New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

August 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Visions of skyfire : an awakening novel

August 25, 2015
Hastings, Regan.
New York : Signet Eclipse, 2011.
367 p. ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from: Visions of chains (p. [361]-367).
"Signet Eclipse paranormal romance"--Spine.
Unprepared for her power and her attraction to Rune, her Eternal protector and destined mate, witch Teresa Santiago must save the world from the forces of darkness while saving them both from being imprisoned by the government.

The reckoning

August 14, 2015
Stroud, Carsten, 1946- author.
New York : Vintage Books, A Division of Random House, [2015]
464 pages : map ; 21 cm.
The thrilling conclusion to the Niceville trilogy --From cover.
When the sun tops a nearby mountain, Tallulah's Wall, and bathes the town in soft Sothern light, Niceville exudes an almost unearthly beauty. But there's a reason why Native American tribes avoided the place: An absence, "Nothing," inhabits the air and the depthless crater atop the ancient peak, bending time and the desires of a chosen few to hear shadowy ends. As the Reckoning begins, Detective Nick Kavanaugh and his wife, Kate, a family lawyer, have accepted that reality in Niceville is not normal. Seemingly they've fought Nothing to a draw. But now a buzzing emerges in the heads of some perfectly regular folks. The boundaries between worlds are dissolving. And Nothing isn't finished.

The left-hand way

August 10, 2015
Doyle, Tom, 1964-
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
334 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tor Book."
"In The Left-Hand Way, the second book of Tom Doyle's contemporary fantasy series, the American craftsmen are scattered like bait overseas. What starts as an ordinary liaison mission to London for Major Michael Endicott becomes a desperate chase across Europe, where Endicott is both hunted and hunter. Reluctantly joining him is his minder from MI13, Commander Grace Marlow, one of Her Majesty's most lethal magician soldiers, whose family has centuries of justified hostility to the Endicotts"--provided by publisher.

Fool me once

August 10, 2015
Hockensmith, Steve.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
317 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm.

Blood call

August 4, 2015
Saintcrow, Lilith.
330 pages ; 21 cm
Anna Caldwell has spent the last few days in a blur. She's seen her brother's dead body, witnessed the shooting of innocent civilians, and been shot at herself. Now she has nowhere to turn-and only one person she can possibly call. Since Anna dumped him, it seems waiting is all Josiah Wolfe has done. Now she's calling, and she needs his help-or rather, the "talents" she once ran away from. As a liquidation agent, Josiah knows everything about getting out of tough situations. But the story Anna's stumbled into is far bigger than even Josiah suspects. Anna wants to survive, Josiah wants Anna back, and the powerful people chasing her want the only thing worth killing for--immortality. An ancient evil has been trapped, a woman is in danger, and the world is going to see just how far a liquidation agent will go...

Killing pretty

July 31, 2015
Kadrey, Richard.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
387 pages ; 19 cm.
"Sandman Slim investigates Death's death in this hip, propulsive urban fantasy through a phantasmagoric LA rife with murder, mayhem, and magic. James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he's come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death. Someone has tried to kill Death--ripping the heart right out of him--or rather the body he's inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim's help: he believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder. Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA's subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to talent agencies specializing in mad ghosts, from Weimar Republic mystical societies to sleazy supernatural underground fight and sex clubs. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl--distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes--as badass as Slim: she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world...and a few others. For years, Slim has been fighting cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, and Earth. This time, the battle is right here on the gritty streets of the City of Angels, where a very clever, very ballsy killer lies in wait"-- Provided by publisher.

The way of sorrows

July 31, 2015
Steele, Jon, 1950-
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2015]
xxii, 486 pages ; 24 cm
"The Angelus trilogy, part 3"--Title page.

The veil

July 31, 2015
Neill, Chloe.
New York : New American Library, 2015.
335 pages ; 21 cm.
"A brand new series from New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill. Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle. Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she's a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil's Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused. Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack--in full view of the French Quarter--Liam decides to bring her to Devil's Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn't the same as keeping her out of his head. But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn.."-- Provided by publisher.

