New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

June 15, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Summer of salt

June 14, 2018
Leno, Katrina, author.
©2018
256 pages ; 22 cm
No one on the island of By-the-Sea would call the Fernweh women what they are, but if you need the odd bit of help, such as a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight, they are the ones to ask. Georgina Fernweh waits for the tingle of magic in her fingers-- magic that has already touched her twin sister, Mary. But with her eighteenth birthday looming at the end of her last summer on the island, Georgina fears her gift will never come. She meets and falls in love with Prue Lowry, a visitor to the island. When a three-hundred-year-old bird, Annabella is found violently murdered, suddenly the island doesn't seem so magical. Georgina turns to the Ouija board to discover the dark secrets of Annabella's death.

The last sun

June 14, 2018
Edwards, K. D., 1971- author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2018.
367 pages ; 22 cm
"In this debut novel and series starter, the last member of a murdered House searches for a missing nobleman, and uncovers clues about his own tortured past. Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment's missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home. With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam's relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune's Court. In looking for Addam, can Rune find the truth behind his family's death and the torments of his past?"-- Provided by publisher.

Night fall

June 13, 2018
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
©2018
456 pages ; 24 cm.
"A secret histories and nightside novel."--cover.
"From the New York Times bestselling author of Moonbreaker comes the last Secret Histories adventure, where the Droods will take on the most unexpected of enemies, the inhabitants of the Nightside. The Droods are all about control, making people do what they're told for a greater good. The Nightside is all about choice: good and bad and everything in between. The Droods want to make the world behave; the Nightside wants to party. They were never going to get along. For centuries, ancient Pacts have kept the Droods out of the Nightside, but now the Droods see the Nightside as a threat to the whole world. So they march into the long night, in their armour, to put it under their control. All too soon, the two sides are at war. It's Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalf against John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie. The Drood Sarjeant-at-Arms and their Armourer against Dead Boy and Razor Eddie. More groups join in, on either side: the London Knights, the Ghost Finders, the Spawn of Frankenstein, Shadows Fall, and the Soulhunters. Science and magic are running wild, there's blood running in the gutters, and the bodies are piling up. Is anyone going to get out of this alive?"-- Provided by publisher.

Torched

June 8, 2018
Grant, Donna, author.
©2018
386 pages ; 18 cm.
"The King of Silvers. Cunning, perceptive, resourceful. Determined. Banished from Dreagan eons ago because of a betrayal that shattered his entire existence, his sole focus in life is to exact revenge against the Dragon Kings. A formidable fighter with centuries of rage on his side, Ulrik will stop at nothing to take down those who exiled him. He has been alone, trusting no one for thousands of years. Until she walks into his life. He should not yearn for her, but there is no stopping the fiercely burning attraction. When he's with her, he isn't thinking of war or revenge. He only thinks of her, craves her. Burns for her. But soon he will be forced to choose: Will he continue on his course of destruction or will he be able to set aside his vengeance to save the woman who risked everything for him"-- Provided by publisher.

A charming corpse

June 8, 2018
Kappes, Tonya, author.
Lexington, KY, 2018.
231 pages ; 21 cm.
The quaint and magical shops in the cozy but unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky have been booming with business, with the exception of A Charming Cure. A mortal is selling homemade oils and making unfounded promises, undercutting June's prices. When the mortal is found dead, and spiritualist Leah LeRoy is Sheriff Oscar Park's number one suspect, Leah begs June to break the number one by-law: No spiritualist is able to read one another. Hesitant and not wanting to go against her Oscar, June does use her gift and uncovers that no matter what the evidence says, Leah didn't kill the mortal. As if June didn't have enough on her plate, her Great Aunt Helena has a job proposition. There's a teaching position and June is the perfect candidate. The only catch is that she'll have to leave Whispering Falls for the semester. Will June be able to meet the deadline of a killer before they strike again and the deadline of making a decision about the teaching job before she becomes the next victim?

Sleight

June 7, 2018
Sommersby, Jennifer, author.
©2018
xi, 408 pages ; 22 cm.
On her first day of high school after the circus settles in a small town, Gemma meets Henry and everything changes as they begin to unravel secrets that will bind them forever.

