New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

April 17, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bad teeth

April 16, 2014
Long, Dustin, 1977-
Boston : New Harvest, [2014].
306 pages ; 22 cm
"Four interlocking narratives unfurl in four American cities, creating a richly comic feast about love, academia, an elusive Tibetan novelist who might be a plagiarist, and SOFA, a protest group so mysterious its very initials are open to interpretation. Bad Teeth follows a cast of young literary men and women in four very American cities--Brooklyn, Bloomington, Berkeley, and Bakersfield. It's four (or more) books in one, a Pynchonesque treat: a bohemian satire, a campus comedy, a stoner's reverie, and a quadruple love story. Its wonderfully evoked storylines of young writers--each in a period of formation--collect around the search for one mysterious author--"the Tibetan David Foster Wallace," who might in fact be a plagiarist. This delightful and complex literary novel is a comic gem"-- Provided by publisher.

The revolutions

March 31, 2014
Gilman, Felix.
New York : Tor, 2014.
413 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A novel"--Jacket.
"In 1893, young journalist Arthur Shaw is at work ... when the Great Storm hits London, wreaking unprecedented damage. In its aftermath, Arthur's newspaper closes, owing him money, and all his debts come due at once ... At one of [his fiancée Josephine's occult society] meetings, Arthur is given a job lead for what seems to be accounting work, but at a salary many times what any clerk could expect. The work is long and peculiar, as the workers spend all day performing unnerving calculations that make them hallucinate or even go mad, but the money is compelling. Things are beginning to look up when the perils of dabbling in the esoteric suddenly come to a head: a war breaks out between competing magical societies"--Dust jacket flap.

The midnight witch

March 20, 2014
Brackston, Paula.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2014.
341 pages ; 25 cm
"When the sixth Duke of Radnor dies, his hapless son, Freddie, takes on his title, but it is his daughter, Lilith, who inherits his role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. Raised as a witch, instructed in the art of necromancy, Lilith faces a daunting future, for the coven is threatened by a powerful group of sorcerers, the Sentinels. Nicholas Stricklend, a powerful force in the British government, is the Sentinel charged with wresting the Elixir from Lilith, and he cares not who he must crush in order to succeed. As a society beauty, engaged to another titled witch, and with a grieving mother and an unstable brother to look after, Lilith struggles to maintain her two very different existences. When she meets and falls in love with the talented artist Bram Cardale, she can no longer keep her life as a witch hidden, and she must choose between her loyalty to the coven, her duty to her family, and her love for Bram, or risk destroying everything she holds dear. Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could--with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has sold more than 130,000 copies in all formats. The Midnight Witch is another enchanting tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a decadent and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine for which readers will cheer"-- Provided by publisher.

The king

March 20, 2014
Ward, J. R., 1969-
New York : New American Library, 2014.
xiii, 573 pages ; 24 cm.
"After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle--with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sits heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything--and everyone--at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated with the last pure-blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she's unprepared for Wrath's response--or the distance it creates between them. The question is, will true love win out...or will tortured legacy take over?"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder of crows

February 27, 2014
Bishop, Anne.
New York, New York : ROC, [2014].
354 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard--Lakeside's shape-shifting leader--wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat. As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet--and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all"-- Provided by publisher.

White hot kiss

February 26, 2014
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2014]
392 pages ; 22 cm.
"The Dark elements" -- Cover.

The winter people

February 7, 2014
McMahon, Jennifer, author.
Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2014.
317 pages ; 25 cm
West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara's fate, she discovers that she's not the only person who's desperately looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

Up from the grave

January 31, 2014
Frost, Jeaniene.
372 pages ; 17 cm.

Wild things : a Chicagolands vampires novel

January 23, 2014
Neill, Chloe.
New York, New York : New American Library, 2014.
pages cm
"Since Merit was turned into a vampire and became the protector of Chicago's Cadogan House, it's been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan's vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead--or both. But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit's closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who--or what--could possibly be powerful enough to outmagic a shifter? Merit is about to go toe-to-toe, and cold steel-to-cold heart, to find out"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark bites

January 21, 2014
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
561 pages ; 25 cm
House of the rising son -- Phantom lover -- Winter born -- A dark-hunter Christmas -- Until death we do part -- A hard day's night searcher -- Shadow of the Moon -- Fear the darkness -- Where angels fear to tread -- Love bytes -- Santa wears spurs -- Redemption: a bonus scene from The guardian.
The complete collection of short stories written for the Dark-Hunter series includes "Phantom Lover" and "Love Bytes" as well as a new, previously unreleased title and tales that have only been published exclusively on the author's website.

The vanishing

January 16, 2014
Webb, Wendy (Wendy K.)
New York : Hyperion, 2014.
290 pages : illustration ; 21cm
Includes reading group guide.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead. When she arrives at the Sinclairs' enormous estate on Lake Superior, Julia begins to suspect that there may be sinister undercurrents to her "too-good-to-be-true" position. As Julia delves into the reasons of why Amaris chose to abandon her successful writing career and withdraw from the public eye, her search leads to unsettling connections to her own family tree, making her wonder why she really was invited to Havenwood in the first place, and what monstrous secrets are still held prisoner within its walls"-- Provided by publisher.

