New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

August 21, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Kill monster

August 20, 2019
Doolittle, Sean, 1971-
London : Severn House, 2019.
244 pages ; 23 cm
"When treasure hunters excavate the long-lost wreck of the steamship Arcadia from a Kansas cornfield, a buried creature awakens - a mindless assassin of accursed earth, shaped like a man though in no way mortal, created to kill a slave trader in 1856. With the original target long dead, the monster sets its sight on the man's closest surviving descendant . . . a burned-out IT technician named Ben Middleton. Nothing could have prepared Ben for the horror now aimed directly at his lackadaisical life. But he isn't only being chased by the monster, and it's not just his own life in danger. Ben must pull himself together to not only save himself, but his estranged teenage son, Charley. Yet who are the mysterious people chasing him, and how do you stop a 150-year-old monster with no 'Off' switch?"--Publisher.

Tokyo ghoul: re.

August 16, 2019
Ishida, Sui, author, artist.
San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, LLC, [2014]-
volumes : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
Originally published in Japan in 2014 by Shueisha Inc., Tokyo.
A special squad of agents from the Commission of Counter Ghoul must learn to control their new supernatural abilities and work together as a team.

Echoes : the Saga anthology of ghost stories

August 15, 2019
New York : Saga Press, [2019]
xiii, 795 pages ; 23 cm
"The essential collection of beloved ghost stories, compiled by the editor who helped define the genre--including stories from award-winning, bestselling authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay. Everyone loves a good ghost story, especially Ellen Datlow--the most lauded editor in short works of supernatural suspense and dark fantasy. The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories is her definitive collection of ghost stories. These twenty-nine stories, including all new works from New York Times bestselling authors Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay, span from the traditional to the eclectic, from the mainstream to the literary, from pure fantasy to the bizarrely supernatural. Whether you're reading alone under the covers with a flashlight, or around a campfire with a circle of friends, there's something here to please--and spook--everyone. Contributors include: Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Vincent J. Masterson, A.C. Wise, M. Rickert, Seanan McGuire, Lee Thomas, Alison Littlewood, M.L. Siemienowicz, Richard Kadrey, Indrapramit Das, Richard Bowes, Nick Mamatas, Terry Dowling, Aliette de Bodard, Carole Johnstone, Dale Bailey, Stephen Graham Jones, Bracken MacLeod, Garth Nix, Brian Evenson, Jeffrey Ford, Gemma Files, Paul Tremblay, Nathan Ballingrud, Pat Cadigan, John Langan"-- Provided by publisher.

Sycorax's daughters

August 14, 2019
xix, 536 pages ; 23 cm
Foreword / by Walidah Imarisha -- Introduction / by Kinitra D. Brooks -- Tree of the forest seven bells turns the world round midnight / by Sheree Renée Thomas -- The lonely, salty sea / by A.J. Locke -- Scales / by Cherene Sherrard -- Letty / by Regina N. Bradley -- A real friend will let you break / by A.J. Locke -- Ma laja / by Tracey Baptiste -- Red scorpion / by Deborah Elizabeth Whaley -- Born again / by RaShell R. Smith-Spears -- Thirsty for love / by Vocab -- How to speak to the bogeyman / by Carole McDonnell -- Sweet Jesus in the corner / by Tenea D. Johnson -- The monster / by Crystal Connor -- Last of the red hot lovers / by Amber Doe -- Taste the taint : a cursed story / by Kai Leakes -- Whispers & lies / by Deborah Elizabeth Whaley -- Cheaters / by Tish Jackson -- Kim / by Nicole D. Sconiers -- More's the pity / by Tenea D. Johnson -- Summer skin / by Zin E. Rocklyn -- A blues* / by Tiffany Austin -- Taking the good / by Dana Mcknight -- Polydactyl / by Tanesha Nicole Tyler -- Mona Livelong : paranormal detective II / by Valjeanne Jeffers -- The malady of need / by Kiini Ibura Salaam -- The ever after / by L. Marie Wood -- Perfect connection / by Deana Zhollis -- Foundling / by Tenea D. Johnson -- Rise / by Nicole Givens Kurtz -- Of sound mind and body / by K. Ceres Wright -- Asunder / by Lori Titus -- Terror and the dark / by Carole McDonnell -- The tale of Eve of De-Nile / by Joy Copeland -- Sweetgrass blood / by Eden Royce -- The armoire / by Patricia E. Canterbury -- A little not music / by LH Moore -- Dyer died in silence / by Vocab -- The Mankana-kill / by L. Penelope -- Toward a peacock poem / by Tiffany Austin -- Mama / by A.D. Koboah -- To give her whatsoever she would ask / by R.L. Joseph -- The empty house / A.J. Locke -- Afterword: Sycorax's daughters unveiled -- Afterword: Sycorax speaks.
Thought-provoking, powerful, and revealing, this anthology is composed of 28 dark stories and 14 poems written by African-American women writers. The tales of what scares, threatens, and shocks them will enlighten and entertain readers. The works delve into demons and shape-shifters from "How to Speak to the Bogeyman" and "Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight" to far future offerings such as "The Malady of Need". These pieces cover vampires, ghosts, and mermaids, as well as the unexpected price paid by women struggling for freedom and validation in the past. Contributors include: Tiffany Austin, Tracey Baptiste, Regina N. Bradley, Patricia E. Canterbury, Crystal Connor, Joy M. Copeland, Amber Doe, Tish Jackson, Valjeanne Jeffers, Tenea D. Johnson, R. J. Joseph, A. D. Koboah Nicole Givens Kurtz, Kai Leakes, A. J. Locke, Carole McDonnell, Dana T. McKnight , LH Moore, L. Penelope, Zin E. Rocklyn , Eden Royce, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Andrea Vocab Sanderson, Nicole D. Sconiers, Cherene Sherrard, RaShell R. Smith-Spears, Sheree Renée Thomas, Lori Titus, Tanesha Nicole Tyler, Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, L. Marie Wood, K. Ceres Wright, and Deana Zhollis.

