New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

September 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The returned : a novel

August 31, 2015
Patrick, Seth.
Naperville, Illinois. : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
445 pages ; 21 cm
In a small Alpine village, people start to appear, trying to return to their homes after a terrible accident none of them can recall. What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years--and no one is expecting them back. But they are not the only ones to have seemingly returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of horrific murders, which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past...

The beautiful thing that awaits us all : stories

August 28, 2015
Barron, Laird, author.
©2013.
276 pages ; 23 cm.
Blackwood's baby -- The Redfield girls -- Hand of glory -- The carrion gods in their heaven -- The siphon -- Jaws of Saturn -- Vastation -- The men from Porlock -- More dark.
Collects nine interconnected stories of cosmic horror and dark fantasy.

Trollhunters

August 25, 2015
Toro, Guillermo del, 1964- author.
New York, New York : Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2015.
320 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Everything changes for San Bernardino teenage suburbanite Jim Sturges when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

The dead girls of Hysteria Hall

August 24, 2015
Alender, Katie, author.
New York, NY : Point, 2015.
329 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Cordelia and her family move into the house they just inherited in Pennsylvania, a former insane asylum the locals call Hysteria Hall--unfortunately the house does not want defiant girls like Delia, so it kills her, and as she wanders the house, meeting the other ghosts and learning the dark secrets of the Hall, she realizes that she has to find a way to save her sister, parents, and perhaps herself.

Protection

August 13, 2015
Cohen, Lane, 1951- author.
©2015
301 pages ; 22 cm
When Sho Tagawa purchased the Darabont Estate, sight unseen, he envisioned many joyful years of home restoration. However, when he and his family take possession of the property, they find the house is full of monsters. Mr. Tagawa enlists the help of the Gates Brothers, two rowdy veterans, in ridding the house of evil but, instead, they start a war in the town of Protection, Kansas.

What we knew : [a novel]

August 5, 2015
Stewart, Barbara, 1970-
©2015
246 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
When Tracy and her best friend, Lisa, were kids, stories about a man -- a creep who exposes himself to little girls -- kept them out of the woods and in their own backyards. But Tracy and Lisa aren't so little anymore, and the man in the woods is nothing but a stupid legend. Right? But someone is in the woods. Someone is watching. And he knows all their secrets, secrets they can't tell anyone -- not even each other. Lisa's just being paranoid. At least that's what Tracy thinks. But when a disturbing "gift" confirms her worst fears, it sets the girls on a dangerous journey that takes them beyond the edge of the woods. But reality is more terrifying than the most chilling myth, and what they find will test the bonds of friendship, loyalty, and love. Tracy and Lisa can't destroy the evil they'll face, but can they stop it from destroying each other?

Midian unmade : tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed

July 28, 2015
New York, NY : Tor Books, 2015.
300 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Preface by Joseph Nassise -- Introduction by Clive Barker -- Return to Midian / Lisa Majewski -- The Moon Inside / Seanan McGuire -- The Night Ray Bradbury Died / Kevin J. Wetmore -- Another Little Piece of My Heart / Nancy Holder -- The Kindness of Surrender / Kurt Fawver -- The Angel of Isisford / Brian Craddock -- Pride / Amber Benson -- Button, Button / Ernie W. Cooper -- I Am the Night You Never Speak Of / C. Robert Cargill -- The Devil Until the Credits Roll / Weston Ochse -- The Light house of Midian / Ian Rogers -- Lakrimay / Nerine Dorman -- And Midian Whispered Its Name / Shaun Meeks -- Cell of Curtains / Timothy Baker -- Tamara / Paul J. Salamof -- Raphael's Shroud / Karl Alexander -- Wretched / Edward Brauer -- A Monster Among Monsters / Stephen Woodworth and Kelly Dunn -- The Jesuit's Mask / Durand Sheng Welsh -- Rook / Rob Salem -- Collector / David J. Schow -- Bait and Switch / Lilith Saintcrow -- The Farmhouse / Christopher Monfette.
"Clive Barker's Nightbreed has been controversial since the moment it was released in a version edited by the studio and roundly condemned by Barker, who wrote and directed the movie. A virtually instant cult film based on Barker's novella Cabal, it was nominated for three Saturn Awards and won several prizes at European film festivals. Midian Unmade tells the stories of the Nightbreed after the fall of their city, Midian. Driven from their homes, their friends and family members slain before their eyes, the monsters become a mostly-hidden diaspora. Some are hunted; others, hunters. Some seek refuge. Others want revenge. Contributors include: Karl Alexander, author of the classic novel Time After Time; actor, writer, and director Amber Benson (Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer); New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder; Hugo and John W. Campbell Award winner Seanan McGuire; Bram Stoker Award winner Weston Ochse; David J. Schow, winner of the World Fantasy Award and writer of the screenplay for The Crow; New York Times bestselling writer Stephen Woodworth; and many more--23 stories in all. With an introduction by Clive Barker, this is an outstanding collection of original horror short stories in a dazzling variety of styles"-- Provided by publisher.

