused me, but other than that this book was heaven for me.

I'm in love with the lore that surrounds the show, so getting this as a gift was amazing. I wish that they had gone further into the seasons, but I can't complain about the information. I was so happy to see it tie in different cultures and other versions that can be found.

Sep 22, 2014 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. Not very interesting companion book to TV's Supernatural. Don't bother - there are better books out there to satiate your curiosity about the baddies Dean and Sam battle.
Jan 02, 2008 J-Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the CW show Supernatural
This is a great addition to the Supernatural books. I wish it was not written from the point of view of the Winchester brothers and followed more of a fake textbook format (would Dean really say "Anywho"?), but the glimpses at John Winchester's journal and stories from other hunters makes it compelling.

But, the non-fiction passages about demon and ghost sightings ranging from Rome, Greece and ancient Sumaria all the way up to Native America and modern Europe, are what kept me reading. The author
Marion Norrgård
Very intresting, I love the series so this was a really good adding to it. Very intrested in checking out and grow the herbs they mention as well.
This book was kind of boring. Read most of the information in another book that was written as a Supernatural journal.
Eleni Alexs
I'm a BIG fan of Supernatural TV series and when I saw this book couldn't resist. I didn't like that it was written from Sam and Dean POV, it was strange. I could imagine Sam writting a book but Dean....?
But I read this book because I wanted to learn more things about spirits, ghosts, demons and other supernatural stuff they hunt, so I'm grateful that it enlighten me!!

Also, I liked the cover which has some familiar scenes from the firsts seasons of series.

So, if you like the show and you want t
Patricia Puckett
Sep 17, 2011 Patricia Puckett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written early into the seasons of Supernatural, and is written as if Sam and Dean wrote it themselves. That gives it a very interesting slant on what it contains, and it also mentions monsters that the boys have not faced--and if I'm not mistaken, it fabricates some of the encounters that Sam and Dean references in the book. The lists at the end are very interesting. All in all, however, it is simple just an encyclopedia of myths with a Supernatural twist on it. Interesting read, b ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Chrissy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Covering a fair deal of the monsters up until mid season two Irvine attempt to let Dean and Sam share their hunting knowledge with their readers. The attempt is not all that successful. Writing as the brothers Irvine often forgets which one he is speaking as, and switches personas without notice on a sentence by sentence basis... sometime he forgets he is writing as the brothers at all and switches blindly into third person.
Also if you have read Irvine's "John Winchester's Journal" you can skip
Dec 26, 2015 Mariginny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, books-i-own
Although i am a big fan of supernatural, this book was not my favorite. Since it had no plot or story, reading it was quite the challenge since the book is mostly informative. It would've been a great idea to read each chapter regarding each monster with the related episode of the TV show. I do enjoy, however, the fact that now i have a source of information for any of the monsters and spirits and all of the supernatural creatures. Maybe someday I'll read parts of it again just if i forget any o ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Fun book for a supernatural fan.
Megan Ryan
Apr 14, 2014 Megan Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best go-to book of the Supernatural!!
Lizabeth Tucker
This book is a look at the creatures behind the stories shown on the series. Unfortunately I found this book to be a tad slow, although the premise was very well thought out. It is written as if Dean (and sometimes Sam) are writing a guidebook to help other hunters, using information from their father's notebooks.

It probably serves better as a fanfiction guide than anything else, going into some detail about the various types of creatures that Sam and Dean and John and Bobby have run into over t
Mars Montufar
Dec 30, 2014 Mars Montufar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a most-love book!!
Tyler Mickelson
May 07, 2012 Tyler Mickelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I was surprised at the difficulty I had getting through this book, I blew right through Irvine's previous supernatural book in a few days. Granted this book dives deeper in to the mythology behind all the lore in supernatural so it read more like a dictionary. I also felt that at times Irvine was trying to right the book in the tone of either Sam or Dean, but it was apparent enough for me to actually figure it out. All in all a good read for Supernatural fans!
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Alexander C. Irvine is an American fantasist and science fiction writer. Many of his works have appeared under the simple moniker "Alex Irvine." He first gained attention with his novel A Scattering of Jades and the stories that would form the collection Unintended Consequences. He has also published the Grail quest novel One King, One Soldier, and the World War II-era historical fantasy The Narro ...more
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