New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

August 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A new darkness

August 28, 2014
Delaney, Joseph, 1945-
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, 2014.
340 pages ; 22 cm
Although his apprenticeship was not done when John Gregory died, Tom Ward spent years learning to fight boggarts, witches, demons, and more and feels prepared to be the new county Spook, but while his youth causes many people to distrust him, Jenny is determined to be his apprentice.

Fall of night

August 28, 2014
Maberry, Jonathan.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
402 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Dead of night.
"Stebbins Little School is full of bodies. It's unthinkable to Desdemona Fox. Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school...or the things that used to be their family members. Parents don't eat their children do they? Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against...what? The undead? The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. But the infection is spreading and fast. Worse, the scientist who created the virus is missing. It's a numbers game as the body count rises; Fox has to contain the infected and evacuate the living before it's too late, and the clock is ticking... Fall of Night, Maberry's nail-biting sequel to Dead of Night, picks up where the first novel left off--on a wild goose chase for a mad man and the missing scientist who gave him new "un"-life. Chilling, gory, and hair-raisingly scary, Maberry fans won't be able to read this fast-paced thriller with the lights off. "-- Provided by publisher.

Lock in

August 27, 2014
Scalzi, John, 1969-
New York : Tor, 2014.
336 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves "locked in"--fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people "locked in"...including the President's wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, "The Agora," in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can "ride" these people and use their bodies as if they were their own. This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse....John Scalzi's Lock In is a novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

The getaway god

August 25, 2014
Kadrey, Richard.
New York : Harper Voyager, [2014]
387 pages ; 19 cm.
"It's not easy being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude who also has to learn to be human again after 11 years in Hell and a brief stint as Lucifer (yep). But that's the least of James Stark/Sandman Slim's worries. For the old gods, the Angra Om Ya, are poised to invade. LA is descending into chaos. And the Wildfire Ripper is stalking the city. No ordinary killer, he takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth, to Heaven and Hell. The Ripper might be only person alive who knows how to save the world, but he's also Stark's worst enemy, the only man in existence Stark would happily kill twice"-- Provided by publisher.

Burnt tongues

August 22, 2014
[Aurora, Illinois] : Medallion Press, [2014].
329 pages ; 21 cm
Live this down / Neil Krolicki -- Charlie / Chris Lewis Carter -- Paper / Gayle Towell -- Mating calls / Tony Liebhard -- Melody / Michael De Vito, Jr. -- F for fake / Tyler Jones -- Mind and soldier / Phil Jourdan -- Ingredients / Richard Lemmer -- The line forms on the right / Amanda Gowin -- A vodka kind of girl / Matt Egan -- Gasoline / Fred Venturini -- Dietary / Brandon Tietz -- Invisible graffiti / Adam Skorupskas -- Bike / Bryan Howie -- Heavier petting / Brien Piechos -- Engines, o-rings, and astronauts / Jason M. Fylan -- Lemming / Terence James Eeles -- The routine / Keith Buie -- Survived / Gus Moreno -- Zombie whorehouse / Daniel W. Broallt.
A collection of short stories from the transgressive fiction genre feature tales about taboo subjects from the horrific to the humorous with shocking imagery not soon forgotten.

Kentucky bestiary

August 19, 2014
Hirsch, Joseph, 1982- author.
399 pages ; 23 cm.
"It has been quite a long time since Officer Peter Silone has been back to Tipple Hollow, the small Appalachian town where he spent many childhood summers with his uncle and his now-deceased younger brother. So when a job opens up in neighboring Gilchrist, Kentucky, Pete naturally jumps at the chance to escape big city police work, and spend some time taking it easy in the country. Nothing in rural Appalachia is as it seems, however. A meth amphetamine epidemic is sweeping the land, and Pete hears pray tell that monsters roam the hillsides and coalmines where no man has ventured in quite a long time. That all changes, however, when a reclusive and mysterious billionaire named Rufus Petulengro sets up camp in Tipple Hollow, and begins to conduct research in the long-dormant mines. He claims he wants only to help the environment, and to undo the damage he wreaked as a commodities trader exploiting the world for its natural resources. As Pete's curiosity leads him on, deeper into the country and finally into the mine, he discovers a dark secret, hiding within the black bowels of the coalmine."--Page [4] of cover.


August 15, 2014
Molles, D. J., author.
London : Orbit, 2014.
p. cm.

The supernatural enhancements : a novel

August 11, 2014
Cantero, Edgar, 1981-
New York : Doubleday, [2014]
353 pages ; 25 cm
"When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful yet eerie estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone--including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a 'second cousin, twice removed' in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window--at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him"

We are all completely fine

August 6, 2014
Gregory, Daryl, author.
San Francisco, CA : Tachyon Publications, [2014].
182 pages ; 21 cm

The girl from the well

August 1, 2014
Chupeco, Rin.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2014]
267 pages ; 22 cm
Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Kronos rising : a novel

July 25, 2014
Hawthorne, Max.
[U.S] : Far From the Tree Press, 2013.
551 pages ; 23 cm.

