New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

April 21, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The garden of blue roses

April 20, 2018
Barsa, Michael, author.
Sumner, WA : Underland Press, an imprint of Resurrection House, 2018.
226 pages ; 22 cm
The adult son of an acclaimed horror writer is forced to confront his family's past after the "accidental" death of his parents.


April 19, 2018
Forsman, Charles, author, illustrator.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Meet Christine, a data entry specialist discovering her sexuality and her penchant for blood. Seemingly timid and plain to her coworkers, she harbors dangerous urges. A lion of sexual violence bubbles just below the surface. What is this monster brewing inside her?" -- provided by publisher.

Shining in the dark : celebrating 20 years of Lilja's library

April 18, 2018
Baltimore : Cemetery Dance Publications, 2017.
221 pages; 24 cm
"This special edition of Shining in the Dark is limited to 1,250 signed copies."
Introduction / Hans-Åke Lilja -- The blue air compressor: a telling of horror / Stephen King -- The net / Jack Ketchum & P.D. Cacek -- The novel of the holocaust / Stewart O'Nan -- Aeliana / Bev Vincent -- Pidgin and Theresa / Clive Barker -- An end to all things / Brian Keene -- Cemetery dance / Richard Chizmar -- Drawn to the flame / Kevin Quigley -- The companion / Ramsey Campbell -- The tell-tale heart / Edgar Allan Poe -- A mother's love / Brian James Freeman -- The keeper's companion / John Ajvide Lindqvist (translated from its original Swedish by Marlaine Delargy) -- Afterword / Hans-Åke Lilja.
"Hans-Åke Lilja, founder of Lilja's Library, has compiled a brand new anthology of horror stories to celebrate twenty years of running the #1 Stephen King news site on the web!"--Dust jacket inside flap.

The dead house : a novel

April 17, 2018
O'Callaghan, Billy, author.
202 pages ; 22 cm.
"Maggie is a successful young artist who has had bad luck with men. Her last put her in the hospital and, after she's healed physically, left her needing to get out of London to heal mentally and find a place of quiet that will restore her creative spirit. On the rugged west coast of Ireland, perched on a wild cliff side, she spies the shell of a cottage that dates back to Great Famine and decides to buy it. When work on the house is done, she invites her dealer to come for the weekend to celebrate along with a couple of women friends, one of whom will become his wife. On the boozy last night, the other friend pulls out an Ouija board. What sinister thing they summon, once invited, will never go. Ireland is a country haunted by its past."--Provided by publisher.

A god in the shed

April 17, 2018
Dubeau, J-F. (Jean-Francois), author.
428 pages ; 21 cm
"The village of Saint-Ferdinand has all the trappings of a quiet life: farmhouses stretching from one main street, a small police precinct, a few diners and cafes, and a grocery store. Though if an out-of-towner stopped in, they would notice one unusual thing--a cemetery far too large and much too full for such a small town, lined with the victims of the Saint-Ferdinand Killer, who has eluded police for nearly two decades. It's not until after Inspector Stephen Crowley finally catches the killer that the town discovers even darker forces are at play. When a dark spirit reveals itself to Venus McKenzie, one of Saint-Ferdinand's teenage residents, she learns that this creature's power has a long history with her town--and that the serial murders merely scratch the surface of a past burdened by evil secrets"--Page 4 of cover.

Aliens : dead orbit

April 16, 2018
Stokoe, James, 1985- author, artist.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"After an accident strikes at a space station, an engineering officer must use all available tools--a timer, utility kit, and his wits--to survive an attack from an alien creature"--Provided by publisher.

Tokyo ghoul: re.

April 13, 2018
Ishida, Sui, author, artist.
San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, LLC, [2014]-
volumes : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
Originally published in Japan in 2014 by Shueisha Inc., Tokyo.
A special squad of agents from the Commission of Counter Ghoul must learn to control their new supernatural abilities and work together as a team.

Devils unto dust

April 11, 2018
Berquist, Emma, author.
488 pages ; 22 cm
"The desert claims everything in the end"--Dust jacket.
"This tense, heart-pounding alternate history about a young woman fighting to survive the unthinkable will keep fans of 'Westworld' and 'The Walking Dead' reading late into the night. A horrifying sickness has spread across the West Texas desert. Infected people-- shakes-- attack the living, and the surviving towns are only as safe as their perimeter walls are strong. The state is all but quarantined from the rest of the country. Glory, Texas, is a near ghost town. Still, seventeen-year-old Willie has managed to keep her siblings safe, even after the sickness took their mother. But then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is left on the hook for his debt. With two young hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find her father. And the desert holds more dangers than just shakes."

