New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

October 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


October 26, 2016
Himmer, Steve, author.
211 pages ; 22 cm
"After an aimless life, Martin Blaskett is ready to settle down, unaware of the tension rising in his new town from unknowable forces. When he draws the attention of a shape-shifter from local legend, his world is shaken, and he is led across the hazy border of the feral wilderness with a tempestuous history."--Provided by publisher.

Ghost times two

October 26, 2016
Hart, Carolyn G., author.
292 pages ; 24 cm
"Bailey Ruth Raeburn's latest mission is to guide the happy-go-lucky spirit of a deceased young man named Jimmy to the next life. But Jimmy is determined to watch over his still-living girlfriend Megan, whom he wants to be happy even without him--which is easier said than done. As if being haunted by her late boyfriend wasn't enough, Megan is dealing with an arrogant, manipulative senior partner who threatens to fire Megan's vulnerable secretary if Megan accepts a partnership at another law firm. She's in an impossible bind. Since Jimmy refuses to move on while Megan is being blackmailed, Bailey Ruth agrees to help him. But after the partner turns up dead and Megan is found at the crime scene, Bailey Ruth and Jimmy have to find a way to uncover a killer before the love of Jimmy's life is ordered to spend a lifetime behind bars.."-- Provided by publisher.

Ofrenda a la tormenta

October 26, 2016
Redondo, Dolores, 1969- author.
542 pages ; 23 cm
"In Pamplona, capital of Navarra, Amaia Salazar is called in to investigate the death of a still-born baby girl and the arrest of the child's father. According to the grandmother of the family, the father tried to run away with the body of the baby while uttering some strange sayings about an offering. The baby has some red marks on her face that indicate that she has been murdered. The grandmother also talks about a magical creature: an nightmarish evil being that immobilizes people and prevents them from waking up after their sleep. It is the Inguma, the one who takes your life away while you are asleep. The investigation of this case will take Amaia and her team to discover some procedural irregularities in similar cases that occurred in the nearby valley of Batzán many years ago and that reveal an unusually high number of cases for such a small area. Meanwhile, the murderer Berasategui, who is transferred to another prison by judge Marquina, is found dead in his cell due to a drug-induced coma, dome with somebody else's help. OFFERING TO THE STORM is a gripping and hair-rising thriller in which the plot accelerates towards a surprising ending in which Amaia must face the true origin of the events that have ravaged the Baztan valley for years. Even if an impressive snowstorm tries to bury the most devastating truth."--Author's website.

Conspiracy of ravens

October 25, 2016
Bowen, Lila, author.
New York : Orbit, 2016.
359 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"The sequel to Wake of Vultures, where a rich, secret world is hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling. A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life. When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?"-- Provided by publisher.

Immortal nights

October 19, 2016
Sands, Lynsay. author.
375 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes and excerpt from "Falling for the Highlander" ©2017
An impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity. Abigail Forsythe's life hasn't been easy lately. Still, if there's one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it's a naked man locked in a plane's cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival ... a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch. Tomasso Notte knows he's found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They're miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso's abilities, or of how intensely pleasureable their unique connection can be. But he's about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night.

The motion of puppets

October 19, 2016
Donohue, Keith, author.
260 pages ; 25 cm
"In the Old City of Québec, Kay Harper falls in love with a puppet in the window of the Quatre Mains, a toy shop that is never open. She is spending her summer working as an acrobat with the cirque while her husband, Theo, is translating a biography of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Late one night, Kay fears someone is following her home. Surprised to see that the lights of the toy shop are on and the door is open, she takes shelter inside. The next morning Theo wakes up to discover his wife is missing. Under police suspicion and frantic at her disappearance, he obsessively searches the streets of the Old City. Meanwhile, Kay has been transformed into a puppet, and is now a prisoner of the back room of the Quatre Mains, trapped with an odd assemblage of puppets from all over the world who can only come alive between the hours of midnight and dawn. The only way she can return to the human world is if Theo can find her and recognize her in her new form. So begins a dual odyssey: of a husband determined to find his wife, and of a woman trapped in a magical world where her life is not her own"--Provided by publisher.

Otherworld chills : final tales of the otherworld

October 17, 2016
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
457 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in Canada by Random House, 2015"--Title page verso.
Brazen -- Chaotic -- Amityville horrible -- Sorry seems to be the hardest word -- Off-duty angel -- The puppy plan -- Baby boom.
In the final installment of the Otherworld anthology series, Armstrong brings the clever wit, dark twists and intense suspense her readers have come to expect.

