New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


February 22, 2018
Gear, W. Michael, author.
422 pages ; 22 cm
"DAW Book Collectors No. 1779." -- Title page verso.
A thrilling new sci-fi action adventure, set on Donovan, a treacherous alien planet where corporate threats and dangerous creatures imperil the lives of the planet's inhabitants. A ghost ship, the Freelander, appears in orbit. Missing for two years, she arrives with a crew dead of old age, and reeks of a bizarre death-cult ritual that deters any ship from attempting a return journey. But maybe it's worth the risk, for a brutal killer is stalking all of them as Donovan plays its own complex and deadly game.

Jim Butcher's The Dresden files. Dog men

February 21, 2018
Butcher, Jim, 1971-
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
"This volume collects material originally published in Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Dog Men #1-6"--Indicia.
"Harry Dresden is a man on the edge--and that is something that can be dangerous to friend and foe alike. He's been drafted by a senior member of the White Council of Wizards to investigate a series of murders in rural Mississippi. As always, there's more afoot than is immediately apparent. The question is, will Harry's state of mind keep him from seeing it, and will his actions lead him into direct conflict with the wizard who's depending on his help?"--Dust jacket.

Buffy the vampire slayer. Season 11

February 19, 2018
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 -- v. 2. One girl in all the world
""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.

Thirty-seven : a novel

February 19, 2018
Stenson, Peter, author.
Ann Arbor, MI : Dzanc Books, 2018.
269 pages ; 23 cm
The Survivors, their members known only by the order in which they joined, live alone in a rural Colorado mansion. They believe that sickness bears honesty, and that honesty bears change. Fueled by the ritualized Cytoxan treatments that leave them on the verge of death, they instigate the Day of Gifts, a day that spells shocking violence and the group's demise. Enter Mason Hues, formerly known as Thirty-Seven, the group's final member and the only one both alive and free. Eighteen years old and living in a spartan apartment after his release from a year of intensive mental health counseling, he takes a job at a thrift shop and expects to while away his days as quietly and unobtrusively as possible Thirty-Seven is an audacious and austere novel that explores our need to belong. Our need to be loved. Our need to believe in something greater than ourselves, and ultimately our capacity for self-delusion. --

Frankenstein in Baghdad : a novel

February 5, 2018
Saʻdāwī, Aḥmad, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
281 pages ; 21 cm
Translated from the Arabic.
"Originally published in Arabic by Al Kamel, 2013."--Title page verso.
After he constructs a corpse from body parts found on the street, Hadi wants the government to prepare a proper burial, but when the corpse goes missing, a series of strange murders occur and Hadi realizes he has created a monster.


January 29, 2018
Mignola, Michael.
Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2011-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Plague ships -- v. 2. The curse bells -- v. 3. A passing stranger and other stories -- v. 4. Chapel of bones -- v. 5. The apostle and the witch of Harju -- v. 6 The cult of the red king -- v. 7. Empty graves -- v. 8. The red kingdom

Frankenstein : the 1818 text, contexts, criticism

January 29, 2018
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2012.
xviii, 524 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
The Text of Frankenstein -- Contexts -- Circumstance, Influence, Composition, Revision -- Introduction to Frankenstein, Third Edition (1831) / Mary Shelley -- Letter Prefaced to the Vampyre (1819) / John William Polidori -- The Composition of Frankenstein / M.K. Joseph -- Assembling Frankenstein / Chris Baldick -- Mary Shelley and the Power of Contemporary Science / Richard Holmes -- The Significance of Place: Ingolstadt / Jane Goodall -- Texts in Search of an Editor: Reflections on the Frankenstein Notebooks and on Editorial Authority / Charles E. Robinson -- Choosing a Text of Frankenstein to Teach / Anne K. Mellor -- Reception, Impact, Adaptation -- On Frankenstein / Percy Bysshe Shelley -- From The Quarterly Review (January 1818) / John Croker -- From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (March 1818) / Sir Walter Scott -- On Frankenstein (March 1818) / Edinburgh Magazine -- On Frankenstein (April 1818) / Gentleman's Magazine -- On Frankenstein (August-November 1824) / Knight's Quarterly -- Introduction to the Routledge World Library Edition (1886) / Hugh Reginald Haweis -- The Reception of Frankenstein / Chris Baldick -- Frankenstein's Impact / William St. Clair -- The Monster Lives On / Susan Tyler Hitchcock -- Frankenstein as Historical Metaphor / Elizabeth Young -- Approaches to Frankenstein [in Film] / David Pirie -- Sources, Influences, Analogues -- Biblical Account of Creation / The Book of Genesis -- From Paradise Lost / John Milton -- Mont Blanc (1816) ; The Sea of Ice (1817) ; Mutability / Percy Bysshe Shelley -- Prometheus ; Darkness ; From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III (1816) / Lord Byron -- The Old Familiar Faces / Charles Lamb -- Criticism -- Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism / George Levine -- Female Gothic: The Monster's Mother / Ellen Moers -- Mary Shelley's Monstrous Eve / Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar -- My Hideous Progeny: The Lady and the Monster / Mary Poovey -- Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein / Anne K. Mellor -- What is a Monster? (According to Frankenstein) / Peter Brooks -- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity / Bette London -- Frankenstein and Radical Science / Marilyn Butler -- Frankenstein, the True Story; or, Rousseau Judges Jean-Jacques / Lawrence Lipking -- In the Absence of Audience: Of Reading and Dread in Mary Shelley / Garrett Stewart -- Looking at the Monster: Frankenstein and Film / James A.W. Heffernan -- The Reading Monster / Patrick Brantlinger -- Frankenstein and the State of Nature / Jonathan Bate -- Frankenstein, Racial Science, and the Yellow Peril / Anne K. Mellor -- Electrical Romanticism / Jane Goodall -- Geographic Boundaries and Inner Space: Frankenstein, Scientific Exploration, and the Quest for the Absolute / Christa Knellwolf.
This extensively revised Norton Critical Edition includes new texts and illustrative materials that convey the enduring global conversation about Frankenstein and its author. The text is that of the 1818 first edition, published in three volumes by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Jones. It is accompanied by an expansive new preface, explanatory annotations, a map of Geneva and its environs, and seven illustrations, five of them new to the Second Edition.