Extinction

July 28, 2015
Molles, D. J., author.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
471 pages ; 19 cm.
"This is the sixth and final novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90% of the population into a ravenous horde. The merciless tide of infected is flooding south and time is running out to stop them. Bolstered by new allies, Captain Lee Harden continues his struggle to establish a safe haven from which the embers of a shattered society can be rekindled."--provided from Amazon.com.

The fifth house of the heart

July 28, 2015
Tripp, Ben, 1966-
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
390 pages ; 23 cm
"Filled with characters as menacing as they are memorable, this chilling twist on vampire fiction packs a punch in the bestselling tradition of 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King. Asmodeus "Sax" Saxon-Tang, a vainglorious and well-established antiques dealer, has made a fortune over many years by globetrotting for the finest lost objects in the world. Only Sax knows the true secret to his success: at certain points of his life, he's killed vampires for their priceless hoards of treasure. But now Sax's past actions are quite literally coming back to haunt him, and the lives of those he holds most dear are in mortal danger. To counter this unnatural threat, and with the blessing of the Holy Roman Church, a cowardly but cunning Sax must travel across Europe in pursuit of incalculable evil--and immeasurable wealth--with a ragtag team of mercenaries and vampire killers to hunt a terrifying, ageless monster...one who is hunting Sax in turn. From author Ben Tripp, whose first horror novel Rise Again "raises the stakes so high that the book becomes nearly impossible to put down" (Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother), The Fifth House of the Heart is a powerful story that will haunt you long after its final pages"-- Provided by publisher.

Oblivion

July 27, 2015
Creagh, Kelly, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
434 pages ; 22 cm.
Isobel Lanley is terrified to return to the desolate and dangerous dreamworld where she had a deadly confrontation with Varen, but when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice, and to make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith will do anything to get Varen for her own.

The captive condition

July 6, 2015
Keating, Kevin P., author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
270 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"When Emily Ryan is found drowned in the family pool, pumped full of barbiturates and alcohol, a series of events with cataclysmic consequences ensues. Emily's lover ... finds himself responsible for her twin daughters, whose piercing stares fill him with the guilt and anguish he so desperately tries to hide from his wife. A low-level criminal named The Gonk takes over the cottage of a reclusive elderly artist, complete with graveyard and moonshine still, and devises plans for both ... The town itself, buzzing into decadent life after sundown, traps its inhabitants in patterns of inexplicable behavior all the while drawing them toward a night in which the horror will reach its disturbing and inevitable conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

The unnoticeables

July 2, 2015
Brockway, Robert, author.
New York, NY : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015.
286 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us: they watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is 'you' gets solved. Carey doesn't much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching strange kids with unnoticeable faces abduct his friends"-- Provided by publisher.

Sisters of the revolution : a feminist speculative fiction anthology

June 30, 2015
©2015
341 pages ; 23 cm
The forbidden words of Margaret A. / L. Timmel Duchamp -- My flannel knickers / Leonora Carrington -- The mothers of Shark Island / Kit Reed -- The palm tree bandit / Nnedi Okorafor -- The grammarian's five daughters / Eleanor Arnason -- And Salome danced / Kelley Eskridge -- The perfect married woman / Angélica Gorodischer -- The glass bottle trick / Nalo Hopkinson -- Their mother's tears : the fourth letter / Leena Krohn -- The screwfly solution / James Tiptree, Jr. -- Seven losses of na Re / Rose Lemberg -- The evening and the morning and the night / Octavia E. Butler -- The sleep of plants / Anne Richter -- The men who live in trees / Kelly Barnhill -- Tales from the breast / Hiromi Goto -- The Fall River axe murders / Angela Carter -- Love and sex among the invertebrates / Pat Murphy -- When it changed / Joanna Russ -- The woman who thought she was a planet / Vandana Singh -- Gestella / Susan Palwick -- Boys / Carol Emshwiller -- Stable strategies for middle management / Eileen Gunn -- Northern chess / Tanith Lee -- Aunts / Karin Tidbeck -- Sur / Ursula K. Le Guinn -- Fears / Pamela Sargent -- Detours on the way to nothing / Rachel Swirsky -- Thirteen ways of looking at space/time / Catherynne M. Valente -- Home by the sea / Élisabeth Vonaburg.
Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more) chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas. -- taken from back cover.

Survive the night

June 25, 2015
Vega, Danielle, author.
New York : Razorbill, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, [2015]
263 pages ; 22 cm
Fresh out of rehab for oxycodone addiction, Casey and some of her friends attend an all-night rave called Survive the Night in the New York City subway, and find themselves fighting for their lives because drugs are not the only danger here--something is using the rave to attract victims, and some of them will not be coming back.

