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Jan 6 2010 10:37am

Giveaway: Jonathan L. Howard's Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Our latest giveaway comes from Doubleday, who have given us ten copies of Jonathan L. Howard’s Johannes Cabal the Necromancer! The official blurb:

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.

The Rules: To get this giveaway, all you need to do is comment (once—duplicates won’t count) on this post. The winner will be selected at random. You have until noon EST on Tuesday, January 12th, to comment here. Please check your e-mail in the following days—if you do not respond we select a new winner.

169 comments
LouWW
2. Marco P. Romer
I want it all! I want it all! I want it all! And I want it now! THanks!
LouWW
3. wickerman
This looks like an interesting read... regardless of if I win or not I'm adding it to my goodreads.
LouWW
5. aetherical
Oooh, this sounds fun!
Paul Eisenberg
7. HelmHammerhand
Perhaps this will guide me in my quest to also be a notorious snob.
LouWW
9. RobGrant
Excellent book, made it onto my top 10 for the year:
http://www.sci-fi-london.com/news/article/1262194285/4/favourite-books-of-2009
LouWW
11. knucklehead
please give me
LouWW
18. Ldraxx
Pick me pick me!!!
charlz franz
19. charlz
Howard "has worked in the computer games industry since the early nineties, notably co-scripting the first three Broken Sword adventure games."

Sounds promising.
LouWW
21. tcg
Sounds interesting.
Chris Hodge
22. hodgetowne
I would be happy for you to send me this book, which I will then read at my leisure.
Shay D.
24. shaydchara
Just in time! I need a new subway book, and this sounds awesome! Faust + carnival ftw!
LouWW
25. Gordon McBirnie
Count me in!
LouWW
26. Danger H Mouse
I find this competition ... acceptable
Bobby Berry
29. bvberry
Reminds me of Something Wicked This Way Comes. Sounds like fun.
LouWW
31. JakeLsewhere
Oh, looks good. ^_^
LouWW
35. steampunk4ever
I REALLY REALLY want this one!

Really really!
LouWW
37. Arithmos
Looks pretty awesome!
LouWW
38. BritMandelo
This definitely looks fun.
LouWW
41. necrowhat
yes, thank you. Pretty please :)
LouWW
42. pinprick
ooh! this sounds super fun. even if i don't win it (i hope i do!) i'll have to go buy it. who doesn't love the devil and carnies?!
LouWW
43. Aimeek
I'm all over this. Like Mr Cabal's (likely) cheap suit.
Mrs. Micah
44. MrsMicah
Maybe I can talk my library into buying it if I don't win...
LouWW
45. necronom
it's fun, i want it
LouWW
48. birdbrainbb
I want eeeeeet!
LouWW
49. Herewiss13
sign me up!
Jacob Silvia
50. aethercowboy
Is this better than Necromancy for Dummies? 'Cause that book was RIFE with errors. I want half my soul back!
LouWW
51. Amanda M.
Soul-selling and hell searching? Yes please!
Joe Johaneman
53. dogboi
I need a new piece of fiction to read. All I have left on my shelf that's new is non-fiction. :-)
LouWW
57. chris3
Sounds like a great addition to the bookshelf
Susan Policoff
58. AMS09
Amazing, that people manage to come up with new twists on Faust, still! This one sounds pretty amusing!
LouWW
65. audramelissa
yes please
LouWW
67. evilnecromancer
Sounds cool.
LouWW
68. patmcc19
Will add to my pile
LouWW
69. lorimbrooks
Count me in.
Pasi Kallinen
71. paxed
Sounds fun. If I don't get it from here, I'll... I'll have to go buy it!
LouWW
72. Rummy
Certainly sounds interesting.
LouWW
75. jefff
Sounds like a fun read. Count me in.
LouWW
79. SkinnyLeaf
Sounds like an interesting read!
LouWW
82. Dave Garrett
Cool cover.
Sean Newton
83. SJN
Poking my nose in, in the mild hope that I get the book.
LouWW
84. mmaak
I Love Books!!!!
LouWW
86. E Michael K
Sounds good. I'll have to watch for this one in the stores.
LouWW
87. summerdown
looks great :)
LouWW
89. David McHale
This book sounds spectacular!
LouWW
90. run7
Sounds interesting and I didn't get enough books for giftmas!
Katrina Templeton
91. katster
I am going to have to try this book out. Maybe if I win it... yes, yes, that would do nicely...
William Hassinger
92. iObject
Neat book! I'll give it to my girlfriend, I think, if I win.
LouWW
93. scribbler
Sounds intriguing--sign me up!
LouWW
94. uid0gid0
Sounds like a good read.
Richard Birnie
96. rbirnie
I was contemplating buying this. Maybe I'll have a punt here first.
LouWW
97. Krisbjork
Seems great!
Ben Warmuth
98. inevitabledoubt
I'm always up for new books to add to my collection.
LouWW
99. Robyne
Sounds like a great read.
LouWW
101. Jaamie
Simon Bolivar is the only person in the world to have two sovereign nations named after him: Bolivia and Venezuela.