Strange and ever after

July 17, 2014
Dennard, Susan.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
392 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: A darkness strange and lovely.
"Traveling to Egypt with the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus--all before it's too late"-- Provided by publisher.

The house of small shadows

July 17, 2014
Nevill, Adam L. G.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014].
374 pages ; 24 cm
"Catherine's last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a top antiques publication saw her fired and forced to leave London, but she was determined to get her life back. A new job and a few therapists later, things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself -- to catalogue the late M. H. Mason's wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets. Rarest of all, she'll get to examine his elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals, depicting bloody scenes from World War II. Catherine can't believe her luck when Mason's elderly niece invites her to stay at Red House itself, where she maintains the collection until his niece exposes her to the dark message behind her uncle's "Art." Catherine tries to concentrate on the job, but Mason's damaged visions begin to raise dark shadows from her own past. Shadows she'd hoped therapy had finally erased. Soon the barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge and some truths seem too terrible to be real.."-- Provided by publisher.

The haunting of Gabriel Ashe

July 17, 2014
Poblocki, Dan, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2013.
277 p. ; 22 cm.
Since eighth-grader Gabriel Ashe moved into his grandmother's house he has been spending a lot of time playing in the woods with his new friend Seth, but the games Seth invents involve a child-eating monster called the Hunter, and Gabriel is not sure how much is imagination and how much is real.

The fallen

July 11, 2014
Higson, Charles, 1958-
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, 2014.
533 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"First published in Great Britain in 2013 by the Penguin Group."
The Holloway crew, having made it to the Natural History Museum barely alive, continues to seek a cure for the Disease but when the children return to the streets for medical supplies, it is no longer clear who--or what--is their enemy.


July 10, 2014
Colucci, A. J.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
322 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"George Brookes, a 75-year old recluse on a small Canadian island, is plagued by guilt, afraid that his botany experiments have released a monster upon the world. He climbs to the top of a cliff and jumps to his death. Several weeks later, six people arrive on the island, heirs to George's estate: his daughter, Isabelle, and her three teenagers, Jules Beecher, a friend and fellow botanist, and Ginny Shufflebottom, a contentious Englishwoman who funded George's research. They will be isolated on the frigid island for two weeks, until the next supply boat arrives. In the laboratory, Jules reads over piles of notes and realizes that George may have achieved the most monumental breakthrough in the history of modern science: communication between humans and plants. Jules knows that the idea of plant intelligence has long been regarded as quackery among conventional scientists, but George's experiments could prove the theories that Jules has been working on all his life. However, the notes are incomplete, and it's unclear whether George's findings are real or the ramblings of a madman. In the woods, Jules begins to have disturbing visions. A fierce storm hits, the power goes out, and a night of terror begins. Isabelle and the others are stalked by Jules and his crossbow, and plagued by the feeling that something on the island does not want them there. A.J. Colucci's new novel is a feast of horror and suspense sure to please fans of Stephen King"-- Provided by publisher.

How the white trash zombie got her groove back

June 27, 2014
Rowland, Diana, 1966-
New York : Daw Books, 2014
328 p. ; 14 cm.
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 string diaries

June 27, 2014
Lloyd Jones, Stephen, author.
423 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published in Great Britain by Headline Publishing Group, July 2013.
"A novel"--Jacket.
A family is hunted by a centuries-old monster: a man with a relentless obsession who can take on any identity. The String Diaries opens with Hannah frantically driving through the night--her daughter asleep in the back, her husband bleeding out in the seat beside her. In the trunk of the car rests a cache of diaries dating back 200 years, tied and retied with strings through generations. The diaries carry the rules for survival that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the 19th century. But how can Hannah escape an enemy with the ability to look and sound like the people she loves? Stephen Lloyd Jones's debut novel is a sweeping thriller that extends from the present day, to Oxford in the 1970s, to Hungary at the turn of the 19th century, all tracing back to a man from an ancient royal family with a consuming passion--a boy who can change his shape, insert himself into the intimate lives of his victims, and destroy them. If Hannah fails to end the chase now, her daughter is next in line. Only Hannah can decide how much she is willing to sacrifice to finally put a centuries-old curse to rest.


June 23, 2014
Hattori, Mitsuru, 1977- artist, author.
New York : Kodansha Comics, [2013]-
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Printed in Japanese right-to-left format.
First published in Japan in 2010 by Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo.
After secretly creating a resurrection potion from hydrangea leaves for his beloved deceased cat, Bābu, zombie-obsessed high school student Chihiro Furuya decides to test his creation on Sanka Rea, a popular classmate and local heiress.


