Literature / Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

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

His purpose, however, is noble. His researches are all directed to raising the dead. Not as monstrosities but as people, just as they were when they lived: physically, mentally, and spiritually. For such a prize, some sacrifices are necessary. 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 The Soulless. That he needs it to be himself is... Irrelevant. 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 diabolical carnival - created to tempt to contentiousness, to blasphemy, argumentation and murder, but one may also win coconuts - and armed only with his intelligence, a very large handgun, and a total absence of whimsy, Cabal has one year.

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer is the first novel written for Jonathan L Howard's Johannes Cabal series. Before the novel, Howard has written several short stories in the Cabalverse. JC the Necromancer (2009) is followed by Johannes Cabal the Detective (2010), Johannes Cabal And The Fear Institute (2011) and The Brothers Cabal (2014).

Howard has also written a character sheet for Cabal, available here.

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Alternative Title(s): Johannes Cabal The Necromancer