On an unrelated note that book looks fun.
LouWW
103. gt0163c
Looks like a great read.
Thanks for the chance to win!
LouWW
105. Laura Rachelle
Count me in.
LouWW
107. DRickard
Hope hope hope
LouWW
108. photon
i'd like to read this
LouWW
109. 'nother Mike
Japan okay?
LouWW
110. eddV
Sound worth a read.
LouWW
112. JennyJ
This sounds like a fantastically fun read!
Jonathan Rose
113. macguffin37
I'm dead serious that I would bury someone for this.
LouWW
114. Sihaya
I went down to the crossroads,
For my reading needs.
Down to the crossroads,
For my reading needs.
Asked the Management for mercy,
"Save me a copy, please."
LouWW
115. Xak
Looks like an interesting read!
LouWW
117. Sue R
Sounds like fun. Count me in!
Louis Richards
118. lummer5000
Johannes' brother is a vampire?
So he's a neck romancer too, huh?
Tim Lewis
119. RaPToRFunK
This looks interesting. I'd like to win one please.
LouWW
121. madalex
Send it this way ;)
LouWW
123. rcutshaw
Looks like an interesting book and good read.
LouWW
126. Camila Faria
Great, count me in!!!
LouWW
127. Ante2000
Oh, would be a perfect gift for my sister :)
LouWW
128. Renee Robinson
I want this one - it looks like one our local library wouldn't carry, and I have already used up all my Xmas bookstore gift cards.
LouWW
129. AetherMechanic
Comment.
LouWW
131. Garth Colasurdo
Sounds like a fun book. Count me in.
LouWW
136. Zerogravitas
Posty McPosterson.
LouWW
137. PhilipM
Looks a very interesting read...
Charles Fraker
138. CharlieF
Sounds like an interesting story. My cat Jack says I must win it and read it to him. His wish is your command.
LouWW
139. akujaj
Gimme! please.
Gabe Karl
143. Kaim82
interesting ... would like to read it ...
LouWW
147. Blaeyne
Sounds like a really good read!!!
LouWW
150. mad-L
Sounds interesting, if I don't win, I'll probably pick up a copy.
LouWW
151. knutt_99
darn it. Someone went and wrote a book about my life...
LouWW
153. Story Cottage
chances are one out of 153 and counting, but I am not one to turn down a book
LouWW
155. azmodean
Bookmarking this page in case I *don't* win, so I remember to buy it.
alessandro montagner
157. black_swan
I'm sure somebody pointed it out already...
We have Satan, a travelling circus... it sounds a bit like "Parnassus" to me. Alright, it wasn't a circus & Mr D was called Mr Nick (& played ludicrously by the eternal Tom Waits), but still.

By the way, I want this book.
alys sterling
159. cthulie
Sounds cool - definitely on the to-read list if I don't win!
LouWW
160. Wenchbabe
Sounds like a fantastic story. please count me in for the draw.
Tom Hill
161. thill2
Sounds very interesting. May I, please?
LouWW
162. Benjamin Wald
Sounds intriguing; count me in.
LouWW
163. JCR
Sounds interesting
LouWW
164. citizenj
insert witty comment, something about interest in reading book.
generic closing.

end transmission.
Craig McNamee
166. Cornelius
Add yet another applicant to the growing list.
LouWW
167. Dagtastic
Reading is fun!
S Diller
168. CuenDiller
Yey I won! Thanks Tor, this read sounds like fun!
LouWW
169. Cemetarygirl
I have just borrowed this from the library. It is a book to savour, each word, each phrase draws you deeper into a world that attracts and entices. If only we could enter. But then one can through the safe retreat of my bed-covers, cushioned by plump caressing pillows. Only a third of the way through and I will not complete this journey in a hurry

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