The apartment : a novel

October 17, 2016
Grey, S. L., author.
272 pages ; 21 cm
"A Blumhouse Books/Anchor Books horror original."--Cover.
"Mark and Steph have a relatively happy family with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town until one day when armed men in balaclavas break in to their home. Left traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal and live in constant fear. When a friend suggests a restorative vacation abroad via a popular house swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan. They find a genial, artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. Mark and Steph can't resist the idyllic, light-strewn pictures, and the promise of a romantic getaway. But once they arrive in Paris, they quickly realize that nothing is as advertised. When their perfect holiday takes a violent turn, the cracks in their marriage grow ever wider and dark secrets from Mark's past begin to emerge." --

Putting on the witch

October 17, 2016
Lavene, Joyce, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
292 pages ; 18 cm.
Excited to finally attend the exclusive Witches Ball, Molly and Elsie find their enchanting time marred by murder, and, with the whole place on lockdown, an angry council and a real Spanish Inquisitor breathing down their necks, they must move fast to conjure up a cunning killer.


October 14, 2016
Winters, Cat, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
370, 14 pages ; 21 cm
Includes P.S. insights, interviews & more.
In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.

Race the darkness

October 13, 2016
Roads, Abbie, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
345 pages ; 18 cm
"Fatal dreams series" --Backcover.
"Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn't have to question you--he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night--the voice of a woman begging him to save her. Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except... there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy."--Provided by publisher.

All your wishes

October 11, 2016
Adams, Cat, author.
332 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book".
"A blood singer novel" --Cover.
A client begs Celia Graves to help return a genie to his bottle. The attempt makes Celia a target for the currently incorporeal ifrit. If she doesn't give him her body, he'll kill everyone she loves. If she does, he'll use her physical form to free thousands of evil djinn. Celia's not going to hand over her body, but her client tries to trick her into it -- so that he can kill the ifrit while it's trapped in her flesh. That doesn't end well for the client. Celia might not get paid for the gig, but she's got to get the ifrit re-bottled before all hell breaks loose -- possibly literally!

The fall of the House of Cabal

October 7, 2016
Howard, Jonathan L., author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xii, 371 pages ; 22 cm.
"Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal--a cure for death. The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before. The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance, comrades for the coming travails. Assisted--ably and otherwise--by his vampiric brother Horst and by the kindly accompaniment of a criminologist and a devil, they will encounter ruins and diableries, mystery and murder, the depths of the lowest pit and a city of horrors. London, to be exact. Yet even though Cabal has risked such peril believing he understands the dangers he faces, he is still underestimating them. He is walking into a trap of such arcane complexity that even the one who drew him there has no idea of its true terrors. As it closes slowly and subtly around them, it may be that there will be no survivors at all"-- Provided by publisher.

Darkest journey

October 3, 2016
Graham, Heather, author.
315 pages ; 25 cm.
"They say it's about the journey, not the destination ...Charlene "Charlie" Moreau is back in St. Francisville, Louisiana, to work on a movie. One night, she stumbles across the body of a Civil War reenactor, the second murdered in two days. Charlie is shocked to learn that her father--a guide on the Journey, a historic paddle wheeler that's sponsoring the reenactment--is a suspect. Meanwhile, Ethan Delaney, new to the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, is brought in on the case. He and Charlie have a history of their own, dating back to when he rescued her from a graveyard--led there by a Confederate ghost! Charlie arranges a Mississippi River cruise so she and Ethan can get close to the reenactors, find out who knows what, who has a motive. They discover a lot more as they resume the relationship that ended ten years ago ... but might die, along with them, on the Journey."--Provided by publisher.

Shadow silence

October 3, 2016
Galenorn, Yasmine, 1961- author.
New York : Jove Book published by Berkley an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
298 pages ; 18 cm.
"A Whisper Hollow novel"--Cover.
Kerris Fellwater is a spirit shaman. She makes certain the restless spirits of Whisper Hallow, Washington stay in their graves. She and her mate Bryan must work together to save her friend Peggin from a cuse solve a dark and violent mystery from the past.

The dark army

September 30, 2016
Delaney, Joseph, 1945- author.
xv, 394 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: A new darkness.
"First published in 2016 in Great Britain by The Bodley Head, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, under the title The Starblade Chronicles: A Dark Army."
Tom Ward is now Spook of the county, and with his apprentice, Jenny, he continues the fight against boggarts, witches and terrifying new creatures of the dark. Along with the witch assassin, Grimalkin, Tom and Jenny lead an army into battle against a dangerous enemy -- but it all goes catastrophically wrong. The situation seems hopeless until Alice, Tom's lost love and a powerful witch, appears. But Alice had turned to the dark: can Tom trust her now? -- from

Dead souls : a novel

September 29, 2016
Fenn, J. Lincoln, author.
341 pages ; 21 cm
"When Fiona Quinn is approached in a bar by a man who calls himself Scratch and claims he's the devil, she figures it's just some kind of post-modern ironic pickup line. But since he offers to pick up the tab, what the hell. A few drinks in, Scratch offers something much stranger--a wish in exchange for her immortal soul. Fiona has been wondering if her boyfriend is having an affair. What if she could become invisible, see what he's really up to? It can be done, but for a price--in addition to her soul, Fiona must perform a special favor for Scratch whenever the time comes. Fiona finds the whole thing so hilarious that she agrees. Bad idea."-- Provided by publisher.

