New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

October 9, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Robert Kirkman's The walking dead : invasion

October 8, 2015
Bonansinga, Jay R.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
294 pages ; 25 cm
Out of the ashes of a devastated Woodbury, Georgia, two opposing camps of ragtag survivors are on a collision course. Underground, in the labyrinth of ancient tunnels and mine shafts, Lilly Caul and her motley crew of senior citizens, misfits, and children struggle to build a new life. Way out in the hinterlands, amidst the rising tide of walkers that seem to be pushing in from all directions, the psychotic Reverend Jeremiah Garlitz rebuilds his army of followers with a diabolical secret weapon. He has designs on the destruction of Lilly and her crew and now he has the means to bring a special brand of hell down upon the tunnel dwellers-- Provided by publisher.

The rim of morning : two tales of cosmic horror

October 8, 2015
Sloane, William, 1906-1974.
New York : New York Review Books, 2015.
xi, 464 pages ; 21 cm.
To walk the night -- Edge of running water.
"In the 1930s, William Sloane wrote two brilliant novels that gave a whole new meaning to cosmic horror. In To Walk the Night, Bark X and his college buddy Jerry Lister, a science whiz, head back to the old alma mater to catch a football game and to visit a cherished professor of astronomy. In the midst of the game, a strange inimical presence seems to grip the entire stadium; after, the two young men discover the body of their professor, consumed by fire; and before long Jerry is married to the professor's uncannily beautiful, young widow, Selena, and settled in the Arizona desert, where there's an unobstructed view of the stars--and of the darkness of space. In Edge of Running Water, Julian Blair, a brilliant electrophysicist, has retired to remotest Maine after the death of his beautiful young wife. After living as a recluse for years, he issues an urgent summons to a former student, Richard Sayles, now a well-regarded professor of psychology. At Setauket Point, Sayles finds a house shunned by suspicious locals and under the guard of an unpleasant and uncooperative housekeeper, Mrs. Walters. There is also stunning Anne, Blair's sister-in-law. Meanwhile, Julian, dead to the world, stays locked in his study. The Rim of Morning: two novels about the inescapable link between knowledge and sacrifice, the other, unspeakable, unknowable, unendurable side of the world we think we know. About the silence out there"-- Provided by publisher.


October 8, 2015
Maberry, Jonathan, author.
476 pages ; 21 cm.
"Based on the bestselling role-playing game"--Cover.
Grey Torrance is a hired gun literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction . . . and an army of the living dead!

Little sister death

October 7, 2015
Gay, William.
Ann Arbor, MI : Dzanc Books, 2015.
202 pages ; 23 cm

Crossbones : an Omega days novel

October 7, 2015
Campbell, John L. (Investigator)
New York, NY : Berkley Books, 2015.
370 pages ; 21 cm

The house

October 5, 2015
Lauren, Christina.
New York : SSBFYR, 2015.
ix, 373 pages ; 22 cm
Told in their separate voices, Gavin, a loner outcast, and Delilah, back in small-town Kansas after years at a Massachusetts boarding school, reconnect their senior year, but as their relationship deepens, it is clear that the eerie house Gavin dwells in will do anything to keep the two apart.

Darkness on his bones : a James Asher vampire novel

October 1, 2015
Hambly, Barbara, author.
250 pages ; 23 cm
"When James Asher is found unconscious in the cemetery of the Church of St. Clare Pieds-Nus with multiple puncture-wounds in his throat and arms, his wife, Lydia, knows of only one person to call: the vampire Don Simon Ysidro. Old friend and old adversary, he is the only one who can help Lydia protect her unconscious, fevered husband from the vampires of Paris. Why James has been attacked -- and why he was called to Paris in the first place -- Lydia has no idea. But she knows that she must find out, and quickly. For with James wavering between life and death, and war descending on the world, their slim chance of saving themselves from the vampires grows slimmer with each passing day"--Book jacket.

A mad zombie party

September 28, 2015
Showalter, Gena, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2015]
440 pages ; 22 cm.
Kat Parker's spirit returns, insisting Frosty the Ice Man partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks -- the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat's death. But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive.

Brother : a novel

September 28, 2015
Ahlborn, Ania.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
322 pages ; 21 cm

Daughters unto devils

September 23, 2015
Lukavics, Amy, author.
Ontario : Harlequin Teen, [2015]
231 pages ; 22 cm
"When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries. When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul."--provided by publisher.

