New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

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

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.
©2017
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.

Providence

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.

Mormama

June 19, 2017
Reed, Kit, author.
©2017
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 Tor.com 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.
©2017
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.

13 views of the suicide woods

June 16, 2017
MacLeod, Bracken, author.
©2017
265 pages ; 23 cm
Still day: an ending -- Something I said? -- Pure blood and evergreen -- Ciudad de los niños -- The blood and the body -- The boy who dreamt he was a bat -- Blood makes the grass grow -- Some other time -- Morgenstern's last act -- All dreams die in the morning -- Mine, not yours -- Thirteen views of the suicide woods -- The Texas chainsaw breakfast club or I don't like monkeys -- In the bones -- Blood of the vine -- Looking for the death trick -- This last little piece of darkness -- Reminisce -- Khatam.
Short stories that explore "dark places where pain and resignation intersect, and the fear of a quiet moment alone is as terrifying as the unseen thing watching from behind the treeline"--Page 4 of cover.

Sacculina

June 16, 2017
Fracassi, Philip, 1970-
[Place of publication not identified] : JournalStone [2017]
110 pages ; 21 cm
When Jim's big brother Jack is released from prison, the brothers--along with their broken father and Jack's menacing best friend--decide to charter an ocean fishing boat to celebrate Jack's new freedom. Once the small crew is far out to sea, however, a mutant species rises from the deep abyssal darkness to terrorize the vessel and its occupants. As the horror of their situation becomes clear, the small group must find a way to fend off the attack and somehow, someway, return to safety; but as the strange parasitic creatures overrun them, they must use more extreme --and deadly -- measures to survive.

Crown of stars

June 15, 2017
Jaff, Sophie, author.
New York, NY : Harper Paperbacks, [2017]
420 pages ; 21 cm.
"Rumors of witchcraft have haunted Margaret ever since she was born. A strange, dark-eyed child, she was feared and then shunned by her medieval English village after her mother?s brutal murder. When her father remarries, Margaret--now a young woman--realizes that she must leave the village for good. Hundreds of years later, as fall comes to Manhattan, Katherine Emerson prays her horrific summer is over. She survived a killer?s attack, but her roommate Andrea was not so lucky and now Katherine is raising Andrea?s son, Lucas. However, the rest of her world is in ruins: the man she loves has left her and she?s pregnant with his child. She accepts she?ll be a single mother--until he insists on doing ''the right thing'', which means taking her and Lucas with him to London for his new job. Katherine hopes that maybe she too can start over. But starting over doesn?t mean that the disturbing and dangerous encounters with strangers will end. As Katherine begins to fall apart, Margaret?s fight to survive in a hostile world reveals she has inherited her mother?s extraordinary gifts, but will she use them for good or evil? Can Margaret change the destiny of Katherine and her unborn child? And what will happen if she succeeds?"--Amazon.com.

Lucas Stand

June 15, 2017
Sutter, Kurt.
Los Angeles, CA : Boom! Studios, May 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form as Lucas Stand, no. 1-6.

Behold the Void

June 13, 2017
Fracassi, Philip, 1970- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Journalstone, 2017.
289 pages ; 24 cm.

Nothing left to lose

June 12, 2017
Wells, Dan, 1977- author.
New York : Tor, 2017.
335 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"A novel"--Cover.
John hunts monsters. He used to do it alone, and then, for a while, he did it for the government, but now he's alone again. The FBI is after him while, at the same time, John is after the very last of the Withered: ancient ageless beings who have preyed on mankind for ten thousand years. Now a fugitive as well as a hunter, the teenager has tracked his demonic prey to a small town in Arizona, where the elusive Dark lady may be preparing to make her final stand against the fragile humans who have dared to strike back at her and her kind, even if that means unleashing a bloodbath upon an unsuspecting world. It's been a long hard road for John, but, one way or another, it's coming to an end. And he has nothing left to lose.-- Adapted from back cover.

House of furies

June 8, 2017
Roux, Madeleine, 1985- author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
407 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Escaping from her harsh school before finding work as a maid in an English boarding house, Louisa realizes that her mysterious employer and his staff execute cruel judgments on the guests.

Night magic

June 8, 2017
Black, Jenna, author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2017.
284 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life. Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city―and of having killed her onetime best friend―had threatened to destroy her. But now she's been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away―along with her conscience. Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic's grasp.

Black mad wheel

June 6, 2017
Malerman, Josh, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
291 pages ; 24 cm
The Danes--the band known as the "Darlings of Detroit"--are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert--a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy. Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious--and his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day. -- Amazon.com.

The end of Temperance Dare : a novel

June 6, 2017
Webb, Wendy (Wendy K.)
©2017.
316 pages ; 21 cm.
"When Eleanor Harper becomes the director of a renowned artists' retreat, she knows very little of Cliffside Manor's dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a "waiting room for death." After years of covering murder and violence as a crime reporter, Eleanor hopes that being around artists and writers in this new job will be a peaceful retreat for her as much as for them. But from her first fog-filled moments on the manor's grounds, Eleanor is seized by a sense of impending doom and realizes there's more to the instution than its reputation of being a haven for creativity. After the arrival of the new group of artists-- including the intriguing, handsome photographer Richard Banks-- she beings to suspect that her predecessor chose the group with a dangerous purpose in mind. As the chilling mysteries of Cliffside Manor unravel and the eerie sins of the past are exposed, Eleanor must fight to save the artists-- and herself-- from sinister forces." -- Page 4 of cover.

Just dreaming

June 1, 2017
Gier, Kerstin, author.
©2015
356 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in Germany in 2015 by Fischer Verlag GmbH under the title: Das dritte Buch der Träume.
"Able to visit other people's dreams, Liv's troubles are just beginning. A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy "-- Provided by publisher.

John Constantine, Hellblazer

May 31, 2017
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)

In the valley of the sun : a novel

May 30, 2017
Davidson, Andy, 1978- author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
376 pages ; 24 cm
"Deftly written and utterly addictive, this Western literary horror debut will find a home with fans of authors like Joe Hill, Cormac McCarthy, and Anne Rice. One night in 1980, a man becomes a monster. Haunted by his past, Travis Stillwell spends his nights searching out women in West Texas honky-tonks. What he does with them doesn't make him proud, just quiets the demons for a little while. But after Travis crosses paths one night with a mysterious pale-skinned girl, he wakes weak and bloodied in his cabover camper the next morning-with no sign of a girl, no memory of the night before. Annabelle Gaskin spies the camper parked behind her motel and offers the cowboy a few odd jobs to pay his board. Travis takes her up on the offer, if only to buy time, to lay low and heal. By day, he mends the old motel, insinuating himself into the lives of Annabelle and her ten-year-old son. By night, in the cave of his camper, he fights an unspeakable hunger. Before long, Annabelle and her boy come to realize that this strange cowboy is not what he seems. Half a state away, a grizzled Texas Ranger is hunting Travis for his past misdeeds, but what he finds will lead him to a revelation far more monstrous. A man of the law, he'll have to decide how far into the darkness he'll go for the sake of justice. When these lives converge on a dusty autumn night, an old evil will find new life-and new blood"-- Provided by publisher.

Gwendy's button box

May 24, 2017
King, Stephen, 1947- author.
©2017
171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong, if time-rusted, iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside. Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat.

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