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New Book Announcement:

TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural
Edited by Stacey Abbott and David Lavery

With TV Goes to Hell, Abbott and Lavery have assembled a thought-provoking collection of critical essays that explore both the wide-open freeways and the unmarked back roads of Supernatural. Traveling a Route 66 of theories and approaches, the essays begin at different points on the analytical map, but all roads lead to the same destination; namely, that Supernatural is a show worthy of in-depth critical study. This collection is as indispensable to the serious Supernatural viewer as rock salt.

K. DALE KOONTZ, author of Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon

BRINGING TOGETHER ELEMENTS of the road movie and the horror genre, Supernatural follows brothers Dean and Sam Winchester as they crisscross America, struggling to protect humanity from what lurks in the dark by battling monsters, witches, demons, angels, the Devil, and sometimes even each other. A natural heir to The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural has developed a strong cult following as it evolved past its monster-of-the-week origins and into a global battle between Heaven and Hell, as Dean and Sam attempt to avert the Apocalypse. Amidst the action and horror, the brothers enjoy the pleasures of the road, listening to hard rock, drinking beer and eating fast food, while driving their iconic Impala.

TV Goes to Hell is the first book to give a full and fascinating examination of the series under the creative control of creator/producer Eric Kripke. This collection of essays, written by leading scholars, situates the series within debates surrounding folklore, religion, comedy, gender, and sexuality, and considers the impact of the show’s genre-bending hybridity and its signature use of hard rock. The book also examines the show’s innovative approach to storytelling and its unique relationship with its critics and its fans. Designed for fans of the show, as well as scholars and students, TV Goes to Hell unravels the wonders and horrors of Supernatural.

Copies can be purchased directly from ECW Press via the following link:

Stacey Abbott is reader in film and television studies at the University of Roehampton. She is the editor of The Cult TV Book (I.B. Tauris, 2010). She
is the general editor for the Investigating Cult TV series (I.B. Tauris) as well as the author of Angel (TV Milestones, Wayne State UP, 2009) and Celluloid Vampires (University of Texas Press, 2007).

David Lavery is the author of numerous essays and reviews and author/co-author, editor/co-editor of numerous books including The Essential Sopranos Reader (University Press of Kentucky), Joss Whedon: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi), and volumes on such television series as Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Deadwood, Seinfeld, My So Called Life, Heroes, Gilmore Girls, and Battlestar Galactica.
Dr. Stacey Abbott
Reader in Film and Television Studies
Programme Convener for Film
Roehampton University | London | SW15 5SL
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