TV Goes To Hell

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Title TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural
Medium Meta Essays
Creator(s) edited by Stacey Abbott and David Lavery
Publisher ECW
Release Date October 2011
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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.


  • Introduction Then: The Road So Far by Stacey Abbott
  • "Bon Jovi rocks . . . on occasion": Comedy and Music; Rabbits' Feet and Spleen Juice: The Comic Strategies of Tv Horror by Stacey Abbott
  • Two Greasers and a Muscle Car: Music and Character Development in Supernatural by Stan Beeler
  • Purgatory with Color Tv: Motel Rooms as Liminal Zones in Supernatural by Lorna Jowett
  • Rebels, Rogues, and Sworn Brothers: Supernatural and the Shift in "White Trash" from Monster to Hero by Aaron C. Burnell
  • Renegades and Wayward Sons: Supernatural and the '70s by Simon Brown
  • The Road to Lordsburg: Rural Masculinity in Supernatural by Lorrie Palmer
  • Angels, Demons, and Damsels in Distress: The Representation of Women in Supernatural by Bronwen Calvert *"Go be gay for that poor, dead intern": Conversion Fantasies and Gay Anxieties in Supernatural by Darren Elliott-Smith
  • "That's so gay": Drag, Camp, and the Power of Storytelling in Supernatural by James Francis, Jr.
  • "There's a ton of lore on unicorns too": Postmodernist Micro-Narratives and Supernatural (David Simmons
  • Breaking the Mirror: Metafictional Strategies in Supernatural by Alberto N. Garcia; Google Scholar
  • "There's nothing more dangerous than some a-hole who thinks he is on a holy mission": Using and (Dis)-Abusing Religious and Economic Authority on Supernatural by Erin Giannini
  • "I am an angel of the Lord": An Inquiry into the Christian Nature of Supernatural's Heavenly Delegates by Jutta Wimmler and Lisa Kienzl
  • Televisual Folklore: Rescuing Supernatural from the Fakelore Realm by Mikel J. Koven and Gunnella Thorgeirsdottir
  • Sympathy for the Fangirl: Becky Rosen, Fan Identity, and Inter activity in Supernatural by Brigid Cherry
  • Crossing Over: Network Transition, Critical Reception, and Supernatural Longevity by Karen Petruska *Plagiarism or Props?: Homage to Neil Gaiman in Eric Kripke's Supernatural by Laura Felschow
  • Epilogue Now: The Road Ahead, or the Chapter at the End of This Book by David Lavery