New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

October 20, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The motion of puppets

October 19, 2016
Donohue, Keith, author.
260 pages ; 25 cm
"In the Old City of Québec, Kay Harper falls in love with a puppet in the window of the Quatre Mains, a toy shop that is never open. She is spending her summer working as an acrobat with the cirque while her husband, Theo, is translating a biography of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Late one night, Kay fears someone is following her home. Surprised to see that the lights of the toy shop are on and the door is open, she takes shelter inside. The next morning Theo wakes up to discover his wife is missing. Under police suspicion and frantic at her disappearance, he obsessively searches the streets of the Old City. Meanwhile, Kay has been transformed into a puppet, and is now a prisoner of the back room of the Quatre Mains, trapped with an odd assemblage of puppets from all over the world who can only come alive between the hours of midnight and dawn. The only way she can return to the human world is if Theo can find her and recognize her in her new form. So begins a dual odyssey: of a husband determined to find his wife, and of a woman trapped in a magical world where her life is not her own"--Provided by publisher.

One was lost

October 17, 2016
Richards, Natalie D., author.
308 pages ; 21 cm
On a senior class camping trip, four girls find themselves lost in the woods, their supplies destroyed, and hunted by a killer.

The apartment : a novel

October 17, 2016
Grey, S. L., author.
272 pages ; 21 cm
"A Blumhouse Books/Anchor Books horror original."--Cover.
"Mark and Steph have a relatively happy family with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town until one day when armed men in balaclavas break in to their home. Left traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal and live in constant fear. When a friend suggests a restorative vacation abroad via a popular house swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan. They find a genial, artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. Mark and Steph can't resist the idyllic, light-strewn pictures, and the promise of a romantic getaway. But once they arrive in Paris, they quickly realize that nothing is as advertised. When their perfect holiday takes a violent turn, the cracks in their marriage grow ever wider and dark secrets from Mark's past begin to emerge." --

The women in the walls

October 14, 2016
Lukavics, Amy, author.
278 pages ; 22 cm
"Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They're inseparable--a family. When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations."

The walking dead : a continuing story of horror

October 13, 2016
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


October 7, 2016
Grant, Mira, author.
489 pages ; 24 cm.
In 2014 we cured cancer, beat the common cold-- and unleashed an infection that unleashed an uncontrollable impulse to feed. Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the truth while competing against the superstar Masons. Surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows, they hit the presidential campaign trail to uncover dangerous truths... or die trying.

Mostly void, partially stars

October 6, 2016
Fink, Joseph (Fiction writer), author.
xx, 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Mostly Void, Partially Stars features a foreword by Cory Doctorow, an introduction by creator and co-writer Joseph Fink, behind-the-scenes commentary and guest introductions by both authors as well as podcast performers and collaborators, including Cecil Baldwin (Cecil), Dylan Marron (Carlos), and Kevin R. Free (Kevin) among others. Also here is the full script from the first Welcome to Night Vale live show, "Condos"-- from book jacket.
Pilot -- Glow cloud -- Station management -- Pta meeting -- Shape in grove park -- Drawbridge -- History week -- Lights in Radon Canyon -- Pyramid -- Feral dogs -- Wheat & wheat by-products -- Candidate -- Story about you -- Man in the tan jacket -- Street cleaning day -- Phone call -- Valentine -- Traveler -- Sandstorm -- Poetry week -- Memory of Europe -- Whispering forest -- Eternal scouts -- Mayor -- One year later -- Disparition music corner -- Live Show : Condos.
Mostly Void, Partially Stars introduces us to Night Vale, a town in the American Southwest where every conspiracy theory is true, and to the strange but friendly people who live there.

Constantine, the Hellblazer

October 5, 2016
Doyle, Ming, author, illustrator.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, 2016-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Going down -- v. 2. The art of the deal

The walking dead

September 30, 2016
Kirkman, Robert.
Orange, CA : Image Comics, c2005-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. Days gone bye #1-6 -- v. 2. Miles behind us #7-12 -- v. 3. Safety behind bars #13-18 -- v. 4. The heart's desire #19- 24 -- v. 5. The best defense #25-30 -- v. 6. This sorrowful life #31-36 -- v. 7. The calm before #37-42 -- v. 8. Made to suffer #43-48 -- v. 9. Here we remain #49-54 -- v. 10. What we have become #55-60 -- v. 11. Fear the hunters #61-66 -- v. 12. Life among them #67-72 -- v. 13. Too far gone #73-78 -- v. 14. No way out #79-84 -- v. 15. We find ourselves #85-90 -- v. 16. A larger world #91-96 -- v. 17. Something to fear #97-102 -- v. 18. What comes after #103-108 -- v. 19. March to war # 109-114 -- v. 20. All out war #115-120 -- v. 21. All out war, part two #121-126 -- v. 22. A new beginning #127-132 -- v. 23. Whispers into screams #133-138 -- v. 24. Life and death #139-144 -- v. 25. No turning back #145-150 -- v. 26. Call to arms #151-156