Unbury Carol : a novel

April 11, 2018
Malerman, Josh, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2018]
362 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. You see, every so often Carol descends into a death-like coma that she calls the Black Place. For two to four days her heartbeat slows way down, her breathing all but stops, and to the eyes of all she would appear dead as a doornail. Only two people know of her condition: her husband Dwight, and her former lover James Moxie--the most legendary outlaw the Trail has ever seen. Just before Carol can share her secret with a friend, she falls into the Black Place once again, only this time, Dwight begins preparations for her funeral two days hence, hoping to inherit her fortune. When a telegram arrives for Moxie, notifying him of the upcoming burial of his lost love, he rides out of retirement and hits the Trail once again, desperate to save Carol from a premature burial. Hot on Moxie's heels are threats both human and...other"-- Provided by publisher.

Dread nation

April 10, 2018
Ireland, Justina, author.
451 pages ; 22 cm
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-- derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. Now laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. But it's not a life Jane wants. When families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy... and the restless dead are the least of her problems.

DJStories : the best of David J. Schow.

April 10, 2018
Schow, David J., author.
520 pages ; 24 cm
Earlier copies are limited edition, numbered and signed by the author.
One for the horrors (1978/1983) -- Coming soon to a theatre near you (1984) -- Red light (1985) -- Pamela's get (1981/1987) -- The shaft (1985/1990) -- Not from around here (1986) -- [illegible] (1987) -- Jerry's kids meet Wormboy (long version) (1987) -- A week in the unlife (1988) -- Sedalia (1988) -- Pick me up (1989) -- Bad guy hats (1990) -- Jeff and Linda (aka "the perfect couple") (1990) -- Last call for the sons of shock (1990) -- Action (1990 ) -- Life partner (1991) -- Refrigerator heaven (1992) -- The incredible true facts in the case (1995) -- (Melodrama) (1995) -- Gills (1996) -- Calendar girl (1998) -- Watcher of the skies (1999) -- Murder (1999) -- Quebradora (2000) -- Plot twist (2001) -- The five sisters: A fable (2001) -- Obsequy (2004) -- Warbirds (2005) -- A gunfight (2009) -- The last song you hear (2012).
DJStories is Schow's first "greatest hits" album, covering four decades of his efforts to shake you up, shock you awake, tweak your sensibilities and gun down your preconceptions. Thirty stories-- count 'em, thirty!--that cover the entire spectrum of what you may find frightening.

Abe Sapien. Volume 2, Dark and terrible

April 9, 2018
Mignola, Michael, author.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2018.
383 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
"This book collects Abe Sapien Volumes 6-8"--Title page verso.
A darkness so great / story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie ; art by Max Fiumara and Sebastián Fiumara -- The shadow over Suwanee / story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie ; art by Max Fiumara and Sebastián Fiumara -- The garden (II) / story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie ; art by Max Fiumara -- The black school / story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie ; art by Sebastián Fiumara -- Regressions / story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie ; art by Max Fiumara -- Dark and terrible deep / story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie ; art by Sebastián Fiumara -- The garden (III) / story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie ; art by Max Fiumara -- The desolate shore / story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie ; art by Sebastián Fiumara.

Ghost moon night

April 6, 2018
Allen, Jewel, author.
304 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Antonio Pulido has never known a time when the langbuan didn't roam the streets every Ghost Moon Night, killing anyone in their path. He works hard to protect his family and the girl he loves from the deadly attacks, but he wants them stopped once and for all.