The other child

June 24, 2015
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author.
©1983
316 pages ; 17 cm
Previously published by Dell Publishing in 1983.
"Expectant parents Karen and Mike Houston are excited about restoring their old rambling Victorian mansion to its former glory. With its endless maze of rooms, hallways, and hiding places, it's a wonderful place for their nine-year-old daughter Leslie to play and explore. Unfortunately, they didn't listen to the stories about the house's dark history. They didn't believe the rumors about the evil that lived there. It begins with a whisper. A child's voice beckoning from the rose garden. Crying out in the night. It lures little Leslie to a crumbling storm door. Down a flight of broken stairs. It calls to their unborn child. It wants something from each of them. Something in their very hearts and souls. Tonight, the house will reveal its secret. Tonight, the other child will come out to play ..."--Page 4 of cover.

Campfire tales : great lakes / Christopher Larsen.

June 24, 2015
Larsen, Christopher.
©2015
126 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Enjoy 11 spooky campfire tales based on legends and true events in and around the Great Lakes region. Filled with creepy and sometimes humorous details, each has historic significance. Shiver as you read about the ghosts in Duluth, Minnesota, haunting the Glensheen Mansion, and the myth of a giant moose terrorizing tourists off the North Shore of Lake Superior. Meet the Melon Head Creatures, living in a dark and forbidden forest off Lake Michigan, the result of a mad scientist's experiments, or a classic Lady in White. Discover the Manitous water gods, Native American spirits living at the bottom of the lake always looking for unsuspecting prey. Find a giant man-eating turtle, storm Hags, and the Red Devil of Detroit. Learn about Niagara Falls' Maid of the Mist, the real legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and the Michigan Dogman."-- Publisher.

The devil's only friend

June 16, 2015
Wells, Dan, 1977- author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
304 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can. But the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war"-- Provided by publisher.

Concrete angel

June 10, 2015
Abbott, Patricia (Patti)
Hoboken, NJ : Polis Books, 2015.
309 p. ; 22 cm.
"An atmospheric and eagerly-awaited debut novel from acclaimed crime writer Patricia Abbott, set in Philadelphia in the 1970's about a family torn apart by a mother straight out of 'Mommy Dearest', and her children who are at first victims but soon learn they must fight back to survive."--Publisher website.

Fatal identity

June 8, 2015
Fluke, Joanne, 1943- author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 1993.
412 pages ; 18 cm.
A shy art teacher tries to assume the identity of her twin, a glamorous movie star who was found dead under mysterious circumstances. She eventually discovers that her twin was murdered and her own life is in danger.

The hunted

June 8, 2015
Higson, Charles, 1958- author.
Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2015.
454 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by the Penguin Group."
Ella is out in the country, alone now except for her silent rescuer, Scarface, about whom she knows nothing, while Ed leaves London on a dangerous quest, determined to find Ella and keep his promise to Small Sam that he will reunite sister and brother.

The scarlet gospels

May 18, 2015
Barker, Clive, 1952- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
361 pages ; 25 cm
The Scarlet Gospels takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Barker devotees have been waiting for The Scarlet Gospels with bated breath for years, and it's everything they've begged for and more. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by the epic, visionary tale that is The Scarlet Gospels. Barker's horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories. The Gospels are coming.--Amazon.com

Love is red : a novel

May 13, 2015
Jaff, Sophie, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This electrifying, stunningly written debut opens with a killer preying on the women of New York City, but as the body count rises over the course of a summer it becomes clear that he is being driven by something beyond our comprehension--igniting a trilogy that brings a darkly sophisticated twist to the epic fantasy of Deborah Harkness, Lev Grossman, and Diana Gabaldon"-- Provided by publisher.

The silence

April 30, 2015
Lebbon, Tim.
London : Titan Books, 2015.
363 pages ; 21 cm
"In the darkness of a underground cave system, cut off from the world for millennia, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, there are voices, and they feed. Swarming from their prison, they multiply and thrive. To scream, even to whisper, is to summon death. Deaf for many years, Ali knows how to live in silence. Now, it is her family's only chance of survival. To leave their home, to shun others, to find a remote haven where they can sit out the plague. But will it ever end? And what kind of world will be left?"--Page 4 of cover.

No one gets out alive

April 29, 2015
Nevill, Adam L. G., author.
©2014
629 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"When Stephanie moves to the notoriously cheap Perry Bar neighborhood of Birmingham, she's just happy to find an affordable room for rent that's large enough not to deserve her previous room's nickname: 'the cell.' The eccentric--albeit slightly overly-friendly-- landlord seems nice and welcoming enough, the ceilings are high, and all of the other tenants are also girls. Things aren't great, but they're stable. Or at least that's what she tells herself when she impulsively hands over enough money to cover the first month's rent and decides to give it a go. But soon after she becomes uneasy about her rash decision. She hears things in the night. Feels them. Things--or people--who aren't there in the light"-- Provided by publisher.

Immunity

April 28, 2015
Antrim, Taylor.
New York : Regan Arts, 2015.
279 pages ; 22 cm

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