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Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has [[VillainProtagonist never pretended to be a hero of any kind]]. There is, after all, little heroic about [[GraveRobbing robbing graves]], stealing [[TomeOfEldritchLore occult volumes]], and [[GoKartingWithBowser being on nodding terms with demons]].

His purpose, however, is [[WellIntentionedExtremist noble]]. His researches are all directed to raising the dead. Not as [[CameBackWrong monstrosities]] but as people, just as they were when they lived: physically, mentally, and spiritually. For such a prize, [[YouCantMakeAnOmelette some sacrifices are necessary]]. [[DealWithTheDevil One such sacrifice was his own soul]], but now he sees that was a mistake. He needs it for his research to have validity, you see-- the laws of science are just not properly sciency around TheSoulless. That he needs it to be himself is... Irrelevant. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Yes, definitely, irrelevant.]]

Unfortunately, his soul now rests within the festering bureaucracy of Hell. {{Satan}} may be cruel and capricious but, most dangerously, he is bored. It is Cabal's unhappy lot to provide him with amusement.

In short, a wager: in return for his own soul, Cabal must gather one hundred others. Placed in control of a [[CircusOfFear diabolical carnival]] - created to tempt to contentiousness, to blasphemy, argumentation and murder, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking but one may also win coconuts]] - and armed only with his intelligence, [[HandCannon a very large handgun]], and a total absence of whimsy, Cabal has one year.

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer is the first novel written for JonathanLHoward's Johannes Cabal series. Before the novel, Howard has written several short stories in the Cabalverse. JC the Necromancer is followed by ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheDetective'' and ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute''.

Howard has also written a character sheet for Cabal, [[http://wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4dnd/20110311 available here]].


