New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

October 22, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Ninth house

October 21, 2019
Bardugo, Leigh, author.
©2019
458 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Galaxy 'Alex' Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale's freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she's thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world's most prestigious universities on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies. Their eight windowless 'tombs' are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street's biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living."--Provided by publisher.

The twisted ones

October 21, 2019
Kingfisher, T., author.
New York : Saga Press, 2019.
385 pages ; 24 cm
"When Mouse's dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be? Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is packed to the gills with useless garbage. That would be horrors enough, but there's more. Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather's journal, which at first seems to be the ravings of a broken mind. Until she encounters some of the terrifying things he described herself. Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse has to confront a series of impossible terrors--because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they're looking for you. And if she doesn't face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale" -- Provided by publisher.

The remaking : a novel

October 21, 2019
Chapman, Clay McLeod, author.
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2019]
295 pages ; 24 cm
"Inspired by a true story, this supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime follows a tale as it evolves every twenty years--with terrifying results. Ella Louise has lived in the woods surrounding Pilot's Creek, Virginia, for nearly a decade. Publicly, she and her daughter, Jessica, are shunned by her upper-crust family and the local residents. Privately, desperate characters visit her apothecary for a cure to what ails them--until Ella Louise is blamed for the death of a prominent customer. Accused of witchcraft, Ella Louise and Jessica are burned at the stake in the middle of the night. Ella Louise's burial site is never found, but the little girl has the most famous grave in the South: a steel-reinforced coffin surrounded by a fence of interconnected white crosses. Their story will take the shape of an urban legend as it's told around a campfire by a man forever marked by his childhood encounters with Jessica. Decades later, a boy at that campfire will cast Amber Pendleton as Jessica in a '70s horror movie inspired by the Witch Girl of Pilot's Creek. Amber's experiences on that set and its meta-remake in the '90s will ripple through pop culture, ruining her life and career after she becomes the target of a witch hunt. Amber's best chance to break the cycle of horror comes when a true-crime investigator tracks her down to interview her for his popular podcast. But will this final act of storytelling redeem her--or will it bring the story full circle, ready to be told once again? And again. And again . . ."-- Amazon.com

Now entering Addamsville

October 18, 2019
Zappia, Francesca, author.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
357 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze. Everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora Novak, despite the fact she has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught. Teaming up with her cousin Artemis, an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian, Zora must deal with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control. Getting people to believe the truth might prove to be impossible.

Full throttle : stories

October 18, 2019
Hill, Joe, author.
©2019
480 pages ; 24 cm
Throttle / with Stephen King -- Dark carousel -- Wolverton Station -- By the silver water of Lake Champlain -- Faun -- Late returns -- All I care about is you -- Thumbprint -- The devil on the staircase -- Twittering from the circus of the dead -- Mums -- In the tall grass / with Stephen King -- You are released.
"In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including "In The Tall Grass," one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix. A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in "Faun." A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique Bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in "Late Returns." In "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain," two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water's edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality, and other horrors that lurk in the water's shivery depths. And tension shimmers in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert as a faceless trucker finds himself caught in a sinister dance with a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in "Throttle," co-written with Stephen King. Featuring two previously unpublished stories, and a brace of shocking chillers, Full Throttle is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears, and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best"-- Provided by publisher.

The complex

October 14, 2019
Keene, Brian, author.
©2016
225 pages ; 22 cm
"There was no warning. No chance to escape. They came suddenly. Naked. Bloodthirsty. Sadistic. They descended upon the Pine Village Apartment Complex, relentlessly torturing and killing anyone they could find. Fearing for their lives, the residents of the complex must band together. A young trans woman, a suicidal middle-aged writer, a lonely Vietnam vet, a newlywed couple, an elderly widow, a single mother and her son, two on-the-run criminals and the serial killer known as The Exit. Eleven strangers. The only thing they have in common is the unstoppable horde that wants to kill them. If they are to make it through the night, they must fight back"-- Back cover.

Violet

October 11, 2019
Thomas, Scott, 1975- author.
©2019
433 pages ; 21 cm
"For many children, the summer of 1988 was filled with sunshine and laughter. But for ten-year-old Kris Barlow, it was her chance to say goodbye to her dying mother. Three decades later, loss returns--her husband killed in a car accident. And so, Kris goes home to the place where she first knew pain--to that summer house overlooking the crystal waters of Lost Lake. It's there that Kris and her eight-year-old daughter will make a stand against grief. BUT a shadow has fallen over the quiet lake town of Pacington, Kansas. Beneath its surface, an evil has grown--and inside that home where Kris Barlow last saw her mother, an old friend awaits her return."--Provided by publisher.

