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The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls
The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls Book Cover, written by Alex Irvine
The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls Book Cover, written by Alex Irvine
Author(s) Alex Irvine
Publisher It Books (Print)
HarperCollins (eBook)
Publication date September 4, 2007 (Print)
October 13, 2009 (eBook)
Media type Large Format Hardcover
eBook
Length 240 Pages
ISBN 978-0061367038
ASIN B001E70RT2

For other uses of the word Succubus, see Succubus (disambiguation).


The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls is a guide to the Supernatural television series written by Alex Irvine. The book covers many of the myths, legends and events that have occurred within the series in order to build a reference work to it.


Contents

Book Details

  • Title: The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls
  • Author: Alex Irvine
  • Format: Large Format Hardcover & eBook
  • Length: 240 Pages
  • Publisher: It Books (Print)
    HarperCollins (eBook)
  • ASIN: B001E70RT2
  • ISBN-10: 0061367036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061367038
  • Release Date: September 4, 2007 (Print)
    October 13, 2009 (eBook)


Book Synopsis

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!

Book Review

The following review is by Tera, the owner of this website:

There is, in fact, very little about Succubi and Incubi in this book that relates to the Supernatural universe. The entire entry on them is less than one page in length, and more accurately, consists of a single extended paragraph. That information is simply a rehash of some Succubi and Incubi lore followed by some in-universe commentary.

According to some commentators and demonologists, the succubus and incubus were the same demon in two shapes. As a succubus, the demon harvested sperm from its victims, often killing them in the process. Changing shape and becoming male, the demon then passed the sperm along. Since demons couldn’t reproduce on their own, they had to be a little ingenious. Like a lot of other old stories, the succubus one has a noticeable tang of misogyny about it, especially because so many authorities connected succubi to the world’s first femme fatale herself: Lilith. Either Adam’s first wife or some kind of proto-feminist demon or both—in some stories she is said to have left Adam because she didn’t see any reason why they couldn’t swap around their, ahem, standard sexual roles—Lilith has become an archetype of the female demon. [1]

While this does have the sense of being written by the main characters of this television show, it leaves a great deal of information lost about the role of Succubi and Incubi in their universe. Other beings receive far more coverage than this and so if you are interested in other creatures in this universe, it is a good reference for that. Otherwise for those interested in Succubi and incubi, you can skip this work.

Book Review

The following review can be found at the Amazon.com Book Listing in the External Links Below


  • 5.0 out of 5 stars
  • The "Supernatural" Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons and Ghouls
  • Reviewed On: July 21, 2008
  • Reviewed By: Especially For You

This is a unique book and well worth the read, even if you are not a "Supernatural" fan. It is purportedly written by Dean and Sam Winchester, and they, of course, cannot refrain from making smart remarks about one another. This makes the book fun to read, but what makes it truly interesting is the fact that writers didn't make up the stories for the TV series and then publish them in a book; this folklore, myths and legends have been around Man started putting sounds together to make words. As you read this book, you cannot help but wonder where such folklore and legend originated. What did someone see, hear or feel some dark night that lead to such tales as Bloody Mary, the wendigo, werewolves, hellhounds, sthriga, or the thousand other creatures or demons we've read about? I highly recommend this book for its uniqueness and its peek into that dark, frightened corner of the human mind.

References

  1. Page 145 - Partial Summary

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