New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

April 27, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Zombies : a brief history of decay

April 26, 2017
Peru, Olivier, 1977- author.
©2017
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 30 cm
Originally published in French, in three volumes as Zombies by Éditions Soleil, France in 2010 and 2013.
Mankind is no longer at the top of the food chain. Zombies have taken their place, and nothing can stop them. Is this the end of humanity? Perhaps, but for some it is only the beginning. Six billion living corpses are all that remains of civilization. Among the few survivors is Sam Coleman, a man who owes his salvation to Smith & Wesson and a little luck. Fleeing Seattle at the onset of the zombie outbreak, he was forced to leave his daughter behind. Yet now that silence has fallen over the city, he believes that she may still be alive. And his conscience serves up a constant reminder that to be human in this grim world is to have hope and to keep fighting.

Ararat

April 24, 2017
Golden, Christopher, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
305 pages ; 24 cm
"When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snow fall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah's Ark. But when a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses ... and when they break it open, they find that the cadaver within is an ugly, misshapen thing ... and it has horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain ... but they are not alone"-- Provided by publisher.

Tokyo ghoul, Past

April 24, 2017
Towada, Shin, author.
San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, LLC, [2014]
159 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Media tie-in
First published in Japan in 2014 by Shueisha Inc., Tokyo.

House of penance

April 24, 2017
Tomasi, Peter, author.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"A horrific story of a haunted house and one woman's mission to wash away the blood curse of her husband's invention from claiming her own life and soul"--Provided by publisher.

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

April 19, 2017
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 -- v. 13. End of days -- v. 14. The exorcist -- v. 15. Cometh the hour

Brimstone

April 18, 2017
Priest, Cherie, author.
©2017
324 pages ; 21 cm
"WAR IS HELL. AND ITS FIRES HAVE FOLLOWED TOMAS CORDERO HOME ... In the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomas Cordero operated a weapon more devastating than any gun: a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire. Having left the battlefield a shattered man, he comes home to find yet more tragedy--for in his absence, his wife has died of the flu. Haunted by memories of the woman he loved and the atrocities he perpetrated, Tomas dreams of fire and finds himself setting match to flame when awake ... Alice Dartle is a talented clairvoyant living among others who share her gifts in the community of Cassadaga, Florida. She too dreams of fire, knowing her nightmares are connected to the shell-shocked war veteran and widower. And she believes she can bring peace to him and his wife's spirit. But the inferno that threatens to consume Tomas and Alice was set ablaze centuries ago by someone whose hatred transcended death itself ..." --Back cover.

Entropy in bloom : stories

April 18, 2017
Johnson, Jeremy Robert, 1977- author.
New York : Night Shade Books, [2017]
xiii, 252 pages ; 24 cm
The league of zeroes -- Persistence hunting -- The oarsman -- The gravity of Benham Falls -- Dissociative skills -- Snowfall -- When Susurrus stirs -- Luminary -- Trigger variation -- Cathedral mother -- Swimming in the house of the sea -- Saturn's game -- The sharp-dressed man at the end of the line -- A flood of Harriers -- States of glass -- The sleep of judges.
"For more than a decade, Jeremy Robert Johnson has been bubbling under the surface of both literary and genre fiction. His short stories present a brilliantly dark and audaciously weird realm where cosmic nightmares collide with all-too-human characters and apocalypses of all shapes and sizes loom ominously. In "Persistence Hunting," a lonely distance runner is seduced into a brutal life of crime with an ever-narrowing path for escape. In "When Susurrus Stirs," an unlucky pacifist must stop a horrifying parasite from turning his body into a sentient hive. Running through all of Johnson's work is a hallucinatory vision and deeply-felt empathy, earning the author a reputation as one of today's most daring and thrilling writers. Featuring the best of his previously independently-published short fiction, as well as an exclusive, never-before-published novella "The Sleep of Judges"--Where a father's fight against the denizens of a drug den becomes a mind-bending suburban nightmare--Entropy in Bloom is a perfect compendium for avid fans and an ideal entry point for adventurous readers seeking the humor, heartbreak, and terror of JRJ's strange new worlds"-- Provided by publisher.

Final girls

April 17, 2017
Grant, Mira, author.
©2017
111 pages ; 21 cm
What if you could fix the worst parts of yourself by confronting your worst fears? Dr. Jennifer Webb has invented proprietary virtual reality technology that purports to heal psychological wounds by running clients through scenarios straight out of horror movies and nightmares. In a carefully controlled environment, with a medical cocktail running through their veins, sisters might develop a bond they've been missing their whole lives—while running from the bogeyman through a simulated forest. But…can real change come so easily? Esther Hoffman doubts it. Esther has spent her entire journalism career debunking pseudoscience, after phony regression therapy ruined her father's life. She's determined to unearth the truth about Dr. Webb's budding company. Dr. Webb's willing to let her, of course, for reasons of her own. What better advertisement could she get than that of a convinced skeptic? But Esther's not the only one curious about how this technology works. Enter real-world threats just as frightening as those created in the lab. Dr. Webb and Esther are at odds, but they may also be each other's only hope of survival.