The great god Pan and other horror stories

March 29, 2018
Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947, author.
xxxvi, 389 pages ; 23 cm
The tales: The lost cub -- The great god Pan -- The inmost light -- The three imposters -- The red hand -- The shining pyramid -- The Turanians -- The idealist -- Witchcraft -- The ceremony -- Psychology -- Midsummer -- The white people -- The bowmen -- The monstrance -- N -- The tree of life -- Change -- Ritual.
Something pushed out from the body there on the floor, and stretched forth a slimy, wavering tentacle... Perhaps no figure better embodies the transition from the Gothic tradition to modern horror than Arthur Machen. In the final decade of the nineteenth century, the Welsh writer produced a seminal body of tales of occult horror, spiritual and physical corruption, and malignant survivals from the primeval past which horrified and scandalised-late-Victorian readers. Machen's 'weird fiction' has influenced generations of storytellers, from H. P. Lovecraft to Guillermo Del Toro-and it remains no less unsettling today. This new collection, which includes the complete novel The Three Impostors as well as such celebrated tales as The Great God Pan and The White People, constitutes the most comprehensive critical edition of Machen yet to appear. In addition to the core late-Victorian horror classics, a selection of lesser-known prose poems and later tales helps to present a fuller picture of the development of Machen's weird vision. The edition's introduction and notes contextualise the life and work of this foundational figure in the history of horror.

Glimpse : a novel

March 28, 2018
Maberry, Jonathan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
338 pages ; 21 cm
Seven years an addict and three difficult years clean, Rain Thomas is a mess: racked by guilt for the baby she gave up for adoption at sixteen; still grieving for the boy's father who died in Iraq. Alone, discarded by her family, her only friends the damaged members of her narcotics anonymous meetings... and the voices in her head. She borrows a cracked pair of reading glasses to review her resume for a much needed job. Through the damaged slice of glass she sees a young boy go running down the aisle of the subway train; when she tries to find the boy no one else has seen him. Rain loses whole chunks of time, and the voices she hears are telling her horrible things. Between reality and nightmare, how far will one person go to save someone they love?

The light is the darkness

March 26, 2018
Barron, Laird, author.
Welches, OR : Infernal House, 2012.
212 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Conrad Navarro is a champion of the Pageant, a modern day gladiatorial exhibition held in secret arenas across the globe. He becomes indentured by a cabal of ultra-rich patrons, and his sister vanishes while traveling in Mexico. Imogene is a special agent for the FBI following on the trail of a scientist whose eugenics experiments landed him on a most-wanted list. Imogene left behind clues that indicate she uncovered evidence of an occult conspiracy against civilization itself. Now, Conrad is searching for his missing sister while these malign forces seek to destroy him. He becomes enmeshed within a web of primordial evil that stretches back to prehistory.

Palaces : a novel

March 26, 2018
Jacobs, Simon (Fiction author), author.
Columbus, Ohio : Two Dollar Radio, 2018.
223 pages ; 19 cm.
John and Joey are a young couple immersed in their local midwestern punk scene, who after graduating college sever all ties and move to a perverse and nameless northeastern coastal city. They drift in and out of art museums, basement shows, and derelict squats seemingly unfazed as the city slowly slides into chaos around them. Late one night, forced out of their living space, John and Joey are driven to take shelter in a chain pharmacy before emerging to a city in full-scale riot. They find themselves the only passengers on a commuter train headed north, and exit at the final stop to discover the area entirely devoid of people. As John and Joey negotiate their future through bizarre, troubling manifestations of the landscape and a succession of abandoned mansions housing only scant clues to their owners' strange and sudden disappearance, they're also forced to confront the resurgent violence and buried memories of their shared past. With incisive precision and a cool detachment, Simon Jacobs has crafted a surreal and spellbinding first novel of horror and intrigue.


March 22, 2018
Kaihou, Norimitsu, author.
New York, NY : Yen Press, 2015-
volumes : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
First published in Japan in 2012 by Houbunsha.
"Meet the members of the School Living Club! There's the shovel-loving Kurumi Ebisuzawa, the big-sister figure Yuuri Wakasa, club advisor Megumi Sakura, and last but not least, the ever-optimistic Yuki Takeya. The School Living Club is just your average after-school organization where the girls hang out, have fun ... and live at school as the sole survivors of a zombie apocalypse."--Back cover.