Bruja born

June 1, 2018
Córdova, Zoraida, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2018]
336 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Still feeling broken after her family's battle in Los Lagos, Lula invokes a dark spell to bring her boyfriend and others back after a fatal bus crash, but unwittingly raises an army of hungry, half-dead casimuertos, instead.

The world of All Souls : the complete guide to A discovery of witches, Shadow of night, and The Book of Life

June 1, 2018
Harkness, Deborah E., 1965- author.
©2018
ix, 484 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Synopses -- Creatures -- Characters -- Organizations -- Locations -- Magic -- Science -- Alchemy -- Decorative arts -- Lifestyles -- Literature -- Translations.
It's a world of daemons and humans, where a reluctant witch and a centuries-old vampire discover the secrets left in a mysterious manuscript. Welcome to the All Souls trilogy, as Harkness shares information from her files. This companion volume includes character profiles, information on life and lifestyles from the time periods the trilogy covers, background on the science and magic, and even recipes and wine recommendations.

Shadow keeper

May 29, 2018
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Jove, 2018.
421 pages ; 17 cm.
The paparazzi can't get enough of infamous bad boy Giovanni Ferraro. But unknown to them--and the women he beds--he's just playing a role. Keeping the spotlight on himself keeps it off the family business. And if this lethal shadow rider can't hunt in the dark, he'll find his pleasure elsewhere... Sasha Provis grew up on a Wyoming ranch and thought she knew how to protect herself from predators. But in the nightclub where she works, she's fair game--until one of the owners steps in to protect her. Giovanni is gorgeous. He's dangerous. And his every touch takes her breath away. The devil at her heels may have finally met its match...

Fade to black

May 24, 2018
Graham, Heather, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : MIRA, [2018]
319 pages ; 24 cm.
After witnessing the murder of a co-star at the hands of killer who seems to vanish into thin air, cult TV star Marnie Davante partners with private investigator Bryan McFadden to keep her safe.

My grave ritual

May 18, 2018
Denning, G. S. (Gabriel), author.
©2018
425 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The hell-hound of the Baskervilles.
As they blunder towards doom, Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings. Christmas brings a goose that doesn't let being cooked slow it down; they meet an electricity demon, discover why being a redhead is even tricker than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And, naturally, Moriarty is hanging around... in some form or other.

What should be wild : a novel

May 14, 2018
Fine, Julia, author.
©2018
350 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm
Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie's father - an anthroplogist who sees her as more experiment than daughter - has warned her not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for millennia her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge - for she is descended from a long line of cursed women. But one day Maisie's father disappears, and she must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, Maisie encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.

Black helicopters

May 14, 2018
Kiernan, Caitlín R., author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.
202 pages ; 21 cm
A dark jewel of a novella, this definitive edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan's Black Helicopters is the expanded and completed version of the World Fantasy Award-nominated original. Just as the Signalman stood and faced the void in Agents of Dreamland, so it falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agency's world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable. Something strange is happening on the shores of New England. Something stranger still is happening to the world itself, chaos unleashed, rational explanation slipped loose from the moorings of the known. Two rival agencies stare across the Void at one another. Two sisters, the deadly, sickened products of experiments going back decades, desperately evade their hunters. An invisible war rages at the fringes of our world, with unimaginable consequences and Lovecraftian horrors that ripple centuries into the future.

Compulsory games : and other stories

May 10, 2018
Aickman, Robert, author.
New York : New York Review Books, [2018]
xvii, 341 pages ; 20 cm.
Introduction: under the skin -- Compulsory games -- Hand in glove -- Marriage -- Le miror -- No time is passing -- Raising the wind -- Residents only -- Wood -- The strangers -- The coffin house -- Letters to the postman -- Laura -- The fully-conducted tour -- A disciple of Plato -- Just a song at twilight.
"Aickman's superbly written tales terrify not with standard thrills and gore but through a radical overturning of the laws of nature and everyday life. His territory of the strange, of the 'void behind the face of order,' is a surreal region that grotesquely mimics the quotidian: Is that river the Thames, or is it even a river? What does it mean when a prospective lover removes one dress, and then another--and then another? Do a herd of cows in a peaceful churchyard contain the souls of jilted women preparing to trample a cruel lover to death?" -- Provided by publisher.

