Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute, Paperback Book
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Johannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once more.

This time, his talents are purchased by The Fear Institute as they hunt for the Phobic Animus - the embodiment of fear.

The three Institute members, led by Cabal and his Silver Key, enter the Dreamlands and find themselves pursued by walking trees plagued with giant ticks, stone men that patrol the ruins of their castles, cats that feed on human flesh and phobias which torment and devastate.

The intrepid explorers are killed off one by one as they traipse through this obfuscating and frustrating world, where history itself appears to alter.

Cabal, annoyed that the quest is becoming increasingly heroic, finds himself alone with the Institute's only remaining survivor, and after a shockingly violent experiment, begins to suspect that not everything is quite as it seems...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780755348008

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And here we are back again for another adventure with everyone's favorite antisocial scientist of necromantic bent. Yes, it's Herr Cabal! Approached by three members of the Fear Institute to act as their safari guide to the Dreamlands, while they hunt the wily and elusive (read: not necessarily sure if it exists or not) Phobic Animus, the apparition which causes all of mankind's irrational fears. As this Fear Institute is in possession of the only key that can get a waking person into Dreamland, Cabal reluctantly accepts, with the full intention of commandeering the trip to further his own researches. Cue a host of old gods cackling with maniacal glee while dusting off their best meddling-in-the-affairs-of-mortals hats. As with the other Cabal books, this is an engaging ramble through a world that rewards deep reading. This book is particularly focused on the Lovecraftian mythos, and readers who are already familiar with that (or who are in the habit of reading within arm's length of a search engine) will find many amusing tidbits to enjoy. And the shenanigans of Cabal et al made me laugh out loud several times, much to the consternation of my cats.