New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

November 11, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The bazaar of bad dreams

November 10, 2015
King, Stephen, 1947- author.
ix, 495 pages ; 25 cm
Mile 81 -- Premium harmony -- Batman and Robin have an altercation -- The dune -- Bad little kid -- A death -- The bone church -- Morality -- Afterlife -- Ur -- Herman Wouk is still alive -- Under the weather -- Blockade Billy -- Mister Yummy -- Tommy -- The little green god of agony -- That bus is another world -- Obits -- Drunken fireworks -- Summer thunder.
"From a master of the short story, a collection that includes stories never before in print, never published in America, never collected and brand new- with the magnificent bones of interstitial autobiographical comments on when, why and how Stephen King came to write each story"-- Provided by publisher.

Dead ringers

November 9, 2015
Golden, Christopher, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
309 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"When Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband Nick on a Boston sidewalk, she's furious at him for pretending he doesn't know her. She calls his cell to have it out with him, only to discover that he's in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. But if Nick's in New Hampshire...who did she encounter on the street? Frank Lindbergh's dreams have fallen apart. He wanted to get out of the grim neighborhood where he'd grown up and out of the shadow of his alcoholic father. Now both his parents are dead and he's back in his childhood home, drinking too much himself. As he sets in motion his plans for the future, he's assaulted by an intruder in his living intruder who could be his twin. In an elegant hotel, Tess will find mystery and terror in her own reflection. Outside a famed mansion on Beacon Hill, people are infected with a diabolical malice...while on the streets, an eyeless man, dressed in rags, searches for a woman who wears Tess's face"-- Provided by publisher.

Lost souls

November 6, 2015
Patrick, Seth, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
374 pages ; 25 cm.
Reviver Jonah Miller, who is able to wake the recently dead for testimony, encounters a terrifying presence that heralds the arrival of an ancient evil--one that believes Jonah is the only thing standing in its way.

My loaded gun, my lonely heart

November 6, 2015
Rose, Martin, author.
x, 227 pages ; 23 cm
Vitus Adamson has a second chance at life now that he's no longer a zombie. But after killing his brother Jamie, Vitus lands in prison on murder charges. Jamie's death exposes secret government projects so deep in the black they cannot be seen--without Vitus, that is. Sprung from jail, the government hires Vitus to clean up Jamie's messes, but tracking down his brother's homemade monsters gone rogue is easier said than done. The first of them is a convicted killer assumed to be safely behind bars. However, it appears he is still committing murder through his victim's dreams. High on Atroxipine--the drug that once kept him functioning among the living--and lapsing into addiction, Vitus's grip on reality takes a nasty turn when his own dreams begin slipping sideways. Vitus's problems multiply as he deals with his failed friendship with wheelchair-bound officer Geoff Lafferty, his wrecked romance with the town mortician Niko, government agents working for his father, sinister figures lurking in the shadows, and, least of all, the complications of learning how to be human again.

The annotated Poe

October 28, 2015
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849, author.
xxii, 410 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm

The suffering

October 27, 2015
Chupeco, Rin, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2015]
313 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Sequel to: The girl from the well.
"When an old friend disappears in Aokigahara, Japan's infamous 'suicide forest,' Tark and the ghostly Okiku must resolve their differences and return to find her. In a strange village inside Aokigahara, old ghosts and an ancient evil lie waiting"-- Provided by publisher.

Welcome to Night Vale : a novel

October 26, 2015
Fink, Joseph (Fiction writer), author.
New York : HarperPerennial, [2015]
401 pages ; 24 cm
"From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find matter where we live. Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge. Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked "KING CITY" by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels. Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it. Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: "KING CITY". It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures...if they can ever find it."--provided by publisher.

Whispers in the night

October 23, 2015
vi, 423 pages ; 17 cm.
Summer / Tananarive Due -- Scab / Wrath James White -- And death rode with him / Anthony Beal -- Are you my daddy? / Lexi Davis -- To get bread and butter / Randy Walker -- Dream girl / Dameon Edwards -- My sister's keeper / Chesya Burke -- Wasp / Robert Fleming -- Hell is for children / Rickey Windell George -- Flight / Lawana James-Holland -- Hadley Shimmerhorn: American icon / Michael Boatman -- Nurse's requiem / Maurice Broaddus -- WET PAIN / Terence Taylor -- Taken / Tenea Johnson -- Mr. Bones / Christopher Chambers -- Rip crew / B. Gordon Doyle -- Power and purpose / L.R. Giles -- Love of a zombie is everlasting / Tish Jackson -- Ghostwriter / Brandon Massey.
Filled with unforgettable scenes of madness, ecstasy, and unspeakable tragedy, this electrifying and terrifying collection of stories takes readers into a nightmarish realm where their darkest fears become a horrifying reality.

Carter & Lovecraft

October 22, 2015
Howard, Jonathan L., author.
viii, 306 pages ; 22 cm
"Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case -- the hunt for a serial killer -- went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss. She's Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man. Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn't want to be involved, but he's beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be."-- Provided by publisher.


October 21, 2015
Wendig, Chuck, author.
New York : Saga Press, 2015.
324 pages ; 22 cm.

Songs of a dead dreamer and Grimscribe

October 16, 2015
Ligotti, Thomas, author.
New York City : Penguin Books, 2015.
xiv, 448 pages ; 20 cm.
Songs of a dead dreamer -- Grimscribe.

Seize the night : new tales of vampiric terror

October 12, 2015
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
viii, 525 pages ; 21 cm
Up in old Vermont / Scott Smith -- Something lost, something gained / Seanan McGuire -- On the dark side of Sunlight Basin / Michael Koryta -- The neighbors / Sherrilyn Kenyon -- Paper cuts / Gary A. Braunbeck -- Miss Fondevant / Charlaine Harris -- In a cavern, in a canyon / Laird Barron -- Whiskey and light / Dana Cameron -- We are all monsters here / Kelley Armstrong -- May the end be good / Tim Lebbon -- Mrs. Popkin / Dan Chaon and Lynda Barry -- Direct report / Leigh Perry -- Shadow and thirst / John Langan -- Mother / Joe McKinney -- Blood / Robert Shearman -- The yellow death / Lucy A. Snyder -- The last supper / Brian Keene -- Separator / Rio Youers -- What kept you so long? / John Ajvide Lindqvist -- Blue hell / David Wellington.
Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again.

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

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