Supernatural: Nevermore

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Supernatural: Nevermore by Keith R. A. DeCandido, Keith R. Candido

Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America...and he taught them how to kill it.

Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker's haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an '80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that's bizarre even by New York City standards, it's the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe's horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don't rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore.

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ISBN-13: 9780061370908
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Series: Supernatural (Television Show) Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 56,709
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.84(d)

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Supernatural: Nevermore

Chapter One

Fordham University
The Bronx, New York
Sunday 12 November 2006

A chill November breeze blew John Soeder's hair into his face, Mother Nature's reminder to get a haircut in the absence of his actual mother being around to nag him about it. She was back in Ohio where it was safe, and also ten degrees colder than it was here in the Bronx. If Emily Soeder could see her son's shaggy mop of brown hair, she'd make that clicking noise she always made and offer to call to make the haircutting appointment herself.

John loved attending Fordham University for about a thousand reasons, but its considerable distance from his mother numbered high on that list.

He and his roommate, Kevin Bayer, were heading back to their off-campus apartment after a long day in the print shop in the basement of the McKinley Center. They were the coeditors of Fordham's alternative paper and had spent most of the day putting the latest biweekly issue to bed. The files had been e-mailed to the printer, and they would have the issues by Tuesday morning. That was critical, as they had to get it out before The Ram, Fordham's stodgy official student newspaper, especially because of the exclusive they got from the dean.

They were walking quickly through the campus, heading toward the exit at Belmont Avenue by Faculty Memorial Hall. From there it was only a few blocks to their battered, cluttered, tiny—but blissfully cheap—apartment on Cambreleng Avenue.

Once they hit the exit, John brushed his hair out of his face and said, "C'mon, let's motor. I wanna get home and change for theparty."

"What party?"

"Amy's party, remember?"

Kevin winced. "I got an eight-thirty class tomorrow morning, dude, I can't." Shrugging, John said, "Blow it off."

"No way. Dr. Mendez'll have my ass. Seriously, she takes attendance. I already missed three classes 'cause' a production weekends, I can't miss another one."

They had come to the corner of Belmont Avenue and Fordham Road, and had to wait for the light—the traffic was sufficiently heavy, even this late on a Sunday, so they couldn't cross against the light. Prior to senior year, John had lived in the on-campus dorms, which were part of the lush greenery that characterized Fordham's campus, an oasis of academe in the midst of the largest city in the world. Well, not the midst—the Bronx was the northernmost part of New York City, just above Manhattan and Queens, and the only part of the city attached to the mainland. Before visiting Fordham during his senior year of high school, John had always assumed New York to be Manhattan. He had no idea of the outer boroughs, and was thrilled to find himself in a neighborhood that by itself was a more exciting city than Cleveland ever could be.

The transition still messed with his head a little, though. Fordham's campus was all trees and grass and a mix of old and new buildings—some dating back to the university's founding in the nineteenth century, others late twentieth-century additions—and wouldn't have been out of place in a sleepy town somewhere in New England.

But then you stepped through the wrought-iron gates and were hit with a cacophony of cars and buses zipping down Fordham Road—or crawling if it was rush hour—pedestrians, gas stations, fast-food joints, car repair shops, and people. The neighborhood was a mix of Italians who had come in the early twentieth century, Latinos who came in the 1960s, and Albanians who came in the 1980s. Just down the street in one direction was Sears, Fordham Plaza, and the Metro North train; the other way, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Bronx Zoo, and the Botanical Gardens. The "Little Italy" neighborhood still thrived, filled with delis, wine stores, restaurants, bakeries, pasta shops, and the occasional street fair, and John had gained five pounds that semester just by moving closer to a source of canolis.

Of course, on a late Sunday night, there were almost no people on the street, just the cars.

The light changed, and Kevin and John ran across the street, since it was already blinking with the red hand indicating Don't Walk before they made it halfway.

"Why'd you take a Monday morning class anyhow?" John asked. "You knew you'd be up late most Sundays."

"It was the only medieval lit class I could take. Only other one was opposite the Shakespeare seminar, and that's a two-parter that I gotta take part two of next semester."

They turned to walk up Fordham to Cambreleng. "And you're not taking a medieval lit class next semester, why, exactly?"

" 'Cause Dr. Mendez'll be on sabbatical, and that means Father O'Sullivan."

John, who was a history major and therefore had no clue about the English department, scratched his chin—he needed a shave, something else his mother'd be on his ass about were she here—said, "Yeah, and . . . ?"

Kevin's eyes got wide. "Father O'Sullivan's had tenure since, like, the Dark Ages."

"Middle Ages."


"It wasn't the Dark Ages," John said defensively. "They don't call it that anymore, it's called—"

"Dude, the Roman Empire had indoor plumbing. The Holy Roman Empire peed out their windows. It was the Dark Ages."

John gritted his teeth and was about to respond, but Kevin got back to his original topic: "Father O'Sullivan got tenure in, I swear to God, 1946."

They turned onto Cambreleng. "Dude, my father was born in 1946."

"My point. The man's a freakin' fossil. No way am I taking a class with him."

"Whatever." John didn't really care all that much. "You should still come to the party."

"No way, I need my beauty rest."

John grinned. "Ain't enough sleep in the world to make that happen."

"Bite me entirely, dude."

