Johannes Cabal

Posted on July 22, 2010

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So, a week or so ago, Facebook started recommending this book to me, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. I checked around the web and found some information. It looked interesting, and picked it up. Holy Cow! It is better than I expected.

Johannes Cabal sold his soul to Satan for the secrets of necromancy, only to discover that its absence interferes with his experiments. So he forces his way into Hell, confronts Satan, and makes a wager: If Cabal can gather 100 souls in one year, Satan agrees to return his soul. Satan even “helps” by providing Cabal with a carnival to draw masses of people (no, not that carnival – Cougar and Dark’s Carnival has been wound up by the time this story starts).

Cabal the Necromancer is a terrific character – intelligent, determinedly rational, intolerant of stupidity, and incapable of understanding why mobs with torches and pitchforks keep interrupting his experiments.

Jonathan L Howard, the author, keeps dropping references to horror fiction like HP Lovecraft, Robert E Howard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury – and those are just the ones I recognize.

If you don’t like your horror with a heaping dash of humor, avoid this book. If you loved The Addams Family, you owe it to yourself to read this book. By far the most fun I’ve had with a novel in a long time.

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