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In this uproarious and clever debut, it’s time to give the Devil his due.

Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul . . . He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

To make the bet even more interesting, Satan throws in that diabolical engine of deceit, seduction, and corruption known as a “traveling circus” to aid in the evil bidding. What better place exists to rob poor sad saps of their souls than the traveling carnivals historically run by hucksters and legendary con men?

With little time to lose, Johannes raises a motley crew from the dead and enlists his brother, Horst, a charismatic vampire (an unfortunate side effect of Johannes’s early experiments with necromancy), to be the carnival’s barker. On the road through the pastoral English countryside, this team of reprobates wields their black magic with masterful ease, resulting in mayhem at every turn.

Johannes may have the moral conscience of anthrax, but are his tricks sinful enough to beat the Devil at his own game? You’ll never guess, and that’s a promise!

Brilliantly written and wickedly funny, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer combines the chills and thrills of old-fashioned gothic tales like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the mischievous humor of Wicked, and the sophisticated charms of Jonathan Strange &Mr. Norrell and spins the Faustian legend into a fresh, irreverent, and irresistible new adventure.

Synopsis:

Tormented by a dark secret and obsessed with raising the dead, discriminating scientist Johannes Cabal travels to hell to retrieve the soul he sold to Satan, who challenges Johannes to win back his soul by capturing the souls of one hundred others in the course of a year with a traveling carnival.

Synopsis:

A charmingly gothic, fiendishly funny Faustian tale about a brilliant scientist who makes a deal with the Devil, twice.

Johannes Cabal sold his soul years ago in order tolearn the laws of necromancy. Now he wants it back. Amused and slightly bored, Satan proposes a little wager: Johannes has to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever. This time forreal. Accepting the bargain, Jonathan is given one calendar year and a traveling carnival to complete his task. With little time to waste, Johannes raises a motley crew from the dead and enlists his brother, Horst, acharismatic vampire to help him run his nefarious road show, resulting in mayhem at every turn.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jonathan L. Howard is a game designer and scriptwriter who has worked in the computer games industry since the early nineties, notably co-scripting the first three Broken Sword adventure games. This is his first novel. He lives near Bristol with his wife and daughter.

Johannes Cabal is a necromancer of some little infamy, who has been digging up bodies without permission for several years now. His first appearance in print was in the short story “Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day,” published in the premier issue of H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror. Where he lives is none of your verdammt business.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385530439
Publisher:
Doubleday
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Howard, Jonathan L.
Author:
Jonathan L. Howard
Subject:
Fiction : Humorous
Subject:
Wagers
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Debut Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090707
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
291

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Product details 291 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780385530439 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Tormented by a dark secret and obsessed with raising the dead, discriminating scientist Johannes Cabal travels to hell to retrieve the soul he sold to Satan, who challenges Johannes to win back his soul by capturing the souls of one hundred others in the course of a year with a traveling carnival.
"Synopsis" by , A charmingly gothic, fiendishly funny Faustian tale about a brilliant scientist who makes a deal with the Devil, twice.

Johannes Cabal sold his soul years ago in order tolearn the laws of necromancy. Now he wants it back. Amused and slightly bored, Satan proposes a little wager: Johannes has to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever. This time forreal. Accepting the bargain, Jonathan is given one calendar year and a traveling carnival to complete his task. With little time to waste, Johannes raises a motley crew from the dead and enlists his brother, Horst, acharismatic vampire to help him run his nefarious road show, resulting in mayhem at every turn.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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