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!!''Johannes Cabal the Necromancer'' has examples of:
* AllThereInTheManual: In addition to the three main novels (Necromancer, Detective, and Fear Institute,) Johnathan L. Howard has also written several short stories about Cabal. These short stories can be read as standalones, but provide readers of the novels extra insight into Cabal's character. (Good luck finding “Exeunt Demon King” and “Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day” - they were published in a now-defunct magazine.) [[http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-fiction/the-house-of-gears/ The House of Gears,]] the latest Cabal short story is available online.
** Jonathan L. Howard also released a Dungeons and Dragons [[http://wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4dnd/20110311 character sheet for Cabal.]] It includes a good amount of additional back-story and even includes ''floor plans'' of Cabal's house.
* AlienGeometries: Ratuth Slabuth is largely composed of these.
* AloneWithThePsycho
* AloofBigBrother: Horst Cabal, Johannes's older brother. Or at least, Johannes considers him aloof. Horst would be perfectly happy to be friends with Johannes if he were capable of acting like a normal person instead of an uptight {{Jerkass}}.
* AmbiguousDisorder
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Cabal
* BackFromTheDead
* BadassBookworm: Cabal, though it's more prominent in the second book
* BadassNormal: Frank Barrow
* BetterLivingThroughEvil: Cabal wants to cure death, and will do anything researching how to do that requires.
* BigBad: Whether it's Satan or Cabal depends on who you ask.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Cabal isn't good, but his goal is noble and by the end, we find out that he could be so much worse.
* BodyHorror: Dennis and Denzil, as their bodies decay
* BreakTheCutie
* BreakTheHaughty: The last few chapters for Cabal
* CameBackWrong: Dennis and Denzil
* CarnivalOfKillers: In a more literal sense. Per Horst's suggestions, Cabal summons a variety of demons for is carnival, each with different specialties. Some of them do include killing.
* CelestialBureaucracy: The novel's portrayal of Hell.
* TheCharmer: Horst is noted to have been this in life, and maintains it as a vampire, with the addition of [[CharmPerson a different kind of charm]].
* CirclesOfHell: Arthur Trubshaw's bureaucracy is considered its own circle of hell.
* CombatPragmatist: Cabal prefers certainty over subtlety or style. Hence, the Webley .577, "a weapon of egregious aspect."
* CreepyCemetery
* CuttingTheKnot: Cabal's favored method of dealing with revengers.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Cabal. In his profession, he needs to be in order to stay alive.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* TheDarkArts
* DealWithTheDevil: Deconstructed. Cabal initially sells his soul to Satan in exchange for the secrets of necromancy. Cabal is dissatisfied with his soulless state as he is unable to trust the results of his experiments. He spends the first novel trying to get his soul back via another deal with Satan.
* DeadpanSnarker: Horst and Johannes, but the former is more prone to this.
* DeathByOriginStory
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler: Horst, though mostly not his own redemption.]]
* DeathIsASadThing: Cabal genuinely dislikes killing, as it's a waste.
* DeathIsCheap: Played with every which way, but ultimately averted.
* DemonicPossession
* DressedAllInRubber: Layla the Latex Lady takes this to entirely new levels...
* [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Did Cabal Just Have Tea with Satan?]]
* DidYouJustScamCthulhu
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Horst, again]]
* DysfunctionJunction: The countryside Cabal's train roams has problems with escaped mental patients, murders and a few demons.
* TheDragon: Ratuth Slabuth to Satan
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: When angered, Satan's rage creates intense cold and freezing wind around him, and is even powerful enough to temporarily freeze parts of Hell.
* EvilIsHammy: Ratuth Slabuth loves a good entrance. Rufus Maleficarus also one for dramatics - a fact that Cabal is happy to take advantage of.
* EvilOldFolks: Satan's avatar the "Little Old Man" is this, essentially the Platonic ideal of a crusty old man.
* EvilPlan: Satan's, until [[spoiler: Cabal proves to be a SpannerInTheWorks]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Many.
* FantasticallyIndifferent: Several, Cabal and Horst chief among them.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Satan, his avatar the Little Old Man and the construct Mr. Bones are all characterized as having a front of charm and bonhomie that covers their actual cruel and demonic nature.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Horst, who has the lions' share of morals between the Cabal siblings.
* FunctionalMagic: Played with. Magic exists, but it's not particularly functional.
* GeniusBruiser: One of the carnival's constructs
* GenreSavvy: Horst, when asking Cabal for some blood:
-->'''Horst:''' Look, what's bothering you? It's the homoerotic aspect, isn't it? (Runs after Cabal) Well, don't flatter yourself. It's just a transfusion, for crying out loud.
* [[spoiler: GirlInABox]]
* GhostTown
* GirlNextDoor: Leonie Barrow. Beautiful country girl that Cabal is drawn to at first sight, [[spoiler: or bothers him by looking familiar]], she is also the only female in the book that is portrayed in a truly positive light, especially when compared to FemmeFatale Layla or [[WeakWilled Nea Winshaw]].
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: Cabal concludes that this must be the case, since Hell consists of eternal torment run by a bored sadist, and those who go to Heaven [[{{Instrumentality}} lose their individuality and become a sort of loving/worshipful mass of light]].
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Maleficarus, though he wasn't the picture of mental health beforehand.
* GrotesqueGallery
* GuileHero: Horst, arguably
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Leonie Barrow
* HandCannon: The Webley .577.
* HeelRealization: Played with. Cabal knows he's not a hero and that what he does is evil, but he considers it necessary. [[spoiler: Until Horst's suicide shows him he's gone too far.]]
* HeroAntagonist: Frank Barrow plays this role in the later part of the novel.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HiddenDepths: Cabal proves this by the end.
* HilarityEnsues