Enchantress of Paris

July 31, 2015
Jefferson, Marci.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 319 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel of the Sun King's court"--Cover.
"The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini's birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Nonetheless, Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the opulent French court, where the forbidden occult arts thrive in secret. In France, Marie discovers that her powerful uncle rules, using Marie's sister Olympia to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall. Desperate to avoid her mother's dying wish that she spend her life in a convent, Marie burns her grimoire, trading Italian superstitions for polite sophistication. As her star rises, King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie's charm. Sensing a chance to grab even greater power, Cardinal Mazarin pits the sisters against each other, showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his will. Disgusted by Mazarin's ruthlessness, Marie rebels. She sacrifices everything, but exposing Mazarin's darkest secret threatens to tear France apart. When even King Louis' love fails to protect Marie, she must summon her powers of divination. Fraught with conspiracy and passion, Enchantress of Paris is a captivating historical novel about a woman whose love was more powerful than magic"--Publisher.

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.

Hot spell

July 15, 2015
New York : Berkley Pub., 2006.
344 pages ; 17 cm
Originally published: New York : Berkley Pub., ©2005.
The countess's pleasure / Emma Holly -- The breed next door / Lora Leigh -- Falling for Anthony / Meljean Brook -- The blood kiss / Shiloh Walker.
An original anthology of paranormal romance tales features Emma Holly's The Countess's Dancing Boy, about a love affair between a lonely widowed countess and a demon; The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh; Shiloh Walker's The Blood Kiss; and Meljean Brook's Falling for Anthony, in which a childhood friend comes back from the dead to protect her brother from evil. Original.

The witch of Bourbon Street : [a novel]

June 30, 2015
Palmieri, Suzanne.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
ix, 324 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"Situated deep in the Louisiana bayou is the formerly opulent Sorrow Estate. Once home to a magical family-the Sorrows-it now sits in ruins, ever since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. Now the ghosts of girls in white dresses shift in and out of view, stuck in time as they live out the past on repeat. When Frances Green Sorrow is born carrying the "signs" of the so-called chosen one, it is believed she will bring her family back from the brink of obscurity, finally resurrecting the glory of what it once was and setting the Sorrows ghosts free. But Frances is no savior. Fleeing from heartbreak, she seeks solace in the seductive chaos of New Orleans, only to end up married too young in an attempt to live an ordinary life. When her marriage falls apart shortly after having a son, she returns home again-alone-just out of reach from the prying eyes of her family. But when her son disappears, she is forced to rejoin the world she left behind, exposing her darkest secret in order to find him and discovering the truth of what really happened that fateful year in the process. Set amidst the colorful charm of The French Quarter and remote bayous of Tivoli Parish, Louisiana, Suzanne Palmieri's The Witch of Bourbon Street is a story of family, redemption, and forgiveness. Because sometimes, the most important person you have to forgive.... is yourself"-- Provided by publisher.

Wicked charms

June 17, 2015
Evanovich, Janet, author.
New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
308 pages ; 25 cm.
"Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier 'Peg Leg' Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate's treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice--the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas. or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine. Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren't the only ones searching for the lost pirate's chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel's deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It's hard to say how far he's willing to go to gain either one. Wicked Charms is a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they're living a charmed life"-- Provided by publisher.

Vermilion : the adventures of Lou Merriwether, psychopomp

June 8, 2015
Tanzer, Molly, author.
376 pages ; 23 cm
"Gunslinging, chain smoking, Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp, Elouise "Lou" Merriwether might not be a normal 19-year-old, but she's too busy keeping San Francisco safe from ghosts, shades, and geung si to care much about that. It's an important job, though most folks consider it downright spooky. Some have even accused Lou of being more comfortable with the dead than the living, and, well... they're not wrong. When Lou hears that a bunch of Chinatown boys have gone missing somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies she decides to saddle up and head into the wilderness to investigate. Lou fears her particular talents make her better suited to help placate their spirits than ensure they get home alive, but it's the right thing to do, and she's the only one willing to do it. On the road to a mysterious sanatorium known as Fountain of Youth, Lou will encounter bears, desperate men, a very undead villain, and even stranger challenges. Lou will need every one of her talents and a whole lot of luck to make it home alive...."--Page [4] of cover.

