New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

December 9, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Qiraal (confession)

December 8, 2017
Ali Atore, author.
Stockholm : Scansom Publishers, 2014.
237 pages ; 22 cm

Mr. Higgins comes home

December 5, 2017
Mignola, Michael, author, artist.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
"Preparations begin at Castle Golga for the festival of the undead, as vampire killers question a man in a monastery on the Baltic. Mr. Higgins wants to avoid the scene of his wife's death. However, these men who swore to rid the world of vampires inspire Higgins to end the only suffering he cares about--his own."--Provided by publisher.

Higurashi, when they cry

December 5, 2017
New York : Yen Press, 2008-
volumes : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Printed in right to left Japanese format.
"First published in Japan in 2006 by Square Enix."--Colophon.
Abducted by demons arc: v. 1. (Higurashi series 1) ; v. 2. (Higurashi series 2) -- Cotton drifting arc: [v. 3] (Higurashi series 3)

The familiar: Redwood

December 5, 2017
Danielewski, Mark Z, author.
New York : Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
831 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Cover title.
"The astonishing series about a young girl who befriends a cat hunting humanity continues with Volume 5, and the Season One finale, in which the consequences of how we encounter one another come into poignant and terrifying relief—especially on one September night, when an unexpected phone call demanding the return of the little white cat challenges everything the Ibrahims hold dear. They are not alone. Jingjing must contend with a rival he could never have anticipated, while Xanther must relinquish all she thought she knew as a far greater responsibility is set before her. Light wavers and pomegranates reveal their price as the effects of a great transition start to reverberate around everyone, Shnorhk’s efforts to resume playing music cannot escape history’s ghosts. Cas, in upstate New York, comes face-to-face with her lifelong nemesis in a candlelit rendezvous that presages the international crisis soon to come. As more lines tangle, Özgür and Luther brawl with a future that may have chosen them long ago, and Isandòrno crosses a line that will force him over the border into a country he has until now steadfastly refused. All the while, a terrible power roaming the world continues to grow..."


December 5, 2017
Cates, Donny, author.
Portland, OR : Image Comics, Inc., [2017]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Deep in the heart (collects Redneck #1-6)
"The Bowman family are vampires who have quietly run the local barbecue joint in their small Texas town for years, living off cow blood and trying to keep to themselves. Their peaceful coexistence ends as generations of hate and fear bubble to the surface--making it impossible to separate man from monster!"--Publisher.


December 5, 2017
Balog, Cyn, author.
277 pages ; 22 cm
Seda's mom inherited an old, crumbling mansion, and it was fun to explore the beautiful grounds for a summer. When her mom decided to renovate and live there, Seda isn't happy. And the coming of winter they'll be cut off from the outside world. When a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard, Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion-- and in herself.

The Lovecraft Squad. Waiting

December 5, 2017
Jones, Stephen, 1953- creator.
372 pages ; 24 cm
"The new book in the groundbreaking series that reveals the origins of The Lovecraft Squad, a super-secret worldwide organization dedicated to battleing the eldritch monstrosities given form in H. P. Lovecraft's fevered imagination."--flyleaf.

Hellboy in Hell

December 1, 2017
Mignola, Michael, author, artist.
348, 4 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, 32 cm
This book collects Hellboy in Hell 1-10, "the Magician and the Snake" from the Amazing Screw-On Head and other Mysterious Objects, and "Hellboy: the exorcist of Vorsk" from Dark Horse Presents volume 3, number 16, all originally published by Dark Horse Comics.
"After sacrificing himself to save the world, this epic conclusion of Hellboy's story follows him on a journey through Hell, where he once again faces off against the Vampire of Prague, pleads his case when accused of murder, and fulfills his destiny by destroying Pandemonium itself. This deluxe, oversized hardcover edition collects Hellboy in Hell: The Descent and The Death Card, plus an expanded sketchbook section."

The visitor : how and why he stayed

December 1, 2017
Mignola, Michael, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"This book collects The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #1-#5 and God Rest Ye Merry from Hellboy Winter Special 2017"--Title page verse.
"From the pages of Hellboy."--Cover.
"In 1944 Hellboy was conjured in a ceremony meant to give Hitler the ultimate occult weapon. Fortunately, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm was there to witness, and to guide Hellboy to become the world's greatest paranormal detective. But Bruttenholm wasn't the only witness to Hellboy's arrival. The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed reveals the aliens who monitored Hellboy's arrival on earth, and why the assassin they sent to earth stayed his hand. Provides backstory and answers questions about the origin of Hellboy in this fun tale about a myserious visitor who is sent to observe Hellboy!"-- Provided by publisher.


