New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

April 28, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Blade bound : a Chicagoland vampires novel

April 27, 2017
Neill, Chloe, author.
New York : Berkley, [2017]
vi, 373 pages ; 21 cm.
"The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill's New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it might usher in the fall of Cadogan House ... Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation into a vampire, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago's Cadogan House. She's saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side. When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire who seems to be under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have imagined. As malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It is her last chance to save everything--and everyone--she loves"-- Provided by publisher.

Deadmen walking

April 26, 2017
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
©2017
384 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Map on endpapers.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon debuts a sweeping new epic saga sure to appeal to her millions of fans! Deadmen tell their tales . . . To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane--an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn--an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn's behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen and, together, they are humanity's last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms. But things are never so simple. And one of Bane's biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn't just a vessel, she's also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged and who in turn wronged him during a centuries long war between their two races--a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and almost extinct race against Bane and his cause, and watches humanity fall, or she puts faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity--let's hope Bane can sway her favor.

Legend has it

April 20, 2017
James, Elliott, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2017.
432 pages ; 21 cm.
"Someone, somewhere, is reading a magic book that is reading them right back. Real life is becoming a fairytale: high school students are turning, quite literally, into zombies, subway workers into dwarves, drug addicts into vampires. John Charming and his motley band of monster hunters are racing to find the villain of this story, following the yellow brick road through a not so wonderful wonderland. And if they can't find Reader Zero before the book is closed, there won't be a happily ever after again" -- Provided by publisher.

Give the devil his due

April 19, 2017
Hockensmith, Steve, author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2017]
341 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Reformed con artist-turned-tarot reader Alanis McLachlan gets paid for predicting the future--too bad she didn't see all the trouble in hers. First a figure from her past tries to drag her back into the life of crime she thought she'd left behind. Then a new suitor tries to sweep Alanis off her feet, forcing her on-again, off-again romance with hunky teacher Victor Castellanos to hit the skids. And then there's the little matter of the client who gets an ominous reading from Alanis . . . and is promptly murdered. Danger is in the cards for Alanis, and she'll need all her skill at reading people and reading tarot if she's going to survive."--Amazon.com

Brimstone

April 18, 2017
Priest, Cherie, author.
©2017
324 pages ; 21 cm
"WAR IS HELL. AND ITS FIRES HAVE FOLLOWED TOMAS CORDERO HOME ... In the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomas Cordero operated a weapon more devastating than any gun: a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire. Having left the battlefield a shattered man, he comes home to find yet more tragedy--for in his absence, his wife has died of the flu. Haunted by memories of the woman he loved and the atrocities he perpetrated, Tomas dreams of fire and finds himself setting match to flame when awake ... Alice Dartle is a talented clairvoyant living among others who share her gifts in the community of Cassadaga, Florida. She too dreams of fire, knowing her nightmares are connected to the shell-shocked war veteran and widower. And she believes she can bring peace to him and his wife's spirit. But the inferno that threatens to consume Tomas and Alice was set ablaze centuries ago by someone whose hatred transcended death itself ..." --Back cover.

Entropy in bloom : stories

April 18, 2017
Johnson, Jeremy Robert, 1977- author.
New York : Night Shade Books, [2017]
xiii, 252 pages ; 24 cm
The league of zeroes -- Persistence hunting -- The oarsman -- The gravity of Benham Falls -- Dissociative skills -- Snowfall -- When Susurrus stirs -- Luminary -- Trigger variation -- Cathedral mother -- Swimming in the house of the sea -- Saturn's game -- The sharp-dressed man at the end of the line -- A flood of Harriers -- States of glass -- The sleep of judges.
"For more than a decade, Jeremy Robert Johnson has been bubbling under the surface of both literary and genre fiction. His short stories present a brilliantly dark and audaciously weird realm where cosmic nightmares collide with all-too-human characters and apocalypses of all shapes and sizes loom ominously. In "Persistence Hunting," a lonely distance runner is seduced into a brutal life of crime with an ever-narrowing path for escape. In "When Susurrus Stirs," an unlucky pacifist must stop a horrifying parasite from turning his body into a sentient hive. Running through all of Johnson's work is a hallucinatory vision and deeply-felt empathy, earning the author a reputation as one of today's most daring and thrilling writers. Featuring the best of his previously independently-published short fiction, as well as an exclusive, never-before-published novella "The Sleep of Judges"--Where a father's fight against the denizens of a drug den becomes a mind-bending suburban nightmare--Entropy in Bloom is a perfect compendium for avid fans and an ideal entry point for adventurous readers seeking the humor, heartbreak, and terror of JRJ's strange new worlds"-- Provided by publisher.