The excavation

January 29, 2018
Andersson, Max, 1962-
Seattle : Fantagraphics Books, 2017.
374 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published in Swenden by Kartago Förlag, Stockholm.
"Based on the author's dreams, this German Expressionist-influenced graphic novel is about a couple who go to an underground site to visit his family, and surreal events ensue."--Amazon.

John Constantine, Hellblazer

January 26, 2018
Delano, Jamie.
New York, NY : DC Comics, c2011-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Original sins (collects John Constantine, Hellblazer 1-9; Swamp Thing 76-77) -- v. 2. The devil you know (collects Hellblazer 10-13; Hellblazer annual 1; The horrorist 1-2) -- v. 3. The fear machine (collects Hellblazer 12-22) -- v. 4. The family man (collects Hellblazer 23-33; Vertigo secret files: Hellblazer 1) -- v. 5. Dangerous habits / Garth Ennis, Jamie Delano (collects Hellblazer 34-46) -- v. 6. Bloodlines / Garth Ennis, John Smith (collects Hellblazer 47-61) -- v. 7. Tainted love / Garth Ennis (collects Hellblazer 62-71, Vertigo jam 1, and Hellblazer special 1) -- v. 8. Rake at the gates of hell / Garth Ennis (collects Hellblazer 72-83; Heartland 1) -- v. 9. Critical mass / (collects Hellblazer 84-96) -- v. 10. In the line of fire (collects Hellblazer 97-107) -- v. 11. Last man standing (collects Hellblazer 108-120) -- v. 12. How to play with fire (collects Hellblazer 121-133) -- v. 13. Haunted (collects Hellblazer 134-145) -- v. 14. Good intentions (collects Hellblazer 146-161) -- v. 15 Highwater (collects Hellblazer 162-174) -- v. 16. The wild card (collects Hellblazer 175-188) -- v. 17. Out of season (collects Hellblazer 189-201) -- v. 18. The gift (collects Hellblazer 202-215)

The beauty

January 26, 2018
Whiteley, Aliya, 1974- author.
197 pages ; 22 cm
"Plus brand new short story Peace, Pipe" -- cover.
The Beauty -- Peace, Pipe.
"Somewhere away from the cities and towns, in the Valley of Rocks, a society of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their history recounted by Nate, the storyteller. Requested most often by the group is the tale of the death of all women. They are the last generation. One evening, Nate brings back new secrets from the woods; peculiar mushrooms are growing from the ground where the women's bodies lie buried. These are the first signs of a strange and insidious presence unlike anything ever known before... discover the Beauty"--Back cover.


January 26, 2018
Peacock, Shane, author.
New York : Tundra, [2018]
273 pages ; 22 cm
"Edgar Brim is running for his life on the dark streets of London after midnight, Tiger Tilley by his side and fear in his heart. A demon is pursuing him...Edgar can hear its footsteps thudding behind him, feel its presence in dim alleys, sense it peering down from the rooftops of buildings, but he cannot see it, cannot even imagine it or what it might do to him...He had thought this was over--the fear, the visitations of the hag, and the monsters. But it is all here again: as real as the thick London mist."--Back cover

