New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

February 6, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The passenger

February 5, 2016
Tallis, Frank, author.
viii, 273 pages ; 24 cm
When the German submarine, U-471, collects two prisoners from a vessel located off the Icelandic coast, ordered to transport them to the base at Brest, one of the prisoners, a British submarine commander, goes rogue, setting in motion a series of shocking, brutal events that seem to be linked to the supernatural.

The evening spider

February 3, 2016
Arsenault, Emily, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
380 pages ; 20 cm
In 1855 New England, young mother Frances Barnett's obsession with the details of a local murder trial lead her to a mental institution, while in the present day, young mother Abby Bernacki discovers Barnett's diary and finds unsettling parallels with her own life.

Shallow graves

February 2, 2016
Wallace, Kali, author.
358 pages ; 22 cm
After waking in a shallow grave, Breezy, a high school senior, crosses the country seeking answers about her death and resurrection, discovering along the way a host of supernatural creatures, as well as a human cult determined to "free" them at any cost.


February 1, 2016
Williamson, Joshua, author.
volumes (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1 There will be blood -- v. 2. Bloody hands -- v. 3. Blood in the water

The nameless dark : a collection

January 29, 2016
Grau, T. E.
Maple Shade, NJ : Lethe Press, 2015.
275 pages; 23 cm
What calls us to the dark -- Tubby's big swim -- The screamer -- Clean -- Return of the prodigy -- Expat -- The truffle pig -- Beer & worms -- White feather -- Transmission -- Mr. Lupus -- Free fireworks -- Love songs from the hydrogen jukebox -- Twinkle, twinkle -- The mission -- About the author.
Within these pages, you'll find whispers of the familiar ghosts of the classic pulps - Lovecraft, Bradbury, Smith - blended with Grau's uniquely macabre, witty storytelling, securing his place at the table amid this current Renaissance of literary horror.

The gods of H.P. Lovecraft

January 26, 2016
San Francisco : JournalStone, 2015.
445 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Call the name / Adam LG Nevill (Cthulhu) -- The dark gates / Martha Wells (Yog-Sothoth) -- We smoke the northern lights / Laird Barron (Azathoth) -- Petohtalrayn / Bentley Little (Nyarlathotep) -- The doors that never close and the doors that are always open / David Liss (Shub-Niggurath) -- The apotheosis of a rodeo clown / Brett J. Talley (Tsathoggua) -- Rattled / Douglas Wynne (Yig) -- In their presence / Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (The Mi-Go) -- Dream a little dream of me / Jonathan Maberry (Nightgaunts) -- In the mad mountains / Joe R. Lansdale (Elder Things) -- A dying of the light / Rachel Caine (Great Race of Yith) -- Down, deep down, below the waves / Seanan McGuire (The Deep Ones).
"The gods of H. P. Lovecraft: a brand new anthology that collects the twelve principal deities of the Lovecraftian Mythos and sets them loose within its pages. Featuring the biggest names in horror and dark fantasy, including many NY Times best-sellers, full of original fiction and artwork, and individual commentary on each of the deities by Donald Tyson.

John Constantine, Hellblazer

January 22, 2016
Delano, Jamie.
New York, NY : DC Comics, c2011-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
"Swamp Thing created by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson."
v. 1. Original sins (collects John Constantine, Hellblazer 1-9; Swamp Thing 76-77) -- v. 2. The devil you know (collects Hellblazer 10-13; Hellblazer annual 1; The horrorist 1-2) -- v. 3. The fear machine (collects Hellblazer 12-22) -- v. 4. The family man (collects Hellblazer 23-33; Vertigo secret files: Hellblazer 1) -- v. 5. Dangerous habits / Garth Ennis, Jamie Delano (collects Hellblazer 34-46) -- v. 6. Bloodlines / Garth Ennis, John Smith (collects Hellblazer 47-61) -- v. 7. Tainted love / Garth Ennis (collects Hellblazer 62-71, Vertigo jam 1, and Hellblazer special 1) -- v. 8. Rake at the gates of hell / Garth Ennis (collects Hellblazer 72-83; Heartland 1) -- v. 9. Critical mass / (collects Hellblazer 84-96) -- v. 10. In the line of fire (collects Hellblazer 97-107) -- v. 11. Last man standing (collects Hellblazer 108-120) -- v. 12. How to play with fire (collects Hellblazer 121-133)

Teen Frankenstein

January 22, 2016
Baker, Chandler, author.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2016.
328 pages ; 22 cm.
Hollow Pines, Texas. When science prodigy Tori Frankenstein accidentally kills a teen boy in a midnight car accident, there's only one thing for her to do-- use her science project to bring him back to life. She names him Adam because he has no memory of his name-- in fact, he has no memory at all. She brings him to school to hide him in plain sight. But when someone starts killing boys-- and removing parts-- is Adam to blame?