Forbidden brides of the faceless slaves in the secret house of the night of dread desire

April 12, 2017
Gaiman, Neil, author.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2017.
48 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
"Somewhere in the night, a raven caws, an author's pen scratches, and thunder claps. The author wants to write nonfiction: stories about frail women in white nightgowns, mysterious bumps in the night, and the undead rising to collect old debts. But he keeps getting interrupted by the everyday annoyances of talking ravens, duels to the death, and his sinister butler"--Provided by publisher.

Give me a K-I-L-L

April 12, 2017
Stine, R. L., author.
©2017
281 pages ; 22 cm.
When a lack of funding threatens to end cheerleading at Shadyside High, school newcomer and talented cheerleader Gretchen Page brutally competes against the school's head cheerleader in the hope of securing the last position on the squad.

Feral

April 12, 2017
Demonaco, James, author.
New York : Blumhouse Books/Anchor, 2017.
307 pages ; 21 cm
"A Blumhouse original novel."
Allie Hilts was still in high school when a fire at a top-secret research facility released an air-borne pathogen that quickly spread to every male on the planet, killing most. Allie witnessed every man she ever knew be consumed by fearsome symptoms: scorching fevers and internal bleeding, madness and uncontrollable violence. The world crumbled around her. No man was spared, and the few survivors were irrevocably changed. They became disturbingly strong, aggressive, and ferocious. Feral. Three years later, Allie has joined a group of hardened survivors in an isolated, walled-in encampment. Outside the guarded walls the ferals roam free, and hunt. Allie has been noticing troubling patterns in the ferals' movements, and a disturbing number of new faces in the wild. Something catastrophic is brewing on the horizon, and time is running out. The ferals are coming, and there is no stopping them.

Abigale Hall : a novel

April 6, 2017
Forry, Lauren A., author.
©2016
366 pages ; 24 cm
"Amid the terror of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Eliza and her troubled little sister Rebecca have had their share of tragedy, having lost their mother to the Blitz and their father to suicide. Forced to leave London to work for the mysterious Mr. Brownwell at Abigale Hall, they soon learn that the worst is yet to come. The vicious housekeeper, Mrs. Pollard, seems hell-bent on keeping the ghostly secrets of the house away from the sisters and forbids them from entering the surrounding town-and from the rumors that circulate about Abigale Hall. When Eliza uncovers some blood-splattered books, ominous photographs, and portraits of a mysterious woman, she begins to unravel the mysteries of the house, but with Rebecca falling under Mrs. Pollard's spell, she must act quickly to save her sister, and herself, from certain doom. Perfect for readers who hunger for the strange, Abigale Hall is an atmospheric debut novel where the threat of death looms just beyond the edge of every page. Lauren A. Forry has created a historical ghost story where the setting is as alive as the characters who inhabit it and a resonant family drama of trust, loyalty, and salvation"-- Provided by publisher.

Tokyo ghoul

March 29, 2017
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.

Hellworld

March 29, 2017
Leveen, Tom, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
297 pages ; 22 cm
Five years ago Abby's mother, a co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, disappeared with her crew in a "haunted" cave in Arizona. Now Abby plans to go to the same cave and find out what happened there. Charlie, son of the other co-host, gets some friends to accompany them. But what they stumble across in that primordial cave is nothing they could have ever imagined.

Pale guardian : a James Asher vampire novel

March 28, 2017
Hambly, Barbara, author.
©2016
248 pages ; 23 cm.
"The vampires call them 'The Others'. Neither living nor dead, the revenants are mindless and unstoppable - and in the carnage of the First World War, governments already running short of men to throw into battle might be very interested in soldiers who don't ask questions and are hard to kill. Front-line volunteer nurse Lydia Asher is horrified to learn that someone has found a way to control revenants, and is creating them for this purpose. Back in London, Lydia's husband, former spy James Asher, is even more appalled to learn that revenants are beginning to show up in England, on the loose. Since revenants devour vampires, the vampires of Europe - most of whom are at the Front, feeding completely unnoticed on the dying - join forces with the Ashers to find the source of the threat before the world is overwhelmed"--Book jacket.

First communions

March 24, 2017
Girard, Geoffrey, author.
©2016
257 pages ; 22 cm
"A collection of dark fiction"--Cover.
Translatio -- Collecting James -- For restful death I cry -- Dark harvest -- Not fade away -- Unto the Lord a new song -- Release me -- Psychomachia -- Universal adaptor -- Misdirection -- What you know -- H.E. double hockey sticks -- Where the shadow ended -- Dead in the water -- Crawl -- First communions -- Story notes.

Tales from the darkside

March 21, 2017
Benedetto, Michael, author.
San Diego, CA : IDW Publishing, [2017]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Features adaptations of scripts by Joe Hill for a never-broadcast television reboot of Tales from the darkside.

