New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

November 22, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The strange library

November 21, 2014
Murakami, Haruki, 1949-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
1 volume unpaged : color illustrations ; 21 cm
In a fantastical illustrated short novel, three people imprisoned in a nightmarish library plot their escape.

The new girl

November 20, 2014
Grey, S. L., author.
©2013
292 pages ; 20 cm
Ryan Devlin, a predator with a past, has been forced to take a job as a handyman at an exclusive private school, Crossley College. He's losing his battle to suppress his growing fascination with a new girl who seems to have a strange effect on the children around her. Tara Marais fills her empty days by volunteering at Crossley's library. Tara is desperate but unable, to have a baby of her own, so she makes Reborns--eerily lifelike newborn dolls. She's delighted when she receives a commission from the mysterious "Vader Batiss," but horrified when she sees the photograph of the baby she's been asked to create. Still, she agrees to Batiss's strange contract, unaware of the consequences if she fails to deliver the doll on time. Both Tara and Ryan are being drawn into a terrifying scheme, one that will have an impact on every pupil at Crossley College.

The wolf gift : the graphic novel

November 18, 2014
Rice, Anne, 1941- author.
© 2014
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm

Symbiont

November 13, 2014
Grant, Mira.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
518 pages ; 25 cm.
"THE SECOND BOOK IN MIRA GRANT'S TERRIFYING PARASITOLOGY SERIES. THE ENEMY IS INSIDE US. The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde. Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped"-- Provided by publisher.

Creed

November 11, 2014
Leaver, Trisha, author.
Woodbury, MN : Flux, [2014]
253 pages ; 21 cm
When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and Luke’s brother, Mike, seek help in the nearby town of Purity Springs. But as they walk the vacant streets, the teens make some disturbing discoveries. The seemingly deserted homes each contain a sinister book with violent instructions on disciplining children. The graveyard is full of unmarked crosses. Worst of all, there’s no way to contact the outside world. When Purity Springs’ inhabitants suddenly appear, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of Elijah Hawkins, the town’s charismatic leader who has his own plans for the three of them. Their only hope for survival is Elijah’s enigmatic son, Joseph. And his game may be just as deadly as his father’s.

Revival : a novel

November 5, 2014
King, Stephen, 1947-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
405 pages ; 25 cm
"In a small New England town over half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs--including Jamie's sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed. King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death. This is a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe"-- Provided by publisher.

The Bane chronicles

November 4, 2014
Clare, Cassandra, author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014.
507 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Companion to The mortal instruments and The infernal devices series"--Jacket.
What really happened in Peru / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- The runaway queen / by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson -- Vampires, scones, and Edmond Herondale / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- The midnight heir / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- The rise of the Hotel Dumort / by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson -- Saving Raphael Santiago / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- The fall of the Hotel Dumort / by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson -- What to buy the shadowhunter who has everything (and who you're not officially dating anyway) / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- The last stand of the New York Institute / by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson -- The course of true love (and first dates) / by Cassandra Clare -- The voicemail of Magnus Bane / by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson.
A collection of eleven short stories, previously published online, that illuminate the life of the enigmatic, flashy, and flamboyant High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane, a character in The Mortal Instruments series.

Mr. Wicker

November 3, 2014
Alexander, Maria.
Bowie, MD : Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2014.
230 p. ; 24 cm.
Alicia Baum is an adult who is missing a childhood memory. The memory is located in The Library of Lost Childhood Memories whose Librarian is Mr. Wicker. Alicia teams up with child psychiatrist Dr. James Farron to find Alicia's missing memory and to fight Mr. Wicker.

Attack on Titan

October 31, 2014
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
For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming human-kind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about change everything.

The boy who killed demons : a novel

October 29, 2014
Zeltserman, Dave, 1959-
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014.
288 pages ; 24 cm

An occurrence in Crazy Bear Valley

October 28, 2014
Keene, Brian, author.
©2012
97 pages ; 22 cm
Morgan and his gang are on the run--from their pasts and from the posse riding hot on their heels, intent on seeing them hang. But when they take refuge in Crazy Bear Valley, their flight becomes a siege as they find themselves battling a legendary race of monstrous, bloodthirsty beings. Now, Morgan and his gang aren't worried about hanging. They just want to live to see the dawn.

