• Psychology

Supernatural

Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World
Author: Clay Routledge
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190629444
Category: Psychology
Page: 224
View: 1688
Humans are existential animals. We are all fully aware of our fragility, transience, and potential cosmic insignificance. Our ability to ponder the big questions about death and meaning and the anxiety that these questions can provoke have motivated us to be a species not only concerned about survival, but also about our significance. The quest for transcendent meaning is one reason why humans embrace the supernatural. Children naturally see the world as magical, yet when humans reach full cognitive development they are still drawn to supernatural beliefs and ideas that defy the laws of physics. Even those who consider themselves secular or atheists are seduced by supernatural belief systems. Clay Routledge, an experimental psychologist, asserts that belief or trust in forces beyond our understanding is rooted in our fear of death and need for meaning. In Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World, he reveals just how universal supernatural thinking is, and how this kind of thinking is adaptive and even healthy. Routledge takes readers through a wide range of fascinating research from psychology that paints a picture of humans as innate supernatural thinkers. Exploring research from the emerging field of experimental existential psychology, he makes the case that all humans have the same underlying existential needs, with similar coping strategies across times, cultures, and degrees of religiousness. Surprisingly, cultural institutions such as sports, environmentalism, secular humanism, and science also showcase supernatural attributes and qualities. Indeed, studies show that supernatural thinking assuages stress and anxiety and improves mood and psychological well-being. But there is a potential dark side to this line of thinking: it can lead to personal and social problems, and some individuals can take it a step too far. However, Routledge argues that this dark side of supernatural thinking is the exception, not the rule. Further, supernatural thinking is ever-present, and should unite us instead of dividing us.

    • Fiction

The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls


Author: Alex Irvine
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061877212
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
View: 744
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!

    • Fiction

Supernatural: Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting


Author: David Reed
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062103377
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
View: 3867
My name is Bobby Singer. In twenty-four hours I’m gonna lose my memory. So here’s everything you need to know. Monsters, demons, angels, vampires, the boogeyman under your bed: I’ve seen it, I’ve hunted it, I’ve killed it. I’m not the only hunter out here, but there aren’t as many as there used to be. Not near as many as there need to be. I’ve learned everything I can about every damned critter that walks, crawls, or flies, and I’m not gonna let that all be for nothing. I’m not going down without a fight. I’m not letting everything I’ve learned disappear. So that’s what you’re holding in your hands—everything I know. Anything that’d be useful for Sam, Dean, and the hunters that come after me. It’s a guide to hunting...it’s a guide to me. My last will and testament. Ya idjits.

    • Performing Arts

The Essential Supernatural

On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester
Author: Nicholas Knight,Eric Kripke
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781608875023
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 232
View: 2449
An insider's look at the hit television series documents the journeys of the Winchester brothers throughout the United States and their research into paranormal activity, in a book that includes production art, posters, and cast interviews.

    • Performing Arts

Fan Phenomena: Supernatural


Author: Lynn Zubernis,Katherine Larsen
Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 1783202033
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 142
View: 5625
Supernatural premiered on September 13, 2005, on what was then called the WB Network. Creator Eric Kripke was inspired by Jack Kerouac'sOn The Road, putting his heroes, brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, in a big black '67 Impala and sending them in search of the urban legends that fascinated him. The series attracted a passionate fan base from the start and was described as a “cultural attractor” that tapped into the zeitgeist of the moment, reflecting global fears of terrorism with its themes of fighting unseen evil. The chemistry between the lead actors, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, contributed to the show's initial success, andSupernatural found its niche when it combined demon-hunting adventures with a powerful relationship drama that explored the intense, complicated bond between the brothers.Supernatural is as much a story of familial ties, love, and loyalty as it is of “saving people, hunting things.” Fan Phenomena: Supernatural explores the ongoing fascination and passion for a show that developed a relationship with fans through eight seasons and continues to have an impact on fan culture to the present day. Essays here explore the rich dynamic that has developed between fans and producers, actors, writers, directors, the show creator, and showrunners through online interactions on Twitter and Facebook, face-to-face exchanges at conventions, and representations of fandom within the show's meta-episodes. Contributors also explore gender and sexuality in the show and in fan art; the visual dynamics, cinematography, and symbolism in the episodes as well as the fan videos they inspire; and the culture of influence, learning, and teaching in the series.

