Johannes Cabal

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,315 ratings

Johannes Cabal The Necromancer Publisher's Summary

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 100 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.

©2009 Jonathan L. Howard (P)2009 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

    • By: Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,267
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934

    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 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterpiece Comedy

    • By Guillermo on 06-19-10

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 2

    • Johannes Cabal the Detective

    • By: Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 957
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815

    In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he’s on the run from the local government.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Decent Successor to the First

    • By Ambrose on 10-08-12

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 3

    • The Fear Institute

    • The Johannes Cabal Novels, Book 3
    • By: Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 612
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 567
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 568

    Johannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once more. This time, his talents are purchased by the Fear Institute as they hunt for the phobic animus - the embodiment of fear. The three institute members, led by Cabal and his silver key, enter the Dreamlands and find themselves pursued by walking trees plagued with giant ticks, stone men that patrol the ruins of their castles, cats that feed on human flesh, and phobias that torment and devastate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • slow at first, but well worth it

    • By Ashley McCammon on 02-25-16

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 4

    • The Brothers Cabal

    • Johannes Cabal, Book 4
    • By: Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 611
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 559
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 558

    Horst, the most affable vampire one is ever likely to meet, is resurrected by an occult conspiracy that wants him as a general in a monstrous army. Their plan is to create a country of horrors, a supernatural homeland. As Horst sees the lengths to which they are prepared to go and the evil they cultivate, he realizes that he cannot fight them alone. What he really needs on his side is a sarcastic, amoral, heavily armed necromancer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I can never get enough!

    • By Mauricio on 12-27-14

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 5

    • The Fall of the House of Cabal

    • The Johannes Cabal Novels, Book 6
    • By: Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 483
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 445
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 444

    Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal: a cure for death. The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before. The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance - comrades for the coming travails.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One selfish plea

    • By Marianne on 05-07-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day

    • And Other Tales of the Necromancer
    • By: Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 385
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 356
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 355

    Johannes Cabal is a necromancer - and he's slightly infamous. Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer features seven of Cabal's most frightening adventures, including "Exeunt Demon King", "The Ereshkigal Working", "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day", and more. Also included is an original introduction written and read by the author.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen, Wonderful short stories

    • By Damian on 08-21-17

    Regular price: $20.97