Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal

Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal

by Alex Irvine

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

Sam and Dean Winchester take up the reins of their father's quest to hunt down the demon who killed their mother. Lucky for them, John recorded the secrets of his dark crusade in his one-of-a-kind journal filled with hard-won knowledge of monster hunting and preternatural dealings—a tome revealing the heart of a man haunted by guilt after the death of Sam and Dean's mother . . . and a story that ends abruptly at John's own disappearance. Without the diary, Sam and Dean would have been lost during their adventures on the CW's Supernatural—and now, with the journal itself in your hands, you too can delve into the eldritch world of monsters, ghost, spirits and ghouls alongside television's hottest demon hunters.

An opus of hidden knowledge, John Winchester's Journal is a must-have addition to any Supernatural fan's occult library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073198
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Series: Supernatural (Television Show) Series
Edition description: Media Tie-In
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 77,231
Product dimensions: 4.86(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.59(d)

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John Winchester's Journal

Chapter One


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?

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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John Winchester's Journal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
VampWolf More than 1 year ago
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!
Amber Harris More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Ginnyca More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome was betrer than exspected
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No its not Robert Downing Jr. Its Jeffrey Dean Morgan ya idjit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Driver picks the music and shotgun shuts his cake hole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! A must read for supernatural fans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love supernatural and when I saw this I HAD to get it
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sloppy tie-in--John Winchester's not much of a writer, and there are fragments of mystical texts and lists of supernatural creatures interspersed throughout, along with his yearly ruminations on his anniversary, the boys' birthdays, and the date of Mary's death. Even with all the angst, I got no sense of his character, and I thought some of the information was inconsistent with what we've seen (e.g., John sending Dean on extended solo hunts before Sam left, which seems to contradict the Pilot; information in the journal that one would think Dean and Sam would have read long before they figured stuff out on the show). Oh well.
MeganAngela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift for my birthday a few years back from a relative who knows that I LOVE Supernatural. So it saddens me to have to say that this tie-in is, to be frank, pretty bad. I had high hopes for it. I mean, who wouldn't want to read all the knowledge and secrets written in Papa Winchester's journal?The journal is full of John's entries detailing hunts, special occasions with Sam and Dean, and remembrances of Mary. It is also chock full of his "notes" on all things supernatural and demonic. The problem with this journal is that the true focus is John's notes, which are extremely dry and boring to read. I found myself skipping over many of them and only read the ones that pertained to baddies from the show. Other entries are written in latin, so, in essence, they are unreadable for those who have no grasp of the language. The entries that relate to John's thoughts, feelings and experiences bring very little to his character or those of Sam and Dean. We don't really learn anything that we didn't already know. Instead, John comes across as more of a jerk than he does on the show.In the end, I was hoping for something that would really give us fans more insight into the characters, and even more background on their past. I was also hoping for folklore passages that weren't a chore to read through. This is just a tie-in journal for fans and not an actual resource after all. I can definitely see super fans of the show being willing to slog through the journal, but anyone who hasn't seen the show would probably not find anything redeeming about it. Two stars.
avhacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
eh i liked this at forst but then it was just the same thing on and on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done, very good for fans of SPN!
TheWinchesters67 More than 1 year ago
What are the symbol languages in this book? Are they fake???
NookgirlLW More than 1 year ago
It's refreshing to read the Dad's point of view of the Monster Hunter Guide. He's really a loving father and skilled Hunter all rolled into one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wrap my arms around your neck and and pull you close. I make out with you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I SHIP IT!!!!!!!!!!
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*walks in* hey anybody here?
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Man, I cried. Love Supernatural and this is perfect for anyone who is a big fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me and my older brother watch the supernatural series and right now we're on season 5 we just barely got to that season. Me and him are like addicts we're planning on watching the ENTIRE SERIES pizza and popcorn on me ....:) JK ALSO LOOKIN FOR SOMEONE TO CHAT WITH
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for light reading. I love the series and two bucks to enjoy something from that series wasn't a problem for me.