New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

November 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


November 20, 2017
Kirkman, Robert, author.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2015-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in magazine form.
v. 1. A darkness surrounds him -- v. 2. A vast and unending ruin -- v. 3. This little light -- v. 4. Under devil's wing -- v. 5. The new path

Descendants of darkness : yami no matsuei

November 15, 2017
Matsushita, Yoko.
San Francisco, CA : Viz, ©2004-
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
"First published in Japan in 1997 by Hakusensha, Inc."
Presents the adventures of Asato Tsuzuki, the Guardian of Death, who escorts people safely to the afterlife.

Robert Kirkman's The Walking dead : return to Woodbury

November 13, 2017
Bonansinga, Jay R., author.
276 pages ; 25 cm.
In the four years of the zombie apocalypse, Lily Caul has done things that she would not have dreamt of doing in her darkest nightmares... and survived. Now, in the plague-ravaged city of Atlanta, she still dreams of her former home, the little village known as Woodbury, Georgia. The call is so powerful that Lilly decides to risk everything in order to go back, leading a ragtag group of survivors through walker swarms, natural and human dangers. She is determined to return to Woodbury, no matter what the cost.

The memory trees

November 8, 2017
Wallace, Kali, author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
415 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Eight years after her sister Patience's tragic death on her family's remote apple orchard, Sorrow returns to the land, determined to find out what really happened the night Patience died and what other secrets may be waiting for her there.

Strange weather : four short novels

November 8, 2017
Hill, Joe, author.
432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Snapshot -- Loaded -- Aloft -- Rain.
A collection of four short novels that take us beyond the ordinary, into dreams and nightmares. There's a tattooed thug whose camera erases memories; a young man on his first parachute jump becoming trapped on a cloud; a rain of crystal splinters that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover; and a security guard who stops a mass shooting in a mall and becomes a hero until his story begins to unravel.


November 7, 2017
Pins, Arthur de.
New York : NBM, 2013-
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 31 cm.
v. 1. Gretchen -- v. 2. Human resources -- v. 3. Control freaks

The Hellblazer

November 7, 2017
Oliver, Simon, 1969- author.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2017]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. The poison truth (The Hellblazer: Rebirth 1 and The Hellblazer 1-6) -- v. 2. The smokeless fire (The Hellblazer 7-12)
John Constantine is back in London, reuniting with old friends--and older enemies: There's Chas Chandler, his best mate; Mercury, the young psychic, the Earth elemental known as the Swamp Thing; and, of course, more demons and djinns than you can cast a curse at. If he's going to survive this hell-raising homecoming, Constantine will have to play fast and loose with the rules--and with the souls of everyone residing in the Old Smoke. Evil is a surprisingly common infection, but sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.

The Lairdbalor

November 6, 2017
Kaufman, Kathleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, [2017]
272 pages ; 22 cm
Seven-year-old Jamie falls down a very long hill into a nightmare world where nothing is familiar except the Lairdbalor, his personal bogeyman come to life.

Deadlands : Boneyard

November 3, 2017
McGuire, Seanan, author.
332 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Based on the bestselling role-playing game"--Cover.
"Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus's star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past ... and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect. Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a travelling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town. A tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of Deadlands, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group."--Publisher's website.

A house at the bottom of a lake

November 3, 2017
Malerman, Josh, author.
116 pages ; 21 cm
It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something below the water's surface that changes their lives forever. It's got two stories. It's got a garden. And the front door is open. For the teens, there is onlly one rule: no questions. And yet, how could a place so spectacular come with no price tag? While the duo plays house beneath the waves, one reality remains: just because a house is empty, doesn't mean nobody's home.

Under a watchful eye

November 2, 2017
Nevill, Adam L. G., author.
399 pages ; 20 cm
Seb Logan is being watched. He just doesn't know by whom. When the sudden appearance of a dark figure shatters his idyllic coastal life, he soon realizes that the murky past he thought he'd left behind has far from forgotten him. What's more unsettling is the strange atmosphere that engulfs him at every sighting, plunging his mind into a terrifying paranoia. To be a victim without knowing the tormentor. To be despised without knowing the offence caused. To be seen by what nobody else can see. These are the thoughts which plague his every waking moment. Imprisoned by despair, Seb fears his stalker is not working alone, but rather is involved in a wider conspiracy that threatens everything he has worked for. For there are doors in this world that open into unknown places. Places used by the worst kind of people to achieve their own ends. And once his investigation leads him to stray across the line and into mortal danger, he risks becoming another fatality in a long line of victim.

The hollow girl

October 31, 2017
Monahan, Hillary, author.
ix, 261 pages ; 22 cm
Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered - and modest, as required by Roma custom - except for one thing: the son of the chieftain has been secretly harassing her. One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault her and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels after the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death's door. "There's always a price for this kind of magic," Drina warns. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers. She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don't, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.

