Johannes Cabal

Johannes Cabal

The Fear Institute

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In their mission to eradicate fear from the world, necromancer Johannes Cabal and the Fear Institute, believing that they have discovered where fear lives, enter the Dreamlands where they become trapped in a nightmarish world of phobias that torment and devastate. 30,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

A Darkly Gripping Comic Fantasy

Beyond the wall of sleep lies the Dreamlands, a world formed by dreams, but not a dream itself. For countless millennia, it has been explored only by those with a certain detachment from mundane reality, its strange seas navigated and its vast mountains climbed by philosophers, mystics, and poets. Well, those halcyon days are over, beatniks.

Johannes Cabal is coming.

Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, is employed by the mysterious Fear Institute to lead an expedition into the Dreamlands, an expedition to hunt and destroy the dread Phobic Animus, the font of terrors, the very source of all the world's fear. They will enter exotic lands where magic is common and monsters abound. Cabal will encounter witches, vile abominations, and far too many zebras.

And, when they finally come close to their goal, Cabal will have to face his own nightmares. But for a man who communes easily with devils and the dead, surely there is nothing left to fear. . . .



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In their mission to eradicate fear from the world, necromancer Johannes Cabal and the Fear Institute, believing that they have discovered where fear lives, enter the Dreamlands where they become trapped in a nightmarish world of phobias.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250037527
1250037522
Characteristics: ix, 334 pages ; 22 cm

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mrudy16
Mar 17, 2016

A more fantastical setting for another Johannes Cabal adventure. There did not seem to be as much character development in this story as there was in the last book. Anything we think we learn about Cabal is reversed on us.
I haven't read anything from Lovecraft so I did not realize the Dreamlands bit was referencing to him, but I really did enjoy Howard's take on the Dreamlands. It was probably my favorite part about the book.
This story lacked in some places where other Cabal stories have been better and the story didn't really pick up until over halfway through. But there's a ghoulish twist that surprises the reader and by the end I was ready for more.

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JimLoter
Nov 27, 2013

The third time is not the charm for the Johannes Cabal series.

I found the first novel to be ... well, novel in its world-creation and thoroughly unlikeable protagonist. The stakes were suitably high (Cabal's eternal soul), the antagonist was nicely malevolent (the Devil), and the story appropriately twisted.

The second book changed things up dramatically, asking the reader to accept the nefarious necromancer - now playing detective - as a sort of hero. Even with lowered stakes and a somewhat more conventional plot, it was an enjoyable read and the character of Cabal was given a bit more depth.

Johannes Cabal and the Fear Institute, however, is disappointing on all fronts. Cabal is inconsistent, the setting - the very Lovecraftian "Dreamlands" - is boring, his companions are non-entities, and the pacing is dull and plodding. I picked this up as a "light read," counting on a couple days of fun with my old friend Johannes, but it was an unpleasant effort to finish the 75% or so of the book I was able get through.

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