    • Fiction

Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices


Author: Yvonne Navarro
Publisher: Titan Books (US, CA)
ISBN: 178329857X
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 5195
Sam and Dean Winchester have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat. Over the years, after dozens of bloody adventures, they have faced everything from the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother to vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, angels and fallen gods. With the help of allies—both human and supernatural—they’ve discovered that every threat they vanquish opens a new door for evil to enter in. Visitors passing through Brownsdale, Kentucky are often never seen again. The locals claim that it’s easy to fall victim to the vast local caves if explored unaided, but when two young girls go missing Sam and Dean set out to investigate. As the brothers start to suspect something far more sinister in the town, and possibly lurking in Mammoth Cave, they realise that someone is determined to protect the town secret—even if it means killing Sam and Dean himself. A brand-new Supernatural novel, set during season 10, that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit TV series!

    • Performing Arts

Supernatural

The Official Companion, Season 6
Author: Nicholas Knight,Eric Kripke
Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
ISBN: 9780857682895
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 157
View: 3071
The hit show from the producers of The O.C. and The X-Files, starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, continues its spooky road-trip through the dark heart of America. Season 6 is a season of mystery and shadow. Heaven and Hell have been left in complete disarray since the apocalyptic events of Season 5. And now, monsters, angels and demons roam across a lawless and chaotic landscape. And so Dean Winchester, who has retired from hunting and sworn never to return, finds himself being pulled back into his old life - pulled back by none other than Sam Winchester, who has escaped from Hell. The two reunite to beat back the rising tide of creatures and demon-spawn, but they quickly realize that neither are who they used to be, their relationship isn't what it used to be, and that nothing is what it seems. This official companion is packed with exclusive interviews, photos, behind-the-scenes secrets, acomplete episode guide, plus a color portrait gallery of the stars.

    • Fiction

Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal


Author: Alex Irvine
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061912948
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
View: 7698
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.

    • Fiction

Supernatural: Witch's Canyon


Author: Jeff Mariotte
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061876135
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 8261
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 set out on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, but this is no vacation for the brothers. On a stretch of deserted ranchland just beyond the canyon's stunning vistas, mysterious murder sprees have occurred every forty years. The area's inhabitants have been few and far between in years past, but a nearby mega-mall is about to celebrate its grand opening—and attract thousands of fresh victims. The Winchester boys are determined to protect locals and shoppers alike, but they never anticipated they'd be fighting a group of killers this vicious, this vindictive, this . . . dead. A deadly horde of animal spirits and human ghosts has arisen to terrorize this tiny corner of the Arizona desert. If Sam and Dean can't figure out why, the wide-open spaces of the West will once again become a desolate frontier . . . and the witch's canyon will be the brothers' final resting place.

    • Performing Arts

Supernatural

The Official Companion, Season 2
Author: Nicholas Knight,Eric Kripke
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 9781845766573
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 157
View: 3392
Presents a summary of the second season, featuring exclusive interviews, a portrait gallery, behind-the-scenes insights, and a complete episode guide.

    • Performing Arts

In the Hunt

Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural
Author: Supernatural. tv
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1933771631
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 275
View: 9779
A companion book to the cult television series about two brothers investigating paranormal occurrences. From the protagonists to the show's demons and urban legend source material, In the Hunt provides fans with an in-depth analysis of their favourite television show. Featuring essays from three fans as well as a foreword by Supernatural tie-in writer Keith R.A. DeCandido, this insightful anthology sheds light on various issues, including homoeroticism and how Supernatural can be interpreted as a modern-day Brothers Grimm tale.

    • Performing Arts

TV Goes to Hell

An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural
Author: Stacey Abbott,David Lavery
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1770900349
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 336
View: 3277
As a natural heir to the hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural has risen to prominence with a strong cult following, and this series of essays from contributors around the globe investigates the genre-bending series cultural footprint both in the United States and abroad. The writings explore topics such as folklore, religion, gender and sexuality, comedy, music, and much more, and a brief guide to all the episodes is also included. Supernatural follows brothers Dean and Sam Winchester as they encounter and battle evil beings such as vampires, shapeshifters, ghouls, and ghosts from a multitude of genres including folklore, urban legends, and religious history.

    • Literary Criticism

Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval English Romance


Author: Corinne J. Saunders
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1843842211
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 304
View: 1491
The themes of magic and the supernatural in medieval romance are here fully explored and put into the context of thinking at the time in this first full study of the subject.

