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*DemonDevilDistinction: Demons obey the hierarchy of Hell and devils don't. As such, Satan is The Devil because he's at the top and nobody can tell him what to do, whereas Zarenyia the devil is an independent succubus who struck out on her own.


* SummonBinding: Demon summoning rituals don't actually mind-control the demon but rather invoke their [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils infernal higher-ups]] for the authority to boss them around. When Johannes summons the devil Zarenyia, she cheerfully explains that she's a free agent who's bound only [[IGaveMyWord by her word]], so they [[DealWithTheDevil cut a deal with each other]] and begin an OddFriendship instead.

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* SummonBinding: Demon summoning Demon-summoning rituals don't actually mind-control the demon but rather invoke their [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils infernal higher-ups]] for the authority to boss them around. When Johannes summons the devil Zarenyia, she cheerfully explains that she's a free agent who's bound only [[IGaveMyWord by her word]], so they [[DealWithTheDevil cut a deal with each other]] and begin an OddFriendship instead.

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* SummonBinding: Demon summoning rituals don't actually mind-control the demon but rather invoke their [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils infernal higher-ups]] for the authority to boss them around. When Johannes summons the devil Zarenyia, she cheerfully explains that she's a free agent who's bound only [[IGaveMyWord by her word]], so they [[DealWithTheDevil cut a deal with each other]] and begin an OddFriendship instead.


* HornyDevils: Succubus and similar demons appear in the series: "A Long Spoon" is about Johannes dealing with a devil (a demon non-affiliated with the legions of Hell) named Zarenyia who is a succubine and while she can shapeshift to appear like a normal (if beautiful) woman, her natural form is a sort of spider-centaur. Her sexuality and taste for murder are both played for laughs. When Cabal encounters a different succubus who doesn't like him as much in ''Fall of The House of Cabal'' she takes 'liberties' with him and he is disoriented and dazed in a rare fashion.


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* SuccubiAndIncubi: Succubus and similar demons appear in the series: "A Long Spoon" is about Johannes dealing with a devil (a demon non-affiliated with the legions of Hell) named Zarenyia who is a succubine and while she can [[ShapeshiftingSeducer shapeshift]] to appear like a normal (if beautiful) woman, her natural form is a sort of spider-centaur. Her sexuality and taste for murder are both played for laughs. When Cabal encounters a different succubus who doesn't like him as much in ''Fall of The House of Cabal'' she takes 'liberties' with him and he is disoriented and dazed in a rare fashion.


** Rufus Maleficarus has a name which roughly means "red-haired" and "bad", both of which he is.

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** Rufus Maleficarus has a name which roughly means "red-haired" and "bad", [[EvilRedhead both of which he is.is]].



** Cabal somehow moved his family house from where it originally was, all in one piece, to its new isolated location-its implied he hired magical beings but never explained.

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** Cabal somehow moved his family house from where it originally was, all in one piece, to its new isolated location-its location-it's implied he hired magical beings but never explained.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Entry into Hell is mediated by one of these, Arthur Trubshaw, a man so dedicated to dotting every "i" and crossing every "t" that he out-obstructed the demons; getting in requires filling out a massive entry form (nine thousand, seven hundred, and forty-seven pages!), in perfect detail. Using pencils with no erasers, meaning those that don't fill out the form perfectly are forced to start over from scratch.


Although necromancers like him are hunted down and burned on stake, Cabal is driven to find a cure for death- although "driven" is something of an understatement. Not an adventuerous sort by nature, he's also horribly pragmatic, so his quest for knowledge (which he'd be content to do in a lab and library) sees him travel to Hell, The Dreamlands, various fictional European countries, and a city of horrors called London.

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Although necromancers like him are hunted down and burned on at the stake, Cabal is driven to find a cure for death- although "driven" is something of an understatement. Not an adventuerous adventurous sort by nature, he's also horribly pragmatic, so his quest for knowledge (which he'd be content to do in a lab and library) sees him travel to Hell, The the Dreamlands, various fictional European countries, and a city of horrors called London.



The short stories are also harder to track down than that as many were written in magazines that subsequently ceased publication. In brief, there are "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day", "Exeunt Demon King"[[note]]Both of which can be purchased as ebooks[[/note]], "The Ereshkigal Working"[[note]]Found in ''The Way of the Wizard'' anthology[[/note]], "The House of Gears"[[note]]Which can be read for free (or purchased) [[http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-fiction/the-house-of-gears/ here]][[/note]], "The Death of Me"[[note]]Free on Tor.com, [[https://www.tor.com/2013/09/10/the-death-of-me/ here]][[/note]], "Ouroboros Ouzo"[[note]]Also a purchasable standalone[[/note]], and" A Long Spoon"[[note]]Published on Tor.com, [[https://www.tor.com/2014/12/18/a-long-spoon-peter-joseph/ here]][[/note]].

