Jonathan L. Howard

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Jonathan L. Howard is a British writer and game designer, known mainly for his novels about Johannes Cabal the Necromancer. He lives with his wife and daughter near Bristol.


Howard worked as scriptwriter and video game writer since the early 1990s, and wrote the Broken Sword series of games among others. He came to readers' attention with his series of black comedy novels about the necromancer Johannes Cabal.

Other works include the Russalka Chronicles, a series of young adult submarine warfare science fiction novels. Set on the ocean planet Russalka, named after the mythical mermaid by its Russian colonists, they follow young civilian submariner Katya Kuriakova as she lives through a time of increasing conflict between the colonists' two main factions and the remnants of a failed Terran invasion. The first novel, Katya's World (2012) was well received by critics, with Publishers Weekly noting its "strong cast and a believable sense of danger",[1] and io9 highlighting that, unusually for young-adult fiction, the novel featured a broad cast of competent adult supporting characters and refrained from giving the protagonist a romantic interest.[2]


The Johannes Cabal series
  • Novels:
  • Short fiction:
  • "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day," 2004
  • "Exeunt Demon King," 2006
  • "The Ereshkigal Working," 2011
  • "The House of Gears," 2011
  • "The Death of Me," 2013
  • "Ouroboros Ouzo", 2014
  • "A Long Spoon", 2014
The Russalka Chronicles novels
  • Katya's World, 2012
  • Katya's War, 2013


  • Carter & Lovecraft, 2015
  • After the End of the World, 14 November 2017

Short Story Collections
  • Kyth the Taker, 2017


  1. ^ "Katya’s World". Publishers Weekly. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Dobbs, Michael Ann (12 December 2013). "Thank goodness for a YA heroine who doesn't have a romance". io9. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (review)". Library Journal. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (review)". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Kolker, Jeanne (July 19, 2009). "WHAT'S NEW.(77 SQUARE SUNDAY)(Column)". The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) (subscription required). Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "JOHANNES CABAL THE NECROMANCER (review)". AudioFile. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Theaker, Stephen. "Johannes Cabal the Detective, Jonathan L. Howard". British Fantasy Society. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Silverman, Karyn. "Karyn’s 5 Faves from 2011, with some extras". School Library Journal. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  10. ^ McDole, J M. "Johannes Cabal The Detective (review)". Impact Online. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Weldon, Glen. "Zombies And Giant Squid: Summer's Monster Hits!". NPR. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Vidimos, Robin. "Book review: Detective/necromancer Johannes Cabal returns". Denver Post. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 

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