Supernatural just began its 11th season, and its fans are notoriously dedicated and enthusiastic. In fact, Supernatural is part of the trifecta of super-fandom: the “super” in SuperWhoLock, which unites fans of Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.
The show follows brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, who travel across America in a black 1967 Chevy Impala investigating and combating paranormal events and other unexplained occurrences, many of them based on American urban legends and folklore as well as classic supernatural creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and ghosts.
Luckily, these themes are prevalent in YA fiction, so there are a myriad of options of books to recommend to readers who watch the show.
Theses books feature a bit of horror, a lot of humor, and all things supernatural, and a fan of the show is sure to find a great book on this list. In addition to these YA fiction (and two adult crossover titles), fans of the show might be interested in nonfiction related to urban legends, folklore, or ghost-hunting.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
A witch has prophesized that the world is going to end on Saturday, so the forces of Good and Evil are converging for one final battle. Told with Gaiman and Pratchett’s signature dark humor, this is a must read.
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Brothers + demonology (what does that remind us of?). Nick’s on the run from magicians in this tense paranormal thriller.
Sister’s Red by Jackson Pearce
After a werewolf kills their grandmother, two sisters become hunters targeting werewolves in this paranormal adventure with just a tinge of romance.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
Magic. Myth. Mystery. This atmospheric novel is about four prep school boys and a girl named Blue and their hunt for a lost Welsh king and a tragic curse.
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
When Kennedy’s mother dies, she discovers she was part of a secret society and is drawn into a world of spirits and demons. This fast-paced paranormal thriller will keep you up all night reading!
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Like they say, “angels are just demons with better PR.” And they’re taking over the world in this post-apocalyptic thriller with loads of action and romance.
Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
A wise-cracking skeleton detective and a 12-year-old team up to save the world from evil in this paranormal adventure.
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudson
The new school librarian might be totally crush-worthy, but he also just might be a demon in this darkly funny novel.
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Thomas, a short order cook, talks to the dead in this un-put-downable novel.
The Devil’s Intern by Donna Hosie
Mitchell internship in hell is so bad, he steals a time-travelling device to escape, but his life gets even more complicated when some of his friends accompany him back to Earth in this funny novel.
Another Little Piece by Kate Quinn
Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars in this eerie mystery about a girl trying to put together her shattered memories.
White Cat by Holly Black
Magic and the mob collide in this noir mystery.
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Two young men at a psychic detective agency must battle all matter of ghosts terrorizing London in this mystery with a hint of humor.
Sam dropped out of college and works at a fast food job, but he’s got friends and is living on his own and life is okay. Then, a weird guy visits him at work, his friend ends up as a reanimated head, and things get weird. This novel is full of sarcastic humor and a unique cast of supernatural creatures.
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
This novel blends classic horror with a darkly funny coming-of-age story about the dangerous power of belief and the cost of blind loyalty.
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
They call it the killing day — something dark and sinister has come to a small Kansas town, prompting many residents to go on a murderous spree, then kill themselves. Can five survivors save the town?
Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
This novel blends horror and mystery and truly lives up to its title.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Harry Dresden is a wizard detective with a deadpan sense of humor and a long duster. This supernatural mystery series is a fan favorite.
Croak by Gina Damico
Lex’s family think she’s going to spend the summer shoveling manure on her uncle’s farm, but she’s really going to learn the family business: reaping souls. This is perfect for readers looking for dark humor and a fun mystery.
The Diviners by Libba Bray (2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
During the Prohibition era, sassy and rebellious Evie gets caught up in solving a series of mysterious occult murders. If you like the roaring 20s, religious cults, secret magical abilities, social outcasts, and menacing murders, this the book for you.
What books would you recommend for fans of Supernatural?
— Molly Wetta, currently reading Riders by Veronica Rossi