Eighth grave after dark

May 18, 2015
Jones, Darynda, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
viii, 293 pages ; 25 cm
"Bonus chapter inside only in the print edition"--Cover.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Charley Davidson has enough going on without having to worry about twelve hellhounds hot on her trail. She is, after all, incredibly pregnant and feeling like she could pop at any moment. But, just her luck, twelve deadly beasts from hell have chosen this time to escape onto our plane, and they've made Charley their target. And so she takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can't get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. Of course, if hellhounds aren't enough, Charley also has a new case to hold her attention: the decades-old murder of a newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows of the convent"--Dust jacket flap.

Love is red : a novel

May 13, 2015
Jaff, Sophie, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This electrifying, stunningly written debut opens with a killer preying on the women of New York City, but as the body count rises over the course of a summer it becomes clear that he is being driven by something beyond our comprehension--igniting a trilogy that brings a darkly sophisticated twist to the epic fantasy of Deborah Harkness, Lev Grossman, and Diana Gabaldon"-- Provided by publisher.

The silver witch

April 22, 2015
Brackston, Paula, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
308 pages ; 25 cm
"Thomas Dunne Books."
"A novel"--Cover.
A "tale of love and magic"-- Provided by publisher.

The Vorrh : a novel

April 21, 2015
Catling, B. (Brian)
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2015.
500 pages ; 21 cm
"A Vintage original"--Title page verso.
"The Vorrh follows a brilliant cast of characters through a parallel Africa where fact, fiction, and fantasy collide. Tsungali, a native marksman conscripted by the colonial authorities--against whom he once led a revolt--is on the hunt for an English bowman named Williams. Williams has made it his mission to become the first human to traverse the Vorrh, a vast forest at the edge of the colonial city of Essenwald. The Vorrh is endless, eternal; a place of demons and angels. Sentient, oppressive, and magical, the Vorrh can bend time and wipe a person's memory. Between the hunter and the hunted are Ishmael, a curious and noble Cyclops raised by Bakelite robots; the evil Dr. Hoffman, who punishes the son of a servant by surgically inverting his hands; and the slave owner MacLeish, who drives his workers to insanity, only to pay the ultimate price. Along with these fictional creations, Brian Catling mixes in historical figures, including surrealist Raymond Roussel and photographer and Edward Muybridge. In this author's hands none of this seems exotic or fantastical. It all simply is"-- Provided by publisher.

The curse of Anne Boleyn : a novel

April 21, 2015
Humphreys, C. C. (Chris C.)
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
404 pages ; 23 cm
Nearly twenty years have passed since Anne Boleyn died at the hands of her slayer and savior, Jean Rombaud. All he wants is to forget his sword-wielding days and live happily with his family. Yet her distinctive six-fingered hand, stolen at her death--and all the dark power it represents--still compels evil men to seek it out.

Things half in shadow : a novel

March 31, 2015
Finn, Alan.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
ix, 436 pages ; 21 cm
"Postbellum America makes for a haunting backdrop in this historical and supernatural tale of moonlit cemeteries, masked balls, cunning mediums, and terrifying secrets waiting to be unearthed by an intrepid crime reporter. The year is 1869, and the Civil War haunts the city of Philadelphia like a stubborn ghost. Mothers in black continue to mourn their lost sons. Photographs of the dead adorn dim sitting rooms. Maimed and broken men roam the streets. One of those men is Edward Clark, who is still tormented by what he saw during the war. Also constantly in his thoughts is another, more distant tragedy--the murder of his mother at the hands of his father, the famed magician Magellan Holmes...a crime that Edward witnessed when he was only ten. Now a crime reporter for one of the city's largest newspapers, Edward is asked to use his knowledge of illusions and visual trickery to expose the influx of mediums that descended on Philadelphia in the wake of the war. His first target is Mrs. Lucy Collins, a young widow who uses old-fashioned sleight of hand to prey on grieving families. Soon, Edward and Lucy become entwined in the murder of Lenora Grimes Pastor, the city's most highly regarded--and by all accounts, legitimate--medium, who dies mid-seance. With their reputations and livelihoods at risk, Edward and Lucy set out to find the real killer, and in the process unearth a terrifying hive of secrets that reaches well beyond Mrs. Pastor. Blending historical detail with flights of fancy, Things Half in Shadow is a riveting thriller where Medium and The Sixth Sense meet The Alienist--and where nothing is quite as it seems.."-- Provided by publisher.

