Jonathan L. Howard

Biography

Jonathan L. Howard is an author, scriptwriter, and game designer. He writes the Johannes Cabal series and the Russalka Chronicles YA SF series, currently comprising of KATYA'S WORLD and KATYA'S WAR. He lives in the UK with his wife and daughter.

"Howard's characters, relentless imagination, twisting plotlines, and use of language make the Johannes Cabal series a real pleasure to read." Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim novels.

"Johannes (Cabal) is one of the most interesting fictional characters of our still-new century." Huffington Post

"Jonathan L. Howard is a supremely talented writer and the Johannes Cabal series makes for superb reading. It would be easy at this point to say that if you like Rankin or Fforde or Pratchett or Holt then you will love these books, but while it may well be true it would be doing Howard a disservice." Sci-Fi-London

"(KATYA'S WAR is) is a highly effective, thought provoking novel." Philip Reeve, author of the Predator Cities series.

"A really well imagined world, detailed and utterly believable, great mix of technical detail and breathless action." Charlie Higson, author of the Young Bond series.

"Imagine THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER meets RETRIBUTION FALLS. Rich in the character development and packed full of underwater wonders from prow to stern, KATYA'S WORLD is exactly enjoyable as all that." Niall Alexander, Tor.com

Where to find Jonathan L. Howard online


Books

Goon Squad #7
Series: GOON SQUAD. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,760. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Listen to the tale the dead man tells. Ian Mears is the longest continuously serving member of Manchester's GOON SQUAD. As the Revenant he has fought crime, confronted supervillains, and had more limbs severed than he cares to think about. Whilst regenerating his most recently lost right arm, Ian lapses into a recuperative coma, hoping that he will not dream. It is a vain hope.
Goon Squad #6
Series: GOON SQUAD. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,570. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Exterminating Angel has struck once more, the body count is climbing, and the GOON SQUAD are on their way to face the entity. If only they had a plan. The one thing they're sure of is, if they fail to stop the murderous entity, many more will die. But there is another player in the game of whom they know nothing. What is the secret of the Holy Fool?
Goon Squad 2014 Summer Special
Series: GOON SQUAD. Price: Free! Words: 13,290. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The FREE Goon Squad 2014 Summer Special contains four short stories: "Red Wolf, Red Wolf, Does Whatever a Red Wolf Can," "Changes," "No-No Dojo," and "Tale of Terror." Join Puppet Girl, the Revenant, Red Wolf, and Talos as they protect the fairly innocent, are sharply critical about modern newspapers, talk to a door in Salford, and recount the day their city nearly blew up.
Goon Squad #5
Series: GOON SQUAD. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,860. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
It is a city of fear. The entity known as the Exterminating Angel roams freely, spreading fear wherever it goes. Even the police Special Talents Unit known as the GOON SQUAD has proved helpless in the face of the supernatural terror. Bloodied but unbowed, the Squad plan their next move and try to penetrate the mystery of the entity's origin.
Goon Squad #4
Series: GOON SQUAD. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,760. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
It starts quietly, with an incredible murder committed in broad daylight, but without a single witness. Soon the unseen killer progresses to a macabre mass killing, but why does the sole survivor blame the victims for their own deaths? GOON SQUAD is a "prose comic," an ongoing episodic story that unfolds in handy monthly issues. The story of the EXTERMINATING ANGEL begins in #3.
Goon Squad #3
Series: GOON SQUAD. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,990. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The GOON SQUAD finally close the net on career gangster Des Garbo and the arms deal he has set up. What they discover, however, is not at all what they were expecting. Meanwhile a new threat stirs in the city. Soon, the Squad will face a terror unlike anything they have encountered before.
Goon Squad #2
Series: GOON SQUAD. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Puppet Girl has been inducted into the Goon Squad -- Manchester's Special Talents Response Team -- but is on probation. When her first time in the field goes very wrong, it looks like her new career might already be over. But she has one champion who will stand up for her and who suggests a new course of action that might just save the investigation. The Goon Squad must go "Nightclubbing."
Ouroboros Ouzo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
What if you could see the future? What if the future could see YOU? Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has discovered a way to give some insights into how he should conduct his future researches; by drinking a glass of the legendary "Ouroboros Ouzo." Rare and precious, the liquor is reputed to give a once in a lifetime glimpse into what may be.
Goon Squad #1
Series: GOON SQUAD. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,530. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
THE THREAT: There are villainous monsters, mutants, freaks, and warped masterminds in the world, beyond the ability of conventional police forces to deal with. THE SOLUTION: Recruit your own monsters, mutants, freaks, and warped masterminds, and give them warrant cards. Join the GOON SQUAD as they bring law and a degree of order to a city under siege from the forces of weirdness.
An Unreasonable Doubt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
There’s nothing the police like more than an open and shut case. Unfortunately, the Cresswill case was anything but. It started as a suicide, but then it was a murder pretending to be a suicide. Then it appeared that it was a suicide masquerading as a murder pretending to be a suicide. Perhaps to find the truth, the police need help that is every bit as unhinged as the case…
Filming the Ghost
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,960. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Making a movie on a small budget is a labour of love. "The Ghost" is one such production. It has a brilliant script, and a dedicated cast and crew. It also has a producer with little love for film. Despite which, the movie is coming together. But the script is based on actual historical characters, there is unfinished business, and -- as the film's tag line says -- "Vengeance Never Dies."
Between the River and the Road
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,470. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A short story about a small city with a deep and dangerous past. The oddest little things can hide the darkest secrets. There's a little oddity along the path that runs between the river and the road. Nothing major, but interesting. Just the sort of thing you'd mention while chatting. But, whatever you do, don't go back there. Don't look again. Bad things might happen. Bad things WILLhappen.
Exeunt Demon King
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has faced many horrors during his career, but in this tale he tells of an early encounter with something that horrified even him. Pantomime. A provincial theatre has seen a series of strange deaths. The young Cabal investigates, even though this requires him to don red tights, a curling moustache, and become... the Demon King.
Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Johannes Cabal has faced down the undead, ghosts, monsters, and Satan himself. But before all that, he fought the terrifying Bonewind. "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day" was the story that first introduced the necromancer of some little infamy back in 2004. Long out of print, it makes its belated return on Hallowe'en, of course.
Mojito Doomsday
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,850. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The tale of a girl and her mecha. Freya works the fields of her parents' farm with the help of Mohi, a semi-intelligent robot. Once, Mohi fought in the war against the mysterious Xenos, but that's all over now. Nothing exciting's ever going to happen on the colony world of Neper again, no matter how much Freya wishes something would. But then she gets her wish, and it changes everything.

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