New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

June 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The diary of an immortal (1945-1959)

June 22, 2017
Castello, David, author.
©2016
307 pages ; 23 cm
The story of twenty-one-year-old U.S. Army combat medic Steven Ronson, a man who escapes the constant inundation and threat of death in World War Two after he discovers an immortality formula designed for Adolf Hitler during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in April of 1945.

Hell's detective : a mystery

June 20, 2017
Logan, Michael (Journalist), author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2017.
280 pages ; 25 cm
Kat Murphy is a private detective tortured by demons. Real ones. She is serving a death sentence in Lost Angeles, the dark and depraved city in Hell where a beast known as a Torment forces her to relive, night after night, the moment she killed her lover and put a bullet in her own skull. Kat longs to make amends for her sins. So when the citys Chief Administrator hires her to retrieve a stolen box with a mysterious power, offering to call off her Torment in return, she gets the chance to do just that. But if Kat has learned one thing, its that every case has a wrinkle. As she trawls drug dens, casinos, and fighting pits in search of the thief, she discovers that both box and city contain secrets darker than she could ever have imagined. And with time running out, Kat must choose between her own desire for peace and the fate of the world above in Hell's Detective, the electrifying new mystery from award-winning author Michael Logan.

Silver silence

June 20, 2017
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
©2017
452 pages ; 24 cm.
"Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that's exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him. Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence--her mind clear of all emotion--Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That's what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious"--Provided by publisher.

The darkest promise

June 20, 2017
Showalter, Gena, author.
©2017
428 pages ; 24 cm.
"Includes Lords of the Underworld timeline and Bonus story!"--Back cover.
"Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn't allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption. Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him-- until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile... and seduce her into his bed. As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever..." -- Amazon.com.

Mormama

June 19, 2017
Reed, Kit, author.
©2017
284 pages ; 22 cm
Dell Duval has been living on the street since his accident. He can't remember who he was or where he came from. All he has is a tattered note in his pocket with an address for the Ellis house, a sprawling, ancient residence in Jacksonville. He doesn't know why he's been sent here. In the house, Lane and her son Theo have returned to the ancient family home--their last resort. The old house is ruled by an equally ancient trio of tyrannical aunts, who want to preserve everything. Nothing should ever leave the house, including Lane. Something about the house isn't right. Things happen to the men and boys living there. There are forces at work one of which visits Theo each night--Mormama, one mama too many.

Crown of stars

June 15, 2017
Jaff, Sophie, author.
New York, NY : Harper Paperbacks, [2017]
420 pages ; 21 cm.
"Rumors of witchcraft have haunted Margaret ever since she was born. A strange, dark-eyed child, she was feared and then shunned by her medieval English village after her mother?s brutal murder. When her father remarries, Margaret--now a young woman--realizes that she must leave the village for good. Hundreds of years later, as fall comes to Manhattan, Katherine Emerson prays her horrific summer is over. She survived a killer?s attack, but her roommate Andrea was not so lucky and now Katherine is raising Andrea?s son, Lucas. However, the rest of her world is in ruins: the man she loves has left her and she?s pregnant with his child. She accepts she?ll be a single mother--until he insists on doing ''the right thing'', which means taking her and Lucas with him to London for his new job. Katherine hopes that maybe she too can start over. But starting over doesn?t mean that the disturbing and dangerous encounters with strangers will end. As Katherine begins to fall apart, Margaret?s fight to survive in a hostile world reveals she has inherited her mother?s extraordinary gifts, but will she use them for good or evil? Can Margaret change the destiny of Katherine and her unborn child? And what will happen if she succeeds?"--Amazon.com.

The kill society

June 15, 2017
Kadrey, Richard, author.
©2017
339, 51 pages ; 19 cm.
Includes The Devil in the Dollhouse.
Sandman Slim has found himself in an unknown land: the far, far edge of the Tenebrae, the desolate home of the lost dead. There, he collides with a caravan of the damned on a mysterious crusade, led by the ruthless Magistrate. Alone and with no idea of of how to get home, he joins the caravan. Meanwhile, the Angels have put a bounty on Slim's head after his attempt to open Heaven caused a tsunami across the universe.