The monster of Elendhaven

October 10, 2019
Giesbrecht, Jennifer, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2019.
159 pages ; 21 cm
"A TOR.com Book." --title page verso.
"The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster's heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning. These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it"--Jacket flap.

The bone houses

October 7, 2019
Lloyd-Jones, Emily, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
338 pages ; 22 cm
"When risen corpses called 'bone houses' threaten Ryn's village because of a decades-old curse, she teams up with a mapmaker named Ellis to solve the mystery of the curse and destroy the bone houses forever"--Provided by publisher.

Harrow County

October 4, 2019
Bunn, Cullen, writer.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2018.
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 31 cm
v. 1. Countless haints & twice told -- v. 2. Snake doctor & family tree -- v. 3. Abandoned & hedge magic
"Emmy always knew that the woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts and monsters. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures--and to the land itself--in a way she never imagined"--Provided by publisher.

The man who came down the attic stairs

October 4, 2019
Loup, Celine, author, illustrator.
Los Angeles, California : Archaia, 2019.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 29 cm
After moving into a new home and giving birth to her first child, a woman worries that a supernatural force is haunting her child's nursery, and has corrupted her husband into a creature intent on harming them both. Emma is excited to start a family in her new home, but after her child's birth she finds her world turning upside-down. The infant cries like it's scared of something, or someone, and Emma's sleepless nights quickly drive a wedge between her and her husband, who seems uncharacteristically detached. When Emma begins to see strange things in the house, the line between reality and fantasy blurs and her grasp of what's real and what's not becomes even more clouded. Is something unnatural haunting the nursery? And what if it also affected her husband, who ventured up into the attic when they first arrived?

Frogcatchers

October 4, 2019
Lemire, Jeff, author, artist.
©2019
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
"A man wakes up alone in a strange room with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. The padlocked doors and barren lobby reinforce the strangeness of this place. This is--as he reads from an old-fashioned keychain beside his bed--the Edgewater Hotel. Even worse, something ominous seems to be lurking in one of the rooms. But when he meets a young companion--the only other soul in this vast, enveloping emptiness--his new friend begs him not to unlock the door. There must be something behind it..."--Provided by publisher.

A cosmology of monsters

September 26, 2019
Hamill, Shaun, author.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2019.
324 pages ; 25 cm
"Monsters both figurative and very literal stalk the Turner family. The youngest child, Noah, narrates the family history: how in the late '60s, his bookish mother Margaret marries Lovecraft-lover Harry, against her better judgement. The couple has two daughters--Sydney, born for the spotlight; and the brilliant but awkward Eunice, a natural writer and storyteller. But finances are tight, Margaret and Eunice are haunted by horrific dreams, and Harry starts acting strangely. He becomes obsessed with the construction of an elaborately crafted haunted house attraction, christened The Wandering Dark. The family tries to shield baby Noah from the house's faux horrors, but unbeknownst to them, he's being visited by a furry beast with glowing orange eyes--the same ghastly being glimpsed by both his mother and sister. However, unlike them, Noah decides to let the creature in..."--Provided by publisher.

Imaginary friend

September 24, 2019
Chbosky, Stephen, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
705 pages ; 24 cm
Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.

The Institute : a novel

September 23, 2019
King, Stephen, 1947- author.
©2019
561 pages ; 25 cm
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis' parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents -- telekinesis and telepathy -- who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and 10-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, "like the roach motel," Kalisha says. "You check in, but you don't check out." In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don't, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from The Institute.

Tinfoil butterfly

September 19, 2019
Moulton, Rachel Eve, 1975- author.
New York : MCD x FSG Originals, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
264 pages ; 19 cm
Emma is hitchhiking across the United States, trying to outrun a violent, tragic past, when she meets Lowell, the hot-but-dumb driver she hopes will take her as far as the Badlands. But Lowell is not as harmless as he seems, and a vicious scuffle leaves Emma bloody and stranded in an abandoned town in the Black Hills with an out-of-gas van, a loaded gun, and a snowstorm on the way. The town is eerily quiet and Emma takes shelter in a diner, where she stumbles across Earl, a strange little boy in a tinfoil mask who steals her gun before begging her to help him get rid of "George." As she is pulled deeper into Earl's bizarre, menacing world, the horrors of Emma's past creep closer, and she realizes she can't run forever.

Batman. Damned

September 18, 2019
Azzarello, Brian, author.
©2019
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
Originally published in single magazine form in Batman: Damned 1-3.
"The Joker is dead. There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery. Problem is, Batman can't remember... and the more he digs into this labyrinthine case, the more he starts to doubt everything he's uncovering. So who better to set him straight than... John Constantine? The problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people's heads even more. So with John's 'help', the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered The Joker."--Back cover.

