Jonathan L. Howard - Author

About the Author

Jonathan L. Howard is a game designer, scriptwriter, and a veteran of the computer games industry since the early 'nineties with titles such as the 'Broken Sword' series to his credit. He lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and daughter.

 

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Fall of the House of Cabal

Fall of the House of Cabal

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2016

The fifth novel in the acclaimed cult-favorite series starring Johannes Cabal, necromancer. 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.Assisted-ably and otherwise-by his vampiric brother, Horst, and by the kindly accompaniment of a criminologist and a devil, they will encounter ruins and diableries, mystery and murder, the depths of the lowest pit, and a city of horrors-London, to be exact.Yet even though Cabal has risked such peril believing he understands the dangers he faces, he is still underestimating them. He is walking into a trap of such arcane complexity that even the one who drew him there has no idea of its true terrors. As it closes slowly and subtly around them, it may be that there will be no survivors at all.

Goon Squad, Vol. 3

Goon Squad, Vol. 3

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 08/12/2015

An ongoing, episodic "e;prose comic"e; from which the pictures are summoned by the magic of words, Goon Squad is set in a version of modern-day Manchester. Its biggest divergence from the real city is that it-along with most other large urban centers-has a team of superheroes to protect it against unusual threats with which the conventional forces of law and order would have problems.Goon Squad, Volume 3: Old Enemies is composed of: "e;Life during Wartime,"e; "e;Red Wolf, Red Wolf, Does Whatever a Red Wolf Can,"e; "e;Shadow of the Vivisector,"e; "e;The Man from Switzerland,"e; "e;The End of the Year Show,"e; as well as an introduction read by the author.

Carter & Lovecraft

Carter & Lovecraft

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2015

"e;Carter & Lovecraft is a Pandora's box loaded with all the wonderfully twisted stuff I love, including a two-fisted homicide cop turned PI, warped realities, a mysterious bookstore, the Cthulhu mythos, a dash of romance, and creepy fish-men. What's not to love? Jonathan L. Howard knows how to show his readers a wickedly good time."e; -Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Dead RingersDaniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case-the hunt for a serial killer-went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss. She's Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man. Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn't want to be involved, he's beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As Carter reluctantly investigates, he discovers that H. P. Lovecraft's tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected, and far more unwanted, inheritance.

Goon Squad, Vol. 2

Goon Squad, Vol. 2

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2015

An ongoing, episodic "e;prose comic"e; from which the pictures are summoned by the magic of words, Goon Squad is set in a version of modern-day Manchester. Its biggest divergence from the real city is that it-along with most other large urban centers-has a team of superheroes to protect it against unusual threats with which the conventional forces of law and order would have problems.Goon Squad, Volume 2: Without Sin is composed of "e;A Star in Strange Ways,"e; "e;Holy Fool,"e; "e;Dead Man Tells Tale,"e; "e;A Brief History of the Goon Squad,"e; "e;Tale of Terror,"e; and "e;Pomona Island,"e; as well as an introduction read by the author.

Goon Squad, Vol. 1

Goon Squad, Vol. 1

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2015

An ongoing, episodic "e;prose comic"e; from which the pictures are summoned by the magic of words, Goon Squad is set in a version of modern-day Manchester. Its biggest divergence from the real city is that it-along with most other large urban centers-has a team of superheroes to protect it against unusual threats with which the conventional forces of law and order would have problems.Goon Squad, Volume 1: Special Talents is composed of six tales: "e;The New Girl,"e; "e;Nightclubbing,"e; "e;By the Water, by the Grave,"e; "e;Changes,"e; "e;No-No Dojo,"e; and "e;Exterminating Angel,"e; as well as an introduction read by the author.

Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day

Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2015

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:"e;Exeunt Demon King,"e;"e;The Ereshkigal Working,"e;"e;Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day,"e;"e;The House of Gears,"e;"e;The Death of Me,"e;"e;Ouroboros Ouzo,"e; and"e;A Long Spoon."e;Also included is an original introduction written and read by the author.