The curse of La Fontaine

April 12, 2017
Longworth, M. L. (Mary Lou), 1963- author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
303 pages ; 20 cm.
"Chef Bear Valets has just opened his own restaurant, La Fontaine, in Aix-en-Provence. It's an immediate success--great reviews and a loyal clientele, including Verlaque and Bonnet. But when he decides to extend his restaurant's seating into an historic courtyard, some very powerful neighbors are against him. The historical society wants the courtyard, which had witnessed the 16th century hanging of an innocent man, and the murder of two resistant fighters in 1943 by the Gestapo, to remain untouched. Valets charges on, but has to temporarily close the restaurant when a skeleton is unearthed in the garden, buried in shallow ground next to an ancient stone fountain. La Fontaine reopens, only for more bad luck to hit. But when Valets begins receiving threatening letters, he becomes convinced that his life is in danger. And then the fountain, for only the third time in 352 years, stops running. By disturbing the garden, has Bear triggered the curse of la fontaine? And can newlyweds Verlaque and Bonnet solve the mystery before someone else ends up dead?"--Provided by publisher.

Invidious

April 11, 2017
Scardoni, Bianca, author.
©2016
305 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
"My name is Jemma Blackburn, and I'm a Slayer. Finding out I wasn't human was only the beginning of my problems. My best-friend, Taylor, is still missing, and so is the Immortal Amulet, and it's my job alone to get them both back. I don't know who I can trust, and I'm still not sure I'm cut out for any of this, but I'm determined to figure it all out, or die trying. As if that wasn't bad enough, there's a new enemy in town and they've come bearing gifts -- an ancient prophesy that is going to blur the very lines between good and evil. And, apparently, my blood is tied to the center of it. I don't have all the answers yet, but I'm getting closer and closer to discovering the truth. The truth about my bloodlines, and about who I really am. And, believe me when I say, it's going to change everything" --Back cover.

But then I came back

April 10, 2017
Laure, Estelle, author.
©2017
310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
After a month in a coma, eighteen-year-old Eden finds it hard to resume her life and relationships but forms an unlikely connection with Joe, who visits his best friend, Jaz, another coma patient, every day.

Ever my love

April 10, 2017
Kurland, Lynn, author.
New York : Jove, [2017]
323 pages ; 17 cm

The sacrifice of Sunshine Girl

April 7, 2017
McKenzie, Paige, author, illustrator.
New York : Weinstein Books, 2017.
322 pages ; 22 cm
Is Sunshine Griffith who she thinks she is? Now that her luiseach powers are fully awakened, and having barely survived an abyss full of demons at the end of Book Two, Sunshine must figure out who—or what—has been organizing the forces of darkness against her. Thanks to her brainiac boyfriend, Nolan, they not only unearth that Sunshine's death would trigger a calamitous event, but that all civilization depends on her survival. So when an unexpected event unleashes a fierce war between the luiseach and the demon army, Sunshine will learn a shocking truth about herself. Can she bring herself to make the ultimate sacrifice to save humankind?

The awakening

April 5, 2017
Stevens, Amanda (Novelist), author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira Books 2017.
409 pages ; 19 cm.
"My name is Amelia Gray, and I'm a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I know that she was murdered. Only I can bring her killer to justice. But the clues that I follow--haunting melody and an unnamed baby's grave--lead me to a series of disturbing suspects."-- Provided by publisher.

Inception

April 5, 2017
Scardoni, Bianca, author.
©2015
377 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
"My name is Jemma Blackburn, and I have a secret. I know vampires are real. I watched one murder my father eight months ago, and even though they tried to convince me it didn't happen -- that I'd lost touch with reality due to the trauma, I know what I saw was real. Hollow Hills is now the place I call home. It was supposed to be my chance at a normal life. My chance to bury my secret and start over. But everyone around me is keeping their own secrets, whispering lies into my ears like promises, and one of them is about to turn my entire world upside down. I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I had the answers. I thought I knew who I was. The truth is, I didn't even know the half of it. There's a reason these vampires are still after me. There's a reason they will always hunt me. Because I'm not human. I'm the devil they fear and the angel they crave. Only problem is, I don't know it yet ..." --Page [4] of cover.

Immortal unchained

April 4, 2017
Sands, Lynsay, author.
New York , NY : Avon Books, [2017]
394 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes a preview of Bliss.
Ever since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he's been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection - none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently. Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option for Sarita intends that Domitian show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like.

The remnant

April 3, 2017
Fletcher, Charlie, 1960-
New York, NY : Orbit, 2017.
x, 416 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: The paradox.
"The Oversight of London has been sworn for millennia to prevent the natural and the supernatural worlds from preying on each other. Now, at its lowest ebb, with its headquarters destroyed and its last members scattered far and wide, this secret society will battle for survival and face the harshest foe it has ever met: itself" --Back cover.

Zenn diagram

March 31, 2017
Brant, Wendy, author.
©2017
315 pages ; 24 cm
"Being a math genius is not exactly a ticket to popularity for seventeen-year-old Eva. Even worse, whenever she touches another person or their belongings, she gets glimpses of their emotions, secrets and insecurities, making her keep her distance from everyone. So when Eva realizes she can touch Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist, without getting visions only sparks - she finds herself drawing closer to him. But then she discovers the history that links them, and the truth threatens to tear the two apart." -- Google Books.

