Title: Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer
Author: Jonathan L. Howard
Publisher: Skyboat Media and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition
Release Date: June 23, 2015
The Breakfast Octopus’ rating: A
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:
- “Exeunt Demon King“
- “The Ereshkigal Working“
- “Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day“
- “The House of Gears“
- “The Death of Me“
- “Ouroboros Ouzo“
- “A Long Spoon“
Also included is an original introduction written and read by the author.
If you aren’t a fan of Johannes Cabal, “a necromancer of some little infamy”, you should be, and this audiobook is a great place to start. If Johannes Cabal were a real person, I’d want to join the villagers near him who would really love to burn his house down but are concerned about the man-eating fairies in the garden. As he’s a fictional character, Cabal is strangely loveable, or as loveable as an amoral, grumpy, humorless necromancer can be. The best of the stories is “Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day“. It’s concise, funny, and perfect, with no wasted words, and paints a clear picture of Cabal and his nefarious activities. After all, it opens with Cabal ending the non-life of his latest necromantic experiment with a well-thrown bust of Napoleon. (He stocks Napoleonic busts for just this purpose).
The narrator has a great voice for these stories: he excels a performing as a somewhat dry narrator, the Teutonic Cabal, and the terrifying (but tiny) Skirtingboard People, among other voices.
While they have elements of horror, the stories don’t exactly fit into that category. They’re witty glimpses into a world in which magic and the devil are real, but so are Webley .577 guns and easily bribed policemen. These short stories are available in different places in their written form (Some for Tor.com, one in Fantasy Magazine, and several on Amazon), linked above or as an audiobook on Amazon.
To get your dose of the inimitable Johanes Cabal, listen to Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer, available now. Or check out the first full-length novel, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer.
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