The killing jar

January 22, 2016
Bosworth, Jennifer, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
346 pages ; 22 cm
When she was ten years old Kenna discovered that she had the ability to drain the life from another human being, and ever since she has been afraid to touch anyone--but when she uses that power to save her mother and twin sister from an attacker, her mother finally reveals the secret origin of her power, and she is forced to choose between the Kalyptra and a human life.

B.P.R.D. : hell on Earth

January 15, 2016
Mignola, Michael.
Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2011-
v. : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. New world -- v. 2. Gods and monsters -- v. 3. Russia -- v. 4. The devil's engine & the long death -- v. 5. The Pickens County horror & others -- v. 6. The return of the master -- v. 7. A cold day in hell -- v. 8. Lake of fire -- v. 9. The reign of the black flame -- v. 10. The devil's wings -- v. 11. Flesh and stone -- v. 12. Metamorphosis

The keeper of the crows

December 31, 2015
Romines, Kyle Alexander, author.
Mechanicsburg, PA : Sunbury Press, [2015]
280 pages ; 22 cm
"No evil can remain buried forever, as disgraced journalist Thomas Brooks discovers when a wave of death grips the rural Kentucky town of Gray Hollow in terror. Following a very public humiliation, Thomas is looking for a story to get him back on the map--and free of the small town newspaper where he serves out his exile. The apparent murder of a stranger seems to be just what the opportunistic reporter needs, until he discovers the death is merely the start of something bigger. Also investigating the murder is Sheriff Jezebel Woods, who doesn't approve of Thomas' sensationalist intentions. Mounting deaths force the pair to set aside their differences to confront a force that threatens to destroy the entire town. At the center of the mystery is the disappearance of a boy named Salem Alistair, who designed a series of grotesque scarecrows for his parents' farm--scarecrows that are turning up at each subsequent crime scene. Thomas begins to doubt his uneasy alliance with the sheriff when he realizes Jezebel has her own secret history with Salem Alistair. Thomas and Jezebel are completely unprepared to face the supernatural force at odds with Gray Hollow. As the killings continue, and the town slowly begins to yield its dark secrets, the truth will pit Thomas and Jezebel on a collision course with true evil."--Page [4] of cover.

Zero hour

December 22, 2015
Hill, Will, 1979- author.
London : HarperCollins Children's Books, 2015.
700 pages ; 20 cm.
When Jamie Carpenter's mother is kidnapped by strange creatures, he finds himself dragged into Department 19, the government's most secret agency. Fortunately for Jamie, Department 19 can provide the tools he needs to find his mother, and to kill the vampires who want him dead. But unfortunately for everyone, something much older is stirring, something even Department 19 can't stand up against...

Attack on Titan

December 21, 2015
Isayama, Hajime, 1986-, author, artist.
New York, N.Y. : Kodansha Comics, 2012-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
First published in Japan in 2010 by Kodansha Ltd.
v. 1. The desperate battle begins! -- v. 2. Birth of a monster -- v. 3. Traitor -- v. 4. Humanity pushes back! -- v. 5. Can you go home again? -- v. 6. Titan on the hunt -- v. 7. Turning on their own -- v. 8. Blood on his hands -- v. 9. Humanity's worst nightmare -- v. 10. Fortress of blood -- v. 11. Do you think this world has a future? -- v. 12. The chase is on -- v. 13. No safe place left -- v. 14. Erwin's greatest gamble -- v. 15. Fugitives and prisoners -- v. 16. His father's sins -- v. 17. Escape from King Titan
For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming human-kind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about change everything.

The night clock

December 9, 2015
Meloy, Paul, author.
Oxford : Solaris, an imprint of Rebellion Publishing Ltd, 2015.
256 pages ; 20 cm
Phil Trevena's boss is an idiot, his daughter is running wild, and his patients are killing themselves. There is something terrible growing in Phil that even his years as a mental health worker can't explain--until he meets the enigmatic Daniel, and learns of the war for the minds of humanity that rages in Dark Time, the space between reality and nightmares measured by the Night Clock. Drawn into the conflict, Phil and Daniel encounter the Firmament Surgeons, a brave and strange band that are all that prevents the nightmarish ranks of the Autoscopes overrunning us. The enemy is fuelled by a limitless hatred that could rip our reality apart. To end the war the darkness that dwells in the shadow of the Night Clock must be defeated...

The hum

December 7, 2015
Brown, David.
New York, NY : Library Tales Publishing, 2015.
293 pages ; 23 cm
"In 1993 the town of Taos in New Mexico petitioned Congress to conduct an investigation into the strange humming sound heard by over 1400 of its residents. The source of the hum could not be isolated to any one thing and the investigation was quickly closed. A thousand miles away, a deputy is murdered and Sheriff Russell Jent discovers a strange connection between the case and a man he put away over ten years prior-nearly 100 murders have ties to the relatively unknown town of Taos and the strange hum that is heard there"--P. [4] of cover.

