For fans of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, a brilliantly funny new take on the Faustian bargain.
Johannes Cabal, scientific genius and renowned intellectual snob, did a deal with the devil. He sold his soul for the ability to control the dead. Unfortunately Johannes soon realises that there’s little point being a necromancer without possession of his own soul. But the devil seemed like a sporting fellow — perhaps they could come to some arrangement.
As it turns out the Devil loves a wager. Enlist a hundred new souls in 12 months and Johannes is a free man— the Devil even offers Johannes a travelling circus franchise to help in the endeavour. So, it’s a simple matter of raising his vampire brother from the dead, resurrecting a troupe of zombie freak show employees and hitting the road with his Carnival of Discord. If only swindling people out of their souls were that easy!
Cabal’s sarcastic wit slaps you from the page and the nightmarish bureaucracy that is Howard’s vision of Hell surpasses even Douglas Adams’ Vogons for pencil pushing madness. Exceedingly clever, devilishly funny and wickedly entertaining.