Being the awesome person that I am, occasionally somebody will randomly buy me books, or lend me books, or chuck books at my head that they think I might find interesting. Usually this is accompyyed by, "hey this book sounds really weird, I think you'll like it." I'm not 100% sure what to make of this, but I have gotten several good books this way, so I'm not gonna knock it. One book I aquired in such a manner is Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard. As I was looking for one last October book and I had looked at this one several times, I was a happy girl. As always SPOILERS AHEAD!
balls just for fun, but Cabal overcomes them and continues to collect souls. The carnival finally arrives at the last stop, an idyllic town that is harder to woo then previous ones. Cabal has only two souls left to collect and is feeling pretty good. Things start to go very very very wrong when instead of his normal bad soul collecting, Cabal pushes a young woman who has been sleep deprived and exhausted by her new baby to kill it. In exchnge for her soul, Cabal brings the baby back to life. This henious act disturbs Horst to the point that he starts to oppose his brother. At the last moment Cabal aquires the soul of a good woman who volunteers to give it up in exchange for her fathers life. Enraged over this apparent lack of humanity, Horst reveals that he stole a form and that Cabal only has 99 out of the 100 souls Cabal needs to reclaim his soul. Horst then walks out in the sun, ending his life. Cabal heads back to Hell to deal with Satan once again. Noting that he is desperate for the souls of the two women, Cabal makes quit a sneaky trade and recieves his soul back. His cleverness works and he is able to keep the souls of the two women out of Satan's hands. He goes home to continue his necromancy research and we see that he has kept the body of what I assume was his wife or girlfriend preserved, giving us the reason he is so obsessive. A sequal is obvious, but the story is complete.
The Devil's Carnival and enjoyed at least certain aspects of it, enjoys a good deal with the devil, or just likes a nice story about the harvesting of souls. I give this book 7 out of 10 Latex Ladies and will probably pick up the sequal at some point.
What would it take for you to sell your soul? Do you like books that combine horror and humor? Why does everybody think I like weird things?