Wiki Headlines
It's time for the Second TV Tropes Halloween Avatar Contest! Details here.

main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Literature: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
aka: Johannes Cabalthe 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 is followed by Johannes Cabal the Detective and Johannes Cabal And The Fear Institute.

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

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer has examples of:

DestroyermenDiesel PunkJohannes Cabal the Detective
Jimmy Neutron: Boy GeniusAdministrivia/Needs a Better DescriptionCivilization: Call to Power
Joe's WorldFantasy LiteratureJohannes Cabal the Detective
Joe's WorldLiterature of the 2000sJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

alternative title(s): Johannes Cabal The Necromancer
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy