Novelette Review: The Cabal of Thotash by J. Zachary Pike

22039648Title: The Cabal of Thotash

Author: J. Zachary Pike

Genre: Urban Satire

Publication Date: May 4, 2014


About the Book

The Cabal of Thotash is a wickedly funny novelette that peers beneath the hood of an evil cult. The aforementioned cabal has languished for years within their poorly-ventilated Manhattan lair. All of their rituals to summon an ancient malice and help it unmake reality have accomplished little beyond annoying the upstairs neighbor. When a charismatic sacrifice talks her way off the dark altar and into a leadership position, the Cabal’s fortunes turn around, as do their ideas about what it means to serve the greater evil. 

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this novelette from the author for an honest review.

I’ve had this on my TBR list for a while and I decided to just sit down and take a few minutes to read it since it’s only 26 pages. I didn’t look at the summary, I just started reading. What a pleasant (I’m not sure that’s quite the right word) surprise. 

The Cabal of Thotash is satire at its best. I was laughing from the beginning. These people do their best to be evil. They even sacrifice a human every month; however, this month’s sacrifice eventually ends up being the leader of the Cabal and what she turns it into is hilarious. The ending was perfect.

I definitely recommend this novelette to anyone who enjoys satire.


About the Author

4459639J. Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. By day Zack is a web professional and creative-for-hire, but at night he returns to his lair to create books, films, and illustrations that meld fantasy elements with offbeat humor. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, Zack writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire.