Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal

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Sam and Dean Winchester know all the secrets their father recorded in his journal. Now you can, too.

On November 2, 1983, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. In the wake of the tragedy, their father, John, set out to learn everything he could about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . . . and how to kill it. In his personal journal, he not only compiled folklore, legend, and superstition ...

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Overview

Sam and Dean Winchester know all the secrets their father recorded in his journal. Now you can, too.

On November 2, 1983, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. In the wake of the tragedy, their father, John, set out to learn everything he could about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . . . and how to kill it. In his personal journal, he not only compiled folklore, legend, and superstition about all manner of otherworldly enemies but he also recorded his experiences—hunting the creature that killed his wife even as he raised his two sons.

Part prequel, part resource guide, John Winchester's Journal finally gives fans the ultimate companion book for Supernatural. It's all here: the exorcism Sam and Dean used in "Phantom Traveler," John's notes on everything from shape-shifters to Samuel Colt, Dean's first hunt, Sam's peewee soccer team . . . and John's single-minded pursuit of a growing and deadly evil.

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In this purported diary, demon hunter John Winchester chronicles his exploits and the results of his research from the time of his wife's murder in 1953 to his journey's end-and the beginning of his sons' quest-in 2005. This media tie-in to the popular SupernaturalTV series provides background information, additional material, and connective tales that will appeal to the series' many fans.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061706622
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Series: Supernatural (Television Show) Series
  • Edition description: Media Tie-In
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 302,248
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Supernatural
John Winchester's Journal

Chapter One

1983

November 16:

I went to Missouri, and learned the truth. And from her, I met Fletcher Gable, who gave me this book and said: "Write everything down." That's what Fletcher told me, like this new life is a school and I'll flunk out if I don't have good notes. Only if I flunk out of this school, I'll be dead. And the boys will be orphans. So I'm going to go back to where this started.

Two weeks ago, my wife was murdered. I watched her die, pinned to the ceiling of Sammy's room, blood dripping onto his cradle until she burst into flames—looking at me as she died. The week before that, we were a normal family . . . eating dinner, going to Dean's T-ball game, buying toys for baby Sammy. But in an instant, it all changed . . . When I try to think back, get it straight in my head . . . I feel like I'm going crazy. Like someone ripped both my arms off, plucked my eyes out . . . I'm wandering around, alone and lost, and I can't do anything.

Mary used to write books like this one. She said it helped her remember all the little things, about the boys, me . . . I wish I could read her journals, but like everything else, they're gone. Burned into nothing. She always wanted me to try writing things down. Maybe she was right, maybe it will help me to remember, to understand. Fletcher seems to think so.

Nothing makes any sense anymore . . . My wife is gone, my sons are without their mother . . . the things I saw that night, I remember hearing Mary scream, and I ran, but then . . . everything was calm, just for a second—Sammy was fine—andI was sure I had been hearing things—too many horror movies too late at night. But then there was the blood, and when I looked up, my wife . . .

Half our house is gone, even though the fire burned for only a few hours. Most of our clothes and photos are ruined, even our safe—the safe with Mary's old diaries, the passbooks for the boys' college accounts, what little jewelry we had . . . all gone. How could my house, my whole life, go up like that, so fast, so hot? How could my wife just burn up and disappear?

I want my wife back. Oh God, I want her back.

I thought at first that we would stay. Mike and Kate helped me take care of the boys at first, and Julie's been great too, but I tried to tell them—tell Mike—what I think happened that night. He just looked at me, this look . . . like he's sure I'm crazy. He must have told Kate something too. Out of nowhere she said the next morning, I should think about seeing a shrink. How can I talk to a stranger about this? I never saw a shrink for everything I went through in the Marines, and I got through that. My friends think I'm going insane. Who knows, maybe I am . . .

The police quit on the case as soon as they couldn't pin it on me. They don't care that she was on the ceiling, they don't care about the blood on her stomach or about any of the things I've seen since then. They want a tidy answer. Doesn't matter to them whether it's the right one. The last time I talked to them, a week after she died, they asked me the same questions they asked me the night of the fire. Where was I? How was my relationship with Mary in the weeks prior to the fire? Any problems with the boys? I can tell where they're going.

Mary's uncle Jacob had a funeral for her in Illinois, where she was from. I didn't go. Why? There was nothing to bury, and I don't think I could have listened to what anyone there would have said. I've been drinking too much, trailing off in the middle of sentences. I hear things at night while I sit in Sam and Dean's room. Everything lately feels like those instances when you remember a dream a few days after you had it, but then you can't remember if it was a dream or if it actually happened. I keep going over that night in my head . . . why did I ever get out of bed? I left my wife by herself to go watch TV, and she died. I'm so sorry, Mary.

Dean still hardly talks. I try to make small talk, or ask him if he wants to throw the baseball around. Anything to make him feel like a normal kid again. He never budges from my side—or from his brother. Every morning when I wake up, Dean is inside the crib, arms wrapped around baby Sam. Like he's trying to protect him from whatever is out there in the night.

