New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

April 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


April 27, 2016
Schow, David J., author.
314 pages ; 23 cm
Non: After 9/11 -- Bloodstock -- Death to decaf -- Thirty-eight days later -- We have always fought giant monsters -- The traps of nostalgia -- The Mulholland muse -- Why you'll never see Crow Chronical -- Two more scoops-- of celluloid -- The dream of a masked man -- Catacombs (introduction) -- Faux-God of the mouse haus -- Afterwordia.
"DJSturbia is home to monsters. All kinds of monsters, from skyscraper-sized Godzilla (twice!) to the microscopic space germ known as the Andromeda Strain. Monsters human and inhuman, from fictional psycho killers to the real-life terrorists of 9/11. Lovecraftian horrors. Extraterrestrial insects. Giant serpents. Gargoyles and ghosts. Gunfighters and assassins. The battlefield monstrosities known as Warbirds, the alien invaders called Black Widowers, and--oh, yes--a little critter named Bob. Classic monsters lurk here, too: That Creature from That Lagoon. That Thing from Another World. Monsters living, monsters dead...and in-between. David J. Schow's newest collection features his usual lucky thirteen short stories--shoot 'em ups, horror noir, and surprises aplenty--plus, for the first time, a poison-candy sampler of thirteen additional essays covering everything from The Crow to live snake-handling" -- dust jacket flap.


April 22, 2016
Olde Heuvelt, Thomas, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
384 pages ; 25 cm
"Originally published as Hex in 2013 by Luitingh-Sijthoff in Amsterdam"--Colophon.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear. The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated by being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers, decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past."--Jacket.

The doll-master and other tales of terror

April 22, 2016
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- author.
317 pages ; 22 cm
The doll-master -- Soldier -- Gun accident: an investigation -- Equatorial -- Big momma -- Mystery, inc.
Six terrifying tales to chill the blood from the unique imagination of Joyce Carol Oates. A young boy plays with dolls instead of action figures. But as he grows older, his passion takes on a darker edge ... A white man shoots dead a black boy creating a media frenzy. But could it be that it was self-defense as he claims? A nervous woman tries to escape her husband. He says he loves her, but she's convinced he wants to kill her ... These quietly lethal stories reveal the horrors that dwell within us all.

Can you keep a secret? : a Fear Street novel

April 18, 2016
Stine, R. L., author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
264 pages ; 22 cm.
Eddie and Emmy are high school sweethearts from the wrong side of the tracks. Looking for an escape from their dreary lives, they embark on an overnight camping trip in the Fear Street Woods with four friends. As Eddie is carving a heart into a tree, he and Emmy discover a bag hidden in the trunk. A bag filled with hundred-dollar bills. Thousands of them. Should they take it? Should they leave the money there? The six teens agree to leave the bag where it is until it's safe to use it. But when tragedy strikes Emmy's family, the temptation to skim some money off of the top becomes impossible to fight. There's only one problem. When Emmy returns to the woods, the bag of money is gone, and with it, the trust of six friends with a big secret.

Psycho : sanitarium

April 12, 2016
Williamson, Chet, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
278 pages ; 22 cm
It's 1960. Norman Bates is in the State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and it's up to Dr. Felix Reed to bring him out of his catatonic state. But Norman and Dr. Reed have obstacles in twisted fellow patients and staff members who think of the institution as a prison rather than a place of healing. And the greatest obstacle is the building itself, once a private sanitarium, rumored to be haunted. A wild card appears in the persona of Robert Newman, Norman's twin brother, taken away at birth after the attending doctor pronounced him brain damaged. As Robert and Norman grow to know each other, Norman senses a darkness in Robert, even deeper than that which has lurked in Norman himself. Soon, murders begin to occur and a shocking chain of events plunge us even deeper into the deranged madness inside the walls of the sanitarium.

Jericho : a novel

April 11, 2016
Gordon, Alex (Suspense fiction writer), author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, [2016]
385 pages ; 21 cm
"In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil. In unearthing her father's secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the "thin places" areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate. Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp's dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren's darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life. even if it costs her soul"-- Provided by publisher.

Attack on Titan

April 8, 2016
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

The vault of horror. Volume 2, issues 7-12, complete

April 8, 2016
West Plains, Mo. ; Sherman Oaks, Calif. : GC Press, LLC, [2011]
212 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm.

The exorcist

April 7, 2016
Blatty, William Peter.
New York : Harper, ©2011.
xiv, 379 pages ; 24 cm
Special 40th anniversary edition is "expanded by the author, and includes new dialogue, a new character, and a chilling new extended scene" --Book jacket.
A young girl becomes possessed by the devil and causes several violent deaths before she can be cured.


April 6, 2016
Rollins, Danielle (Author)
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
346 pages ; 22 cm
After three years in juvenile detention, Angela is just months shy of release, but then ten-year-old Jessica arrives in shackles and is placed in segregation, and while no one knows what she did to end up there, creepy things begin to happen and it becomes clear that Jessica and her possible supernatural powers are more dangerous than anyone expected.

The beast : a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

March 31, 2016
Ward, J. R., 1969- author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2016]
xiii, 508 pages ; 24 cm.
"Rhage and Mary return in...[this] novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood... Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself..."-- Provided by publisher.

