The Official Companion
Season 1

Author: Nicholas Knight
Titan Books
RRP: 14.99, US $14.95, Cdn $19.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6535 4
ISBN-10: 1 84576 535 4
Available 26 October 2007

Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic force. Their father, John, raised them to be soldiers, teaching them how to hunt and kill the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America... Now, with their father missing and Sam's girlfriend murdered by the same force that killed their mother, the Winchester brothers take to the road in their 1967 Chevy Impala to search for their father and the Yellow-Eyed Demon. Along the way, they confront creatures most people believe exist only in folklore and nightmares, including wendigos, ghosts, pagan gods and vampires...

Supernatural: The Official Companion: Season 1 does attempt to stray away from the usual Companion books on the market. The synopsis for each episode is, thankfully, kept to a bare minimum.

The pages are made up of interviews with those responsible for bringing the show to our screens, mixed with music credits (so you can see who was responsible for the show's tracks); Did You Know? trivia information; a closer look at the characters and crew; a look at whether the cast and crew really believe in the supernatural; and a comical 22 Reasons Not to go on a Road Trip With My Brother section that is written by Sam. There are also plenty of black and white photos, but most are of pretty poor quality - it could be the paperstock or it could be the repro house - and 16 colour pages.

The most disappointing thing about this publication is that the UK retail price is ridiculously expensive. At the current exchange rate US readers are only paying around £7.15. This is made all the more bizarre when you consider that this book is published in the UK - so there is additional shipping costs to transport them in bulk over to America. Why is the UK so ridiculously expensive when it comes to the cost of books?

While this is a pretty interesting book, it offers very little information that die-hard fans (who are obviously this book's main audience) won't already know, or be able to find on any one of the hundreds of fan sites out there on the Internet.

At the end of the day £15 is a lot to spend on a book that mainly contains grainy black and white photos and the odd bit of information that you might not already know.

Pete Boomer

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