Bound together

March 28, 2017
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Jove, 2017.
404 pages ; 18 cm.
When Viktor Prakenskii, the husband she thought she would never see again after he killed her pedophile stepfather and left without a word, returns, Blythe Daniels questions what she wants and whether she can trust him again.

Wake a sleeping tiger

March 27, 2017
Leigh, Lora, author.
New York : Berkley, 2017.
x, 373 pages ; 24 cm.
After Gideon disappeared, Judd was experimented on until his tortured body knew nothing but agony. Now he is Cullen Maverick, serving as the commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Agency in the small community of Window Rock, Arizona. Despite his genetics, Cullen is able to pass as human because his Bengal traits are recessed. He lacks the ability to smell the emotions, bonds and fears that other Breeds take for granted. And he remains tormented that he wasn't able to mate the woman he loved--at the cost of her life. He's no longer a Breed, merely a man. Or so he thinks. But his tiger is about to be awakened by the one woman destined to be his--Chelsea Martinez. And their world will never be the same.." --Insided jacket.

These ruthless deeds

March 24, 2017
Shanker, Tarun, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2017.
313 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A rebellious heroine with the power to heal must face down a sinister society in Victorian London while untangling her increasingly complicated love life..."--Provided by publisher.

First communions

March 24, 2017
Girard, Geoffrey, author.
©2016
257 pages ; 22 cm
"A collection of dark fiction"--Cover.
Translatio -- Collecting James -- For restful death I cry -- Dark harvest -- Not fade away -- Unto the Lord a new song -- Release me -- Psychomachia -- Universal adaptor -- Misdirection -- What you know -- H.E. double hockey sticks -- Where the shadow ended -- Dead in the water -- Crawl -- First communions -- Story notes.

Souljacker : a Lily Bound novel

March 21, 2017
Galenorn, Yasmine, 1961- author.
2017
267 pages ; 22 cm
When a client of Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle, is found murdered, the owner knows something evil is happening. Then comes the news that the Souljacker, a tattoo-artist-turned-vampire, has escaped from an institution for criminally deranged Supernaturals. It is also alleged that he is hunting and killing everyone he has ever inked. Lily O'Connell, a succubus and owner of Lily Bound has one of the Souljacker's tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn. When she hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to help track down the vampire, she didn't plan to fall in love with him.

How to tame a beast in seven days

March 20, 2017
Sparks, Kerrelyn, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Paperbacks, [2017]
408 pages : map ; 17 cm
Includes an excerpt for So I Married a Sorcerer (pages 397-408).
"As one of the Embraced -- one born with magical powers -- the beautiful, innocent Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away on the Isle of Moon. Now, nineteen years later, her father has returned with a frightening request. He will be executed unless Luciana returns to the mainland and marries a man feared throughout the land: a terrifying brute known as the Beast. Luciana accepts her fate and agrees to wed the Beast, Lord Leo, in order to save her father. Soon she learns that her betrothed is also one of the Embraced. With the ability to wield lightning, Leo's immense power strikes fear into the hearts of men and his mere touch can put an end to a woman's life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them. How can she resist the man who scorches her soul and makes her feel intoxicated with desire, even if surrendering to him could destroy them both?"--provided by publisher.

The Erstwhile : a novel

March 16, 2017
Catling, B. (Brian), author.
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC , [2017]
462 pages ; 21 cm
"In London and Germany, strange beings are reanimating themselves. They are the Erstwhile, the angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge, and their reawakening will have major consequences. In Africa, the colonial town of Essenwald has fallen into disarray because the timber workforce has disappeared into the Vorrh. Now a team of specialists are dispatched to find them. Led by Ishmael, the former cyclops, they enter the forest, but the Vorrh will not give them back so easily. To make matters worse, an ancient guardian of the forest has plans for Ishmael and his crew. Meanwhile a child of mixed race has been found abandoned in a remote cottage. Her origins are unknown, but she has powers beyond her own understanding. Conflict is coming, as the old and new, human and inhuman are set on a collision course. Once again blending the real and the imagined, The Erstwhile brings historical figures such as William Blake and places such as the Bedlam Asylum, as well as ingenous creations such as The Kin (a family of robots) together to create unforgettable novel of births and burials, excavations and disappearances"-- Provided by publisher.

Avenged

March 16, 2017
Carthage, Lynn, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
260 pages ; 21 cm
"Long ago I was a servant girl at the great manor house in the quiet English village of Grenshire. My mistress, Madame Arnaud, proved cruel, and many died at her hands. To stop her, I tried to kill her. I failed. And I lost everything. But that was then. Now, Phoebe Irving's family has moved into the Arnaud Manor. Phoebe, her friend Miles, and I crossed paths and discovered a powerful connection. Together we might be strong enough to untangle an ancient prophecy hanging over this troubled place where old, deep magic mingles with greed and revenge. We might save Phoebe's baby sister and other innocents. We might even save ourselves."--Provided by publisher.

The wrong dead guy

March 15, 2017
Kadrey, Richard, author.
©2017
420 pages ; 24 cm
Master thief Coop and his DOPS teammates trigger unexpected chaos when they steal a not-quite-dead and very lovesick Egyptian mummy that wields terrifying magic.

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