Attack on Titan

August 13, 2019
Isayama, Hajime, 1986-, author, artist.
New York, N.Y. : Kodansha Comics, 2012-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
First published in Japan in 2010 by Kodansha Ltd.
v. 1. The desperate battle begins! -- v. 2. Birth of a monster -- v. 3. Traitor -- v. 4. Humanity pushes back! -- v. 5. Can you go home again? -- v. 6. Titan on the hunt -- v. 7. Turning on their own -- v. 8. Blood on his hands -- v. 9. Humanity's worst nightmare -- v. 10. Fortress of blood -- v. 11. Do you think this world has a future? -- v. 12. The chase is on -- v. 13. No safe place left -- v. 14. Erwin's greatest gamble -- v. 15. Fugitives and prisoners -- v. 16. His father's sins -- v. 17. Escape from King Titan -- v. 18 . Ave Maria -- v. 19. Cage Match -- v. 20. Facing annihilation -- v. 21. Down to the basement -- v. 22. Pyrrhic Victory -- v. 23. The dream of freedom dies -- v. 24. It catches up to you -- v. 25. Girding for battle -- v. 26. Clash of the Eloians -- v. 27. Minutes to midnight -- v. 28. Ruthless savior

Dark ark

August 13, 2019
Bunn, Cullen, author.
Sherman Oaks, CA : AfterShock Comics, [2017]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Forty nights -- v. 2. Old gods -- v. 3. The world that waits
The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah's story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world--such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law?

The survival of Molly Southbourne

August 7, 2019
Thompson, Tade, author.
123 pages : portrait ; 21 cm
Sequel to The murders of Molly Southbourne.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Who was Molly Southbourne? What did she leave behind? A burnt-out basement. A name stained in blood. Bodies that remember murder, one of them left alive. A set of rules that no longer apply. Molly Southbourne is alive. If she wants to survive, she'll need to run, hide, and be ready to fight. There are people who remember her, who know what she is and what she's done. Some want her alive, some want her dead, and all hold a piece to the puzzles in her head. Can Molly escape them, or will she confront the bloody history that made her?"--Provided by publisher.