Last of the Albatwitches

October 28, 2014
Keene, Brian, author.
©2014
145 pages ; 22 cm
"Fan favorite ex-Amish occult detective Levi Stolzfus returns in two novellas of demons and monsters"- Back cover.
Witching tree -- Last of the Albatwitches.
In The Witching Tree, Levi has been brought to investigate some mysterious killings and in doing so he faces an evil that will threaten to take his life and faith. In Last of the Albatwitches, Levi must unravel the source of an old legend about the forest surrounding Chickies Rock and the reclusive race of Sasquatch-like creatures known as the Albatwitches.

The Grand Hotel

October 27, 2014
Kenemore, Scott.
New York, NY : Talos Press, [2014]
xiii, 361 pages ; 21 cm
When a desk clerk welcomes a group of tourists into his mysterious and crumbling hotel, the last thing he expects is that a lone girl on his tour may hold the power to unravel the hidden mystery that has lain for untold centuries within the structure's walls.

An English ghost story

October 27, 2014
Newman, Kim, author.
©2014
315 pages ; 21 cm
A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most, threatening to destroy them from the inside out--Page 4 of cover.

Prince Lestat

October 24, 2014
Rice, Anne, 1941- author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2014]
800 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Title from web page.
"The novel opens with the Vampire world in crisis...vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned... Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto and San Francisco. As the novel moves from present day New York and the West Coast to Ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles--from Louis de Pointe du Lac, the eternally young Armand whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the Secret Talamasca, and Marius, the true child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures--come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who--or what--The Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why... And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw--the great "hope" of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat.."-- Provided by publisher.

The incredible shrinking man

October 24, 2014
Matheson, Richard.
New York : TOR, 2001, c1994.
351 p. ; 21 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
The incredible shrinking man -- Nightmare at 20,000 feet -- The test -- The holiday man -- Mantage -- The distributor -- By appointment only -- Button, button -- Duel -- Shoofly.

Prince Lestat : the vampire chronicles

October 22, 2014
Rice, Anne, 1941-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xx, 458 pages ; 25 cm.
"The novel opens with the Vampire world in crisis...vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned... Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto and San Francisco. As the novel moves from present day New York and the West Coast to Ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles--from Louis de Pointe du Lac, the eternally young Armand whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the Secret Talamasca, and Marius, the true child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures--come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who--or what--The Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why... And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw--the great "hope" of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat.."-- Provided by publisher.

Horror stories : classic tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson

October 16, 2014
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xlii, 510 pages ; 23 cm
Includes chronology and explanatory notes.
The modern horror story grew and developed across the nineteenth century, embracing categories as diverse as ghost stories, supernatural and psychological horror, medical and scientific horrors, colonial horror, and tales of mystery and premonition. This anthology brings together 29 of the greatest horror stories of the period from 1816 to 1912, from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions. It ranges widely across the sub-genres to encompass authors whose terror-inducing powers remain unsurpassed. The book includes stories by some of the best writers of the century-- Hoffmann, Poe, Balzac, Dickens, Hawthorne, Melville, Zola--as well as established genre classics such as M. R. James, Arthur Machen, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and others. It includes rare and little known pieces by writers such as William Maginn, Francis Marion Crawford, W. F. Harvey, and William Hope Hodgson, and shows the important role played by periodicals in popularizing the horror story. Wherever possible stories are reprinted in their first published form, with background information about their authors and helpful, contextualizing annotation. Darryl Jones's lively introduction discusses horror's literary evolution and its articulation of cultural preoccupations and anxieties. These are stories guaranteed to freeze the blood, revolt the senses, and keep you awake at night: prepare to be terrified!

Mojave green

October 16, 2014
Brothers Washburn, author.
New York : Jolly Fish Press, 2014.
324 pages ; 22 cm.
"Dimensions in death ; book 2"--Title page.
In an isolated mining town deep in the Mojave Desert, an unearthly creature once preyed upon the town's folk for decades and now eighteen-year-old Camm Smith must battle unearthly monsters and outwit dangerous government agents to rescue the friends she placed in danger.