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The short stories are also harder to track down than that that, as many were written in magazines that subsequently ceased publication. In brief, there are "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day", "Exeunt Demon King"[[note]]Both of which can be purchased as ebooks[[/note]], "The Ereshkigal Working"[[note]]Found in ''The Way of the Wizard'' anthology[[/note]], "The House of Gears"[[note]]Which can be read for free (or purchased) [[http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-fiction/the-house-of-gears/ here]][[/note]], "The Death of Me"[[note]]Free on Tor.com, [[https://www.tor.com/2013/09/10/the-death-of-me/ here]][[/note]], "Ouroboros Ouzo"[[note]]Also a purchasable standalone[[/note]], and" A Long Spoon"[[note]]Published on Tor.com, [[https://www.tor.com/2014/12/18/a-long-spoon-peter-joseph/ here]][[/note]].



* BlackComedy: Cabal is murderous, amoral and heavily armed but most of the bodies he or anyone else drops are more punch-lines than acts of horror due to the nature of the stories-Cabal is bad but he's better than the antagonists. Usually.

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* BlackComedy: Cabal is murderous, amoral and heavily armed armed, but most of the bodies he or anyone else drops are more punch-lines than acts of horror due to the nature of the stories-Cabal is bad but he's better than the antagonists. Usually.



* DevilButNoGod: This is ambiguously true for the cosmology of the series. In ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'', {{Satan}} refers to himself as being a fallen angel (in line with Christian religion/mythology)and tortures the damned in FireAndBrimstoneHell, and Cabal seems to be believe that God exists, but [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks doesn't like him either]] and believes that Heaven is [[HellOfAHeaven also unpleasant]], involving a loss of individuality. However, in a later book, ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'', Cabal meets Nyarlathotep, who claims during a BreakingSpeech that there is no Satan/God/Hell/Heaven, and in reality, Satan is just one of his masks, and merely believes himself to be a separate entity, and for his amusement, Nyarlathotep likes to torture bad souls and give good ones the "gift" of a CessationOfExistence. This is seemingly born out by a scene where Cabal (admittedly while trapped in a LotusEaterMachine created by Nyarlathotep) has a vision of Satan and Hell and thinks he looks a lot like Nyarlathotep's human form. Although it is possible that Nyarlathotep was just saying this to MindRape Cabal, and there are indications that demons and devils exist independently of him, there's nothing that challenges Nyarlathotep's claims about God and Heaven.

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* DevilButNoGod: This is ambiguously true for the cosmology of the series. In ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'', {{Satan}} refers to himself as being a fallen angel (in line with Christian religion/mythology)and tortures the damned in FireAndBrimstoneHell, and Cabal seems to be believe that God exists, but [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks doesn't like him either]] and believes that Heaven is [[HellOfAHeaven also unpleasant]], involving a loss of individuality. However, in a later book, ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'', Cabal meets Nyarlathotep, who claims during a BreakingSpeech that there is no Satan/God/Hell/Heaven, and in reality, Satan is just one of his masks, and merely believes himself to be a separate entity, and for his amusement, Nyarlathotep likes to torture bad souls and give good ones the "gift" of a CessationOfExistence. This is seemingly born borne out by a scene where Cabal (admittedly while trapped in a LotusEaterMachine created by Nyarlathotep) has a vision of Satan and Hell and thinks he looks a lot like Nyarlathotep's human form. Although it is possible that Nyarlathotep was just saying this to MindRape Cabal, and there are indications that demons and devils exist independently of him, there's nothing that challenges Nyarlathotep's claims about God and Heaven.


* DirectLineToTheAuthor: Applies only to Cabal's twitter account, where he complains occasionally about "the man Howard" publishing lies about his life and entreats his followers not to read them.



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Applies only to Cabal's twitter account, where he complains occasionally about "the man Howard" publishing lies about his life and entreats his followers not to read them.


# ''The Fall of The House of Cabal'' (2016)

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# ''The Fall of The House of Cabal'' ''Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfCabal'' (2016)


There are also several short stories, but the series is written in such a way that they are not necessary to follow the novels-any elements which appeared first in the stories and then in the novels is usually described well enough to preclude confusion and serve more as a CallBack or in-jokes.

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There are also several short stories, but the series is written in such a way that they are not necessary to follow the novels-any novels - any elements which appeared first in the stories and then in the novels is are usually described well enough to preclude confusion and serve more as a CallBack or in-jokes.
confusion.


The series consists of several novels and short stories. The novels are as follows:

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The series consists of several novels and short stories. The novels are as follows:
five novels:


* OutOfOrder:
** The series is not always written in chronological order-the first story written, ''Blustery Day'' takes place after ''Exeunt Demon King'' but ''also'' before-Exeunt Demon King is framed by Cabal telling a story of his past to someone in a period roughly after ''The Necromancer''. Likewise, "Ereshkigal Working" was published after ''Necromancer'' but takes place before it. The main reason for this is that Howard will often expand on things only briefly alluded to previously-Rufus Maleficarus first appears in ''Necromancer'' but its not the first time he met Cabal.
** "Ouroboros Ouzo" plays with this as Cabal is granted visions of his personal potential futures-he sees himself as a ghoul and as a mechanical butler, which are references to ''Fear Institute'' and "House of Gears" respectively.


