Author: Keith R.A. Decandido
Published: July 2007 by HarperCollins
Genre: Tv Tie-In, Supernatural, Fantasy
Synopsis: Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker’s haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an ’80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that’s bizarre even by New York City standards, it’s the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.
I didn’t really expect this TV tie-in to be better than fan fiction and it wasn’t. Usually fans have a better understanding of the characters. This author really had no idea, unfortunately. Dean was almost too much Dean, as if the author picked a few of his personality traits and amplified them. Sam also felt a little bit like Dean. He wrote them on a surface level and put them in New York of all places. If he had really paid attention to the first season and a half before writing this (and done his research as he had said), he would have realized that they don’t do big cities. From my understanding the author was offered the chance to write this, rather than really spending time getting to know the series and approaching it as a fan.
I’ve heard the rest of the tie-in series is hit and miss with the different authors and all, and I own eight of them so hopefully the next one is better!