The bazaar of bad dreams

November 10, 2015
King, Stephen, 1947- author.
ix, 495 pages ; 25 cm
Mile 81 -- Premium harmony -- Batman and Robin have an altercation -- The dune -- Bad little kid -- A death -- The bone church -- Morality -- Afterlife -- Ur -- Herman Wouk is still alive -- Under the weather -- Blockade Billy -- Mister Yummy -- Tommy -- The little green god of agony -- That bus is another world -- Obits -- Drunken fireworks -- Summer thunder.
"From a master of the short story, a collection that includes stories never before in print, never published in America, never collected and brand new- with the magnificent bones of interstitial autobiographical comments on when, why and how Stephen King came to write each story"-- Provided by publisher.

Dead ringers

November 9, 2015
Golden, Christopher, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
309 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"When Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband Nick on a Boston sidewalk, she's furious at him for pretending he doesn't know her. She calls his cell to have it out with him, only to discover that he's in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. But if Nick's in New Hampshire...who did she encounter on the street? Frank Lindbergh's dreams have fallen apart. He wanted to get out of the grim neighborhood where he'd grown up and out of the shadow of his alcoholic father. Now both his parents are dead and he's back in his childhood home, drinking too much himself. As he sets in motion his plans for the future, he's assaulted by an intruder in his living intruder who could be his twin. In an elegant hotel, Tess will find mystery and terror in her own reflection. Outside a famed mansion on Beacon Hill, people are infected with a diabolical malice...while on the streets, an eyeless man, dressed in rags, searches for a woman who wears Tess's face"-- Provided by publisher.

Lost souls

November 6, 2015
Patrick, Seth, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
374 pages ; 25 cm.
Reviver Jonah Miller, who is able to wake the recently dead for testimony, encounters a terrifying presence that heralds the arrival of an ancient evil--one that believes Jonah is the only thing standing in its way.

My loaded gun, my lonely heart

November 6, 2015
Rose, Martin, author.
x, 227 pages ; 23 cm
Vitus Adamson has a second chance at life now that he's no longer a zombie. But after killing his brother Jamie, Vitus lands in prison on murder charges. Jamie's death exposes secret government projects so deep in the black they cannot be seen--without Vitus, that is. Sprung from jail, the government hires Vitus to clean up Jamie's messes, but tracking down his brother's homemade monsters gone rogue is easier said than done. The first of them is a convicted killer assumed to be safely behind bars. However, it appears he is still committing murder through his victim's dreams. High on Atroxipine--the drug that once kept him functioning among the living--and lapsing into addiction, Vitus's grip on reality takes a nasty turn when his own dreams begin slipping sideways. Vitus's problems multiply as he deals with his failed friendship with wheelchair-bound officer Geoff Lafferty, his wrecked romance with the town mortician Niko, government agents working for his father, sinister figures lurking in the shadows, and, least of all, the complications of learning how to be human again.

The annotated Poe

October 28, 2015
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849, author.
xxii, 410 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm

The suffering

October 27, 2015
Chupeco, Rin, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2015]
313 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Sequel to: The girl from the well.
"When an old friend disappears in Aokigahara, Japan's infamous 'suicide forest,' Tark and the ghostly Okiku must resolve their differences and return to find her. In a strange village inside Aokigahara, old ghosts and an ancient evil lie waiting"-- Provided by publisher.

Welcome to Night Vale : a novel

October 26, 2015
Fink, Joseph (Fiction writer), author.
New York : HarperPerennial, [2015]
401 pages ; 24 cm
"From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find matter where we live. Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge. Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked "KING CITY" by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels. Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it. Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: "KING CITY". It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures...if they can ever find it."--provided by publisher.

Whispers in the night

October 23, 2015
vi, 423 pages ; 17 cm.
Summer / Tananarive Due -- Scab / Wrath James White -- And death rode with him / Anthony Beal -- Are you my daddy? / Lexi Davis -- To get bread and butter / Randy Walker -- Dream girl / Dameon Edwards -- My sister's keeper / Chesya Burke -- Wasp / Robert Fleming -- Hell is for children / Rickey Windell George -- Flight / Lawana James-Holland -- Hadley Shimmerhorn: American icon / Michael Boatman -- Nurse's requiem / Maurice Broaddus -- WET PAIN / Terence Taylor -- Taken / Tenea Johnson -- Mr. Bones / Christopher Chambers -- Rip crew / B. Gordon Doyle -- Power and purpose / L.R. Giles -- Love of a zombie is everlasting / Tish Jackson -- Ghostwriter / Brandon Massey.
Filled with unforgettable scenes of madness, ecstasy, and unspeakable tragedy, this electrifying and terrifying collection of stories takes readers into a nightmarish realm where their darkest fears become a horrifying reality.

Carter & Lovecraft

October 22, 2015
Howard, Jonathan L., author.
viii, 306 pages ; 22 cm
"Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case -- the hunt for a serial killer -- went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss. She's Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man. Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn't want to be involved, but he's beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be."-- Provided by publisher.


October 21, 2015
Wendig, Chuck, author.
New York : Saga Press, 2015.
324 pages ; 22 cm.

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