The vine that ate the south : a novel

March 20, 2017
Wilkes, J. D., author, illustrator.
©2017
212 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
Book one. The Deadening -- Book two. Pandelirium.
"In a forgotten corner of western Kentucky lies a haunted forest referred to locally as "The Deadening," where vampire cults roam wild and time is immaterial. Our protagonist and his accomplice-- the one and only, Carver Canute-- set out down the Old Spur Line in search of the legendary Kudzu House, where an old couple is purported to have been swallowed whole by a hungry vine. Their quest leads them face to face with albino panthers, Great Dane-riding girls, protective property owners, and just about every American folk-demon ever, while forcing the protagonist to finally take stock of his relationship with his father and the man's mysterious disappearance."--Amazon.com.

The Lovecraft Squad : all Hallows horror

March 20, 2017
Probert, John Llewellyn, author.
©2017
377 pages ; 24 cm
There has always been something wrong about All Hallows Church. Not just the building, but the very land upon it stands. Reports dating back to Roman times reveal that it has always been a bad place--blighted by strange sightings, unusual phenomena, and unexplained disappearances. So in the 1990s, a team of para-psychiatrists is sent in to investigate the various mysteries surrounding the Church and its unsavoury legends. From the start, they begin to discover a paranormal world that defies belief. But as they dig deeper, not only do they uncover some of the secrets behind the ancient edifice designed by "Zombie King" Thomas Moreby but, hidden away beneath everything else, something so ancient and so terrifying that it is using the architect himself as a conduit to unimaginable evil. After four days and nights, not everybody survives--and those that do will come to wish they hadn't.

Hekla's children

March 13, 2017
Brogden, James (Novelist), author.
London : Titan Books, 2017.
400 pages ; 21 cm
"A decade ago, teacher Nathan Brookes saw four of his students walk up a hill and vanish. Only one returned, Olivia, starved, terrified, and with no memory of where she'd been. Questioned by the police but released for lack of evidence, Nathan spent the years trying to forget. When a body is found in the same ancient woodland where they disappeared, it is first believed to be one of the missing children, but is soon identified as a Bronze Age warrior, nothing more than an archaeological curiosity. Yet Nathan starts to have horrific visions of the students, alive but trapped. Then Olivia reappears, desperate that the warrior's body be returned to the earth. For he is the only thing keeping a terrible evil at bay" --Back cover.

Infernal parade

March 10, 2017
Barker, Clive, 1952- author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2017.
81 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Infernal Parade begins with the tale of a convicted criminal, Tom Requiem, who returns from the brink of death to restore both fear and a touch of awe to a complacent world. Tom becomes the leader of the eponymous "parade," which ranges from the familiar precincts of North Dakota to the mythical city of Karantica. Golems, vengeful humans both living and dead, and assorted impossible creatures parade across these pages. The result is a series of highly compressed, interrelated narratives that are memorable, disturbing, and impossible to set aside"--Jacket.

Outcast

March 9, 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

Agents of dreamland

March 6, 2017
Kiernan, Caitlín R.
[New York] : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017. ©2017
125 pages ; 21 cm
"A Tor.com book."--Verso title page.
"A government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow, Arizona. Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation, but which haunts the Signalman. In a ranch house near the shore of the Salton Sea a cult leader gathers up the weak and susceptible--the Children of the Next Level--and offers them something to believe in and a chance for transcendence. The future is coming and they will help to usher it in. A day after the events at the ranch house which disturbed the Signalman so deeply that he and his government sought out help from 'other' sources, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory abruptly loses contact with NASA's interplanetary probe New Horizons. Something out beyond the orbit of Pluto has made contact. And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity."--Publisher.

The walking dead

March 3, 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

Swords v. Cthulhu : swift bladed action in the horric world of H.P. Lovecraft

March 1, 2017
London : Stone Skin Press, 2016.
368 pages ; 20 cm
The savage angels in: The beast in the tunnels / John Langan -- Non omnis moriar / Michael Cisco -- The lady of Shalott / Carrie Vaughan -- Trespassers / A. Scott Glancy -- The Dan no uchi horror / Remy Nakamura -- St. Baboloki's hymn for lost girls / L. Lark -- The children of Yig / John Hornor Jacobs -- The dreamers of Alamoi / Jeremiah Tolbert -- Two suns over Zululand / Ben Strewart -- A circle that ever returneth in / Orring Grey -- Ordo Virtutum / Wendy N. Wagner -- Red sails, dark moon / Andrew S. Fuller -- The thief in the sand / M.K. Sauer --Without within / Jonathan L. Howard -- Daughter of the drifting / Jason Heller -- The matter of aude / Natania Barron -- The living, vengeant stars / E. Catherine Tobler -- The argonaut / Carlos Orsi -- Of all possible worlds / Eneasz Brodski -- The final gift of Zhuge Liang / Laurie Tom -- The king of Lapland's daughter / Nathan Carson -- Bow down before the snail king! / Caleb Wilson.

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