New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

October 18, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

There's someone inside your house : a novel

October 17, 2017
Perkins, Stephanie, author.
287 pages ; 22 cm
It's been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she's still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii. Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets. --Book jacket.

Colonial horrors : Sleepy Hollow and beyond

October 16, 2017
xii, 383 pages ; 24 cm.
The legend of Sleepy Holly / Washington Irving -- An essay for the recording of remarkable providences / Increase Mather -- Wonders of the invisible world / Cotton Mather -- Lithobolia / R. C. -- Wieland / Charles Brockden Brown -- The money-diggers / Washington Irving -- Rachel Dyer / John Neal -- Moll Pitcher / John Greenleaf Whittier -- The birth-mark / Nathaniel Hawthorne -- A tale of the ragged mountains -- Edgar Allan Poe -- The lake gun / James Fenimore Cooper -- In the pines / W. F. Mayer -- The romance of certain old clothes / Henry James -- An authenticated history of the bell witch / Martin van Buren Ingram -- Myths and legends of our own land / Charles M. Skinner -- The Salem wolf / Howard Pyle -- The case of Charles Dexter Ward / H. P. Lovecraft.
Collects sixteen tales of suspense, horror, and the supernatural from the Colonial era.

Haunted nights : a Horror Writers Association anthology

October 12, 2017
New York : Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
xii, 352 pages ; 21 cm
With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds / by Seanan McGuire -- Dirtmouth / by Stephen Graham Jones -- A Small Taste of the Old Country / by Jonathan Maberry -- Wick's End / by Joanna Parypinski -- The Seventeen Year Itch / by Garth Nix -- A Flicker of Light on Devil's Night / by Kate Jonez -- Witch-Hazel / by Jeffrey Ford -- Nos Galen Gaeaf / by Kelley Armstrong -- We're Never Inviting Amber Again / by S. P. Miskowski -- Sisters / by Brian Evenson -- All Through the Night / by Elise Forier Edie -- A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds / by Eric J. Guignard -- The Turn / by Paul Kane -- Jack / by Pat Cadigan -- Lost in the Dark / by John Langan -- The First Lunar Halloween / by John R. Little.
"Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween. In addition to stories about scheming jack-o'-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls' Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil's Night. "With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds" by Seanan McGuire "Dirtmouth" by Stephen Graham Jones" "A Small Taste of the Old Country" by Jonathan Maberry "Wick's End" by Joanna Parypinski "The Seventeen Year Itch" by Garth Nix "A Flicker of Light on Devil's Night" by Kate Jonez "Witch-Hazel" by Jeffrey Ford "Nos Galen Gaeaf" by Kelley Armstrong "We're Never Inviting Amber Again" by S. P. Miskowski "Sisters" by Brian Evenson "All Through the Night" by Elise Forier Edie "A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds" by Eric J. Guignard "The Turn" by Paul Kane "Jack" by Pat Cadigan "Lost in the Dark" by John Langan "The First Lunar Halloween" by John R. Little"-- Provided by publisher.

What the hell did I just read : a novel of cosmic horror

October 12, 2017
Wong, David, 1975 January 10- author.
375 pages ; 25 cm
Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, the friends from This Book Is Full of Spiders are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence and lies.

The murders of Molly Southbourne

October 5, 2017
Thompson, Tade, author.
New York, NY : Tor, 2017.
119 pages ; 21 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she's been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she'll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?

The ravenous

October 4, 2017
Lukavics, Amy, author.
296 pages ; 22 cm
From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn't quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression. When the youngest and most beloved sister dies in a tragic accident, the sisters discover just how far they will go to keep their family together.

The hole : a novel

October 2, 2017
P'yŏn, Hye-yŏng, 1972- author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2017.
198 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in Korea as Hol in 2016 by Moonji Publishing.
A man wakes paralyzed from a car accident that kills his wife. He's taken care of solely by his mother-in-law, who begins to show erratic behavior as she digs up her daughter's prized garden.

Hellboy : an assortment of horrors

October 2, 2017
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2017.
247 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Short stories.
Introduction / Christopher Golden -- The promised smile / Rio Youers -- When doves cry / Delilah S. Dawson -- The other side of summer / Chris Roberson -- The Hellboyness of Hellboy / Chris Priestley -- One more radical stone fox / Chelsea Cain -- The duelist / Jonathan Maberry -- A quiet night in the library / E. Lily Yu -- Fire is the Devil's only friend / Michael Rowe -- A huge damn vampire / Richard Kadrey -- The other government guys / Weston Ochse -- Her red right hand / Paul Tremblay -- To bell the cat / Angela Slatter -- Versteckdt / Kealan Patrick Burke -- Of boys and two-headed dogs / Laird Barron -- Burning girls / Seanan McGuire -- Tales of the Worm Lord / Nathan Ballingrud -- Author bios.
"Short stories by some of today's top names in fantasy, horror, and mystery."--Front cover.