The suffering tree

June 14, 2017
Cosimano, Elle, author.
©2017
357 pages ; 22 cm
"Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family-it's their generations-old land the Burns have "stolen." As the suspicious looks and muttered accusations of her neighbors build, so does the pressure inside her, and Tori returns to the pattern of self-harm that landed her in a hospital back in D.C. It all comes to a head one night when, to Tori's shock, she witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard" --Dust jacket.

The fortune teller

June 12, 2017
Womack, Gwendolyn, 1970- author.
New York : Picador, 2017.
357 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house, specializing in deciphering ancient texts. And when she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career."--Provided by publisher.

Moonbreaker

June 12, 2017
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
©2017
325 pages ; 24 cm.
"Ride shotgun with a "James Bond-of-the-supernatural"* as the Secret Histories Novels take you careering through an alternate London where around every corner a new kind of danger awaits ... My name is Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond, the very secret agent. And I am a dead man walking. I've been poisoned by Dr. DOA. There is no cure, no treatment, no chance of a last-minute miracle. So all that is left to me and my love, Molly Metcalf, is to track down my killer and stop him before he can murder anyone else. So whether that means fighting a secret army on another world; or searching for a forgotten weapon in the Museum of Unattached Oddities; or facing off against Grendel Rex, the Unforgiven God, in the hidden heart of the Moon, for the terrible secret that is Moonbreaker ... I will do whatever it takes, while I still can. Because the game isn't over till I say it's over--and I still have one last card to play"-- Provided by publisher.

Nothing left to lose

June 12, 2017
Wells, Dan, 1977- author.
New York : Tor, 2017.
335 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"A novel"--Cover.
John hunts monsters. He used to do it alone, and then, for a while, he did it for the government, but now he's alone again. The FBI is after him while, at the same time, John is after the very last of the Withered: ancient ageless beings who have preyed on mankind for ten thousand years. Now a fugitive as well as a hunter, the teenager has tracked his demonic prey to a small town in Arizona, where the elusive Dark lady may be preparing to make her final stand against the fragile humans who have dared to strike back at her and her kind, even if that means unleashing a bloodbath upon an unsuspecting world. It's been a long hard road for John, but, one way or another, it's coming to an end. And he has nothing left to lose.-- Adapted from back cover.

The struggle

June 9, 2017
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
©2017
354 pages ; 21 cm.
"The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs. All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people. The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same. For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in ... "--Back cover.

Greedy pigs

June 9, 2017
Wallace, Matt, 1982- author.
New York, NY : a Tor.com Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
185 pages ; 21 cm
Politics is a dirty game. When the team at Sin du Jour accidentally caters a meal for the President of the United States and his entourage, they discover a conspiracy that has been in place since before living memory. Meanwhile, the Shadow Government that oversees the co-existence of the natural and supernatural worlds is under threat from the most unlikely of sources. It's up to one member of the Sin du Jour staff to prevent war on an unimaginable scale.

Owl and the electric samurai

June 9, 2017
Charish, Kristi, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
385 pages ; 23 cm
Series information from goodreads.com.
Sequel to: Owl and the City of Angels.
"The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They're also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl. Needless to say, Owl's still a little sore about that. Just to keep Owl's life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before the other mercenaries do. But finding the gamers won't be easy since every clue points to them hiding out in the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Not to mention that the last time Owl and the game designers spoke, their conversation didn't exactly end on the best note... Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions. All in all, just another great day on the job."--Amazon.com.

House of furies

June 8, 2017
Roux, Madeleine, 1985- author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
407 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Escaping from her harsh school before finding work as a maid in an English boarding house, Louisa realizes that her mysterious employer and his staff execute cruel judgments on the guests.

Night magic

June 8, 2017
Black, Jenna, author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2017.
284 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life. Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city―and of having killed her onetime best friend―had threatened to destroy her. But now she's been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away―along with her conscience. Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic's grasp.

Just dreaming

June 1, 2017
Gier, Kerstin, author.
©2015
356 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in Germany in 2015 by Fischer Verlag GmbH under the title: Das dritte Buch der Träume.
"Able to visit other people's dreams, Liv's troubles are just beginning. A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy "-- Provided by publisher.

Lord of shadows

May 31, 2017
Clare, Cassandra, author.
c2017.
699 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Shadowhunters novel"--Cover.
Emma is torn between her passion for Julian and her need to protect him from the consequences of a forbidden romantic partnership, a situation challenged by her relationship with Mark and his efforts to regain his Shadowhunter capabilities.

