Series: Supernatural #1
Published by HarperCollins on July 31st 2007
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Science Fiction, TV Tie-In
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.Amazon •
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.
What would a “Supernatural” October be without reviewing at least one of the Supernatural TV show tie-ins? I’m a big fan of the Doctor Who novels, but I’ve never tried the Supernatural novels until now. The best part about tie-in novels is that they’re written by different authors, so just because you don’t like one doesn’t mean you wouldn’t like another.
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Language, Mild Sexual Content
The one rule I always like to follow when reading a TV tie in is to remember that it is a TIE IN. That means expecting whoever is reading the book already knows the characters and backstories, therefore does not have to be bombarded with the uselessness of Sam and Dean’s story. Yes, we know they’re hunters. We know Dean’s favorite music. We know about their mother and yadda yadda; a tie in book really does not need to explain these simple things.
Getting over that bit, the book doesn’t start off all that bad. It starts off what fans expect of the first five minutes of an episode with two college boys walking home talking about a party, which goes well and gets interesting.
What falls completely apart is Sam and Dean. As they make their way through New York to help Ash’s friend with a ghost problem and check out the recent strange murders, the author writes pages and pages describing the Bronx and names of streets signs and how poor Dean is lost in the big bad city. Let’s face it, Dean never gets lost, and he hardly ever willingly gives the keys to Baby to Sam. Letting Sam drive through the entire book? Absolutely not.
Dean kept calling Sam “Sammich”. Why did Dean call Sam “Sammich”? There was none of the usual brotherly love and banter that makes Supernatural. The characters were flat and really just not anything like they should be.
The jobs they had ended up being lousy. I do have to give some credit for the thought of murders based off of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories, but there was nothing substantial to that storyline or the ghost. There wasn’t nearly enough salt and burn times in it for me and I had a hard time truly believing it’s part of the Supernatural verse.