The walking dead

August 1, 2019
Kirkman, Robert.
Orange, CA : Image Comics, c2005-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. Days gone bye #1-6 -- v. 2. Miles behind us #7-12 -- v. 3. Safety behind bars #13-18 -- v. 4. The heart's desire #19- 24 -- v. 5. The best defense #25-30 -- v. 6. This sorrowful life #31-36 -- v. 7. The calm before #37-42 -- v. 8. Made to suffer #43-48 -- v. 9. Here we remain #49-54 -- v. 10. What we have become #55-60 -- v. 11. Fear the hunters #61-66 -- v. 12. Life among them #67-72 -- v. 13. Too far gone #73-78 -- v. 14. No way out #79-84 -- v. 15. We find ourselves #85-90 -- v. 16. A larger world #91-96 -- v. 17. Something to fear #97-102 -- v. 18. What comes after #103-108 -- v. 19. March to war # 109-114 -- v. 20. All out war #115-120 -- v. 21. All out war, part two #121-126 -- v. 22. A new beginning #127-132 -- v. 23. Whispers into screams #133-138 -- v. 24. Life and death #139-144 -- v. 25. No turning back #145-150 -- v. 26. Call to arms #151-156 -- v. 27. The whisperer war #157-162 -- v. 28. A certain doom #163-168 -- v. 29. Lines we cross #169-174 -- v. 30. New world order #175-180 -- v. 31. The rotten core #181-186 -- v. 32. Rest in peace #187-193

William Gibson's Alien 3 : the unproduced screenplay

August 1, 2019
Gibson, William, 1948- author.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2019.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Official adaptation of the original screenplay for Alien 3, written by William Gibson.
"Collects issues #1-#5 of the Dark Horse Comics series William Gibson's Alien 3"

Grimoire noir

July 24, 2019
Greentea, Vera, author.
New York, NY : First Second, 2019.
275 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
When his little sister is kidnapped for her magical powers, Bucky Orson goes on a strange journey to find her, uncovering his town's painful history and a conspiracy that will change it forever.

John Constantine, Hellblazer

July 23, 2019
Delano, Jamie.
New York, NY : DC Comics, c2011-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Original sins (collects John Constantine, Hellblazer 1-9; Swamp Thing 76-77) -- v. 2. The devil you know (collects Hellblazer 10-13; Hellblazer annual 1; The horrorist 1-2) -- v. 3. The fear machine (collects Hellblazer 12-22) -- v. 4. The family man (collects Hellblazer 23-33; Vertigo secret files: Hellblazer 1) -- v. 5. Dangerous habits / Garth Ennis, Jamie Delano (collects Hellblazer 34-46) -- v. 6. Bloodlines / Garth Ennis, John Smith (collects Hellblazer 47-61) -- v. 7. Tainted love / Garth Ennis (collects Hellblazer 62-71, Vertigo jam 1, and Hellblazer special 1) -- v. 8. Rake at the gates of hell / Garth Ennis (collects Hellblazer 72-83; Heartland 1) -- v. 9. Critical mass / (collects Hellblazer 84-96) -- v. 10. In the line of fire (collects Hellblazer 97-107) -- v. 11. Last man standing (collects Hellblazer 108-120) -- v. 12. How to play with fire (collects Hellblazer 121-133) -- v. 13. Haunted (collects Hellblazer 134-145) -- v. 14. Good intentions (collects Hellblazer 146-161) -- v. 15 Highwater (collects Hellblazer 162-174) -- v. 16. The wild card (collects Hellblazer 175-188) -- v. 17. Out of season (collects Hellblazer 189-201) -- v. 18. The gift (collects Hellblazer 202-215) -- v. 19. The red right hand (collects Hellblazer 216-229) -- v. 20. Systems of control (collects Hellblazer 230-238 and Hellblazer: All his engines) -- v. 21. The laughing magician (collects Hellblazer 239-249)

Here there are monsters

July 23, 2019
Bérubé, Amelinda, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2019]
339 pages ; 21 cm
Skye believes that moving across the country will be the perfect chance to start over. In their isolated new neighborhood Skye manages to fit in, but her younger sister Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones. Then Deirdre disappears. Now something awful comes scratching at Skye's window in the middle of the night, claiming she's the only one who can save Deirdre. And Skye will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.


July 19, 2019
Mackiewicz, Sean, creator, author.
Portland, OR : Image Comics, Inc., [2018]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Bienvendio -- v. 2. Fiesta -- v. 3. Viva Mexico


July 18, 2019
Lapham, David, author, artist.
San Diego : IDW Publishing, 2019.
1 volume : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
A broken young woman and her trusty companion--a gold Smith and Wesson 45 named Golddigger--track a serial killer hiding in plain sight as a travel blogger. It's a dark, grimy game of cat and mouse through a tangled American landscape. And like all the best crime noir, it's a twisted love story.

