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Jonathan L. Howard

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Jonathan L Howard is a game designer, scriptwriter, and a veteran of the computer games industry since the early 1990s, with titles such as the 'Broken Sword' series to his credit.

After publishing two short stories featuring Johannes Cabal (Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day and Exeunt Demon King) in H. P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer was published in 2009 as his first novel.

Since then there have been three sequels, with a fourth due in 2016. He has also written two novels in the YA SF "Russalka Chronicles" series, and the ongoing "Goon Squad" serial of superhero stories. October 2015 will see the publication of "Carter & Lovecraft," the first in a new series of novels.

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Jonathan L. Howard I don't especially have a specific number of novels in mind for either series, to be honest. Johannes Cabal will keep rolling along until I run out of…moreI don't especially have a specific number of novels in mind for either series, to be honest. Johannes Cabal will keep rolling along until I run out of moral atrocities for him to inflict upon a startled world, or he reaches his goal, or dies permanently, or -- heavens forfend -- I get bored of him. I'd much rather end the series before the lattermost occurs.

Carter & Lovecraft is a rather different case; although Dan Carter and Emily Lovecraft are my creations, the books are works for hire and I do not own the copyright. I'll keep writing them until I run out of ideas, want to do something else, or if Macmillan pulls the plug or even -- and it's perfectly within their rights to do so -- hand the gig to a different writer. (less)
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LONCON 3, largely unblessed by my genius. Philistines.

LONCON 3, largely unblessed by my genius. Philistines.

Firstly, I’d just quickly like to say I’m at WorldCon/Loncon3 from tomorrow, Thursday the 14th of August. Irritatingly I seem not to have been tagged on the “Yes, I’m available for panels” list, so I’m not doing a great deal. On the one hand it’s good because I can do largely what I like, but on the other hand it’s irritating. Peopleneed to...

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“Not entirely fair?" His voice became that of the inferno: a rushing, booming howl of icy evil that flew around the great cavern, as swift and cold as the Wendigo on skates. "I am Satan, also called Lucifer the Light Bearer..."
Cabal winced. What was it about devils that they always had to give you their whole family history?
"I was cast down from the presence of God himself into this dark, sulfurous pit and condemned to spend eternity here-"
"Have you tried saying sorry?" interrupted Cabal.
"No, I haven't! I was sent down for a sin of pride. It rather undermines my position if I say 'sorry'!”
Jonathan L. Howard, Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

“They served to remind Cabal - should a reminder ever be necessary - why his social skills were so poor: people were loathsome and not worth the practise.”
Jonathan L. Howard, The Detective

“Lo!" cried the demon. "I am here! What dost thou seek of me? Why dost thou disturb my repose? Smite me no more with that dread rod!" He looked at Cabal. "Where's your dread rod?"
"I left it at home," replied Cabal. "Didn't think I really needed it."
"You can't summon me without a dread rod!" said Lucifuge, appalled.
"You're here, aren't you?"
"Well, yes, but under false pretences. You haven't got a goatskin or two vervain crowns or two candles of virgin wax made by a virgin girl and duly blessed. Have you got the stone called Ematille?"
"I don't even know what Ematille is."
Neither did the demon. He dropped the subject and moved on. "Four nails from the coffin of a dead child?"
"Don't be fatuous."
"Half a bottle of brandy?"
"I don't drink brandy."
"It's not for you."
"I have a hip flask," said Cabal, and threw it to him. The demon caught it and took a dram.
"Cheers," said Lucifuge, and threw it back. They regarded each other for a long moment. "This really is a shambles," the demon added finally. "What did you summon me for, anyway?”
Jonathan L. Howard, Johannes Cabal The Necromancer


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