New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

September 14, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


September 13, 2017
Gill, David Macinnis, 1963-
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2017.
532 pages ; 22 cm.
"Willow Jane Conning doesn't expect much for her sixteenth birthday. A cake. Maybe some presents. Nothing special. Just a nice quiet celebration with family and friends. But that night a powerful witch rises from her crypt deep beneath Boston's Granary Burying Grounds. The Shadowless has comeback to avenge her death--and she wants something that belongs to Willow Jane. All Willow Jane wants is to help her mother pay the rent, and to win her hockey game, dump her cheating boyfriend, and make sure her little sister gets home safe after school. Turns out that's not so easy when you are a Conning and there is an ancient evil set on making your life a living hell. YOU MUST NOT WAKE THE SHADOWLESS WHEN SHE SLEEPS WITHIN HER BED. KISS THE LIPS OF THE SHADOWLESS AND THE MORNING FINDS YOU DEAD."--Jacket flap.

White trash zombie unchained

September 7, 2017
Rowland, Diana, author.
New York : Daw Books, [2017]
354 pages ; 18 cm.
Daw Book Collectors No.1769
When the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, Angel and the remnants of her gang must claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs and undead trafficking to rescue their friends.

The Dark Net : a novel

August 9, 2017
Percy, Benjamin, author.
xii, 256 pages ; 24 cm
"The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret, far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world unless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew: Twelve-year-old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Oculus, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness...Lela, a technophobic journalist,... Mike Juniper--a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons--has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs. And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous. They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains."--Provided by publisher.

Buffy the vampire slayer. Season 11

August 8, 2017
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2017-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Statements of responsibility and artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. The spread of evil
""Routine existence for Buffy and the Scoobies is shattered when San Francisco is hit by a tsunami caused by a dragon of storms-killing thousands. The US government outlaws unauthorized magic, requiring supernatural beings to be registered and relocated to internment camps. The Scoobies are caught in a situation that is nothing like what they've faced before."-- Provided by publisher.

Attack on Titan

August 2, 2017
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 -- v. 19. Cage Match -- v. 20. Facing annihilation -- v. 21. Down to the basement -- v. 22. Pyrrhic Victory

The truants

August 2, 2017
Markham, Lee, author.
New York London : Overlook Duckworth, 2017.
249 pages ; 21 cm
"A fresh twist on the vampire mythos, The Truants is a dystopian novel of startling intensity, narrated by immortal old-ones. Contorting the conventional vampire narrative into a startling tale of immortality, blood lust, and rage contaminating London's inner-city youth like a virus, The Truants tells the story of the last of the old-ones -creatures afflicted with a condition not unlike vampirism: ancient, bloodthirsty, and unable to withstand sunlight. The last old-one has decided to end his life, but before he can act he is held up at knifepoint. His assailant disappears, the knife in his pocket, the blood of the old-one seared into its sharpened edge. The knife trades hands, drawing blood again, and the old-one is resurrected through his victims' consciousness and divided, spreading through the infected. With his horde of infected youth, the old-one must reclaim the knife to regain control of his soul. But someone is out to stop him . . . " Dust jacket.

Poe : stories and poems : a graphic novel adaptation

August 1, 2017
Hinds, Gareth, 1971- adapter.
103 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Chiefly illustrations.
The masque of the red death -- The cask of Amontillado -- Annabel Lee -- The pit and the pendulum -- The tell-tale heart -- The bells -- The raven.
Graphic novel renderings of some of Edgar Allan Poe's best-known works. Includes "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Raven."

Dark light : dawn

July 28, 2017
Land, Jon.
New York : Forge, 2017.
429 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
From author Jon Land and creator Fabrizio Boccardi comes Dark Light: Dawn, a heart-pounding supernatural thriller about a deadly, global epidemic and the man who holds the power to either save the world or destroy it. Since the dawn of time good and evil have challenged the free will of man. Now the time has come for one man to choose for all human kind. With an uncanny ability to survive any combat situation, Max Younger has built a heroic life for himself as a Navy SEAL. That is, until a rogue rescue operation plunges him back into a past he thought he'd escaped forever. Waiting for him back home in New York are terrible, long-hidden truths rooted in the tragic death of his father. But the origin of those truths lies even further back than that, and Max finds himself ensnared in a sinister plot involving nothing less than the biblical apocalypse. The explosive conflagration of events reunites him with the only woman he ever loved: Victoria Tanoury, a brilliant infectious disease specialist working for the World Health Organization, who's on the front lines in a battle to stop the spread of a deadly pestilence threatening the planet. Max's reunion with Vicky comes amid a combat mission, in which their dual quests merge in a desperate fight for survival against forces of unspeakable evil. Across the globe, inexplicably diabolic events are rising, sparked by a fearsome plan to visit the End of Days upon civilization in horrific form, as the lines between science and superstition become increasingly blurred. Max finds himself mired in a titanic struggle within his own soul, between love and hate, unsure whether his ultimate fate is to help fight the evil. . . or embrace it in the shadow of the Dawn of a Dark Light.