Dying breath

May 25, 2017
Graham, Heather, author.
©2017
314 pages ; 25 cm
As a teenager, Vickie Preston survived an attack by a serial killer. That was the first time she saw a ghost. Now the city of Boston is being terrorized - someone is kidnapping women and burying them alive, but cruelly leaving a glimmer of hope for the authorities by sending a clue about their location. Vickie is pulled into the investigation when her name is mentioned in one of the notes. And as a historian, she has the knowledge to help uncover the graves the killer known as the Undertaker is choosing. But she also has another, unique lead: the spirit of one of the victims is appearing to her in dreams. Special Agent Griffin Price is on the case for the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's special unit for paranormal investigators. He feels particularly protective of Vickie, since their shared past is connected to the threat that currently surrounds them. With the killer accelerating his plans, time is running out for more victims hidden around the city. Vickie is becoming closer with Griffin, but she's getting too close to the danger, and every breath could be her last.

The end of magic

May 23, 2017
Benson, Amber, 1977- author.
New York : Ace, 2017.
310 pages ; 21 cm.
"Lyse MacAllister used to be like everyone else--blissfully ignorant of magic. But that was before her Aunt Eleanora died, leaving her in control of the Echo Park coven; before she found herself in the middle of the witches clash with the anti-magic zealots known as the Flood; before her blood sisters turned against her ... As the Flood begins turning humans across the globe against the witches, Lyse must find a way to regain the trust of her former magical family and once again unify them. Because the final battle between good and evil is looming--and if the witches don't stand against it together, all of humankind could be lost.."-- Back cover.

The hell-hound of the Baskervilles

May 22, 2017
Denning, G. S. (Gabriel), author.
London : Titan Books, 2017.
399 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The game's afoot once more as the long-suffering Dr. John Watson and a bedridden and somewhat pungent Warlock Holmes (though he's getting better) face off against Moriarty's gang, the Pinkerton's, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a succubus, an overly Canadian aristocrat, a tricycle fight to the death and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hell-hound, one assumes" --Back cover.

Full wolf moon : a novel

May 16, 2017
Child, Lincoln, author.
©2017
244 pages ; 25 cm
Traveling to an isolated writers' retreat deep in the Adirondacks, Jeremy Logan, an investigator who specializes in unexplained phenomena, discovers a dead hiker whose wounds suggest an unnatural attack before encountering numerous suspects and a woman scientist struggling with the death of her father.

Dream fall

May 12, 2017
Plum, Amy.
New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
276 pages ; 22 cm
Seven insomniac teenagers participate in an experimental sleep study and find themselves thrown together in a shared dreamworld where their worst nightmares come to life.

Food of the Gods

May 11, 2017
Khaw, Cassandra, author.
Oxford, UK : Abaddon Books Publications, ©2017
238 pages ; 23 cm
Collected edition published in 2017 by Abaddon Books / Rebellion Intellectual Property Limited, Riverside House.
"Gods: powerful enemies, dubious friends, terrible employers." -- front cover
Part One / Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef © 2015 Rebellion -- Part Two / Rupert Wong and the ends of the Earth © 2017 Rebellion.
"By day, Rupert Wong - sorcerer, chef, former triad - prepares delicious meals of human flesh for a dynasty of ghouls in Kuala Lumpur ; by night, he's an administrator for the Ten Chinese Hells. It's a living, of sorts. When the Dragon of the South demands that Rupert investigate the murders of his daughter and her mortal husband, Rupert is caught in a war between gods that's as bewildering as it is bloody. If he's going to survive, he'll need to stay sharp, stay lucky, and always read the fine print..." - back cover.

The battlemage

May 5, 2017
Matharu, Taran, author.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2017.
377 pages ; 22 cm.
Fletcher and his classmates from Vocans Academy--including the elf Sylva and the dwarf Othello--travel through the ether, where they must pursue a mortally dangerous quest to rebuild their world and broker peace. As he leads a small army of soldiers, Fletcher will face his biggest challenge yet: his nemesis, the albino orc, Khan, who seeks to destroy everything Fletcher loves. -- book jacket.

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