See, he sold his soul to Satan a while ago and now he wants it back. Satan is understandably uninterested in returning it, but he offers Cabal a little deal: get 100 other people to sell their souls and Cabal can have his back. Satan even provides him with a dark carnival (not the same as Dark's Carnival), to get the job done.
The book is an easy, light read with plenty of humor and interesting situation. The author has a good ear for dialogue and a good eye for detail, creating a world that's fascinatingly different from our while being similar enough to seem familiar.
When reading this book I couldn't escape the impression that I was reading book two in a trilogy. That's not to say that there were places where I was confused, or couldn't figure out what was going on, but it clearly felt like there was stuff that had come before and things that would happen after. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. After all, "Star Wars" was the same way. It does bear mentioning, though.
Overall this was a pretty good read, and one I'd recommend to fans of horror who might enjoy a little light comedy with their grand guignol.
Johannes Cabal's not exactly evil (in spite of his profession, that consists of controlling the dead) - but he is extremely focused, to the point of being utterly oblivious to the needs of those he harms in pursuit of his own secretive and scientific purposes. Of course, lacking a soul might have something to do with his callous demeanor. He gave it up in a Faustian bargain, and now he wants it back and there's hell to pay, literally. He's got to run a seductive carnival … more
johannes cabal marches into hell, and makes a (second) wager with satan. he will win 100 souls, and will sign them over to the devil, and in exchange he will get his own soul back. he is given a demon carnival, and recruits the assistance of his vampire brother horst to aid him in the task. at first, the souls that cabal that is able to sign over seem already to be headed to hell anyways, but as the tale progresses, the reader wonders if cabal is willing to consign … more