The cutting room : dark reflections of the silver screen

October 10, 2014
San Francisco : Tachyon, 2014
xvii, 366 p. ; 23 cm.
Cutter / Edward Bryant -- Hanged man of Oz / Steve Nagy -- Deadspace / Dennis Etchison -- Cuts / F. Paul Wilson -- Final girl theory / A. C. Wise -- Lapland, or film noir / Peter Straub -- Thousand cuts / Ian Watson -- Occam's bucks / Howard Waldrop -- Dead image / David Morrell -- Constantinople archives / Robert Shearman -- Each thing I show you is a piece of my death / Gemma Files & Stephen J. Barringer -- Cinder images / Gary McMahon -- Pied piper of Hammersmith / Nicholas Royle -- Filming the making of the film of the making of Fitzcarraldo / Garry Kilworth -- Onlookes / Gary A. Braunbeck -- Recreation / Lucy A. Snyder -- Bright lights, big zombie / Douglas E. Winter -- She drives the men to crimes of passion! / Genevieve Valentine -- Even the pawn / Joel Lane -- Tenderizer / Stephen Graham Jones -- Ardor / Laird Barron -- Final Girl II: the frame / Daphne Gottlieb -- Illimitable dominion / Kim Newman.

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent

October 6, 2014
Bonansinga, Jay R.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
276 pages ; 25 cm.
"Written by Jay Bonansinga, based on the series created by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead: Descent follows the events of The Fall of the Governor, and Lily Caul's struggles to rebuild Woodbury after the Governor's shocking demise. Out of the ashes of its dark past, Woodbury, Georgia, becomes an oasis of safety amidst the plague of the walking dead - a town reborn in the wake of its former tyrannical leader, Philip Blake, aka The Governor. Blake's legacy of madness haunts every nook and cranny of this little walled community, but Lilly Caul and a small ragtag band of survivors are determined to overcome their traumatic past... despite the fact that a super-herd is closing in on them. This vast stampede of walkers, driven by inexorable hunger and aimed directly at Woodbury, becomes their first true test. But Lilly and company refuse to succumb, and in a stunning counteroffensive, the beleaguered townspeople save themselves by joining forces with a mysterious religious sect fresh from the wilderness. Led by an enigmatic preacher named Jeremiah, this rogue church group seems tailor made for Woodbury and Lilly's dream of a democratic, family-friendly future. The two factions meld into one, the town prospers, and everything seems hopeful for the first time since the plague broke out. But things - especially in the world of the walking dead - are often not what they seem. Jeremiah and his followers harbor a dark secret, the evidence of which very gradually begins to unravel. In a stunning and horrifying finale, the world for Lilly and her close friends is turned upside down, and it is solely up to Lilly Caul to cleanse the town once and for all of its poisonous fate"-- Provided by publisher.

The boy who drew monsters : a novel

October 3, 2014
Donohue, Keith.
New York : Picador, 2014.
273 pages ; 25 cm
"Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, 10-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy's only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all"-- Provided by publisher.

Ship of the dead

September 30, 2014
Campbell, John L. (Investigator)
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
360 pages ; 21 cm.

The lesser dead

September 30, 2014
Buehlman, Christopher.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
362 pages ; 24 cm
"The secret is, vampires are real and I am one. The secret is, I'm stealing from you what is most truly yours and I'm not sorry... New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody--he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city's sidewalks. The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It's almost too easy. Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him--or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were. And neither are the rest of us"-- Provided by publisher.

Brood

September 29, 2014
Novak, Chase.
New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
306 pages ; 25 cm
"Adam and Alice are reaching the age when some of the children created by the fertility treatment that spawned them begin to turn feral. Will they succomb to the same physiological horror that destroyed their parents? Every change brings on terror--the voice cracking as it changes, the swelling of the breasts, the coarsening of down into actual hair. Their aunt, Cynthia, oversees renovations to the Twisden family's Manhattan residence--torn apart by the children's parents at their most savage--and struggles to give her niece and nephew the unconditional love they never had. Meanwhile, in the world outside, the forces of good and evil collide as a troop of feral offspring threatens to invade the refuge Cynthia is so determined to construct behind the Twisdens' walls"-- Provided by publisher.

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