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Supernatural: The 5 Best Tie-In Books To The Series

From Nevermore and Witch’s Canyon to Bone Key and Children of Anubis, the best Supernatural tie-in books offer countless thrills and chills for fans.

During the impressive 15-year run of Supernatural, a total of 23 tie-in novels were written and published between 2007 and 2019. Many of the novels feature episodic standalone stories of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they travel across the U.S. and solve a rash of paranormal mysteries. Some even crossover and include such iconic Supernatural characters as Bobby, Castiel, and others.

5 Coyote’s Kiss (Christa Faust)

In one of the most lurid and unsettling environments of all the tie-in books, Coyote’s Kiss imagines Sam and Dean at the Mexican border, where they encounter Xochi Cazadora, a scary supernatural bandit-biker and an Aztec deity who presides over a host of mortifying monsters.

The vivid borderland and Mexico City settings are unlike anything seen or read in Supernatural, touching on salient topics such as illegal immigration, the failed war on drugs, brutal gangland violence, and how these issues all tie into the country’s complicated past. Seeing Sam and Dean outside of their comfort zone adds to the tension, suspense, and overall sense of unease.

4 Fresh Meat (Alice Henderson)

A good old fashion zombie onslaught set in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is the subject of Fresh Meat, a frighteningly figurative and lethally literal chiller that puts Sam and Dean on a perilous path. The Tahoe National Forest blizzard setting is fantastic, made all the more memorable when flesh-starved corpses begin rising from the grave looking for fresh food.

While lumbering zombies are one thing, the story becomes extra freaky when a mysterious flying creature (wendigo) begins picking off campers in the region before changing into human form and doing whatever is necessary to survive. With a blizzard blowing down on the boys, Fresh Meat is bone-chilling to the core.

3 Carved In Flesh (Tim Waggoner)

While multiple tie-in books deal with animal attacks, hell hounds, werewolves, and the like, Carved in Flesh takes the petrifying premise into new territory via the Franken-Mutt subplot. Sam and Dean are summoned to Ohio to check out a spate of hellhound sightings, only to discover that the killer canine is actually a zombie dog comprised of body parts from various deceased dogs.

As Franken-Mutt begins terrorizing the town of Brennan, Sam and Dean are swept up into a really fascinating controversy involving odious medical experiments, unethical biotech companies, and an ancient power source in town that has the ability to summon the dead.

2 Heart Of The Dragon (Keith R. A. DeCandido)

The best tie-in book featuring ever-curious Castiel is Heart of the Dragon, a story incited when the renegade angel sends Sam and Dean to San Francisco’s Chinatown to solve a rash of ultra-bloody murders. When the brothers realize they are facing the ancient Heart of the Dragon curse that their father John took on decades before, a huge redemption opportunity unfolds.

Beyond the vibrant Chinatown, the story presents fascinating Chinese mythology while also exploring Winchester’s complicated past. The culture clash is exhilarating, but it’s the important storyline that sees Sam and Dean honoring their father and grandfather Campell’s legacy that gives the story such emotional resonance.

1 Children Of Anubis (Tim Waggoner)

Children of Anubis is the most unsettling Supernatural tie-in book involving werewolves and hellhounds. Sam and Dean are sent to Indiana to examine a murder that resembles the work of a werewolf. However, the boys discover a species of rabid, carrion-devouring jackals who loath werewolves and mount an all-out war for canine supremacy.

If the deadly dog-on-dog action wasn’t captivating enough, Sam and Dean soon learn that the ancient god Anubis presides over the beastly battle for its own powerful gain and must put an end to Anubis’ reawakening before it’s too late. All told, Children of Anubis mixes creature-feature tenets with ancient mythology to synthesize a truly sinister story.

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