The new annotated Frankenstein

January 25, 2018
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
lxxix, 352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
"'Remarkably, a nineteen-year-old, writing her first novel, penned a tale that combines tragedy, morality, social commentary, and a thoughtful examination of the very nature of knowledge,' writes ... author Leslie S. Klinger in his foreword to The New Annotated Frankenstein. Despite its undeniable status as one of the most influential works of fiction ever written, Mary Shelley's novel is often reductively dismissed as the wellspring for tacky monster films or as a cautionary tale about experimental science gone haywire. Now, two centuries after the first publication of Frankenstein, Klinger revives Shelley's gothic masterpiece by reproducing her original text with the most lavishly illustrated and comprehensively annotated edition to date. Featuring over 200 illustrations and nearly 1,000 annotations, this sumptuous volume recaptures Shelley's early nineteenth-century world with historical precision and imaginative breadth, tracing the social and political roots of the author's revolutionary brand of Romanticism. Braiding together decades of scholarship with his own keen insights, Klinger recounts Frankenstein's indelible contributions to the realms of science fiction, feminist theory, and modern intellectual history--not to mention film history and popular culture. The result of Klinger's exhaustive research is a multifaceted portrait of one of Western literature's most divinely gifted prodigies, a young novelist who defied her era's restrictions on female ambitions by independently supporting herself and her children as a writer and editor. Born in a world of men in the midst of a political and an emerging industrial revolution, Shelley crafted a horror story that, beyond its incisive commentary on her own milieu, is widely recognized as the first work of science fiction. The daughter of a pioneering feminist and an Enlightenment philosopher, Shelley lived and wrote at the center of British Romanticism, the 'exuberant, young movement' that rebelled against tradition and reason and 'with a rebellious scream gave birth to a world of gods and monsters' (Guillermo del Toro). Following his best-selling The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft and The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Klinger not only considers Shelley's original 1818 text but, for the first time in any annotated volume, traces the effects of her significant revisions in the 1823 and 1831 editions. With an afterword by renowned literary scholar Anne K. Mellor, The New Annotated Frankenstein celebrates the prescient genius and undying legacy of the world's 'first truly modern myth.' "--Jacket.

Frankenstein, or, the modern Prometheus : annotated for scientists, engineers, and creators of all kinds

January 23, 2018
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
xxxv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction / by Charles E. Robinson -- Frankenstein, or, the modern Prometheus. Volume I -- Volume II -- Volume III -- Introduction to Frankenstein (1831) -- Chronology of science and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley -- Essays. Traumatic responsibility : Victor Frankenstein as creator and casualty / by Josephine Johnston -- I've created a monster? (and so can you) / by Cory Doctorow -- Changing conceptions of human nature / by Jane Maienschein and Kate MacCord -- Undisturbed by reality : Victor Frankenstein's technoscientific dream of reason / by Alfred Nordmann -- Frankenstein reframed; or, the trouble with Prometheus / by Elizabeth Bear -- Frankenstein, gender, and mother nature / by Anne K. Mellor -- The bitter aftertaste of technical sweetness / by Heather E. Douglas.
This new critical edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was developed by leading scholars for aspiring scientists, engineers, and medical professionals. This unique framing will make this a core text in promoting and enhancing interdisciplinary dialogue on the nature, roles, and responsibilities of scientists and engineers in society. To be published in time for the 2018 bicentennial of its original publication, this edition will be produced in print and as an enhanced e-book. The e-book will contain the full text of the novel (in the public domain) plus all of the substantial scholarly material that was commissioned and developed for this new edition, including essays by leading scholars, and will be most valuable to students and teachers of ethics. Digital features will include include reader annotation, bookmarking, and multimedia content. -- Provided by publisher.

Haven : a novel

January 22, 2018
Deady, Tom, author.
500 pages ; 23 cm
In 1961, the small town of Haven thought they'd gotten rid of their monster. After a series of child killings, Paul Greymore was caught carrying a wounded girl. His face, disfigured from a childhood accident, seemed to confirm he was the monster the community hoped to banish. With Paul in prison, the killings stopped. For seventeen years, Haven was peaceful again. But Paul served his time and has now returned to Haven--the town where he grew up, and the scene of his alleged crimes. Paul insists he didn't commit those crimes, and several townspeople believe him including the local priest, a young boy named Denny, and his best friend Billy. Trouble is, now that Paul is back home, the bizarre killings have started again--and the patterns match the deaths from Haven's past. If Paul isn't the killer, who is? Or WHAT is?


