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The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls [NOOK Book]

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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 compilation of all of Sam and Dean's demon-busting knowledge, The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons,...

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Overview

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 compilation of all of Sam and Dean's demon-busting knowledge, The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls contains illustrations and detailed descriptions that catalogue the more than two dozen otherworldly enemies that most people believe exist only in folklore, superstition, and nightmares:vampires, ghosts, revenants, reapers, and even bloody clowns. You'll find within these pages Sam and Dean's notes, observations, and memories interwoven with sections of John Winchester's invaluable journal, making this book the perfect companion to every thrilling episode—and an essential weapon in the secret war against the hidden creatures of the darkness!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061877216
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Supernatural (Television Show) Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 31,796
  • File size: 3 MB

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

Chapter One

Spirits come in all kinds, and they can be provoked to stay in the world of the living by any kind of emotion: love or hate, sadness or confusion. Dad quotes the English demonologist Ebenezer Sibly in his journals:

In the world of spirits is always a very great number of them, as being the first sort of all, in order to their examination and preparation; but there is no fixed time for their stay; for some are translated to heaven and others confined to hell soon after their arrival; whilst some continue there for weeks, and others for several years.

Almost always, a spirit is tied to a material object. More often than not, that material object is the spirit's own remains. We spend a lot of time digging up bones. But we've also worked jobs where the spirit was residing in jewelry, dolls, picture frames, you name it. In a nutshell, here's what we've learned:

Anything can be haunted.

After death, some spirits don't want to go. They think their work on earth isn't done, or they feel they have to right some wrong or avenge some injustice. So they don't go. They hang around the material world, unable to touch anything or talk to anyone, and their only company is other spirits as lost and confused as they are. It doesn't take Dr. Phil to figure out that eventually all of that feeling is going to turn bad.

When it does, you've got a spirit that might be evil, or might be angry, or might just be lashing out from pure anguish. Whatever the reasons, these spirits tend to be fatal to the people who get in theirway, and it's our job to see them back on their path to the afterlife.

Dispelling a spirit is pretty straightforward, even though it's not always easy. You find the remains, or the object the spirit is using as a focus to stay active in the human world. When you've found it, you salt it and burn it. End of spirit. Maybe it lacks a little finesse, but it gets the job done. Sometimes you can even get away with just giving the body a proper burial. That works if the spirit hasn't had time to go crazy in the limbo between this world and the next. And if it turns out to be a death omen—well, they're satisfied just to be noticed.

Here's an old story, maybe one of the oldest, about a spirit like that. It's one of Dad's favorites—well, was one of Dad's favorites. It's maybe the prototype haunted-house story.

The "Supernatural" Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls. 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 February 25, 2010

    Good information for anyone wanting to go further into the monsters.

    This book was good if your just looking for information on the baddies that the Winchesters hunt on Supernatural. However, it's writing was slightly confusing. It supposed to be written from both brother's perspectives, but the wording flips between second and third person. It uses "we" alot but every story also includes both boy's names often. It would have worked much better if each story was written by one of the boy's, describing the hunt in their own words and in all second person. I do like however that some parts of the stories seem to use Sam's more book smart descriptions and other stories include Dean's smart-aleck comments.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    I Appreciated it

    Since I'm a big fan of the show, and I'm interested in the Supernatural, this book was a good tag-along while watching the show. Those who don't watch the show or have no interest in mythology might not enjoy it as much as I did, but it is still very informative. It describes aspects of monsters, and things to look out for. It also tells you how to kill them. This book is great for those with a greay imagination.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Good reference

    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, but everything else was good.

    I recommend this book to fans of the show and the supernatural. It was interesting and enjoyable. Only the pov was an issue.

    -AvidReader

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