Widow's Point

March 22, 2018
Chizmar, Richard T.
156 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"This novella is a much-expanded version of the short story of the same title"-- Publisher's website.
"Interior artwork by Glenn Chadbourne"--Title page verso.
Longtime residents of Harper's Cove believe that something is wrong with the Widow's Point Lighthouse. Some say it's cursed. Others claim it's haunted. Originally built in 1838, three workers were killed during the lighthouse's construction, including one who mysteriously plunged to his death from the catwalk. That tragic accident was never explained, and it was just the beginning of the terror. In the decades that followed, nearly two dozen additional deaths occurred in or around the lighthouse including cold-blooded murder, suicide, unexplained accidents and disappearances, the slaughter of an entire family, and the inexplicable death of a Hollywood starlet who was filming a movie on the grounds. The lighthouse was finally shuttered tight in 1988 and a security fence was erected around the property. No one has been inside since. Until tonight. Thomas Livingston is the acclaimed author of thirteen books about the supernatural and this evening he will enter the Widow's Point Lighthouse, searching for material for his next bestseller. He will be locked inside for the weekend with no way of contacting the outside world. And although no human has stepped foot inside the structure in nearly three decades, Livingston will not be alone.

Only the end of the world again

March 22, 2018
Gaiman, Neil, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
"This volume collects Only the End of the World Again, originally published by Oni Press, Inc."--Title page verso.
"An adjustor discovers that the world may be ending and that the instrument of destruction is a werewolf"-- Provided by publisher.

Shiver : selected stories

March 22, 2018
Itō, Junji, 1963- author, artist.
392 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
Originally published in Japan in 2015 by Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc., Tokyo.
Used record -- Shiver -- Fashion model -- Hanging blimp -- Marionette mansion -- Painter -- The long dream -- Honored ancestors -- Greased -- Fashion model : cursed frame.
"Includes nine of Junji Ito's best short stories, as selected by the author himself and presented with accompanying notes and commentary."--Back cover.

The hollow tree

March 21, 2018
Brogden, James (Novelist)
London : Titan Books, 2018.
483 pages ; 21 cm
"After her hand is amputated following a tragic accident, Rachel Cooper suffers vivid nightmares of a woman imprisoned in the trunk of a hollow tree, screaming for help. When she begins to experience phantom sensations of leaves and earth with her missing limb, Rachel is terrified she is going mad... but then another hand takes hers, and the trapped woman is pulled into our world. This woman has no idea who she is, but Rachel can't help but think of the mystery of Oak Mary, a female corpse found in a hollow tree, and who was never identified. Three urban legends have grown up around the case; was Mary a Nazi spy, a prostitute or a gypsy witch? Rachel is desperate to learn the truth, but darker forces are at work. For a rule has been broken, and Mary is in a world where she doesn't belong"--P. [4] of cover.

What do monsters fear?

March 20, 2018
Hayward, Matt, author.
180 pages ; 22 cm
After waking up one too many times in puddle of his own mess, Peter Laughlin, a thirty-five year old rock musician, has decided to kill himself. However, after catching an advertisement for rehabilitation in the back of a local newspaper, coupled with the fact that his one night stand with old friend Bethany resulted in pregnancy, Peter decides to try and clean up his act. Again. Only this time, things will be different. At Dawson Rehabilitation, things seem idealistic. Peter quickly befriends Henry Randolph, an alcoholic in his sixties, who, along with Donald Bove, Shelley Matthews, Jamie Peters and a mentally-defunct man named Walter Cartwright, make up the rest of the guests. Something is wrong at Dawson Rehabilitation. Peter and Henry don't trust the center's councilor, a man named Jerry Fisher. Jerry's hiding a secret. One ancient and terrible.Tucked away in the Pennsylvania backwoods, in a remodeled farmhouse once owned by Dr. Harris Dawson himself, Peter finds himself in a fight for his life against Phobos, the great God of fear. To defeat him, Peter will have to set aside his doubts and answer the all important question: What do monsters fear?

The merry spinster : tales of everyday horror

March 19, 2018
Ortberg, Mallory, author.
190 pages ; 21 cm
The daughter cells -- The thankless child -- Fear not: an incident log -- The six boy-coffins -- The rabbit -- The merry spinster -- The wedding party -- Some of us had been threatening our friend Mr.Todd -- Cast your bread upon the waters -- The frog's princess -- Good fences make good neighbors.
"A collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales."--Front flap.

The hunger : a novel

March 14, 2018
Katsu, Alma, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
376 pages : map ; 24 cm
The ninety men, women, and children of the Donner Party are heading into one of one of the deadliest and most disastrous Western adventures in American history. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy-- they cannot seem to escape tragedy... or the feeling that someone-- something?-- is stalking them. As members of the group begin to disappear, the survivors start to wonder if the evil that has unfolded around them may have in fact been growing within them all along.

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