Hunting Prince Dracula

September 26, 2017
Maniscalco, Kerri, author.
New York : Jimmy Patterson Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
434 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper.
Following the horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with Thomas Cresswell she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine. When blood-soaked discoveries taint the halls of the school's forbidding castle, Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the murders. Are they the work of Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend? Or a copycat killer?

The grave keepers

September 25, 2017
Byrne, Elizabeth, 1985- author.
New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
310 pages ; 22 cm
In a society obsessed with grave keeping, two teenaged sisters, whose parents own a small-town cemetery in upstate New York, must deal with the world outside their insular family.

Sleeping beauties : a novel

September 21, 2017
King, Stephen, 1947- author.
New York : Scribner, 2017.
x, 702 pages ; 24 cm
In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.

The walking dead

September 20, 2017
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 -- v. 27. The whisperer war #157-162 -- v. 28. A certain doom #163-168


September 13, 2017
Gill, David Macinnis, 1963-
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2017.
532 pages ; 22 cm.
"Willow Jane Conning doesn't expect much for her sixteenth birthday. A cake. Maybe some presents. Nothing special. Just a nice quiet celebration with family and friends. But that night a powerful witch rises from her crypt deep beneath Boston's Granary Burying Grounds. The Shadowless has comeback to avenge her death--and she wants something that belongs to Willow Jane. All Willow Jane wants is to help her mother pay the rent, and to win her hockey game, dump her cheating boyfriend, and make sure her little sister gets home safe after school. Turns out that's not so easy when you are a Conning and there is an ancient evil set on making your life a living hell. YOU MUST NOT WAKE THE SHADOWLESS WHEN SHE SLEEPS WITHIN HER BED. KISS THE LIPS OF THE SHADOWLESS AND THE MORNING FINDS YOU DEAD."--Jacket flap.

White trash zombie unchained

September 7, 2017
Rowland, Diana, author.
New York : Daw Books, [2017]
354 pages ; 18 cm.
Daw Book Collectors No.1769
When the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, Angel and the remnants of her gang must claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs and undead trafficking to rescue their friends.

The Dark Net : a novel

August 9, 2017
Percy, Benjamin, author.
xii, 256 pages ; 24 cm
"The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret, far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world unless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew: Twelve-year-old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Oculus, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness...Lela, a technophobic journalist,... Mike Juniper--a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons--has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs. And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous. They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains."--Provided by publisher.

Buffy the vampire slayer. Season 11

August 8, 2017
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2017-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Statements of responsibility and artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. The spread of evil
""Routine existence for Buffy and the Scoobies is shattered when San Francisco is hit by a tsunami caused by a dragon of storms-killing thousands. The US government outlaws unauthorized magic, requiring supernatural beings to be registered and relocated to internment camps. The Scoobies are caught in a situation that is nothing like what they've faced before."-- Provided by publisher.

Attack on Titan

August 2, 2017
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 -- v. 18 . Ave Maria -- v. 19. Cage Match -- v. 20. Facing annihilation -- v. 21. Down to the basement -- v. 22. Pyrrhic Victory

The truants

August 2, 2017
Markham, Lee, author.
New York London : Overlook Duckworth, 2017.
249 pages ; 21 cm
"A fresh twist on the vampire mythos, The Truants is a dystopian novel of startling intensity, narrated by immortal old-ones. Contorting the conventional vampire narrative into a startling tale of immortality, blood lust, and rage contaminating London's inner-city youth like a virus, The Truants tells the story of the last of the old-ones -creatures afflicted with a condition not unlike vampirism: ancient, bloodthirsty, and unable to withstand sunlight. The last old-one has decided to end his life, but before he can act he is held up at knifepoint. His assailant disappears, the knife in his pocket, the blood of the old-one seared into its sharpened edge. The knife trades hands, drawing blood again, and the old-one is resurrected through his victims' consciousness and divided, spreading through the infected. With his horde of infected youth, the old-one must reclaim the knife to regain control of his soul. But someone is out to stop him . . . " Dust jacket.

Poe : stories and poems : a graphic novel adaptation

August 1, 2017
Hinds, Gareth, 1971- adapter.
103 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Chiefly illustrations.
The masque of the red death -- The cask of Amontillado -- Annabel Lee -- The pit and the pendulum -- The tell-tale heart -- The bells -- The raven.
Graphic novel renderings of some of Edgar Allan Poe's best-known works. Includes "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Raven."