Miss subways

May 3, 2018
Duchovny, David, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2018]
307 pages ; 22 cm
A tale inspired by the myth of Emer and Cuchulain incorporates mythical figures from all over the world and traces a New York City woman's mystical journey down parallel tracks of time and love.

Death doesn't bargain

April 24, 2018
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
New York : Tor, 2018.
334 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The Deadmen are back. But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind's destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine. She will see the world burn - and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron Jack is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn't seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron's resolve."--Inside dust jacket.

Dead man rising

April 18, 2018
Saintcrow, Lilith.
New York : Orbit, 2007.
x, 380 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: The devil's right hand by Lilith Saintcrow.
Bounty hunter Necromance Dante struggles with her half-demon side and the memory of her lover's death as psychics all over the city are being savagely murdered. Too make matters more horrifying, the Devil just called. looking for Dante's lover--the one he killed!

Taste of wrath

April 17, 2018
Wallace, Matt, 1982- author.
New York : A Tom Doherty Associates book, 2018.
265 pages ; 20 cm.
Bronko and his team of chefs and kitchen staff have been serving the New York supernatural community for decades, but Allensworth has been manipulating Bronko and his team from day one and they have had enough.

Serpent in the heather : a dark talents novel

April 11, 2018
Kenyon, Kay, 1956- author.
©2018
406 pages ; 22 cm.
"Summer, 1936. In England, an assassin is loose. Someone is killing young people who possess Talents. As terror overtakes Britain, Kim Tavistock, now officially employed by England's Secret Intelligence Service, is sent on her first mission: to the remote Sulcliffe Castle in Wales, to use her cover as a journalist to infiltrate a spiritualist cult that may have ties to the murders. Meanwhile, Kim's father, trained spy Julian Tavistock runs his own parallel investigation and discovers the terrifying Nazi plot behind the serial killings."-- Amazon.com.

School for psychics

April 3, 2018
Archer, K. C., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2018.
356 pages ; 23 cm.
"An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities--and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or...not"-- Provided by publisher.

Thief

April 3, 2018
Ward, J. R., 1969- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
xiii, 454 pages ; 24 cm.
Longing for the man she left behind when she ran from a drug lord's family, former cat burglar Sola Morte returns to her past when he falls into a coma, but his secret may have her running again.

The night Dahlia

April 3, 2018
Belcher, R. S., author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.
368 pages ; 24 cm
Laytham Ballard once protected humanity as part of the Nightwise, a secret order of modern-day mages dedicating to holding hellish supernatural forces at bay, but that was before a string of sadistic ritual murders shook everything he believed in--and sent him down a much darker path. One that has already cost him most of his soul, as well as everything he once held dear. Now a powerful faerie mob boss has hired Ballard to find his lost-lost daughter, who went missing several years ago. The long-cold trail leads him across the globe, from the luxurious playgrounds of the rich and famous to the seedy occult underbelly of Los Angeles, where creatures of myth and legend mingle with street gangs and sex clubs, and where Ballard finds his own guilty past waiting for him around every shadowy corner. To find Caern Ankou, he will have to confront old enemies, former friends and allies, and a grisly cold case that has haunted him for years. But is Caern still alive? And, perhaps more importantly, does she even want to be found?

A magical match : a witchcraft mystery

April 2, 2018
Blackwell, Juliet.
©2018
340 pages ; 17 cm.
While planning a 1950s-themed brunch to benefit the local women’s shelter, witch and vintage-store owner Lily Ivory, after her fiancé stands accused of murder, begins to suspect that one of her magical enemies is targeting her loved ones in an attempt to weaken her

Twice bitten

March 29, 2018
Sands, Lynsay, author.
©2018
295 pages ; 24 cm
"For someone who's been around for over a hundred and forty years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn't done a whole lot of living. Now that she's moved away from her controlling mother, she's tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth's surprise, her landlady's hot grandson checks both boxes." --Jacket.

The great god Pan and other horror stories

March 29, 2018
Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947, author.
©2018
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.

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