Sammy cries a lot, wanting his mom. I don't know how to stop it, and part of me doesn't want to. It breaks my heart to think that soon he won't remember her at all. I can't let her memory die.

Woke up yesterday morning with a nasty hangover . . . Wasn't in the mood to do much of anything, much less have a heart-to-heart with Mike, who jumped on me the second I walked into the kitchen. I guess that's his right, since it was his house. He was going on about how I have to get myself together, for the boys . . . but he seemed more concerned about the garage than anything else. Accusing me of phoning it in, you've barely been in to work . . . No kidding I've barely been in to work . . . My wife is dead, something horrible happened to her, maybe my boys are at risk too . . . how can I forget about all that and go to work, for God's sake?

Supernatural
John Winchester's Journal
. Copyright © by Alex Irvine. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Not the John Winchester I know

    I'll just be blunt: I didn't like this.


    The one fantastic thing about it is the "source" material for the demons, rituals, supernatural things that John writes about. That's pretty interesting.


    John's part of the journal? It sucks. This is the biggest character assassination of him yet. Lately it seems fans of the show are supposed to go from believing he was a strong, brave, driven man to a weak, whining, shell of a human that couldn't do anything but run from his past.


    His parts of the journal can be summarized in a few words: Mary's still dead, he and the boys are moving yet one more time, and that he is unable to get a grip on anything in his world.


    There is no strength of character as portrayed in the show. Instead, he's whining and weak. There's no sense of him being any kind of father. Instead, he focuses almost solely on whining about how what he can't do for them. There's no cool, collected stregnth as a hunter either. Instead, he constantly says how he doesn't believe in demons.


    What?


    There is no mythology explained, no how the hunters were formed, how they communicate, are they even a group? He says he kills some of them. Why? How? Where? What for? We never find out. A bunch more die. Why? How? Where? From what? We don't know!


    And if you think it's going to give you any more information on the Yellow-Eyed Demon that killed Mary and started all of this? WRONG. Because, remember, John doesn't believe in demons. YED is mentioned once as the launch from the journal to the show.


    The book almost totally ignores Dean. It makes him into this non-entity. This machine that means nothing more to John than Sam's bodyguard. He obsesses on Sam, which makes me believe the book was only written to further Sam's storyline, his mythology, for this last season (4).


    I felt like the writer only had one goal in mind - to butcher the character of John Winchester. They've been doing it on the show, too, and I don't like either of that.


    The journal is a wasted opportunity.


    We could have gotten some backstory about how John felt about Mary being a hunter. Did he believe in what she did? What about her being a hunter with kids? Did she stop? How did they stay safe for all of that time?


    Who did John trust within the community? Had this happened to anyone else with a family? What was his goal besides the droning "I'll find who did this to you, Mary!" Why didn't he go all out to find out why Sam was "special"? Why wasn't more of the focus on YED?


    I couldn't have been more disappointed if John had found out the kids weren't his. Epic failure.

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    ITS AWESOME

    this book is awesome. it shows the life of john instead of sam and dean. you get to see how marys death affected the whole family prior to the tv series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    Great book, Great show!

    If you're a fan of the show, this has to be a must have! This gives you an inside view of what John Winchester went through. It's moving, it's AMAZING! The things we don't know about the boys and their father is all inside this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Dean

    Driver picks the music and shotgun shuts his cake hole.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    A great background for the series

    This journal was surprisingly well-written, and I would definitely recommend it to a fan of the show. The writer portrayed John's struggles and experiences over the years in a manner that felt very true to Supernatural. I loved the glimpses of what Dean and Sam were like as kids. There are several pages of interludes that involve excerpts from folklore and urban legends. Readers may either love these pages or want to skip them, in which case the book is much shorter than it seems.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Its ok

    Not the best book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is awesome. It shows what John when thur after Mary died. It all tells you things you never knew about John, Sam, and Dean. If you are a Supernatural Fan then you will loves this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Fabulous!!!

    Awesome was betrer than exspected

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    Posted May 9, 2014

    Is that Robert Downing jr.?

    On the cover! Is it?! Respond to me. JM

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    DESTIEL RP ANYONE?

    I li destiel...anyone else?

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    Tervor and co.

    Hey moonlight?

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    To crowley

    Crowley is a dude.

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    Posted November 22, 2013

    Pierce

    Shrugs

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    Posted November 24, 2013

    Rainbow Dash

    *Looks at Arch and tosses him an Ace bandage.* Wrap up that wing. I've had a broken wing before and it is NOT fun.

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    Posted November 24, 2013

    Megan

    Skips in. "Sorry I wasnt on. I got distrcted by volunterring at the animal shelter."

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 20, 2013

    Anna-clire

    Watches for another good angel

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    Posted November 21, 2013

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    Watches

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    *rolls in on her skateboard*

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    Hellu everyone!!

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    Posted November 21, 2013

    Crowley

    She walks in and looks around.

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