Blood Red Kiss

September 28, 2016
532 pages ; 17 cm
The warlord wants forever / Kresley Cole ; Forsaken by night / Larissa Ione ; Dark swan / Gena Showalter.
The vampire Nikolai Wroth will stop at nothing to find his bride, the one woman who can make his heart beat again. He can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted, a beautiful Valkyrie, awakens him, body and soul. She has eluded him for years, but he finally has power over her. Now, he will make her pay for the agonizing lust she subjected him to for half a decade...But is it really a punishment for Myst, or a fulfillment of her own deepest wants?

The family plot

September 28, 2016
Priest, Cherie, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
365 pages ; 22 cm
Dahlia Dutton's father is thrilled when the aged and esteemed Augusta Winthrow appears in his office and makes a deal for his company, Music City Salvage, to take over and liquidate her massive family estate in Chattanooga. He gives the job to Dahlia, who gathers a crew and a couple of trucks and heads for the estate--an ancient house, a barn, a carriage house, and a small, overgrown cemetery that Augusta Winthrow left out of the paperwork. She left out a lot of things. Although in unusually great shape, the empty house is harboring something angry and lost, and this is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever. After all, there's still room in the strange little family plot. -- adapted from book jacket.

Witch's pyre

September 28, 2016
Angelini, Josephine, author.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2016.
376 pages ; 22 cm.
Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, and has chosen to face battle again. And after her recent losses and betrayal, she has learned more about grief than she ever wanted to know. Thrust once again into a strange society, Lily is determined to find a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices, and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian's side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Twilight dreams

September 12, 2016
Ashley, Amanda, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
327 pages ; 18 cm
"Holly Parrish has never met anyone like Micah Ravenwood: his dark eyes, his movie-star smile, the indefinable way he looks at her. Even when she thought he was no more than another client for her investment firm, her lust overpowered her logic. But she never expected this attraction to whisk her from her busy southern California life to a silent and eerie ghost town in Wyoming. Only vampires call the deserted place home--and one of them is Micah. He says he's brought her to Morgan Creek for her safety, that vicious creatures are hunting her. But how can Holly trust him? One look and she can see the need barely restrained behind Micah's polite words. The heat of his kiss, the pleasure of his touch--none of it can tell her whether he wants her as his lover--or his prey." -- Provided by publisher.

Deja who

September 12, 2016
Davidson, MaryJanice, author.
xii, 287 pages ; 21 cm.
"An Insighter novel"--Cover.
You couldn't arrest for murder someone who had killed in his last life. You couldn't bring a civil suit against such people, either. They could only be legally penalized for what they did this time around--and what a dark circus the legal system had been before that legislation passed! (It was still a dark circus, but perhaps not as dark.) But you could spot them, and watch them. You could set traps for them. Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients' pasts are a mess, Leah's is nothing short of tragedy. She's been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it'll happen again. Leah wants to know who's been following her through time, and who's been stalking her in the present... P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah's mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again. Now going full-on "rewind," Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she's grown fond of this life--and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone.

Gods of Nabban

September 12, 2016
Johansen, K. V. (Krista V.), 1968- author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2016.
575 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
Sequel to The Lady.
"The fugitive slave Ghu has ended the assassin Ahjvar's century-long possession by a murderous and hungry ghost, but at great cost. Heir of the dying gods of Nabban, he is drawn back to the empire he fled as a boy, journeying east on the caravan road with Ahjvar at his side. Haunted by memory of those he has slain, Ahjvar is ill in mind and body, a danger to those about him and to the man who loves him most of all. Tortured by violent nightmares, he believes himself mad. Only his determination not to leave Ghu to face his fate alone keeps Ahjvar from asking to be freed at last from his unnatural life. Innocent and madman, god and assassin --two men to seize an empire from the tyrannical descendants of the devil Yeh-Lin. But in war-torn Nabban, enemies of gods and humans stir in the shadows. Yeh-Lin herself meddles with the heir of her enemies and his soul-shattered companion, as the fate of the empire rests on their shoulders"-- Provided by publisher.

My wild Irish dragon

September 12, 2016
Chase, Ashlyn, author.
342 pages ; 18 cm.
"Dragon shifter Chloe Arish is hell-bent on becoming a Boston firefighter. She uses her Irish charm and fake documents to score an interview, knowing she has to work every bit as hard as a man--harder if she wants their respect. Born into a legendary Boston firefighting family, phoenix shifter Ryan Fierro can't possibly let someone best him on the training course or the job. He'd never hear the end of it. When a feisty new recruit comes along who's determined to do just that, Ryan plots to kick her out--until their sizzling chemistry turns explosive..."--Page 4 of cover.

Hot flashes/cold cases

August 31, 2016
Hawley, Sue, author.
Bloomington, IN : Archway Publishing, [2016]
281 pages ; 23 cm
A middle-aged woman struggling through menopause begins to see and interact with murdered spirits, who want her to help solve their cold case murders.

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