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

On November 2, 1983, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. In the wake of the tragedy, their father, John, set out to learn everything he could about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . . . and how to kill it. In his personal journal, he not only compiled folklore, legend, and superstition about all manner of otherworldly enemies but he also recorded his experiences—hunting the creature that killed his wife even as he raised his two sons.

Part prequel, part resource guide, John Winchester's Journal finally gives fans the ultimate companion book for Supernatural. It's all here: the exorcism Sam and Dean used in "Phantom Traveler," John's notes on everything from shape-shifters to Samuel Colt, Dean's first hunt, Sam's peewee soccer team . . . and John's single-minded pursuit of a growing and deadly evil.

About the Author

Alex Irvine is the author of seven novels, including The Narrows, A Scattering of Jades, and Batman: Inferno, and two collections of short stories, most recently Pictures from an Expedition. He has also written a Marvel Comics series, Hellstorm: Son of Satan, and online narratives. His fiction, which has been translated into nine languages, has won the Locus, Crawford, and IHG awards and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the World Fantasy Award. In 2005, he was awarded the New England Press Association's top prize for investigative journalism, and that same year was part of a writing team that won a Webby and the International Game Developers Association Innovation award.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Mti edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061706620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061706622
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Native of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Writer of books, comics, games etc. Fan of Detroit sports, any and all soccer. PhD, former professor. Father of three. Resident of Maine. Pets: two dogs, a parrot, a snake. Favorite writers, in no particular order: Cervantes, Borges, Murakami, Dick, Pynchon, Herriman, Chaucer, Kelly. Ask me again tomorrow, the list would be slightly different.

Some favorite books, not written by people on the previous list (but all written by people who might have been on the list on a different day), and again in no particular order: Sarah Canary, Gould's Book of Fish, Geek Love, Midnight's Children, Song of Solomon...

Current projects:

Marvel: Avengers Alliance, a Facebook RPG -- you've always wanted to be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., right? Well, you can if you go to http://apps.facebook.com/avengersalliance

I'm also working on another Marvel game, some things for Blizzard, two novels, a novelization of an upcoming movie, and various shorter pieces and comics. More details as I can reveal them, but trust me, it's some pretty cool stuff.

Customer Reviews

It has a lot of lore information.
Ash
It really appears as though you are reading John Winchester's Journal.
Kris S.
Just a little dry and too much latin.
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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Erana Zeitler on June 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you're a casual fan of Supernatural, if you, say, watch it when it airs once a week and maybe have the DVDs, but have only watched them once or twice - this is a good book for you. It's entertaining, it has some good back-story moments, and it's well written.

If, however, you're a Supernatural-fanatic and have watched the DVDs more times then you can count, read fanfic and the tie-in novels, and were uber-excited to hear about this release because you'd get to read what Dean and Sam have read on the show? You're not going to like it. I knew that within the first two pages - there's just too many inconsistencies. Others have listed them in detail, so I'll just name the first one: Missouri.

It starts off exactly like Dean said it did in "Home": "I went to Missouri and I learned the truth." However, if the author had continued *watching* "Home" he'd know that Dean's next statement was, "I always thought he meant the state." He never knew Missouri was a person. John, however, goes into detail in his journal about their conversation, making it very clear that Missouri's a psychic.

Like I said, though, if you're a casual viewer and don't mind some inconsistencies, you'll probably enjoy this. But don't think you're going to be reading something you can imagine as the *actual* journal of John Winchester - it's not even close.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By drt1970 on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a hardcore Supernatural fan. I wasn't impressed because of this: I have the first three seasons on DVD and I watch them all at least twice a month each. I have sat down with pen and paper and I have made note of every instance from the DVD that mentions something about "dad's journal". I have re-read the book with these notes and have found very little in the book that corresponds with these notes. It's not a bad book at all... just frustrating when you know the show in detail and then they don't match.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Izzy on November 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I thought this book would be better, like the actual Journal from the show. It's not. There are way too many inconsistencies between it and the show. John was never my favorite but after reading this I disliked him even more... It was very disappointing, I wouldn't buy it, check it out from the library if you can which is what I did. Not worth it to spend money on it. Unless you like reading repetitive journal entry's about Mary being dead, being in a new place and being hellbent on finding the thing that killed Mary. After reading this book I just wanted to take his poor kids away and give them to Bobby because he'd probably be a better father then John was.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Renee C. Mulhare on February 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Since the beginning of this TV series, I've been mystified and fascinated with John Winchester's battered leather-bound journal and the occult contents of it: notes on dozens of creatures, spells and rituals and even (as they appeared on the CW's official SPN site) a few bits about what sent him on his hunt in the first place. So when this book was first announced, my hands started itching to get this book.

And I am far, *FAR* from disappointed in this. The small illustrations are clearly recognizable to people who've watched the show closely (like me!) and many bits and pieces of the text are clearly bits that the Winchester brothers have quoted as they've delved into their dad's notes when they found themselves dealing with a beastie they hadn't faced up before. And there's lots of odd bits written in some kind of mysterious code that's bound to mystify the reader and send them digging around to find the means to crack the code. There's a lot we've seen and a lot that's bound to be a surprise, and perhaps a hint of things to come in the show itself. I've only got one carp, and that is that it isn't bound in faux leather to simulate the actual journal, but I might do the crafty-geek thing and find a way to rig it up that way.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on October 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Oh, dear heaven, this was awful. No real narrative, just a constant round of "Dean's birthday," "Sammy's birthday," "Wedding anniversary," "Anniversary of death," interspersed with scanty dry arcane knowledge and hints of stories.

It seriously read like someone scrambling for words in National Novel Writing Month. Every anniversary, we heard what was traditionally associated with it (wood, paper, lace, whatever). Didn't seem to have any reason for being there except to pad the word count. No reflections on Mary herself, or what made her unique.

I loved John Winchester in the series, but this did not sound like his voice at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SME on February 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you love Supernatural, you will love this book. It's very interesting and gives some backstory you don't get to see on the show. I sat and read it from cover to cover in one sitting!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Golden on July 11, 2009
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I was pretty excited to read my copy of JWJ. I'd heard good things about it and I'm a huge fan of storylines that have to do with John and the Winchester brothers back when they were kids. JWJ seemed like it would a great way to get some backstory.

Unfortunately, it seems that the author got a bit ahead of himself when plotting out that backstory and ignored some crucial bits of characterization as a result. There are several bits of canon that are left out (part of this I can't blame him for; there are things he might not have known about because they hadn't been released yet) but more than once what he writes directly contradicts what's displayed in the show. This is displayed right from the very first paragraph: "I went to Missouri and learned the truth. And from her..." Points to Irvine for remembering the line from Home; unfortunately, he should have remembered that there was NO description of Missouri as a person, hence the surprise on Dean's part when it came to actually meeting her.

Another thing that got me was just how clearly John's affection, love and worry for his boys came out. As someone who likes a bit of fluff, that's always a pleasure to read but as a canon fan, I've got to raise the unfortunate issue that neither Sam nor Dean were EVER certain of John's feelings towards them and had they written proof of the truth, neither would have displayed the level of filial angst we see in the show itself. In a story written from John's perspective, the proof of his emotions towards his sons would have been fantastic but it just doesn't work in a book purporting to be the same journal that Sam and Dean take with them on their own journey.
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