The Rome prophecy

January 15, 2014
Christer, Sam, 1957-
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014.
375 pages ; 24 cm
"Praised by critics and readers alike for his international bestseller The Stonehenge Legacy, Sam Christer continues to weave an irresistible plot of conspiracies and murder in one of the world's most captivating cities. A woman has been arrested in the streets of Rome. She's young. She's beautiful. She's covered in blood. And she claims to be an ancient prophet in search of a mystical amulet hidden somewhere within the city. Ex-priest Tom Shaman teams up with a headstrong policewoman to unravel the mystery. But within Rome's churches and corridors of power, stealthy enemies are conspiring against them. And soon, the woman's deadly visions begin to come true. Tightly plotted and relentlessly suspenseful, The Rome Prophecy is a satisfying, electrifying thriller, which will continue to build Christer's name in the hit-thriller genre"-- Provided by publisher.

Heart of stone

January 14, 2014
Warren, Christine.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2014.
297 p. ; 18 cm.
"First in a new series!"--Cover.
Awoken from his eternal sleep by Ella, a mere mortal, gargoyle Kees, one of a group of supernatural guardians created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark, discovers that she is the key to uncovering his new mission.

Ashes to ashes

January 13, 2014
Walker, Melissa (Melissa Carol), 1977-
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
325 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Callie McPhee, a ghost existing in The Prism between Earth and the next dimension, is torn between Nick, the boyfriend she left behind when she died, and Thatcher, the spirit who is teaching her how to haunt.

Fury of the demon

January 6, 2014
Rowland, Diana, 1966-
New York, NY : Daw Books, c2014.
484 p. ; 18 cm.
Returning to Earth to find a kidnapped summoner protégé, Louisiana homicide detective and demon summoner Kara Gillian teams up with two FBI agents and a brilliant young computer expert to find the truth.

Cursed in the act

January 6, 2014
Buckland, Raymond.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
295 pages ; 21 cm.

Not your ordinary wolf girl

January 3, 2014
Pohl-Weary, Emily.
Las Vegas, NV : SkyScape, c2013.
217 p. ; 22 cm.
When teenage rock star Sam Lee is bitten by a strange creature in Central Park, she discovers she is turning into a werewolf, and must unravel the mystery of the supernatural world before her bandmates and the media find out.

Dark Wolf

December 27, 2013
Feehan, Christine.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
418 pages : illustrations, map, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Already tasked with shielding half of his soul, Skyler must save Carpathian Dimitri after he is marked for extermination by the Lycans.

3 gates of the dead

December 3, 2013
Ryan, Jonathan, author.
Los Angeles, CA : Premier Digital Publishing, [2013]
311 pages ; 22 cm
After learning that his ex-fiancée is the first victim in a string of ritualistic killings, Aidan Schaeffer, a young assistant pastor, throws himself into the murder investigation. Aidan is conflicted by his faith, tormented by demonic threats, and haunted by spirits. Supernatural forces have begun to attack the people around him, and as the gruesome rituals escalate, ancient hidden secrets and an evil long buried threaten to rip Aidan's world apart.

A potion to die for

December 3, 2013
Blake, Heather.
New York, New York : Obsidian, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2013]
327 pages ; 18 cm
After Carly Bell Hartwell finds a dead man clutching one of the bottles from her magic potion shop, she soon finds herself the object of a witch hunt.

Life's a witch

November 22, 2013
Geragotelis, Brittany, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2013]
314 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally self-published as an e-book, 2011.
Popular high schooler Hadley Bishop, a descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem witch trials, must face down an evil, supernatural presence from the past.

Alice in Zombieland

November 19, 2013
Showalter, Gena.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin Teen, [2013], c2012.
404 p. ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion with the author.
Alice Bell must learn to fight the undead to avenge her family and learn to trust Cole Holland who has secrets of his own.

World after

November 19, 2013
Ee, Susan, author.
New York : Skyscape, [2013]
315 pages ; 21 cm.

Dead set : a novel

November 4, 2013
Kadrey, Richard, author.
New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2013]
307 pages ; 19 cm
Subtitle from dust jacket.
After the death of her father, Zoe, escaping from life, loses herself in a dreamscape until a chance encounter at a used record store opens up a portal to the world of the restless dead, forcing her to decide just how far she is willing to go to see her father again.

Darkness splintered : a dark angels novel

November 4, 2013
Arthur, Keri, author.
New York, New York : Signet, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2013.
394 pages ; 18 cm.
"Signet Eclipse fantasy"--Spine.
Risa has angered several powerful people, and she's starting to feel the pressure from all sides. She also finds herself under the scrutiny of the vampire council, some of whom consider her a monster who should be destroyed. But they offer her a bloody bargain: Take on the lethal head of the council and others will support her. As the search for the keys to hell heats up, Risa realizes that she has no choice. For the sake of the people she loves, she must find the keys and get rid of Hunter before the next gate is opened and brings the world closer to all hell breaking loose.

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