The plague stones

July 18, 2019
Brogden, James (Novelist), author.
421 pages ; 20 cm
Londoners Paul and Tricia Feenan move to the isolated Holiwell village where Tricia has inherited a property. In the village, there are centuries-old stones used during the Great Plague as boundary markers. No plague-sufferer was allowed to pass the stones and enter the village. The plague diminished, and the village survived unscathed. An ancient ceremony is performed each year to renew the village boundaries. A miguided act by the Feenans' son then reminds the village there's a reason traditions have been rigidly stuck to.

Goya : the terrible sublime

July 12, 2019
El Torres, 1972- author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
First published as Goya : lo sublime terrible, Madrid : Dibbuks, 2018.
Francisco de Goya is considered one of the most important Spanish painters of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, last of the Greats and first of the modernists. But his sumptuous images stemmed from a mind in torment, especially later in his life. Inspired by Goyas life, in particular focusing on his final years, as he struggles with assorted physical ailments that threaten to take his mind. Recovering from a serious illness in Cadiz, Spain, which has left him deaf, Goya suffers from terrible headaches, high fevers, and hallucinations, beset by visions of death that will become all too real with the advent of the Spanish War of Independence. Still, the monsters in his delusions are not real but his friend Asensio Julia is, and he belongs to another world. From the mind of the terror master El Torres and the art of Fran Gàln comes a terrifying story that brings readers into the artists world of madness and dark paintings, a historical miasma populated by recognizable figures like Manuel Godoy and the Duchess of Alba and swathed in an aesthetic of cobweb-shrouded palaces and beautiful grotesques living in the shadows. This unique graphic novel tells a horror story, melding the artists unique style and vision with the story of a man plagued by unreality. Yet even as the artist faces dreadful images of witchcraft and pure evil, he knows that he must not fall into what lurks beyond the dream of reason.

The girl in red

July 10, 2019
Henry, Christina, 1974- author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
292 pages ; 21 cm
"It's not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that served as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She was just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that didn't look anything like the one she'd grown up in, the one that had been perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago. There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there's something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined. Red didn't like to think of herself as a killer, but she wasn't about to let herself get eaten up just because she was a woman alone in the woods ..."--back cover.


July 8, 2019
Bowman, Erin, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
434 pages ; 22 cm
"Sequel to Contagion."--Cover.
Teens Thea, Coen, and Nova are rescued from a deadly planet, only to be taken prisoner on board a government ship and used as weapons in a sinister political plot.

The boy who cried werewolf

July 3, 2019
Reynolds, J. H. (Jonathan Hal), 1981- author.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2019.
159, 8 pages : 22 cm.
"Max Bloodnight can't decide what's more terrifying about his weekend in Wolf County--the fact that he has to stay with grandparents he's never met before or being stuck on a farm without cell service. If only that was all he had to fear. Determined to solve the mystery of his father's death, which occurred years before at the claws of a legendary werewolf, Max must hunt to uncover the truth before the full moon rises . . . and the werewolf strikes again."--Amazon.

Pan's labyrinth : the labyrinth of the faun

July 3, 2019
Toro, Guillermo del, 1964- author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
x, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The forest and the fairy -- All the shapes evil takes -- Just a mouse -- A rose on a dark mountain -- Fathers and sons -- The sculptor's promise -- Into the labyrinth -- Razor teeth -- A princess -- Milk and medicine -- The labyrinth -- The tree -- The creatures of the forest -- The toad -- The Tailor's wife -- The mill that lost its pond -- Keep the key -- Blood -- A lullaby -- Brother and sister -- The watchmaker -- The second task -- A cave in the woods -- The pale man -- No choice -- The razor and the knife -- The kingdoms of death and love -- The only honorable way to die -- Bad news, good news -- Tarta -- The bookbinder -- Only two grapes -- Broken -- Magic doesn't exist -- A different kind of man -- When the faun fell in love -- Don't hurt her -- The cat and the mouse -- It's nothing -- Just a woman -- The tailor who bargained with death -- One last chance -- The wounded wolf -- Sister and brother -- The echo of murder -- The final task -- His father's name -- The boy who escaped -- The return of the princess.
Set in post-civil war Spain, a young girl flees the home of her cruel step-father into an underground fantasy world where she encounters a strange creature and a terrifying battle between good and evil.