November 20, 2017
Kirkman, Robert, author.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2015-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in magazine form.
v. 1. A darkness surrounds him -- v. 2. A vast and unending ruin -- v. 3. This little light -- v. 4. Under devil's wing -- v. 5. The new path

Descendants of darkness : yami no matsuei

November 15, 2017
Matsushita, Yoko.
San Francisco, CA : Viz, ©2004-
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
"First published in Japan in 1997 by Hakusensha, Inc."
Presents the adventures of Asato Tsuzuki, the Guardian of Death, who escorts people safely to the afterlife.

Robert Kirkman's The Walking dead : return to Woodbury

November 13, 2017
Bonansinga, Jay R., author.
276 pages ; 25 cm.
In the four years of the zombie apocalypse, Lily Caul has done things that she would not have dreamt of doing in her darkest nightmares... and survived. Now, in the plague-ravaged city of Atlanta, she still dreams of her former home, the little village known as Woodbury, Georgia. The call is so powerful that Lilly decides to risk everything in order to go back, leading a ragtag group of survivors through walker swarms, natural and human dangers. She is determined to return to Woodbury, no matter what the cost.

The memory trees

November 8, 2017
Wallace, Kali, author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
415 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Eight years after her sister Patience's tragic death on her family's remote apple orchard, Sorrow returns to the land, determined to find out what really happened the night Patience died and what other secrets may be waiting for her there.

Strange weather : four short novels

November 8, 2017
Hill, Joe, author.
432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Snapshot -- Loaded -- Aloft -- Rain.
A collection of four short novels that take us beyond the ordinary, into dreams and nightmares. There's a tattooed thug whose camera erases memories; a young man on his first parachute jump becoming trapped on a cloud; a rain of crystal splinters that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover; and a security guard who stops a mass shooting in a mall and becomes a hero until his story begins to unravel.


November 7, 2017
Pins, Arthur de.
New York : NBM, 2013-
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 31 cm.
v. 1. Gretchen -- v. 2. Human resources -- v. 3. Control freaks

The Hellblazer

November 7, 2017
Oliver, Simon, 1969- author.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2017]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. The poison truth (The Hellblazer: Rebirth 1 and The Hellblazer 1-6) -- v. 2. The smokeless fire (The Hellblazer 7-12)
John Constantine is back in London, reuniting with old friends--and older enemies: There's Chas Chandler, his best mate; Mercury, the young psychic, the Earth elemental known as the Swamp Thing; and, of course, more demons and djinns than you can cast a curse at. If he's going to survive this hell-raising homecoming, Constantine will have to play fast and loose with the rules--and with the souls of everyone residing in the Old Smoke. Evil is a surprisingly common infection, but sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.

The Lairdbalor

November 6, 2017
Kaufman, Kathleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, [2017]
272 pages ; 22 cm
Seven-year-old Jamie falls down a very long hill into a nightmare world where nothing is familiar except the Lairdbalor, his personal bogeyman come to life.

Deadlands : Boneyard

November 3, 2017
McGuire, Seanan, author.
332 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Based on the bestselling role-playing game"--Cover.
"Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus's star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past ... and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect. Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a travelling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town. A tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of Deadlands, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group."--Publisher's website.

A house at the bottom of a lake

November 3, 2017
Malerman, Josh, author.
116 pages ; 21 cm
It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something below the water's surface that changes their lives forever. It's got two stories. It's got a garden. And the front door is open. For the teens, there is onlly one rule: no questions. And yet, how could a place so spectacular come with no price tag? While the duo plays house beneath the waves, one reality remains: just because a house is empty, doesn't mean nobody's home.

