A fan-operated Tumblr dedicated to Johannes Cabal (a necromancer of some little infamy) and his general mischief.
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Fresh content all week.

Johannes is played by Tim Haber you should go see him in sleep no more he is super rad. 

Styling was provided by Alex and Juli Abene. They recently did the costume design for Company XIV’s Rococo Rouge, just to prove they are cooler then the rest of us will ever be.

Still photography and direction was provided by me, Anna Fischer. 

For motion we had the very excellent Lenlee Hosang as our director of photography. You should hire him. 

Philip Kalmes was Lead Effects for the motion side, and honestly the video would of been impossible with out his skill and expertise. 

As always special thanks to Jonathan L Howard. Go get his book when it comes out tomorrow

A new fan fiction

In celebration of the new book and the conclusion of the Cabal Cabal Fanfest Bonanza, I’ve started a slightly-more-ambitious-than-my-usual Cabal story.  It’s going to be humour/horror with lots of Leonie and Cabal fencing with each other (verbally only.  At least so far.  Things can escalate so quickly).

The Rolling Fire (Chapter 1: The Seminar)

The whole thing will be up within a week or so. 

A short AU and some Cabal family letters

I don’t normally feel drawn to AUs, but the Cabal Cabal Fanfest Bonanza prompt made me think, and an idea I couldn’t resist came into my head, so, my AU short I’ve been saving up:

The Necromancer

Also, if you would like to read some private letters, you degenerates, I have some of those, too:

The Cabal Papers

Many thanks for your kind attention.

"The House" - a response to the prompt "Turning points"

This is a collection of Cabal-related shorts, many pre-canon, many of which relate to the prompt “turning points.”  

My latest humour/horror is refusing to work, so you get this instead.  :-)

The House



So it looks like someone is trying to set up a Cabal Bros. Haunted House for Halloween.


They even have a kickstarter going.

Yes indeedy, for the second year my brother and sister will be hosting a free, not-for-profit haunt at their home in LA! My siblings have worked professionally at haunts before so you know it’s going to be safe (and terrifying…Ragtag Slyboots is most definitely scared to be there)! If you’re trick-or-treating in the area, do swing by. It was a huge hit last year, and the neighborhood can’t wait for the carnival to return!


It’s happening again! For the second year in a row, my brother and sister are putting on a haunted Cabal-themed event at their home, this year bigger and better than ever! If you’re in the LA area, do swing by (and sign away your soul for a full-size candy bar).



Oh brother I can’t, I can’t get through
I’ve been trying hard to reach you, cause I don’t know what to do
Oh brother I can’t believe it’s true
I’m so scared about the future and I wanna talk to you
Oh, I wanna talk to you

The first half of the week’s theme was Writer’s/Artist’s Choice.

I’ve been itching to do a piece based on Coldplay’s song (and retro DW-inspired video), Talk for a very long time now. Horst, of course, is a stubborn muse (it’s the fancy hair). But I’m pleased they meshed well for this one.

oH NO.

Some fiction from CynaraM

This is for the “writer’s choice” prompt: I tried to write some Johannes hurt/comfort, but the poor bastard can’t be comforted, of course.  

Revere thy Roof, and to thy Guests be Kind

It includes very minor references to my earlier fiction Winter Kept us Warm, but you don’t have to read it to understand this story.  If you want to (and heaven knows I won’t stop you), you can find it by clicking on my name at the above link.


When sketching necromancers, one should be mindful not to forget their older, suaver, undead brothers.

I was drawing this with the fanfest prompt “monster” in mind, but only in the most technical sense; between Horst and Johannes, you have to wonder which of ‘em is the better candidate.


Keeping up with the Johannes Cabal fanfest, here’s a companion piece to my previous sketch for “awkward”, this time using the prompt “bitter”.

[Ugly, ugly laughter]


Finished the Fear Institute. Kind of underwhelming overall but I did enjoy it (it is genuinely, exceptionally funny at points) and would recommend it. The novels seem to have a wealth of excellent fanart to which I will not be contributing in any meaningful way, so you get this.


"Was that sarcasm?"
"Yes." The smile did not waiver. "Of the cutting variety. So, I am summoned, by the agency of a platter of food and a disgusting drink. Indeed, I can tell you this of your future; you shall never acquire a liking for ouzo. Still, much nicer than all that mucking around with the dead goats and suchlike when you’re summoning demons. That never gets any better." 
"If you are me, " said Cabal, although he knew it certainly was, "then you know what I am about to ask."
"Of course." The man leaned forward, the smile fading. "You will also appreciate why I cannot tell you."

Prompt 5 of the Cabal Fanfest, “Bitter.”

((I’m assuming ouzo is bitter because licorice tastes bitter to me. And as we’ve seen before, Cabal is no fan of anise or similarly flavored beverages.))

I’ll catch up on the other prompt for this week soon. I got waylaid by an allergic reaction and was benedryl’d for most of the weekend.


His attempts at preserving Dennis and Denzil had become more desperate over recent months. Usage of the mortician’s arts had been slowly replaced by those of the taxidermist and finally the carpenter. It was a fraught night when first he had called for varnish and fuse wire. His attempts at cosmetic repairs had been risible, and his next scheme, of making them “look like clowns, people like that sort of thing, don’t they?” had been a grotesque disaster at every level, from the technical to the aesthetic. Although he wouldn’t admit it to himself, they even scared him a little.

What better prompt than “Helping Hand” for these two rascals, eh? Dennis and Denzil or Denzil and Dennis, the pair of scamps! (OHGODthisisfreakingcreepy. Seriously, I’m going to burn the sketch…) 


Cabal Cabal Fanfest Bonanza: Bitter

back dating yay because I am tired and don’t feel like drawing. Necromancer era!

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Cabal Cabal Fanfest Bonanza: All I ask

I was in between two weeks so I went with the one from yesterday. And then I created an entire AU in my head that doesn’t even get mentioned in this scene because I’m awesome like that. (ps it is a modern!AU of sorts)

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