The best of Richard Matheson

October 27, 2017
Matheson, Richard, 1926-2013, author.
New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
xviii, 407 pages ; 20 cm.
Born of man and woman -- Prey -- Witch war -- Shipshape home -- Blood son -- Where there's a will / written with Richard Christian Matheson -- Dying room only -- Counterfeit bills -- Death ship -- Dance of the dead -- Man with a club -- Button, button -- Duel -- Day of reckoning -- The prisoner -- Dress of white silk -- Haircut -- Nightmare at 20,000 feet -- The funeral -- Third from the Sun -- The last day -- Long distance call -- Deus ex Machina -- One for the books -- Now die in it -- The conqueror -- The holiday man -- No such thing as a vampire -- Big surprise -- A visit to Santa Claus -- Finger prints -- Mute -- Shock wave.
"The first career retrospective of terrifying stories by "one of the greatest writers of the 20th century" (Ray Bradbury), edited by award-winning author Victor LaValle Among the greats of 20th-century horror and fantasy, few names stand above Richard Matheson. Though known by many for novels like I Am Legend and his sixteen Twilight Zone episodes, Matheson truly shines in his chilling, masterful short stories. Since his first story appeared in 1950, virtually every major writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy has fallen under his influence, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Joe Hill, as well as filmmakers like Stephen Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. Matheson revolutionized horror by taking it out of Gothic castles and strange cosmos and setting it in the darkened streets and suburbs we recognize as our own. He infused tales of the fantastic and supernormal with dark explorations of human nature, delving deep into the universal dread of feeling alone and threatened in a dangerous world. The Best of Richard Mathesonbrings together his greatest hits as chosen by Victor LaValle, an expert on horror fiction and one of its brightest talents, marking the first major overview of Matheson's legendary career. "[Matheson is] the author who influenced me most as a writer."--Stephen King "Richard Matheson's ironic and iconic imagination created seminal science-fiction stories. For me, he is in the same category as Bradbury and Asimov."--Steven Spielberg "He was a giant, and YOU KNOW HIS STORIES, even if you think you don't." -Neil Gaiman"-- Provided by publisher.

Last chance

October 27, 2017
Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew, author.
New York : Tor Teen, [2017]
379 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to The Rains (based on publisher description and dust jacket).
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
In Creek's Cause, the Rain brothers and their friend Alexandra fight for humanity's survival as everyone over the age of eighteen turns into dangerous, zombie-like beings.

The devils you know

October 26, 2017
Atwood, M.C., author.
280 pages ; 22 cm
Separated from their class during a senior trip to the infamous Boulder House, five teens confront their darkest selves and band together to escape the terrors of a Wisconsin landmark.

The walking dead : a continuing story of survival horror

October 24, 2017
Kirkman, Robert.
Berkeley, Calif. : Image Comics, c2006-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 29 cm.
Originally published in single magazine form.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1 #1-12 -- v. 2. #13-24 -- v. 3. #25-36 -- v. 4. #37-48 -- v. 5. #49-60 -- v. 6. #61-72 -- v. 7. #73-84 -- v. 8. #85-96 -- v. 9. #97-108 -- v. 10. #109-120 -- v. 11. #121-132 -- v. 12. #133-144 -- v. 13. #145-156 -- v. 14. #157-168

The walking dead: here's Negan!

October 24, 2017
Kirkman, Robert, author.
Portland, OR : Image Comics, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm.
"Originally published in IMAGE+ magazine #1-16" -- Title page.
"Who is Negan? Since his debut in The WalkingDead#100, the charismatic psychopath has antagonized Rick Grimes, murdered his friend with a baseball bat wrapped in barb wire (which he calls "Lucille"), and led the Saviors into war against Alexandria and the neighboring communities. But who was he before society broke down? That question will finally be answered in this collection" --Back cover.

The monster hunter files

October 20, 2017
319 pages ; 25 cm.
"Featuring stories in the world of Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International"--Title page.
Thistle / by Larry Correia -- Small problems / by Jim Butcher -- Darkness under the mountain / by Mike Kupari -- A knight of the enchanted forest / by Jessica Day George -- The manticore sanction / by John C. Wright -- The dead yard / by Maurice Broaddus -- The bride / by Brad R. Torgersen -- She bitch, killer of kits (a Skinwalker crossover tale) / by Faith Hunter -- Mr. Natural / by Jody Lynn Nye -- Sons of the father / by Quincy J. Allen -- The troll factory / by Alex Shvartsman -- Keep Kaiju weird / by Kim May -- The gift / by Steve Diamond -- The case of the ghastly specter / by John Ringo -- Huffman strikes back / by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Julie Frost -- Hunter born / by Sarah A. Hoyt -- Hitler's dog / by Jonathan Maberry.
"For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large. Now MHI opens their archives for the first time to reveal the secret history of the world's most elite fighting force. Discover what happened when Agent Franks took on the Nazis. See how the Vatican's Combat Exorcists deal with Old Ones in Mexico. Featuring all new tales from Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jessica Day George and many more"-- Provided by publisher.