The dark army

September 30, 2016
Delaney, Joseph, 1945- author.
xv, 394 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: A new darkness.
"First published in 2016 in Great Britain by The Bodley Head, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, under the title The Starblade Chronicles: A Dark Army."
Tom Ward is now Spook of the county, and with his apprentice, Jenny, he continues the fight against boggarts, witches and terrifying new creatures of the dark. Along with the witch assassin, Grimalkin, Tom and Jenny lead an army into battle against a dangerous enemy -- but it all goes catastrophically wrong. The situation seems hopeless until Alice, Tom's lost love and a powerful witch, appears. But Alice had turned to the dark: can Tom trust her now? -- from

Dead souls : a novel

September 29, 2016
Fenn, J. Lincoln, author.
341 pages ; 21 cm
"When Fiona Quinn is approached in a bar by a man who calls himself Scratch and claims he's the devil, she figures it's just some kind of post-modern ironic pickup line. But since he offers to pick up the tab, what the hell. A few drinks in, Scratch offers something much stranger--a wish in exchange for her immortal soul. Fiona has been wondering if her boyfriend is having an affair. What if she could become invisible, see what he's really up to? It can be done, but for a price--in addition to her soul, Fiona must perform a special favor for Scratch whenever the time comes. Fiona finds the whole thing so hilarious that she agrees. Bad idea."-- Provided by publisher.

The family plot

September 28, 2016
Priest, Cherie, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
365 pages ; 22 cm
Dahlia Dutton's father is thrilled when the aged and esteemed Augusta Winthrow appears in his office and makes a deal for his company, Music City Salvage, to take over and liquidate her massive family estate in Chattanooga. He gives the job to Dahlia, who gathers a crew and a couple of trucks and heads for the estate--an ancient house, a barn, a carriage house, and a small, overgrown cemetery that Augusta Winthrow left out of the paperwork. She left out a lot of things. Although in unusually great shape, the empty house is harboring something angry and lost, and this is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever. After all, there's still room in the strange little family plot. -- adapted from book jacket.

When they fade

September 26, 2016
Roberts, Jeyn, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
345 pages ; 22 cm
"Brutally murdered in the early 1970s, Molly can fade back to earth for a few fleeting moments as teenage hitchiker who can see the future. When Tatum, bullied at school and dumped by her best friend, picks up Molly and hears 'You're going to die. It will hurt and you'll be alone. And no one will help you', Tatum and Molly must figure out how to help the other in order to save themselves"-- Provided by publisher.

While the black stars burn : collected fiction

September 14, 2016
Snyder, Lucy A., 1971- author.
Bowie, MD : Raw Dog Screaming Press, [2015]
161 pages ; 23 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Mostly monsters -- Spinwebs -- The strange architecture of the heart -- Approaching lavender -- Dura mater -- The still-life drama of passing cars -- Through thy bounty -- Cthylla -- While the black stars burn -- The abomination of Fensmere -- The girl with the star-stained soul -- Jessie Shimmer goes to Hell -- Fable fusion.
"Lucy Snyder's stories are the sort that carry you away to unusual places, usually dark ones, and this collection is a perfect example. As the follow-up to the Bram Stoker Award winning collection Soft Apocalypses, it contains plenty of darkly imaginative tales. Many of these stories, including the title piece, are heavily influenced by the work of H.P. Lovecraft and The King in Yellow mythos. They whisper madly among each other creating weird echoes. Like the black stars of theoretical astronomy they are dense entities born from polarization so strong that instead of collapsing into nothingness, a black hole, they instead form dark constellations burning dimly with spectral light."--Publisher's website.

Everything under the moon : a novel

September 13, 2016
Johnson, Jeff, 1969- author.
Berkeley : Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint Press, [2016]
306 pages ; 23 cm.
Born in Missouri more than a century ago and raised in a Pentecostal orphanage, the creature now calling himself Gelson Verber has changed his name countless times. He's part-werewolf, and makes his living hunting certain kinds of bad men-criminals, rapists, thugs-in an often grotesque parody of the natural order. Verber is clearly suffering from the kinds of things a werewolf would be uniquely vulnerable to in the modern world: the horror of war, drug abuse, and isolation in the rain-drenched environment of Portland, Oregon. --Provided by publisher.