Another breeze gusted, and John had to push the hair out of his face again. The farther they got from Fordham Road, the quieter it became, as Cambreleng was entirely residential. . . .

Supernatural: Nevermore. Copyright © by Keith DeCandido. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just discovered the Supernatural books. I have seen all but the 7th season of the TV shows and love them. This book stayed true to the style of the show and had a great storyline. While reading it I could easily picture the people and hear their voices making this a fun and easy read. Recommend to all Supernatural fans. Now off to find another book in the series to see if it will hold it's own as well.
etsonia More than 1 year ago
Written primarily for fans of the television series Supernatural, it takes the characters to Key West to assist a former acquaintance with a ghost problem. An interesting couple of murderous demons and vengeful Indian spirits quickly complicate what was supposed to be a simple case and things quickly get out of control with Sam and Dean stuck in the middle. This book, like it's predecessors, "Nevermore" (by the same author) and "Witch's Canyon," is an easy read along the lines of a well written fanfic (for those who don't know: stories written about the series by fans of the series - vary greatly in quality). It may also appeal to anyone interested in the supernatural on a superficial level. Descriptions of Key West are pretty much the way I remember from a much less eventful visit years ago. I'd give it a 2-4 rating for fans(depending on how picky they are) and a 3 for any other casual reader with a few free hours to spend.
Russ311 More than 1 year ago
Or perhaps the lack-there-of. If your looking to get your supernatural fix on that way too long, 167 hours wait for the next episode to air, then it might be worth the read. Maybe post season when I've lasted a whole month without seeing a single new episode, maybe then I might actually finish the Bone Key. I could only bare to get through chapter nine when I decided to just gave up. Most of you have noticed that each show has some what of a formula... Something happens to people we don't know and Dean and Sam stumble upon it and kick ass. Well if you want to read this book than embrace yourself, you get to read the beginning of 20 episodes. This author jumps around each chapter when he shouldn't. He and everyone knows that whoever wants to read these books is obviously obsessed with Dean, or maybe Sam. So maybe he should format his story more like the show and show 90% of Dean and Sam and not 60%. Give the people what they want Mr. DeCandido. My biggest pet-peeve with this book, more likely the author, is that he has his special words that make him feel like more of a writer. For example the word "emblazoned" which he uses subtly to describe what is posted on a phone or a t-shirt on three occasions to add a dramatic flare. And the word "lanky" he uses on more than one occasion to describe Sam's figure. Like anyone reading the books needs to have Sam's figure described to them. Sam sat his "lanky" body in the car... Sam walked his "lanky" frame up the stairs. Come on, I wanna slap this frickin guy. All in all this author just irritates me. If I had to bet on the career this man had before he wrote this book, I would bet that he is the same guy that puts in cheesy product placement in movies and television shows. Or maybe he wrote the dialogue for every part Keanu Reeve has had in his career, "Whoa, Excellent". I'm not takin shot a at Keanu, I love his work. Anyway, enough senseless rambling. Read the book if you can stand it. I would be ashamed to collect any revenue off of writing this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I am a huge supernatural fan and have seen every single episode. This book delves more into the relationship of the Winchester brothers and describes in more detail of how they operate when hunting. Kripke allows you to get a better connection to the characters more than the 60 min show allows due to time restraints. I also love how the author made a little nod to Lutinent Karren Murphy from The Dresden Files!!!! Hopefully these worlds might cross paths in the future. I absolutely recommend this book. It is a must read for all Supernatural fans and fans of the fantasy/horror/mystery/drama genres..... basically just read it.
Fabiusblues More than 1 year ago
I personally love all of the Supernatural books. The writers have not dissapointed any of their readers so far. If you enjoy this book you may also like the CW TV show Supernatural that is on Thursday nights. Unfortunately the series is coming to an end but I don't think you will be dissapointed picking up from here. It has a fantastic mythology story base line. The books relating to the television series is awsome. It gives you a chance to actually feel what the characters are feeling and thinking. Me personally can relate to the characters better from reading the books too. Unfortunately the only problem is that there are few books published, but the ones that are published I feel you will enjoy.
Alison12 More than 1 year ago
I'm a die hard Supernatural fan and this book was just like I was watching an episode! I do have to say the ending was...well it was just CRAZY, and I mean that in a bad way. The ending doesn't even fit with the book at all. Anyway besides the end it was an awesome book! Sam and Dean's personalities were right on the money, the plot was very good, and there was their brotherly humor in it. This is one of those books that I couldn't put down! I recomend this book to anyone!!
geminiguy70 More than 1 year ago
Huge fan of the show but not this book! The writting is beyond bad!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was GREAT. It stuck to the show and the characters Sam And Dean Winchester. And I can't wait till this author's 2nd Supernatural book: Bone Key!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book i found to be amazingly mysterious. i love the story line and how all the characters were made to be in the story. i felt like i was there with how descriptive the book was. it had just enough mystery behind it to make it good without being unsolvable. i would like to read all the other books in this series just based on this book because it seems very interesting to me. it makes it just like the show and i think that is a great accomplishment. and i reccomend this book to everybody who love the series on tv.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written, and kept entirely in character with what you would see of the boys on the show. I absolutley loved it, and could see everything happening as if it were on the show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, read all day didn't notice the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty true to the characters, fun adventure, and a couple of laughs. Nice.
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This is such a good start. I am already hooked!!
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Got better towards the end.
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Probably my fave of the series
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