Locke & key : heaven and earth

October 20, 2017
Hill, Joe, author.
San Diego, CA : IDW Publishing, [2017]
66 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Originally published as Locke & key: guide to the known keys and Locke & key: grindhouse.
Open the moon -- Grindhouse -- In the can -- The real Lovecraft, Mass -- Photo gallery -- Art gallery.
"Three never-before-collected additions to the series the A.V. Club called a 'modern masterpiece,' showcasing the depths of depravity and the beautifully heart-breaking heights writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez have to offer within the sprawling world of Locke & Key."--Back cover.

There's someone inside your house : a novel

October 17, 2017
Perkins, Stephanie, author.
287 pages ; 22 cm
It's been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she's still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii. Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets. --Book jacket.

Colonial horrors : Sleepy Hollow and beyond

October 16, 2017
xii, 383 pages ; 24 cm.
The legend of Sleepy Holly / Washington Irving -- An essay for the recording of remarkable providences / Increase Mather -- Wonders of the invisible world / Cotton Mather -- Lithobolia / R. C. -- Wieland / Charles Brockden Brown -- The money-diggers / Washington Irving -- Rachel Dyer / John Neal -- Moll Pitcher / John Greenleaf Whittier -- The birth-mark / Nathaniel Hawthorne -- A tale of the ragged mountains -- Edgar Allan Poe -- The lake gun / James Fenimore Cooper -- In the pines / W. F. Mayer -- The romance of certain old clothes / Henry James -- An authenticated history of the bell witch / Martin van Buren Ingram -- Myths and legends of our own land / Charles M. Skinner -- The Salem wolf / Howard Pyle -- The case of Charles Dexter Ward / H. P. Lovecraft.
Collects sixteen tales of suspense, horror, and the supernatural from the Colonial era.

Haunted nights : a Horror Writers Association anthology

October 12, 2017
New York : Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
xii, 352 pages ; 21 cm
With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds / by Seanan McGuire -- Dirtmouth / by Stephen Graham Jones -- A Small Taste of the Old Country / by Jonathan Maberry -- Wick's End / by Joanna Parypinski -- The Seventeen Year Itch / by Garth Nix -- A Flicker of Light on Devil's Night / by Kate Jonez -- Witch-Hazel / by Jeffrey Ford -- Nos Galen Gaeaf / by Kelley Armstrong -- We're Never Inviting Amber Again / by S. P. Miskowski -- Sisters / by Brian Evenson -- All Through the Night / by Elise Forier Edie -- A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds / by Eric J. Guignard -- The Turn / by Paul Kane -- Jack / by Pat Cadigan -- Lost in the Dark / by John Langan -- The First Lunar Halloween / by John R. Little.
"Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween. In addition to stories about scheming jack-o'-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls' Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil's Night. "With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds" by Seanan McGuire "Dirtmouth" by Stephen Graham Jones" "A Small Taste of the Old Country" by Jonathan Maberry "Wick's End" by Joanna Parypinski "The Seventeen Year Itch" by Garth Nix "A Flicker of Light on Devil's Night" by Kate Jonez "Witch-Hazel" by Jeffrey Ford "Nos Galen Gaeaf" by Kelley Armstrong "We're Never Inviting Amber Again" by S. P. Miskowski "Sisters" by Brian Evenson "All Through the Night" by Elise Forier Edie "A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds" by Eric J. Guignard "The Turn" by Paul Kane "Jack" by Pat Cadigan "Lost in the Dark" by John Langan "The First Lunar Halloween" by John R. Little"-- Provided by publisher.

What the hell did I just read : a novel of cosmic horror

October 12, 2017
Wong, David, 1975 January 10- author.
375 pages ; 25 cm
Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, the friends from This Book Is Full of Spiders are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence and lies.

The murders of Molly Southbourne

October 5, 2017
Thompson, Tade, author.
New York, NY : Tor, 2017.
119 pages ; 21 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she's been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she'll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?

The ravenous

October 4, 2017
Lukavics, Amy, author.
296 pages ; 22 cm
From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn't quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression. When the youngest and most beloved sister dies in a tragic accident, the sisters discover just how far they will go to keep their family together.

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