New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

April 23, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Witch upon a star : a midnight magic mystery

February 27, 2015
Harlow, Jennifer, 1983-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
303 pages ; 20 cm
"As a child, Anna Olmstead is rescued from her life of poverty and drugs by a vampire named Asher. She grows to love Asher, first as a father and later as a lover. While Anna wants to settle down, Asher wants a more voyeuristic, party-driven lifestyle. When Anna leaves him, Asher does everything he can to bring her back to him--including murder. Even as she finally escapes and starts a new life with a special agent of the F.R.E.A.K.S., Asher makes a new move to kidnap Anna and her children. This time, she may not be able to escape him"--Publisher.

Werewolf cop : a novel

February 27, 2015
Klavan, Andrew, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
296 pages ; 24 cm
Zach Adams is one of the best detectives in the country. Nicknamed Cowboy, he's a soft-spoken homicide detective from Houston known for his integrity and courage under fire. He serves on a federal task force that has a single mission: to hunt down Dominic Abend, a European gangster who has taken over the American underworld.

Dark debt : a Chicagoland vampires novel

February 26, 2015
Neill, Chloe.
New York : New American Library, [2015]
383 pages ; 21 cm.
"A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan's dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don't know whether he's friend or foe. But they'll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City. At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs.... The connections to Chicago's Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last"--Publisher.

The devil's detective : a novel

February 25, 2015
Unsworth, Simon Kurt, 1972-
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
289 pages ; 25 cm

The Eterna files

February 19, 2015
Hieber, Leanna Renee.
New York : Tor, 2015.
319 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

The cat, the devil, the last escape

February 9, 2015
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
313 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana.
"The next new novel from critically acclaimed author, Shirley Rousseau Murphy. While in prison Morgan makes fast friends with an old con named Lee Fontana and together they plan an elaborate escape in an attempt to clear Morgan's name for good, if they can outsmart the Devil one more time.."-- Provided by publisher.

Hunger's mate

February 2, 2015
Arthur, Artist C., author.
©2015
vii, 339 pages ; 18 cm.

Black dog summer : a novel

February 2, 2015
Sherry, Miranda.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
246 pages ; 24 cm

Casually cursed

January 28, 2015
Frost, Kimberly, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
344 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Would-be witch (pages [335]-344).
"Tammy Jo rarely sets a toe outside Texas, but when she learns her mother is in trouble, Tammy is determined to save her--even if it means going to hell and back... Fresh off her engagement to wizard Bryn Lyons, Tammy Jo is surprised to make another new family connection when she meets the twin sister she never knew she had. After being spirited away to the fae kingdom of Never as an infant, Kismet has finally escaped, and arrived in Duvall, Texas, with some terrible news: their mother, Marlee, is a prisoner of the Seelie fae. Crossing the ocean to battle the fae isn't Tammy Jo's idea of a romantic getaway, but Bryn refuses to let her go alone--as do her aunt Edie and her ex-husband Zach. Unfortunately, their plot to free Marlee is foiled when they are caught by the fae queen. And the only chance the queen gives them to save Marlee's life may be an impossible quest"--Page [4] of cover.

Cherry bomb

January 28, 2015
Kiernan, Caitlín R.
New York : Roc, [2015]
256 pages ; 20 cm.
"A Siobhan Quinn novel" --Cover.
"Meet Siobhan Quinn-Half vampire, half werewolf, and retired monster hunter. Or so she though... Three years have passed since Quinn turned her back on Providence, Rhode Island's seedy supernatural underbelly, walking out on Mr. B. and taking a bus headed anywhere. She hoped her escape would give her some peace from the endless parade of horrors. But a dead girl who quarrels with the moon can't catch a break, and, on the streets of Manhattan, Quinn finds herself caught between a rock and a hard place. Again. What do you do when you're stuck in the middle of a three-million-year-old grudge match between the ghouls and the djinn, accidentally in possession of a hellish artifact that could turn the tide of the war, all the while being hunted by depraved half-ghoul twins intent on taking the object and ushering in a terrifying Dark Age? Especially when you've fallen in love with the woman who got you into this mess-and you ain't nobody's hero..."-- Provided by publisher.

The Rabbit Back Literature Society

January 20, 2015
Jääskeläinen, Pasi Ilmari, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
343 pages ; 22 cm
Translation of: Lumikko ja yhdeksän muuta.
This translation originally published: Great Britain : Pushkin Press, 2013.
"Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children's author Laura White to join 'The Rabbit Back Literature Society,' an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, a young literature teacher. Soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual known as 'The Game'? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura White's winter party? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her?"-- Provided by publisher.

Burned

January 9, 2015
Moning, Karen Marie.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
xxvi, 475 pages ; 25 cm.
"MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons are back and hotter than ever in Burned, the latest novel in the blockbuster Fever series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning. It's easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing. MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she's already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh--an ancient book of terrible evil--yet its hold on her has never been stronger. When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac's former protege and best friend, Dani "Mega" O'Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal. It's a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil is blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth"-- Provided by publisher.

Foxglove summer

January 5, 2015
Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964- author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2015]
325 pages ; 17 cm.

Crouching tiger, forbidden vampire

January 2, 2015
Sparks, Kerrelyn.
New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
372 pages ; 18 cm.
"Love at stake series"--Backcover.
Russell wakes from a coma to find he's become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he's used to working alone, until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close, if she looks at him with those exotic eyes, that has to stop.

The witches of Echo Park

December 30, 2014
Benson, Amber, 1977-
New York : Ace Trade, [2015]
x, 294 pages ; 20 cm.
"From beloved author, director, and actress, Amber Benson... Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated-and we will all pay if their power falls... When Elyse MacAllister's great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets-extraordinary secrets-from her. Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora's Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt's place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril-for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last.. "-- Provided by publisher.

Darkness falls

November 28, 2014
Arthur, Keri, author.
New York, New York : A Signet Book, [2014]
392 pages ; 18 cm.
The search for the last key to the gates of hell has begun, and half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is in more danger than ever--and one misstep could prove ruinous. It's only a matter of time before Madeleine Hunter, the dangerous head of the vampire council, begins her hunt for complete domination. And for Risa, that comes with an alarming ultimatum: hand over the last key to Hunter or, one by one, her loved ones will die. Now, it's a race against time for Risa to save those she loves, and to stop Hunter's apocalyptic plan to open the very gates of hell.

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