Charlotte's story

September 23, 2015
Benedict, Laura, 1962- author.
New York : Pegasus Crime, [2015.
320 pages ; 24 cm
Includes excerpt from next novel in the trilogy, The Abandoned Heart.
"A Bliss House novel"--Title page.
"The Fall of 1957 in southern Virignia was a seemingly idyllic, even prosperous time. A young housewife, Charlotte Bliss, lives with her husbadn, Hasbrouck Preston "Press" Bliss and their two young children, Eva Grace and Michael, in the gorgeous Bliss family home. On the surface, theirs seems a calm, picturesque life, but soon tragedy befalls them -- a series of shocking deaths, with apparently simple explanations. But nothing is simple if Bliss House is involved. Charlotte, nearly crippled with grief, feels increasingly isolated from everyone around he. The only thing that brings her solace is going through the old photos and curiosities left behind by her mother-in-law, the former mistress of Bliss House, who was always kind, but distant. Then Charlotte makes a startling discovery that points not to tragedy, but to murder. How far will Charlotte go to discover the truth? And how far will she get without knowing who her real enemy is? Though Bliss House may promise its inhabitants what they want, it never gives them exactly what they expect." -- dustjacket.

Bits & pieces

September 21, 2015
Maberry, Jonathan.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2015]
577 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Twenty-two short stories, eleven of which were previously published, based on the Rot & Ruin series in which fifteen-year-old Benny Imura and his friends fight a zombie plague in a post-apocalyptic America. Includes a related comic book script.

Soul mates

September 14, 2015
Little, John R. (John Randolph), 1955- author.
222 pages ; 23 cm.
Identical twins share a connection that even modern science doesn't fully understand; closer than mere blood can bind, deeper than any sibling bond, one cell, one mind, one beginning. Alannah Clark has found the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, a magician, but magicians have secrets - secrets that might outweigh Alannah's own dark corners. But nothing remains hidden forever. Magic, thrills, romance, suspense, and sorrow are the emotions of John R. Little's newest and darkest thoughts

The returned : a novel

August 31, 2015
Patrick, Seth.
Naperville, Illinois. : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
445 pages ; 21 cm
In a small Alpine village, people start to appear, trying to return to their homes after a terrible accident none of them can recall. What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years--and no one is expecting them back. But they are not the only ones to have seemingly returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of horrific murders, which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past...

The beautiful thing that awaits us all : stories

August 28, 2015
Barron, Laird, author.
276 pages ; 23 cm.
Blackwood's baby -- The Redfield girls -- Hand of glory -- The carrion gods in their heaven -- The siphon -- Jaws of Saturn -- Vastation -- The men from Porlock -- More dark.
Collects nine interconnected stories of cosmic horror and dark fantasy.


August 25, 2015
Toro, Guillermo del, 1964- author.
New York, New York : Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2015.
320 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Everything changes for San Bernardino teenage suburbanite Jim Sturges when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

The dead girls of Hysteria Hall

August 24, 2015
Alender, Katie, author.
New York, NY : Point, 2015.
329 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Cordelia and her family move into the house they just inherited in Pennsylvania, a former insane asylum the locals call Hysteria Hall--unfortunately the house does not want defiant girls like Delia, so it kills her, and as she wanders the house, meeting the other ghosts and learning the dark secrets of the Hall, she realizes that she has to find a way to save her sister, parents, and perhaps herself.


August 13, 2015
Cohen, Lane, 1951- author.
301 pages ; 22 cm
When Sho Tagawa purchased the Darabont Estate, sight unseen, he envisioned many joyful years of home restoration. However, when he and his family take possession of the property, they find the house is full of monsters. Mr. Tagawa enlists the help of the Gates Brothers, two rowdy veterans, in ridding the house of evil but, instead, they start a war in the town of Protection, Kansas.

What we knew : [a novel]

August 5, 2015
Stewart, Barbara, 1970-
246 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
When Tracy and her best friend, Lisa, were kids, stories about a man -- a creep who exposes himself to little girls -- kept them out of the woods and in their own backyards. But Tracy and Lisa aren't so little anymore, and the man in the woods is nothing but a stupid legend. Right? But someone is in the woods. Someone is watching. And he knows all their secrets, secrets they can't tell anyone -- not even each other. Lisa's just being paranoid. At least that's what Tracy thinks. But when a disturbing "gift" confirms her worst fears, it sets the girls on a dangerous journey that takes them beyond the edge of the woods. But reality is more terrifying than the most chilling myth, and what they find will test the bonds of friendship, loyalty, and love. Tracy and Lisa can't destroy the evil they'll face, but can they stop it from destroying each other?