* DevilButNoGod: This is ambiguously true for the cosmology of the series. In ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'', {{Satan}}} refers to himself as being a fallen angel (in line with Christian religion/mythology)and tortures the damned in FireAndBrimstoneHell, and Cabal seems to be believe that God exists, but [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks doesn't like him either]] and believes that Heaven is [[HellOfAHeaven also unpleasant]], involving a loss of individuality. However, in a later book, ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'', Cabal meets Nyarlathotep, who claims during a BreakingSpeech that there is no Satan/God/Hell/Heaven, and in reality, Satan is just one of his masks, and merely believes himself to be a separate entity, and for his amusement, Nyarlathotep likes to torture bad souls and give good ones the "gift" of a CessationOfExistence. This is seemingly born out by a scene where Cabal (admittedly while trapped in a LotusEaterMachine created by Nyarlathotep) has a vision of Satan and Hell and thinks he looks a lot like Nyarlathotep's human form. Although it is possible that Nyarlathotep was just saying this to MindRape Cabal, and there are indications that demons and devils exist independently of him, there's nothing that challenges Nyarlathotep's claims about God and Heaven.

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* DevilButNoGod: This is ambiguously true for the cosmology of the series. In ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'', {{Satan}}} {{Satan}} refers to himself as being a fallen angel (in line with Christian religion/mythology)and tortures the damned in FireAndBrimstoneHell, and Cabal seems to be believe that God exists, but [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks doesn't like him either]] and believes that Heaven is [[HellOfAHeaven also unpleasant]], involving a loss of individuality. However, in a later book, ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'', Cabal meets Nyarlathotep, who claims during a BreakingSpeech that there is no Satan/God/Hell/Heaven, and in reality, Satan is just one of his masks, and merely believes himself to be a separate entity, and for his amusement, Nyarlathotep likes to torture bad souls and give good ones the "gift" of a CessationOfExistence. This is seemingly born out by a scene where Cabal (admittedly while trapped in a LotusEaterMachine created by Nyarlathotep) has a vision of Satan and Hell and thinks he looks a lot like Nyarlathotep's human form. Although it is possible that Nyarlathotep was just saying this to MindRape Cabal, and there are indications that demons and devils exist independently of him, there's nothing that challenges Nyarlathotep's claims about God and Heaven.


The Johannes Cabal Series is a number of novels and short stories about Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy. It takes place in an AlternateHistory where magic is real and acknowledged as such by the general population, though it is established to also be rare the kind of thing the average person hears about but doesn't see. Cabal is driven to find a cure for death although "driven" is something of an understatement.

Not an adventuerous sort by nature, Cabal is also horribly pragmatic, so his quest for knowledge (which he'd be content to do in a lab and library) see him travel to Hell, The Dreamlands, various fictional European countries, and a city of horrors called London.

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The Johannes Cabal Series is a number of novels and short stories by Jonathan L. Howard about Johannes Cabal, a the eponymous necromancer of some little infamy. It takes place in an AlternateHistory where magic is real and acknowledged as such by the general population, though it is established to also be rare - the kind of thing the average person hears about but doesn't see. see.

Although necromancers like him are hunted down and burned on stake,
Cabal is driven to find a cure for death death- although "driven" is something of an understatement.

understatement. Not an adventuerous sort by nature, Cabal is he's also horribly pragmatic, so his quest for knowledge (which he'd be content to do in a lab and library) see sees him travel to Hell, The Dreamlands, various fictional European countries, and a city of horrors called London.



The short stories are also harder to track down than that as many were written in magazines that subsequently ceased publication. In brief, there are "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day", "Exeunt Demon King", "The Ereshkigal Working", "The House of Gears", "The Death of Me", "Ouroboros Ouzo", and" A Long Spoon."

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The short stories are also harder to track down than that as many were written in magazines that subsequently ceased publication. In brief, there are "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day", "Exeunt Demon King", King"[[note]]Both of which can be purchased as ebooks[[/note]], "The Ereshkigal Working", Working"[[note]]Found in ''The Way of the Wizard'' anthology[[/note]], "The House of Gears", Gears"[[note]]Which can be read for free (or purchased) [[http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-fiction/the-house-of-gears/ here]][[/note]], "The Death of Me", Me"[[note]]Free on Tor.com, [[https://www.tor.com/2013/09/10/the-death-of-me/ here]][[/note]], "Ouroboros Ouzo", Ouzo"[[note]]Also a purchasable standalone[[/note]], and" A Long Spoon."
Spoon"[[note]]Published on Tor.com, [[https://www.tor.com/2014/12/18/a-long-spoon-peter-joseph/ here]][[/note]].

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