January 19, 2018
Šindelka, Marek, 1984- author.
219 pages ; 20 cm
"Aberrant is a multifaceted work that mixes and mashes together a variety of genres and styles to create a heady concoction of crime story, horror story (inspired by the Japanese tradition of kaidan), ecological revenge fantasy, and Siberian shamanism. Nothing is what it seems. What appears to be human is actually a shell occupied by an alien spirit, or demon, and what appears to be an unassuming plant is an aggressive parasite that harbors a poisonous substance within, or manifests itself as an assassin, a phantom with no real substance who pursues his victims across Europe and through a post-apocalyptic Prague ravaged by floods. The blind see, and the seeing are blind. Plants behave like animals, and animals are symbionts with plants. Through these devices, Šindelka weaves a tale of three childhood friends, the errant paths their lives take, and the world of rare plant smuggling — and the consequences of taking the wrong plant — to show the rickety foundation of illusions on which our relationship to the environment, and to one another, rests. It is a world of aberrations, anomalies, and mistakes."

Lobster Johnson

January 15, 2018
Mignola, Michael.
Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books ; [London : Diamond, distributor], 2008-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
"From the pages of Hellboy"--Cover.
v. 1. Iron Prometheus -- v. 2. The burning hand -- v. 3. Satan smells a rat -- v. 4. Get the lobster -- v. 5. The pirate's ghost and metal monsters of midtown

The bridge

January 15, 2018
Skipp, John, author.
351 pages ; 21 cm
After one hundred-plus years of human dumping, a virulent, dark new order of evolution awakens from the landfills and oceans, invading human beings' land, water, air, and bodies.

Attack on Titan

January 10, 2018
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 -- v. 23. The dream of freedom dies

Tokyo ghoul: re.

January 9, 2018
Ishida, Sui, author, artist.
San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, LLC, [2014]-
volumes : chiefly illustrations, some color ; 21 cm.
Reads right to left.
Originally published in Japan in 2014 by SHUEISHA Inc., Tokyo.
A special squad of agents from the Commission of Counter Ghoul must learn to control their new supernatural abilities and work together as a team.


January 5, 2018
Ellis, Warren, author.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., 2015-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Once upon a time, five experts created an A.I. But one of them haunted it with something from the Other World."--Back cover.

One of us will be dead by morning

January 4, 2018
Moody, David, 1970- author.
330 pages ; 22 cm
"The first in a new series from Hater author David Moody, One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning is brimming with horror. Fifteen people are trapped on Skek, a barren island in the middle of the North Sea somewhere between the coasts of the UK and Denmark. Over the years this place has served many purposes--a fishing settlement, a military outpost, a scientific base--but one by one its inhabitants have abandoned its inhospitable shores. Today it's home to Hazleton Adventure Experiences, an extreme sports company specializing in corporate team building events. Life there is fragile and tough. One slip is all it takes. A momentary lapse leads to a tragic accident, but when the body count quickly starts to rise, questions are inevitably asked. Are the deaths coincidental, or something else entirely? Those people you thought you knew well, can you really trust them? Are you standing next to a killer, and will you be their next victim? A horrific discovery changes everything for everyone. There's no way home now, and a trickle of rumors becomes a tsunami of fear. Is this really the beginning of the end of everything, or a situation constructed by the mass hysteria of a handful of desperate and terrified people? The lower the population, the higher the stakes. Kill the rest of them, before one of them kills you"-- Provided by publisher.

Mapping the interior

December 28, 2017
Jones, Stephen Graham, 1972- author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
109 pages ; 21 cm
Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.

Abe Sapien. Volume 1, Dark and terrible

December 27, 2017
Mignola, Michael, author.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2017.
357 pages, [80] pages of plates : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
v. 1. chapters 1, 6, and 8 story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, art by Sebastián Fiumara ; chapter 2 story by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, art by Max Fiumara ; chapter 3 story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, art by Sebastián Fiumara with Max Fiumara ; chapters 4, 5, and 7 story by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, art by Max Fiumara ; colors by Dave Stewart ; letters by Clem Robins ; cover art by Sebastián Fiumara with Dave Stewart ; chapter break art by Sebastián Fiumara and Max Fiumara with Dave Stewart.
"On the run from the B.P.R.D., a newly mutated Abe Sapien--more inhuman than before--travels across a United States transformed and overrun by monsters. Abe's search for the truth about himself--or his race away from his fate--mirrors the quest of an ancient necromancer to seize control of a world literally going to hell."-- Provided by publisher.

H.P. Lovecraft's The Hound and other stories

December 26, 2017
Tanabe, Gou, 1975- adapter, artist.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Manga, 2017.
170 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
The temple -- The hound -- The nameless city.
A pair of decadent young men pursue the abhorrent thrill of grave robbing...a German submarine's crew is driven mad by the call of an underwater explorer in the Arabian desert discovers a hideous city older than mankind. This moody and evocative manga gets back to the dark foundations of the Cthulhu Mythos, adapting three of H.P. Lovecraft's original stories that first shaped the outlines of cosmic horror!

The handyman

December 22, 2017
Little, Bentley, author.
Baltimore, MD : Cemetery Dance Publications, 2017.
334 pages ; 24 cm.
"Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of THEM out there..."--Amazon.

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