Growing things : and other stories

July 3, 2019
Tremblay, Paul, author.
viii, 338 pages ; 24 cm
Growing Things -- Swim Wants to Know if It's as Bad As Swim Thinks -- Something About Birds -- The Getaway -- Nineteen Snapshots of Dennisport -- Where We All Will Be -- The Teacher -- Notes for "The Barn in the Wild" -- ________ -- Our Town's Monster -- A Haunted House is a Wheel Upon Which Some are Broken -- It Won't Go Away -- Notes From the Dog Walkers -- Further Questions for the Somnambulist -- The Ice Tower -- The Society of the Monsterhood -- Her Red Right Hand -- It's Against The Law to Feed the Ducks -- The Thirteenth Temple -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Credits
"Featuring nineteen pieces of short fiction, Growing Things and Other Stories is an exciting and disquieting glimpse into Paul Tremblay's fantastically fertile imagination. In "The Teacher," a Bram Stoker Award nominee for best short story, a student is forced to watch a disturbing video that will haunt and torment her and her classmates' lives. Four men rob a pawn shop at gunpoint only to vanish, one-by-one, as they speed away from the crime scene in "The Getaway." In "Swim Wants to Know If It's as Bad as Swim Thinks," a meth addict kidnaps her daughter from her estranged mother as their town is terrorized by a giant monster . . . or not. Joining these haunting works are stories linked to Tremblay's previous novels. The tour de force metafictional novella "Notes from the Dog Walkers" deconstructs horror and publishing, possibly bringing in a character from A Head Full of Ghosts, all while serving as a prequel to Disappearance at Devil's Rock. "The Thirteenth Temple" follows another character from A Head Full of Ghosts--Merry, who has published a tell-all memoir written years after the events of the novel. And the title story, "Growing Things," a shivery tale loosely shared between the sisters in A Head Full of Ghosts, is told here in full. In this dazzling compendium, Tremblay explores the devastating poison of nostalgia and regret that infects us, the grim visions harbored in twisted minds that tempt and terrify us, and the stories we create for ourselves and whisper to others to keep the terror at bay. From global catastrophe to the demons inside our heads, he illuminates our primal fears and tormented nightmares in startlingly original fiction that leaves us unmoored. As he lowers the sky and yanks the ground from beneath our feet, we are compelled to contemplate the darkness inside our own hearts and minds, and remember that indeed, the world is full of monsters... of every shape and kind."--Inside dust jacket

The toll

July 3, 2019
Priest, Cherie, author.
336 pages ; 22 cm
"Southern Gothic Horror with a Contemporary twist" --front cover.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
State Road 177 runs along the Suwannee River, between Fargo, Georgia, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Drive that route from east to west, and you'll cross six bridges. Take it from west to east, and you might find seven. But you'd better hope not. Titus and Davina Bell leave their hotel in Fargo for a second honeymoon canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp. But shortly before they reach their destination, they draw up to a halt at the edge of a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car ... When, much later, a tow-truck arrives, the driver finds Titus lying in the middle of the road, but Davina is nowhere to be found.


July 3, 2019
Cain, Chelsea, author.
Portland, OR : Image Comics, Inc., [2019]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Origianlly published in single magazine form.
Adolescent girls turn into werepanthers when they get their periods, complicating their family relationships and creating drama at middle school.

I am a hero omnibus

June 28, 2019
Hanazawa, Kengo, 1974- author, illustrator.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Manga, 2016-
volumes : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 18 cm
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
Each omnibus volume collects two volumes of the original manga series.
The strangest zombie survival series continues! Having avoided being eaten by his zombie girlfriend, Hideo Suzuki continues to head away from civilisation and the bloodthirsty hordes taking over metropolitan Japan. In a suicide forest, Hideo finds a girl who needs help - and who could end up helping him more than he realises.


June 26, 2019
Booth, Naomi, author.
London : Titan Books, 2019.
224 pages ; 21 cm
"Heavily pregnant Alice and her partner Pete are done with the city. Alice is haunted by rumors of a skin-sealing epidemic starting to infect the urban population. She hopes their new remote mountain house will offer safety, a plce to forget the nightmares and start their family. But the mountains and their people hold a different kind of danger. With their relationship under intolerable pressure, violence erupts and Alice is faced with the unthinkable as she fights to protect her unborn child."--Back cover.

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