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Howard, Jonathan L

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Game.

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(?   -    ) UK game designer, involved with the Broken Sword sequence of occult-conspiracy Adventures (which see), and author who began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Between the River and the Road" (June 2001 Realms of Fantasy). The eponymous Antihero of the darkly humorous Johannes Cabal sequence, introduced in "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day" (Spring 2004 H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror), conducts obsessive research into reviving the dead, as in H P Lovecraft's Herbert West – Reanimator (February-July 1922 Home Brew as "Grewsome Tales"; vt March 1942-November 1943 Weird Tales; 1977 chap). The first series novel, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (2009), is a comic Pact with the Devil story [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] set in a slightly retro or Alternate-World England. Johannes Cabal the Detective (2010) enters Steampunk mode with murder aboard a great Airship lifted by "Laithwaite gyroscopic levitators" (see Antigravity; Imaginary Science) and traversing a Ruritanian-flavoured Europe. Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (2011) records a physical expedition into the Dreamlands of the Dream Cycle stories written by H P Lovecraft under the influence of Lord Dunsany.

Of direct sf interest is the Young Adult Russalka series, set on the remote, now-independent, ocean-dominated colony planet of that name (see Colonization of Other Worlds): Katya's World (2012), in which young submarine navigator Katya Kuriakova meets various perils Under the Sea, including a world-threatening Monster; and Katya's War (2013), with the human colony plunged into a debilitating civil War. [DRL]

Jonathan L Howard




Johannes Cabal


  • Katya's World (London: Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry, 2012) [Russalka: pb/Lee Gibbons]
  • Katya's War (London: Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry, 2013) [Russalka: pb/Lee Gibbons]

Carter and Lovecraft

individual titles

  • Kyth the Taker (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Air and Nothingness Press, 2017) [coll: pb/]


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