    • Horror tales, American

Supernatural

Tales of Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls
Author: Robert Bostian
Publisher: SterlingHouse Publisher
ISBN: 1563154676
Category: Horror tales, American
Page: 263
View: 3452

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Investigating the Supernatural


Author: Paul Mason
Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree Library
ISBN: 9781403448323
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
View: 5058
Introduces the use of forensic science in cases involving the supernatural, such as those involving hauntings, werewolves or vampires, and offers scientific reasons for the alleged supernatural behavior.

    • Fiction

Supernatural: The Official Coloring Book


Author: Insight Editions
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN: 9781608878185
Category: Fiction
Page: 96
View: 3658
Based on WB’s hit show Supernatural, this deluxe coloring book features line art and patterns inspired by Dean, Sam, Castiel, and the monsters that they hunt. The perfect gift for the aspiring hunter, this gorgeous coloring book is filled with detailed illustrations of the characters and creatures of Supernatural. From the rich black of the Winchesters’ car to the blood red of a devil’s trap, the world of Supernatural is yours to design and color. Featuring patterns inspired by Dean, Sam, Castiel, Crowley, and a host of angels, demons, and other creatures, these minutely detailed drawings offer hours of creative fun.

    • Fiction

Supernatural: Bone Key


Author: Keith R.A. DeCandido
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061875791
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
View: 3303
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 are headed for Key West, Florida, home to Hemingway, hurricanes, and a whole lot of demons. The tropical town has so many ghouls on the loose that one of its main moneymakers has long been a series of ghost tours. But the tours are no more, not since one of the guides was found dead of an apparent heart attack . . . his face frozen in mid-scream. No one knows what horrors he saw, but the Winchester brothers are about to find out. Soon they'll be face-to-face with the ghosts of the island's most infamous residents, demons with a hidden agenda, and a mysterious ancient power looking for revenge. It's up to Sam and Dean to save the citizens of Key West . . . before the beautiful island is reduced to nothing more than a pile of bones.

    • Performing Arts

The Gothic Tradition in Supernatural

Essays on the Television Series
Author: Melissa Edmundson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476624860
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 204
View: 4520
The CW’s long-running series Supernatural follows the adventures of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they pursue the “family business” of hunting supernatural beings. Blending monster-of-the-week storylines with the unfolding saga of the brothers’ often troubled relationship, the show represents Gothic concerns of anxiety, the monstrous, family trauma and, of course, the supernatural. The lines between human and monster, good and evil, are blurred and individual identities and motivations resist easy categorization. This collection of new essays examines how the series both incorporates and complicates Gothic elements related to traditional tropes, storytelling, women and gender issues and monstrosity.

    • Fiction

In Search of the Supernatural

The Written Record
Author: Bao Gan,Kenneth J. DeWoskin,James Irving Crump
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804764719
Category: Fiction
Page: 283
View: 374
"This is the first complete translation into a Western language of Sou-shen Chi, a fourth-century Chinese collection of 464 extraordinary, fantastic, or bizarre items. The subjects of these brief anecdotes and narratives include natural curiosities, gods, religious figures, omens, dreams, divinations, miracles, monsters, strange animals, demons, ghosts, and exorcists. The stories range from sober reports of drought and misfortune to accounts of a fox transformed into a turtle, persons whose heads could take independent flight at night, a tryst in a tomb, and the marriages of humans with spirits." "Sou-shen Chi is the oldest, richest, and most consulted example of the chi-kuai genre, an important division of classical Chinese literature demonstrating features of narrative technique and ethereal sensibility that point to chi-kuai as the earliest examples of Chinese fiction. Of the three surviving versions of Sou-shen Chi, the 20-chapter edition translated here is widely accepted as the best representation of the work of its compiler, Kan Pao, the official court historian for Emperor Yuan of the Chin dynasty. The style of the writing is terse, almost austere, and it has qualities of documentary prose, a reflection of its common ancestry with historical writing. An introduction deals with the text and its background, authorship, contents, versions, and transmission." "Sou-shen Chi served as a model for subsequent collections and provided many basic plots, characters, and situations for plays, novels, and even poetry. The stories were widely known and became part of the body of allusions that literate Chinese knew and used in their own writings. For example, in the twentieth century Lu Xun retold, in extended fashion, a tale of magic swords that comes from Sou-shen Chi."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

    • Christian converts

A Trip Into the Supernatural


Author: Roger J. Morneau
Publisher: Review and Herald Pub Assoc
ISBN: 9780828001380
Category: Christian converts
Page: 125
View: 8862