Midian unmade : tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed

July 28, 2015
New York, NY : Tor Books, 2015.
300 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Preface by Joseph Nassise -- Introduction by Clive Barker -- Return to Midian / Lisa Majewski -- The Moon Inside / Seanan McGuire -- The Night Ray Bradbury Died / Kevin J. Wetmore -- Another Little Piece of My Heart / Nancy Holder -- The Kindness of Surrender / Kurt Fawver -- The Angel of Isisford / Brian Craddock -- Pride / Amber Benson -- Button, Button / Ernie W. Cooper -- I Am the Night You Never Speak Of / C. Robert Cargill -- The Devil Until the Credits Roll / Weston Ochse -- The Light house of Midian / Ian Rogers -- Lakrimay / Nerine Dorman -- And Midian Whispered Its Name / Shaun Meeks -- Cell of Curtains / Timothy Baker -- Tamara / Paul J. Salamof -- Raphael's Shroud / Karl Alexander -- Wretched / Edward Brauer -- A Monster Among Monsters / Stephen Woodworth and Kelly Dunn -- The Jesuit's Mask / Durand Sheng Welsh -- Rook / Rob Salem -- Collector / David J. Schow -- Bait and Switch / Lilith Saintcrow -- The Farmhouse / Christopher Monfette.
"Clive Barker's Nightbreed has been controversial since the moment it was released in a version edited by the studio and roundly condemned by Barker, who wrote and directed the movie. A virtually instant cult film based on Barker's novella Cabal, it was nominated for three Saturn Awards and won several prizes at European film festivals. Midian Unmade tells the stories of the Nightbreed after the fall of their city, Midian. Driven from their homes, their friends and family members slain before their eyes, the monsters become a mostly-hidden diaspora. Some are hunted; others, hunters. Some seek refuge. Others want revenge. Contributors include: Karl Alexander, author of the classic novel Time After Time; actor, writer, and director Amber Benson (Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer); New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder; Hugo and John W. Campbell Award winner Seanan McGuire; Bram Stoker Award winner Weston Ochse; David J. Schow, winner of the World Fantasy Award and writer of the screenplay for The Crow; New York Times bestselling writer Stephen Woodworth; and many more--23 stories in all. With an introduction by Clive Barker, this is an outstanding collection of original horror short stories in a dazzling variety of styles"-- Provided by publisher.


July 28, 2015
Molles, D. J., author.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
471 pages ; 19 cm.
"This is the sixth and final novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90% of the population into a ravenous horde. The merciless tide of infected is flooding south and time is running out to stop them. Bolstered by new allies, Captain Lee Harden continues his struggle to establish a safe haven from which the embers of a shattered society can be rekindled."--provided from

The fifth house of the heart

July 28, 2015
Tripp, Ben, 1966-
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
390 pages ; 23 cm
"Filled with characters as menacing as they are memorable, this chilling twist on vampire fiction packs a punch in the bestselling tradition of 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King. Asmodeus "Sax" Saxon-Tang, a vainglorious and well-established antiques dealer, has made a fortune over many years by globetrotting for the finest lost objects in the world. Only Sax knows the true secret to his success: at certain points of his life, he's killed vampires for their priceless hoards of treasure. But now Sax's past actions are quite literally coming back to haunt him, and the lives of those he holds most dear are in mortal danger. To counter this unnatural threat, and with the blessing of the Holy Roman Church, a cowardly but cunning Sax must travel across Europe in pursuit of incalculable evil--and immeasurable wealth--with a ragtag team of mercenaries and vampire killers to hunt a terrifying, ageless who is hunting Sax in turn. From author Ben Tripp, whose first horror novel Rise Again "raises the stakes so high that the book becomes nearly impossible to put down" (Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother), The Fifth House of the Heart is a powerful story that will haunt you long after its final pages"-- Provided by publisher.


July 27, 2015
Creagh, Kelly, author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
434 pages ; 22 cm.
Isobel Lanley is terrified to return to the desolate and dangerous dreamworld where she had a deadly confrontation with Varen, but when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice, and to make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith will do anything to get Varen for her own.

The captive condition

July 6, 2015
Keating, Kevin P., author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
270 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"When Emily Ryan is found drowned in the family pool, pumped full of barbiturates and alcohol, a series of events with cataclysmic consequences ensues. Emily's lover ... finds himself responsible for her twin daughters, whose piercing stares fill him with the guilt and anguish he so desperately tries to hide from his wife. A low-level criminal named The Gonk takes over the cottage of a reclusive elderly artist, complete with graveyard and moonshine still, and devises plans for both ... The town itself, buzzing into decadent life after sundown, traps its inhabitants in patterns of inexplicable behavior all the while drawing them toward a night in which the horror will reach its disturbing and inevitable conclusion"-- Provided by publisher.

The unnoticeables

July 2, 2015
Brockway, Robert, author.
New York, NY : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015.
286 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us: they watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is 'you' gets solved. Carey doesn't much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching strange kids with unnoticeable faces abduct his friends"-- Provided by publisher.

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