Children of Icarus

September 7, 2016
Smith, Caighlan, 1994- author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Switch Press, a Capstone imprint, 2016.
305 pages ; 22 cm
At sixteen the narrator, who is never named, follows her bright, fearless friend Clara into the "labyrinth," only to see her friend torn apart by monsters--and now she, who has always lived in the shadows and avoided attention, must try to survive this living nightmare alone, knowing that nobody has ever returned from the labyrinth.

Pretty deadly

August 30, 2016
DeConnick, Kelly Sue, author.
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. The Shrike -- v. 2. The bear

High stakes

August 30, 2016
New York : Tor, 2016.
555 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Officer Francis, vigilante joker "The Infamous Black Tongue," and ace thief Tesseract are forced by a cold-blooded Baba Yaga into an illegal fight ring as part of her effort to placate a vicious monster from another dimension.

The empty ones

August 30, 2016
Brockway, Robert, author.
287 pages ; 22 cm
1977 was a bad year for Carey: The NYC summer was brutally hot, he barely made rent on his apartment, and most of his friends were butchered by a cult that worships the quantum angel he helped give birth to. He needs a vacation. You know where there's supposed to be a killer punk scene? London. Oh, plus the leader of the aforementioned murderous cult is building an army there in an attempt to solve the world, once and for all. Time to mix business with pleasure. Along the way, maybe he'll make some friends that won't try to kill him, or even meet a nice girl who eats angels for supper and can kick a man in half. 1978 is looking better already... 2013 was a bad year for Kaitlyn, too: LA was distinctly unkind to her aspirations towards a career in stunt work, she hooked up with her childhood crush--a B-list celebrity heartthrob named Marco--and he turned out to be an immortal psychopath trying to devour her soul, and she accidentally killed the angel Marco and his bizarre cult worshipped. Now she's on the run through the American Southwest. She heard Marco's filming a new show in Mexico, though, so all she has to do is cross theborder, navigate a sea of acidic sludge monsters, and find a way to kill an unkillable monster before he sacrifices her and her friends to his extra-dimensional god. Nobody said a career in the entertainment industry would be easy.

The Jersey Devil

August 29, 2016
Shea, Hunter.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
378 pages ; 17 cm
Everyone knows the legend of the Jersey Devil. Some believe it is an abomination of nature, a hybrid winged beast from hell that stalks the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey searching for prey. Others believe it is a hoax, a campfire story designed to scare children. But one man knows the truth.Sixty years ago, Boompa Willet came face to face with the Devil and lived to tell the tale. Now, the creature's stomping grounds are alive once again with strange sightings, disappearances, and worse. After all these years, Boompa must return to the Barrens, not to prove the legend is real but to wipe it off the face of the earth.It'll take more than just courage to defeat the Devil. It will take four generations of the Willet clan, a lifetime of survivalist training, and all the firepower they can carry. But timing is critical. A summer music festival has attracted crowds of teenagers. The woods are filled with tender young prey. But this time, the Devil is not alone. The evil has grown into an unholy horde of mutant monstrosities. And hell has come home to New Jersey...

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953

August 24, 2016
Mignola, Michael, author.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
This book collects Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953, The phantom hand & the kelpie, The witch tree & Rawhead and Bloody bones, Beyond the fences #1-#3 and Wandering souls from Hellboy winter special 2016.

Kindly corpses

August 23, 2016
Penevski, Zoran, 1967- author.
Toronto : ChiGraphic, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Previously published in 2004.

8 Rivers of shadow

August 23, 2016
Hunt, Leo, author.
Dover, Massachussetts : Candlewick Press, 2016.
358 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Thirteen Days of Midnight.
In a high-stakes sequel, reluctant necromancer Luke Manchett must call upon the most wicked and eerie ghosts of his dispelled Host to save two innocent souls.

The kind folk

August 22, 2016
Campbell, Ramsey, 1946- author.
217 pages ; 22 cm
"Luke Arnold is a successful stage comedian who, with his partner Sophie Drew, is about to have their first child. Their life seems ideal and Luke feels that true happiness is finally within his grasp. This wasn't always the case. Growing up in a loving but dysfunctional family, Luke was a lonely little boy who never felt that he belonged. While his parents adored him, the whole family knew that due to a mix-up at the hospital, Luke wasn't their biological child. His parents did the best they could to make the lad feel special. But it was his beloved uncle Terence who Luke felt most close to, a man who enchanted (and frightened) the lad with tales of the "Other"--eldritch beings, hedge folks, and other fables of Celtic myth. When Terence dies in a freak accident, Luke suddenly begins to learn how little he really knew his uncle..."--Jacket.

Tokyo ghoul

August 17, 2016
Ishida, Sui, author, illustrator.
San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, [2015]-
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
Reads in the traditional Japanese format from right to left.

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