Babyteeth

September 12, 2019
Cates, Donny, author.
Sherman Oaks, CA : AfterShock Comics, [2017]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Born -- v. 2. Razed

The palm reader : a novel

September 11, 2019
Bowron, Christopher.
©2018
319 pages ; 23 cm.
Jackson Walker once again faces his demons in this haunting sequel to Devil in the Grass. Now working as an investigative lawyer for Peter Robertson, Jack teams with Janie Callaghan to solve the disappearance of a sleazy client specializing in taboo pornography. Meanwhile the evil head of the Church of Satan weaves an intricate web to lure Walker as the sacrificial lamb in an Everglades Black Mass ritual.

Devil in the grass

September 11, 2019
Bowron, Christopher.
©2016
248 pages ; 23 cm.
When his pro football career fails, Jackson Walker returns to his home in southwest Florida to sort out his life. He lands an internship with Republican state senator James Hunter, whose Clean Water Bill puts him at odds with influential members of The Brotherhood of Set, a Satanic cult. They have deep roots in Florida, and are led by the sinister Henrietta LePley. After Walker begins a relationship with a member of the Brotherhood, he is framed for the horrific killing of two elderly people. To clear his name, Jackson turns to his Seminole family to evade the police and a particularly nasty bunch of malevolent characters who specialize in the disposal of dead bodies. The Everglades provides an ancient and frightening setting for the unfolding action that will prove whether Jackson Walker will pull himself free from the dark evil that lurks there.

Dreams come to life

September 10, 2019
Kress, Adrienne, author.
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Inc. 2019
296 pages ; 21 cm
Seventeen-year-old Buddy has spent most of his life trying to escape the Lower East Side slums of New York City. Working as a delivery boy to support his family, Buddy wants to become an artist, a dream he's sure will never be realized. But that all changes when a delivery job puts him face-to-face with Mister Joey Drew, the eccentric owner of an animation studio. Mister Drew takes Buddy under his wing as an apprentice, thrusting him into a world unlike anything Buddy has ever seen before. There's the colorful cast of the studio, from the cranky, yet driven composer Sammy Lawrence to Dot, the writing intern and Buddy's counterpart. Working for Mister Drew, Buddy starts to think that maybe it's really as simple as Mister Drew says: Dreams do come true. But not everything at the studio is as picture-perfect as it seems . . . Something is going bump in the night at Joey Drew Studios, something that leaves behind trails of thick, dark ink. While the studio frantically works toward their latest deadline, Buddy and Dot team up to find out just what is tormenting the studio after-hours, even if it means tracking the trail to Mister Drew himself.

Cold storage : a novel

September 9, 2019
Koepp, David, author.
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.
308 pages ; 24 cm
When Pentagon bio-terror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it. He races across the country to help two unwitting security guards--one an ex-con, the other a single mother. Over one harrowing night, the unlikely trio must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. --Provided by publisher

The walking dead : a continuing story of survival horror

September 6, 2019
Kirkman, Robert.
Berkeley, Calif. : Image Comics, c2006-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 29 cm.
Originally published in single magazine form.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1 #1-12 -- v. 2. #13-24 -- v. 3. #25-36 -- v. 4. #37-48 -- v. 5. #49-60 -- v. 6. #61-72 -- v. 7. #73-84 -- v. 8. #85-96 -- v. 9. #97-108 -- v. 10. #109-120 -- v. 11. #121-132 -- v. 12. #133-144 -- v. 13. #145-156 -- v. 14. #157-168 -- v. 15 #169-180 -- v. 16. #181-193

Only ashes remain

September 5, 2019
Schaeffer, Rebecca, author.
©2019
426 pages ; 22 cm
After escaping her kidnappers and destroying the black market where she was held captive, all Nita wants is to find a way to live her life without looking over her shoulder. But with a video of her ability to self-heal all over the dark web, Nita knows she's still a prime target on the black market. There's only one way to keep herself safe. Nita must make herself so feared that no one would ever dare come after her again. And the best way to start building her reputation? Take her revenge on Fabricio, the boy who sold Nita to her kidnappers.--Provided by publisher.

Taaqtumi : an anthology of Arctic horror stories

September 5, 2019
Iqaluit, Nunavut : Inhabit Media, 2019.
172 pages ; 23 cm
The haunted blizzard -- The door -- Wheetago war II -- Revenge -- Lounge -- Utiqtuq -- Sila -- The wildest game -- Strays.
"'Taaqtumi' is an Inuktitut word that means 'in the dark'--and these spine-tingling horror stories by Northern writers show just how dangerous darkness can be. These chilling tales from award-winning authors will thrill and entertain even the most seasoned horror fan."--Provided by publisher.

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