Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Supernatural Book

For those of you out of the loop, Supernatural is a television show on the CW network that is now in its fourth season. It is in many ways a descendant of The X-Files, but one that incorporates a heavier dose of horror while tying its mythology not to governmental conspiracies but to the supernatural battle of good versus evil. A new book that explores the world of Supernatural is about to be released, to which I was privileged to contribute. You can see an image of the book cover below and then the text that will appear on the back cover beneath that. If you have any interest in Supernatural or in the creative analysis of popular culture, you should check it out. I may provide a more detailed review of its contents when I have a chance to read more of it than my own chapter.

“[Supernatural has] the smartest, most passionate, most intelligent fans
of any show on television.”

―Eric Kripke, creator of Supernatural

Supernatural is more than a show about fighting demons. It’s about more than a cool car, a kick-ass soundtrack and hot guys with guns. Supernatural is about family and sacrifice and heroism—about good and evil and the choices you make to stay in the hunt.

You know there’s more to this show than meets the eye.

So do we.

• Professor Gregory Stevenson considers the true meaning of horror and what Supernatural’s characters have to say about the human (and demonic) potential in all of us
• Super-Wiki team member Jules Wilkinson gives Dean’s ’67 Chevy Impala her due
• Television Without Pity’s Jacob Clifton looks at the feminine in Supernatural’s world of shotguns, muscle cars and masculine bravado (it’s more influential, and more pervasive, than you think)
• Supernatural RPG writer Jamie Chambers outlines demon-hunting on the cheap—and what it has to do with Supernatural’s appeal
• Contemporary fantasy author Tanya Huff delves into the psychology of John Winchester
• Fan Sheryl A. Rakowski (one of the three winners of the Supernatural.tv/Smart Pop Supernatural Essay Contest) shows how the boys’ biggest weakness—their need for each other—is also the biggest strength they possess, no matter what the Trickster says
• And writer Shanna Swendson mines the sources of Supernatural’s monsters, from folktales to urban legends, and deems Dean and Sam our modern-day keepers of the lore


At 11:26 PM, Blogger Grand Sophy said...

I'm very much looking forward to some fascinating insights into the world of "Supernatural", and hope you do review it at a later date.

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Dr. Stevenson.

My name is Amanda Hauck. You will find my name listed in the back of this book as one of the contest finalists. Your essay struck me because it is very, VERY similar to the one I submitted! I would love to send it to you and get your feedback. Please email me at hauck2@tcnj.edu


At 5:33 PM, Blogger Cayla Kluver said...

Hi Dr. Stevenson,

As a huge fan of Supernatural, I snapped up this book right away, and just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your essay, and will be sure to keep track of your musings here in the future. Congratulations on a job well done!

Cayla Kluver

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Greg said...

By the way, Cayla, I checked out your website and congratulations on your book!

At 12:44 AM, Blogger Cayla Kluver said...

Thanks so much! It's been really exciting, eye-opening, and over all the best experience of my life. And by the by... Joss Whedon is my hero. ;)


At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professor Stevenson:

Thought I would let you know how much I enjoy your blogs. I am not really good at trying to put my thoughts down on a particular posting, I must say that reading all the different material is almost like taking a course that you are teaching! Thank you!


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