Throne of darkness : a novel

March 26, 2015
Nicholas, Douglas, author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2015.
336 pages ; 21 cm
"Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, this novel from acclaimed author Douglas Nicholas continues the gripping dark fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews describes as "a more profound Harry Potter for adults." It's 1215 in northwest England--the eve of the signing of the Magna Carta--and mystical Irish queen Maeve and her unlikely band of warriors must protect the region from a chilling fate. Word of a threat reaches the Northern barons: King John has plotted to import an African sorcerer and his sinister clan of blacksmiths, whose unearthly powers may spell destruction for the entire kingdom. Along with her lover, Jack, her gifted niece, Nemain, and Nemain's newlywed husband, Hob (whose hidden talents will soon be revealed), Maeve must overcome a supernatural threat unlike any she's seen before. With his characteristic blend of historical adventure and intoxicating mythological elements, Nicholas once again "goes for the throat...with brilliant writing and whip-smart plotting" (New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry). This is a richly woven tale that will leave you hungry for more"-- Provided by publisher.

The shadows : a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

March 25, 2015
Ward, J. R., 1969-
New York : New American Library, [2015]
xiii, 576 pages ; 24 cm.
"Two brothers bound by more than blood discover a conspiracy that will change their destiny in the astonishing all-new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the "frighteningly addictive" (Publishers Weekly) series by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward"-- Provided by publisher.

The dangers of dating a rebound vampire

March 17, 2015
Harper, Molly, author.
New York : Pocket Books, 2015.
339 pages ; 17 cm
Includes an excerpt from: The care and feeding of stray vampires (unpaged).
"A Half Moon Hollow novel"--Cover.
"Is he or isn't he? Vampires make it hard to know... With a vampire sister and brother-in-law, Gladiola Grace Scanlon--Gigi for short--is used to the ways of vampires, but this is different. For five hot months, she has wondered (and fantasized) about a mystery vampire who seems to fade in and out of her life--appearing and disappearing--in a way that's downright uncanny. Not to mention "The Kiss," the one that nearly stopped her heart. Now he seems gone for good, but dreaming of such delicious undead goodness is still just what a mortal girl needs to help her get over her all-too-human ex-boyfriend. Until Mr. Tall, Blond, and Bite-y turns out to be Nikolai Dragomirov, a friend of her brother-in-law. Nik denies every meeting her, leaving Gigi unsure whether to be insulted or suspicious. Did their stupendous kiss mean so little to him? Or does Nik's lack of memory point to something more sinister--something supernatural? She'd like to play it safe by remaining aloof, but her heart seems to have other plans for her and this rebound vampire"--Page [4] of cover.

The witch of painted sorrows : a novel

March 13, 2015
Rose, M. J., 1953-
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
366 pages ; 24 cm
Paris, 1894. Sandrine Salome flees New York and her treacherous husband to find shelter in Paris with her grandmother, but as she settles in and pursues new passions, it's unclear whether she or an infamous ancestral witch is driving the changes.

Vision in silver

February 27, 2015
Bishop, Anne.
New York : Roc, [2015]
400 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"The New York Times bestselling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest-where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price... The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before-both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn's help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him. Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon's only hope of ending the conflict. For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon's doorstep..."-- Provided by publisher.

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