Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal 3)
by Jonathan L. Howard
Headline Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780755347988
Date: 01 September 2011 List Price £19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: A third novel from Jonathan L. Howard, a British game designer whose credit include titles such as Broken Sword and his very well received debut novel Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, a witty fantasy that was given a beautiful hardcover release from Headline and which "...combines the chills and thrills of old-fashioned gothic tales like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the mischievous humour of Wicked, and the sophisticated charms of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and spins the Faustian legend into a fresh, irreverent, and irresistible new adventure.". Book three, Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute is more of the same and hoorah for that!
"Beyond the wall of sleep lie the Dreamlands, a whole world formed by dreams, but not a dream itself. For countless millennia, it has been explored only by those with a certain detachment from the mundane realities of our own world, its strange seas navigated, and its vast mountains climbed by philosophers, and 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 whose goal is nothing less than 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, see wonders, and suffer dreadful hardships. 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, there is surely nothing left to fear... Is there"