* HoYay: In-universe: Horst suspects this is why Cabal is uncomfortable with being Horst's blood donor.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Leonie Barrow
* InfantImmortality: Averted, [[spoiler: then played straight with Nea Winshaw's baby.]]
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Played with. While he could be friendly and outgoing if he really wanted, Cabal intentionally distances himself from people whenever possible.
* IWishedYouWereDead: Horst and Cabal alternate with this for each other
* KarmaHoudini: Cabal, because Satan finds that he causes more chaos alive than dead.
* KarmicDeath: While not exactly death, victims who signed their souls over to damnation were usually tempted by vices that they already had.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Most of the souls Cabal collects are people that would have gone to Hell anyway. Arguably happens to him a few times, too.
* LastNameBasis: Johannes Cabal is most often simply known as 'Cabal,' while Horst Cabal goes by his first name.
* TheLegionsOfHell
* [[spoiler: TheLostLenore: Pretty much the basis for everything.]]
* LovecraftCountry
* LovecraftLite
* [[spoiler: LoveMakesYouEvil]]: Cabal's ultimate motivation.
* MadScientist: Played with with Cabal
* MonsterClown: After they reach a certain point of decay, Dennis and Denzil have their horrible faces masked by paint and are enlisted as clowns, because people like clowns, right?
* MoralDilemma
* MoralityChain: Horst tries to serve as this for Cabal
* MyGreatestFailure
* NecessarilyEvil: How Cabal sees his work
* NervesOfSteel
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Satan to Cabal
* NotSoStoic: Cabal at times
* {{Necromancer}}: Cabal.
* {{Necromantic}}
* NoodleIncident
-->'''Horst:''' (to Johannes) Good God, you’re not still bitter about that time at Conrad’s party, are you? I’ve apologised for that a dozen times over. It was a joke.
* NoSocialSkills: Cabal realizes this, but concludes that people are simply unworthy of his time. This comes back to bite him when his wager with Satan requires him to run a carnival. Cabal is grudgingly forced to run to his brother Horst for help.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Arthur Trubshaw. His talents earned him a position in Hell.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Horst]] has both proven and debunked many of myths: sunlight kills him, but he doesn't need the coffin. Vampirism is spread via the mixing of blood and not the bite. He still has a reflection.
* PardonMyKlingon: When English and German cannot sufficiently express his anger, Cabal swears in dead languages.
* PartingWordsRegret
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Cabal does this to Trubshaw and Ratuth Slabuth.
* PerpetualFrowner: Cabal has little use for smiling. It shows.
* PetTheDog: Cabal gets a few moments of this.
* PhenotypeStereotype
* PocketDimension: Johannes Cabal gets briefly trapped in one.
* PrecisionFStrike: Horst uses one to end an argument with his brother near the end of the novel.
* RefugeInAudacity: How Cabal survives Hell.
* ResuscitateTheDog: After [[spoiler: Horst kills himself]].
* SarcasmBlind: Satan's avatar.
-->'''Old Man:''' Neat, eh? Goes down a bomb at parties, I can tell you.\\
'''Cabal:''' Really? I’ll have to hold a soirée just to impress my friends.\\
'''Old Man:''' You haven’t got any friends.\\
'''Cabal:''' I’m not holding a soirée, either. You have a problem with sarcasm, don’t you?
* ScienceHero: If you believe that Cabal is a hero.
* SerialKiller: One of the prison escapees. He kills people because that is the only way for people to notice him.
* ShoutOut: The "Loofah Lady" is a nod to Bram Stoker's "Bloofer Lady" in ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'', and The Rufus Maleficarus episode is an extended ShoutOut to the CthulhuMythos.
* SignificantMonogram: Johannes shares his initials with [[JesusChrist another guy]] who used to resurrect people.
* TheSoulless: Cabal
* SourOutsideSadInside
* SpannerInTheWorks: Several. [[spoiler: Most notably Horst, who steals one of the 100 contracts Johannes needs to get signed in order to win his bet with Satan.]]
* TheSpock: Surprisingly, Cabal's soulless state did little to contribute to this.
* StarfishLanguage: A few of the languages Cabal uses for swearing
* TheStoic: Guess.
* StoicSpectacles
* SwordCane: Cabal has one, concealing a 3-foot steel blade.
* SympathyForTheDevil
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Dennis and Denzel. [[spoiler: Until Cabal kills them and zombifies them with Batch 247.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Again, Dennis and Denzel
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Cabal is mentioned to have several lying about his house.
* TotalitarianUtilitarian: As seen throughout the novel, and very poignantly in [[http://mollytanzer.com/2010/08/23/in-which-i-utterly-fail-to-inquisit-johannes-cabal/ this interview,]] Cabal doesn't give a shit about the means, only the ends.
* TranquilFury
* TraumaCongaLine
* TheUnsmile: Cabal practices this all the time daily in order to scare small children and the elderly.
* TheVamp: Layla the Latex Lady
* TheVicar: Cabal meets a stereotypical one toward the end of the story and in a nod to the stereotypical laxness of the Church of England, when Cabal tells him that he is a Satanist, the Vicar simply asks if Cabal is happy with that choice, which has the effect of an ArmorPiercingQuestion on Cabal.
* VillainProtagonist: Possibly also related to the fact that Cabal is a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* WeaponOfChoice: A Webley .577 handgun.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Take a wild guess.
* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife: While Cabal has no problem with committing violent acts of murder, he does not like to.
* WhatTheHellHero: Horst to Cabal, often.
* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: At one point, Cabal smiles following a PetTheDog moment, and the narration notes that for once, his smile wouldn't have scared small children.
* WickedCultured: Both of the Cabal brothers.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Cabal's favored method of human interaction.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Cabal with Maleficarus' horde of sanitarium escapees.
* YouKilledMyFather: Rufus Maleficarus claimed that Cabal killed his father. Cabal claims that it didn't count because, technically, Maleficarus's father was already dead.
* YourSoulIsMine
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