Dark light : dawn

July 28, 2017
Land, Jon.
New York : Forge, 2017.
429 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
From author Jon Land and creator Fabrizio Boccardi comes Dark Light: Dawn, a heart-pounding supernatural thriller about a deadly, global epidemic and the man who holds the power to either save the world or destroy it. Since the dawn of time good and evil have challenged the free will of man. Now the time has come for one man to choose for all human kind. With an uncanny ability to survive any combat situation, Max Younger has built a heroic life for himself as a Navy SEAL. That is, until a rogue rescue operation plunges him back into a past he thought he'd escaped forever. Waiting for him back home in New York are terrible, long-hidden truths rooted in the tragic death of his father. But the origin of those truths lies even further back than that, and Max finds himself ensnared in a sinister plot involving nothing less than the biblical apocalypse. The explosive conflagration of events reunites him with the only woman he ever loved: Victoria Tanoury, a brilliant infectious disease specialist working for the World Health Organization, who's on the front lines in a battle to stop the spread of a deadly pestilence threatening the planet. Max's reunion with Vicky comes amid a combat mission, in which their dual quests merge in a desperate fight for survival against forces of unspeakable evil. Across the globe, inexplicably diabolic events are rising, sparked by a fearsome plan to visit the End of Days upon civilization in horrific form, as the lines between science and superstition become increasingly blurred. Max finds himself mired in a titanic struggle within his own soul, between love and hate, unsure whether his ultimate fate is to help fight the evil. . . or embrace it in the shadow of the Dawn of a Dark Light.

Come to dust

July 28, 2017
MacLeod, Bracken, author.
[Carbondale, IL] : Trepidatio Publishing, an imprint of JournalStone, 2017.
276 pages ; 23 cm
Originally published by Maelstrom Press.
"Ever since her mother abandoned her, five-year-old Sophie has had to depend on her uncle Mitch for everything. Though their life is difficult, he works hard to keep their family together, despite the obstacles in their way. But just when everything seems to be looking up for them, it all comes crashing down when Sophie dies tragically. Mitch descends into a crippling grief, not knowing how to continue on without her. When scores of children around the world begin to inexplicably rise from the dead—Sophie among them -everything becomes much harder. Mitch rescues her from the morgue, determined to carve out a normal life for them no matter what, though it soon becomes clear that may not be possible. While the kids who’ve returned behave like living children, they still look very dead. And they can do something else that normal children cannot. Something terrifying. While debate rages over whether the children's return is a mercy or a sign of approaching judgment, a congregation of religious fanatics determined to usher in the apocalypse has its own plan for salvation. Now Mitch must find a way to save Sophie from an increasingly hostile world that wants to tear them apart and put her back in the ground for good" --Back cover.

The blood of before

July 26, 2017
Hale, Scott, 1987- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Scott Hale], 2017.
270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Cover title.
"Book .1"--Spine.
The house of a thousand hearts -- That which walks behind the graves -- The easiest job in the world -- Black occult macabre vol. 1 issue 7 -- Nights in white satin -- The black hours.
"The Blood of Before by Scott Hale is an anthology of six interconnected horror stories that take place before 'The bones of the Earth' series. [...] From the darkest violence to the blackest humor, The Blood of Before is a glimpse into the horrors that led up to the Trauma and continue to affect the world of 'The bones of the Earth.'"--Provided by publisher.

The three heretics

July 25, 2017
Hale, Scott, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Scott Hale], 2016.
501 pages : map ; 23 cm
Sequel to: The Bones of the Earth.
"Book two"--Spine.
"Through hell, we find heaven. Vrana, now a grotesque shadow of her former self, has been enslaved by the Witch and forced into the Void. Meanwhile, the Corrupted involved in the genocide of Geharra and the birth of the Red Worm have begun to impose their worldviews on others. King Edgar is abandoned in the Nameless Forest and forced into a murderous mission that not only reveals the origins of the vermillion veins, but the unholy events that have led to his rule of Eldrus. Atticus, the undying gravedigger, seeks revenge against the king for the death of those he loves, while finding a way through the Black Hour itself to resurrect the dead. Felix, the Holy Child, plagued by visions of Vrana in his sleep, tries to find a way to liberate her from her torment. Unsure who he can trust, he is pulled further into the darkness and treason all around him. Taking place before, during, and after Vrana's journey, The Three Heretics explores those three Corrupted who have, through subterfuge and slaughter, righteousness and reluctance, manipulated the world to their liking, while inadvertently bringing it closer to another Trauma."--Back cover.

Talon of God

July 24, 2017
Snipes, Wesley, author.
New York, NY : HarperVoyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
346 pages : map ; 24 cm
Urban fantasy in which a holy warrior must convince a doctor with no faith to help stop a powerful demon and his minions from succeeding in creating hell on earth—a thrilling adventure of science and faith, good and evil, damnation and salvation.

The wrong train

July 21, 2017
De Quidt, Jeremy, author.
206 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
First published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by David Fickling Books.
Imagine you've just managed to catch your train and you realise it's the wrong one ₆ you'd be annoyed of course, but not scared ... Yet. Imagine you get off the wrong train at the next station hoping to catch a train going back the way you came but the station is empty. Again you'd be annoyed, but not scared ... Yet. Imagine someone comes to the station, someone who starts to tell you stories to help you pass the time, but these aren't any old stories ... Scared yet? You will be.

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