Long Spoon

Long Spoon

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 17/12/2014

You may have heard of Johannes Cabal; he is a necromancer and a little infamous. He is also very sensitive to attempts on his life. When a murder of crows tries to... well, murder him, and the contents of his bath are transmuted into hot nitric acid, he suspects someone may mean him harm. The trail leads to one of the less travelled parts of Hell itself, and there Cabal will need a guide. As Dante had his Virgil, so Cabal employs the services of a devil who is a monster, a predator, and -- most alien of all to Cabal -- a woman. The devil Zarenyia and he delve deep into Hell, even into Satan's greatest mistake, to confront challenges quite outside the ken of any mortal. But one should always use a long spoon when supping with a devil, and Cabal soon realises the unthinkable, a horror beyond his experience. He is actually beginning to like her.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Fear Institute

Fear Institute

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 11/11/2014

The third novel in the acclaimed cult-favorite series starring necromancer Johannes CabalJohannes 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. The intrepid explorers are killed off one by one as they traipse through this obfuscating and frustrating world, where history itself appears to alter. Cabal, annoyed that the quest is becoming increasingly heroic, finds himself alone with the institute's only remaining survivor, and after a shockingly violent experiment, begins to suspect that not everything is quite as it seems.

Brothers Cabal

Brothers Cabal

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 30/09/2014

The fourth novel in the acclaimed cult-favorite series starring necromancer Johannes CabalHorst Cabal has risen from the dead-again.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.As luck would have it, this exactly describes his brother.

Katya's War

Katya's War

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

The battle lines have been drawn. The people of Russalka turn upon one another in a ruthless and unwavering civil war even while their world sickens and the deep black ocean is stained red with their blood. As the young civilisation weakens, its vitality fuelling the opposing militaries at the cost of all else, the war drums beat louder and louder. Katya Kuriakova knows it cannot last. Both sides are exhausted - it can only be a matter of days or weeks before they finally call a truce and negotiate. But the days and weeks pass, the death toll mounts, and still the enemy will not talk. Then a figure from the tainted past returns to make her an offer she cannot lightly refuse - a plan to stop the war. But to do it she will have to turn her back on everything she has believed in, everything she has ever fought for, to make sacrifices greater even than laying down her own life. To save Russalka, she must become its greatest enemy.

Death of Me

Death of Me

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2013

Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has this much in common with Emily Dickinson; because he could not stop for Death, she kindly stopped for him. Well, perhaps not that kindly. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Johannes Cabal the Detective

Johannes Cabal the Detective

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 13/07/2010

Johannes Cabal, necromancer of some little infamy, returns in this riotously clever and terrifically twisted tale of murder and international intrigue. 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. Stealing the identity of a minor bureaucrat, Cabal takes passage on the Princess Hortense, a passenger aeroship that is leaving the country. The deception seems perfect, and Cabal looks forward to a quiet trip and a clean escape, until he comes face-to-face with Leonie Barrow, an enemy from the old days who could blow his cover. But when a fellow passenger throws himself to his death, or at least that is how it appears, Cabal begins to investigate out of curiosity. His minor efforts result in a vicious attempt on his own lifeand then the gloves come off. Cabal and Leoniethe only woman to ever match wits with himreluctantly team up to discover the murderer. Before they are done, there will be more narrow escapes, involving sword fighting and newfangled flying machines. There will be massive destruction, not to mention resurrected dead . . . Steampunk meets the classic Sherlockian mystery in this rip-roaring adventure where anything could happen . . . and does.From the Hardcover edition.

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

The start of a fantastic new series. Johannes Cabal 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. For such a prize, some sacrifices are necessary. One such sacrifice was his own soul, but he now sees that was a mistake - it's not just that he needs it for his research to have validity, but now he realises he needs it to be himself. 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 - in one year. One year to beat the Devil at his own game. And isn't that perhaps just a little heroic?

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Author: Jonathan L. Howard Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2009

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, to be the carnivals 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.From the Compact Disc edition.

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