Harmony House

March 29, 2016
Sheff, Nic, author.
New York : HarperTeen, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
296 pages ; 22 cm
Jen Noonan's father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn't know was haunting her--and the mysterious and terrible power she didn't realize she had.


March 29, 2016
Carey, M. R., 1959- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2016.
486 pages ; 24 cm
Confronting the possibility that she might be forced to spend the rest of her life in a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, Jess Moulson discovers that the prison is haunted by the ghost of a little boy who imparts a chilling message.


March 25, 2016
Rigney, Mark, author.
Cincinnati, OH : Samhain Publishing, Ltd., 2015.
255 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Renner & Quist adventure"--Cover.
Bones on the run! When Reverend Renner's mentor gives him a brass rubbing of a skeleton, nick-named Bonesy, a chain of calamity ensues. Bonesy breaks free from its frame and begins a violent, chaotic search for--what? It's up to Renner and his investigative partner, ex-linebacker Dale Quist, to uncover Bonesy's spectral motives. Bonesy takes Renner & Quist on their most treacherous, rollicking supernatural adventure yet, a journey that will lead them from the ghost of Carole Lombard to the fens of Tudor England. And the books they find along the way are not the sort you can judge by their cover.

Daymares : a disturbing little collection

March 15, 2016
Moss-Dyme, Kenya.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], ©2014.
v, 229 pages ; 23 cm
Junebug/The flat earth -- A colder kind of hell -- 1st of the month -- Playground -- Ride -- Her things -- Baby mine.

The damned

March 3, 2016
Richardson, Tarn, author.
New York : Overlook Press, 2016.
345 pages ; 24 cm.
"The darkest hour trilogy, book 1"--Cover.
"1914. In the French city of Arras, a Father is brutally murdered. The Catholic Inquisition--still powerful, but now working in the shadows--sends its most determined and unhinged of Inquisitors, Poldek Tacit to investigate: his mission to protect the Church from those who would seek to undermine it, no matter what the cost. As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British soldier Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields, an enemy that answers to no human force and wreaks its havoc by the light of the moon. Faced with impossible odds and his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil, and a church determined at all costs to achieve its aims, to reach the heart of a dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world, plunging it ever deeper into conflict"-- Provided by publisher.

The Brotherhood of the Wheel

March 2, 2016
Belcher, R. S., author.
New York : TOR, 2016.
381 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them. Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel. Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight."-- Provided by publisher.

Spawn : origins collection

February 29, 2016
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2010-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Originally published in single magazine form.

Deadman Wonderland

February 29, 2016
Kataoka, Jinsei.
San Francisco, Calif. : Viz Media, c2014-2016.
13 v. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm.
Printed in Japanese right-to-left format.
First published in Japan in 2007 by Kadokawa Corporation, Tokyo.

Buffy the vampire slayer. Season 10

February 29, 2016
Milwaukie, Oregon : Dark Horse Comics, 2014-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. New rules -- v. 2. I wish -- v. 3. Love dares you -- v. 4. Old demons

The vampire book of the month club

February 23, 2016
Fischer, Rusty, author.
Aurora, Ill : Medallion Press, Inc., 2016.
246 pages ; 21 cm
If best-selling teenaged author Nora does what handsome transfer student Reece wants, thousands of vampires will converge on an unsuspecting town and use its inhabitants as a human snack bar, or her friends will die.

Darker than black : tales of horror

February 23, 2016
DeThroe, Paul, author.
92 pages ; 23 cm
Darker than black -- The boy that created monsters -- Hell is empty -- Graveyard serial killer -- Closet full of demons -- Perfect reflection.
"What are your biggest fears? Vampires? Ghosts? Demons? Humans? In Darker Than Black, Tales of Horror, I take you on a journey to visit all these monsters and more. But why do such a thing? ... The tales of horror I've imagined are about the anxieties that keep me awake at night; the dregs of society that terrify me to no end... To me, the world is darker than black, because reality provides us with worse monsters than fiction ever could."--from back cover.

Lovecraft Country : a novel

February 22, 2016
Ruff, Matt, author.
New York, New York : HarperCollins, [2016]
372 pages ; 24 cm
Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George-- publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide-- and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite, heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors, they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus.

The bell tower

February 18, 2016
Rayne, Sarah, author.
230 pages ; 22 cm
When Nell West starts extending her Oxford antiques shop, she is not expecting to uncover strange fragments of its past: fragments that include a frightened message scribbled on old plasterwork, dated 1850 and referring to someone called Thaisa. She also uncovers a mysterious link with a village on the Dorset coast - a village with an ancient bell tower and dark memories of a piece of music known locally as Thaisa's Song. The sea is gradually encroaching on the derelict tower, but the old Glaum Bell still hangs in the lonely bell chamber and although it was silenced after an act of appalling brutality during the reign of Henry VIII, local people whisper that its chime is still occasionally heard.

Bleeding Earth

February 16, 2016
Ward, Kaitlin, author.
247 pages ; 22 cm
"Between Mother Nature and human nature, disasters are inevitable. Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood oozed out of the ground, even through the concrete, even in the water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones. Lea wishes she could ignore the blood. She wishes she could spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn't so afraid of her father. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and her girlfriend however she can."--

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