Come to dust

July 28, 2017
MacLeod, Bracken, author.
[Carbondale, IL] : Trepidatio Publishing, an imprint of JournalStone, 2017.
276 pages ; 23 cm
Originally published by Maelstrom Press.
"Ever since her mother abandoned her, five-year-old Sophie has had to depend on her uncle Mitch for everything. Though their life is difficult, he works hard to keep their family together, despite the obstacles in their way. But just when everything seems to be looking up for them, it all comes crashing down when Sophie dies tragically. Mitch descends into a crippling grief, not knowing how to continue on without her. When scores of children around the world begin to inexplicably rise from the dead—Sophie among them -everything becomes much harder. Mitch rescues her from the morgue, determined to carve out a normal life for them no matter what, though it soon becomes clear that may not be possible. While the kids who’ve returned behave like living children, they still look very dead. And they can do something else that normal children cannot. Something terrifying. While debate rages over whether the children's return is a mercy or a sign of approaching judgment, a congregation of religious fanatics determined to usher in the apocalypse has its own plan for salvation. Now Mitch must find a way to save Sophie from an increasingly hostile world that wants to tear them apart and put her back in the ground for good" --Back cover.

The blood of before

July 26, 2017
Hale, Scott, 1987- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Scott Hale], 2017.
270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Cover title.
"Book .1"--Spine.
The house of a thousand hearts -- That which walks behind the graves -- The easiest job in the world -- Black occult macabre vol. 1 issue 7 -- Nights in white satin -- The black hours.
"The Blood of Before by Scott Hale is an anthology of six interconnected horror stories that take place before 'The bones of the Earth' series. [...] From the darkest violence to the blackest humor, The Blood of Before is a glimpse into the horrors that led up to the Trauma and continue to affect the world of 'The bones of the Earth.'"--Provided by publisher.

The three heretics

July 25, 2017
Hale, Scott, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Scott Hale], 2016.
501 pages : map ; 23 cm
Sequel to: The Bones of the Earth.
"Book two"--Spine.
"Through hell, we find heaven. Vrana, now a grotesque shadow of her former self, has been enslaved by the Witch and forced into the Void. Meanwhile, the Corrupted involved in the genocide of Geharra and the birth of the Red Worm have begun to impose their worldviews on others. King Edgar is abandoned in the Nameless Forest and forced into a murderous mission that not only reveals the origins of the vermillion veins, but the unholy events that have led to his rule of Eldrus. Atticus, the undying gravedigger, seeks revenge against the king for the death of those he loves, while finding a way through the Black Hour itself to resurrect the dead. Felix, the Holy Child, plagued by visions of Vrana in his sleep, tries to find a way to liberate her from her torment. Unsure who he can trust, he is pulled further into the darkness and treason all around him. Taking place before, during, and after Vrana's journey, The Three Heretics explores those three Corrupted who have, through subterfuge and slaughter, righteousness and reluctance, manipulated the world to their liking, while inadvertently bringing it closer to another Trauma."--Back cover.

Talon of God

July 24, 2017
Snipes, Wesley, author.
New York, NY : HarperVoyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
346 pages : map ; 24 cm
Urban fantasy in which a holy warrior must convince a doctor with no faith to help stop a powerful demon and his minions from succeeding in creating hell on earth—a thrilling adventure of science and faith, good and evil, damnation and salvation.

The wrong train

July 21, 2017
De Quidt, Jeremy, author.
206 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
First published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by David Fickling Books.
Imagine you've just managed to catch your train and you realise it's the wrong one ₆ you'd be annoyed of course, but not scared ... Yet. Imagine you get off the wrong train at the next station hoping to catch a train going back the way you came but the station is empty. Again you'd be annoyed, but not scared ... Yet. Imagine someone comes to the station, someone who starts to tell you stories to help you pass the time, but these aren't any old stories ... Scared yet? You will be.

Bone white

July 21, 2017
Malfi, Ronald Damien.
New York, N.Y. : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
321 pages ; 21 cm
"A landscape of frozen darkness punctuated by grim, gray days. The feeling like a buzz in your teeth. The scrape of bone on bone...Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims' graves, in remote Dread's Hand, Alaska. It's not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest. But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what's in the woods from coming out. He finds no closure because no one can explain exactly what happened to Danny. And the more he searches for answers, the more he finds himself becoming part of the mystery..." --Back cover.

The monster movies of Universal Studios

July 20, 2017
Neibaur, James L., 1958- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]
xiv, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Dracula -- Frankenstein -- The mummy -- The invisible man -- The bride of Frankenstein -- Werewolf of London -- Dracula's daughter -- Son of Frankenstein -- The invisible man returns -- The mummy's hand -- The invisible woman -- The wolf man -- The ghost of Frankenstein -- Invisible agent -- The mummy's tomb -- Frankenstein meets the wolf man -- Son of Dracula -- The invisible man's revenge -- The mummy's ghost -- House of Frankenstein -- The mummy's curse -- House of Dracula -- She-wolf of London -- Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein -- Abbott and Costello meet the invisible man -- Creature from the Black Lagoon -- Revenge of the creature -- Abbot and Costello meet the mummy -- The creature walks among us -- Epilogue: The continued legacy of the Universal monster movies.
In 1931, Universal Studios release Dracula starring Bela Legosi. It was a box-office success, and the first in a series of films featuring macabre characters and chilling atmospherics. Neibaur reviews the key horror films that Universal produced into the mid-1950s, provided production information, critical commentary, and an overall assessment of the movie's significance. He also examines their impact on popular culture, into the cinemas of today.