June 23, 2014
Van Etten, Chris, author.
New York, NY : Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2014.
220 pages ; 21 cm
"Point horror"--Spine.
"Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astronaut on Jupiter. So after the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident...just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways...and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end."-- Provided by publisher.

The river of souls

June 10, 2014
McCammon, Robert R.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2014.
257 p. ; 24 cm.
"The year is 1703. The place: the Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional "problem solver," has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation. A sixteen-year-old girl has been stabbed to death on the grounds of a local plantation. The suspected killer is a slave who has escaped, with two family members, into the dubious protection of a nearby swamp. Troubled by certain discrepancies and determined to see some sort of justice done, Matthew joins the hunt for the runaway slaves. He embarks on a treacherous journey up the Solstice River, also known as the River of Souls. He discovers that something born of the swamp has joined the hunt... and is stalking the hunters with more than murder in mind. What follows is a shattering ordeal encompassing snakes, alligators, exiled savages, mythical beasts, and ordinary human treachery. The journey up the River of Souls will test the limits of Matthew's endurance, and lead him through a nightmarish passage to a confrontation with his past, and a moment that will alter his life forever" -- from publisher's web site.

Searchers after horror : new tales of the weird and fantastic

May 29, 2014
Nampa, Idaho : Fedogan & Bremer, 2014
v, 352 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Iced in / by Melanie Tem -- At home with Azathoth / by John Shirley -- The girl between the slats / by Michael Aronovitz -- The patter of tiny feet / by Richard Gavin -- At Lorn Hall / by Ramsey Campbell -- Blind fish / by Caitlin R. Kiernan -- An element of nightmare / by W.H. Pugmire -- The reeds / by Gary Fry -- Crawldaddies / by Steve Rasnic Tem -- Three dreams of ys / by Jonathan Thomas -- Willie the protector / by Lois H. Gresh -- Miranda's tree / by Hannes Bok -- The beautiful fog ascending / by Simon Strantzas -- Exit through the gift shop / by Nick Mamatas -- Going to ground / by Darrell Schweitzer -- Dark equinox / by Ann K. Schwader -- Et in Arcadia ego / by Brian Stableford -- The shadow of heaven / by Jason V Brock -- Flesh and bones / by Nancy Kilpatrick -- The sculptures in the house / by John D. Haefele -- Ice fishing / by Donald Tyson.

Mr. Mercedes : a novel

May 27, 2014
King, Stephen, 1947- author.
New York : Scribner, [2014].
437 pages ; 25 cm
"In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable"-- Provided by publisher.

Bliss House

May 27, 2014
Benedict, Laura, 1962- author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2014.
446 pages ; 24 cm
Amidst the lush farmland and orchards in Old Gate, Virginia, stands the magnificent Bliss House. Built in 1878 as a country retreat, Bliss House is impressive, historic, and inexplicably mysterious. Decades of strange occurrences, disappearances and deaths have plagued the house, yet it remains vibrant. And very much alive. Rainey Bliss Adams desperately needed a new start when she and her daughter Ariel relocated from St. Louis to Old Gate and settled into the house where the Bliss family had lived for over a century. Rainey’s husband had been killed in a freak explosion that left her 14 year-old daughter Ariel scarred and disfigured. At the grand housewarming party, Bliss House begins to reveal itself again. Ariel sees haunting visions: the ghost of her father, and the ghost of a woman being pushed to her death off of an upper floor balcony, beneath an exquisite dome of painted stars. And then there is a death the night of the party. Who is the murderer in the midst of this small town? And who killed the woman in Ariel's visions? But Bliss House is loath to reveal its secrets, as are the good folks of Old Gate.

The whispering

May 13, 2014
Rayne, Sarah, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2014.
235 pages ; 23 cm
Fosse House, home of the reclusive Luisa Gilmore, harbours curious secrets -- secrets that stretch back almost a century, to the ill-fated Palestrina Choir in its remote Belgian convent. When Oxford don Michael Flint travels to the house to trace the origins of the long-dead Choir, he is at once aware of the house's eerie menace. Who is the shadowy young man who lurks in the grounds, and why does his exact likeness appear in a sketch from 1917? What is the strange whispering that echoes through the corridors? And why is Luisa so afraid when a storm makes it necessary for Michael to spend the night inside the house? Back in Oxford, when Nell West uncovers the story of the infamous 1917 'Holzminden sketch' -- the lost, legendary drawing from World War I - a dark fragment of the past begins to stir. A fragment that Michael, in the lonely old house, may not be able to resist.

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