Under a watchful eye

November 2, 2017
Nevill, Adam L. G., author.
399 pages ; 20 cm
Seb Logan is being watched. He just doesn't know by whom. When the sudden appearance of a dark figure shatters his idyllic coastal life, he soon realizes that the murky past he thought he'd left behind has far from forgotten him. What's more unsettling is the strange atmosphere that engulfs him at every sighting, plunging his mind into a terrifying paranoia. To be a victim without knowing the tormentor. To be despised without knowing the offence caused. To be seen by what nobody else can see. These are the thoughts which plague his every waking moment. Imprisoned by despair, Seb fears his stalker is not working alone, but rather is involved in a wider conspiracy that threatens everything he has worked for. For there are doors in this world that open into unknown places. Places used by the worst kind of people to achieve their own ends. And once his investigation leads him to stray across the line and into mortal danger, he risks becoming another fatality in a long line of victim.

The hollow girl

October 31, 2017
Monahan, Hillary, author.
ix, 261 pages ; 22 cm
Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered - and modest, as required by Roma custom - except for one thing: the son of the chieftain has been secretly harassing her. One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault her and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels after the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death's door. "There's always a price for this kind of magic," Drina warns. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers. She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don't, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.

The best of Richard Matheson

October 27, 2017
Matheson, Richard, 1926-2013, author.
New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
xviii, 407 pages ; 20 cm.
Born of man and woman -- Prey -- Witch war -- Shipshape home -- Blood son -- Where there's a will / written with Richard Christian Matheson -- Dying room only -- Counterfeit bills -- Death ship -- Dance of the dead -- Man with a club -- Button, button -- Duel -- Day of reckoning -- The prisoner -- Dress of white silk -- Haircut -- Nightmare at 20,000 feet -- The funeral -- Third from the Sun -- The last day -- Long distance call -- Deus ex Machina -- One for the books -- Now die in it -- The conqueror -- The holiday man -- No such thing as a vampire -- Big surprise -- A visit to Santa Claus -- Finger prints -- Mute -- Shock wave.
"The first career retrospective of terrifying stories by "one of the greatest writers of the 20th century" (Ray Bradbury), edited by award-winning author Victor LaValle Among the greats of 20th-century horror and fantasy, few names stand above Richard Matheson. Though known by many for novels like I Am Legend and his sixteen Twilight Zone episodes, Matheson truly shines in his chilling, masterful short stories. Since his first story appeared in 1950, virtually every major writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy has fallen under his influence, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Joe Hill, as well as filmmakers like Stephen Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. Matheson revolutionized horror by taking it out of Gothic castles and strange cosmos and setting it in the darkened streets and suburbs we recognize as our own. He infused tales of the fantastic and supernormal with dark explorations of human nature, delving deep into the universal dread of feeling alone and threatened in a dangerous world. The Best of Richard Mathesonbrings together his greatest hits as chosen by Victor LaValle, an expert on horror fiction and one of its brightest talents, marking the first major overview of Matheson's legendary career. "[Matheson is] the author who influenced me most as a writer."--Stephen King "Richard Matheson's ironic and iconic imagination created seminal science-fiction stories. For me, he is in the same category as Bradbury and Asimov."--Steven Spielberg "He was a giant, and YOU KNOW HIS STORIES, even if you think you don't." -Neil Gaiman"-- Provided by publisher.

Last chance

October 27, 2017
Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew, author.
New York : Tor Teen, [2017]
379 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to The Rains (based on publisher description and dust jacket).
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
In Creek's Cause, the Rain brothers and their friend Alexandra fight for humanity's survival as everyone over the age of eighteen turns into dangerous, zombie-like beings.

The devils you know

October 26, 2017
Atwood, M.C., author.
280 pages ; 22 cm
Separated from their class during a senior trip to the infamous Boulder House, five teens confront their darkest selves and band together to escape the terrors of a Wisconsin landmark.

The walking dead : a continuing story of survival horror

October 24, 2017
Kirkman, Robert.
Berkeley, Calif. : Image Comics, c2006-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 29 cm.
Originally published in single magazine form.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1 #1-12 -- v. 2. #13-24 -- v. 3. #25-36 -- v. 4. #37-48 -- v. 5. #49-60 -- v. 6. #61-72 -- v. 7. #73-84 -- v. 8. #85-96 -- v. 9. #97-108 -- v. 10. #109-120 -- v. 11. #121-132 -- v. 12. #133-144 -- v. 13. #145-156 -- v. 14. #157-168

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