The bone mother

July 19, 2017
Demchuk, David, author.
Peterborough, Canada : ChiZine Publications, [2017
234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Three neighboring villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border are the final refuge for the last of the mythical creatures of Eastern Europe. Now, on the eve of the war that may eradicate their kind--and with the ruthless Night Police descending upon their sanctuary--they tell their stories and confront their destinies. Eerie and unsettling like the best fairy tales, these incisor-sharp portraits of ghosts, witches, sirens, and seers--and the mortals who live at their side and in their thrall--will chill your marrow and tear at your heart.

Nights of the living dead : an anthology

July 17, 2017
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
xxvii, 368 pages ; 21 cm
Dead mans curve / Joe R. Lansdale -- A dead girl named Sue / Craig E. Engler -- Fast entry / Jay Bonansinga -- In that quiet Earth / Mike Carey -- Jimmy Jay Baxter's last, best day on Earth /John Skipp -- John Doe / George A. Romero -- Mercy kill / Ryan Brown -- Orbital decay / David Wellington -- Snaggletooth / Max Brallier -- The burning days / Carrie Ryan -- The day after / John A. Russo -- The girl on the table / Isaac Marion -- Williamson's folly / David J. Schow -- You can stay all day / Mira Grant -- Pages from a notebook found inside a house in the woods / Brian Keene -- Dead run / Chuck Wendig -- Lone gunman / Jonathan Maberry -- Live and on the scene / Keith R. A. DeCandido -- Deadliner / Neal and Brendan Shusterman.
"In 1968 the world experienced a brand new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark movie Night of the Living Dead. The newly dead rose to attack the living. Not as vampires or werewolves. This was something new...and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture. But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse... Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry teams with the godfather of the living dead himself, George A. Romero to present a collection of all new tales set during the 48 hours of that legendary outbreak."-- Provided by publisher.

Meddling kids : a novel

July 6, 2017
Cantero, Edgar, 1981- author.
New York : Doubleday, 2017.
322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summer 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon's Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster--another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboën Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids. 1990. The former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask. And Andy, the once intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, is tired of running from her demons. She needs answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the one-time kid genius and budding biologist, now drinking her ghosts away in New York with Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the club. They will also have to get Nate, the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their team leader . . . which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years. The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It's their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.

Shark Island

July 5, 2017
Jameson, Chris.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
312 pages ; 17 cm
"Naomi Cardiff is not one to give up without a fight --and now, after learning about a series of shark attacks in Cape Cod, she's joined a team of scientists to put a stop to the terror. The plan: to lure the sharks to a remote island far from the populated coastline. Meanwhile, a fierce Nor'Easter is underway. In the midst of the storm, an alarming number of Great Whites have come to slaughter the seals in a vicious feeding frenzy. When sharks ram and breach the hull, Naomi and her team must jump ship and swim desperately through a sea of circling fins and gaping jaws to the tiny island. But as the swells from the storm begin to swallow their rocky refuge, how will they manage to make it out alive?"-- Back cover.

The twisted ones

June 27, 2017
Cawthon, Scott, 1971- author.
295 pages ; 21 cm.
"It's been a year since the horrific events at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, and Charlie is just trying to move on. Even with the excitement of a new school and a fresh start, she's still haunted by nightmares of a masked murderer and four gruesome animatronic puppets. Charlie thinks her ordeal is over, but when a series of bodies are discovered near her school bearing wounds that are disturbingly familiar she finds herself drawn back into the world of her father's frightening creations. Something twisted is hunting Charlie, and this time if it finds her, it's not letting her go."--Back cover.


June 23, 2017
Moore, Alan, 1953- author.
[Rantoul, Illinois] : Avatar Press, 2017-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Alan Moore's quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying reinvention of the works of H. P. Lovecraft.

Tokyo ghoul

June 22, 2017
Ishida, Sui, author, illustrator.
San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, [2015]-
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
Reads in the traditional Japanese format from right to left.


June 19, 2017
Reed, Kit, author.
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.

Down among the sticks and bones

June 16, 2017
McGuire, Seanan, author.
New York : A Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
187 pages ; 22 cm
The sequel to Every heart a doorway.
"Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children ... Jacqueline was her mother's perfect daughter--polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it's because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father's perfect daughter--adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can't be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices."-- Dust jacket flap.

The fallen kingdom

June 16, 2017
May, Elizabeth, 1987- author.
389 pages ; 22 cm.
"First published in Great Britain in 2017 by Gollancz"--Title page verso.
Aileana Kameron, faery huntress, has been resurrected by ancient magic and given the dark powers of the Cailleach in an attempt to break the curse that pits the two factions of the Fae against each other in a war that could destroy both the Fae and the human world--but as she gathers her allies for the final battle, her new powers are slowly destroying her.--Adapted from dust jacket.

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