New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

November 20, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Man-eaters

November 19, 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.

The mortal instruments : the graphic novel

November 18, 2019
Cassandra Jean, adapter, illustrator.
New York, NY : Yen Press, 2017-
volumes : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm

Berserk : deluxe edition. 3

November 8, 2019
Miura, Kentarō, author, artist.
©1994
684 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
First published in Japan in 1994, 1995 by Hakushensa, Inc., Tokyo.

I am a hero omnibus

November 7, 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.

The waters and the wild : an Underhill adventure

November 7, 2019
Lackey, Mercedes, author.
©2019
230 pages ; 24 cm.
"A new entry in the Bedlam's bard urban fantasy series!"--Cover.
"Deeply depressed Olivia, whose parents are divorcing, is ripe for manipulation. And swimming star Blake is looking for someone just like her. Although her friend tries to warn her, Olivia falls for his ploys and accepts an invitation to go to the Adirondack resort camp of Lake Endor with him and his family. But all is not as it seems at the hundred year old resort. Not only does Olivia discover that Blake is not the guy she thought he was, there is something sinister afoot at the lake. There is something lying beneath the waters of Lake Endor. Something not of this world. Will Olivia be drawn under or will she allow true friends to draw her from the lure of oblivion?"-- Provided by publisher.

Soon

November 1, 2019
Murphy, Lois, author.
©2017
331 pages ; 21 cm
"First published in Australia by Transit Lounge Publishing 2017" -- title page verso
On winter solstice, the birds disappeared, and the mist arrived. The inhabitants of Nebulah quickly learn not to venture out after dark. But it is hard to stay indoors: cabin fever sets in, and the mist can be beguiling, too. Eventually only six remain. Like the rest of the townspeople, Pete has nowhere else to go. After he rescues a stranded psychic from a terrible fate, he's given a warning: he will be dead by solstice unless he leaves town - soon.

Berserk : deluxe edition. 2

November 1, 2019
Miura, Kentarō, author, artist.
©1992
684 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
First published in Japan in 1992, 1993 by Hakushensa, Inc., Tokyo.
Raised in torment, young Guts is hardened into a fearsome warrior, drawing the attention of the charismatic Griffith, commander of the elite Band of the Hawk. This crossroads will take Guts to fame and glory ... and damnation!

Suicide woods : stories

October 30, 2019
Percy, Benjamin, author.
©2019
195 pages ; 21 cm
The cold boy -- Suspect zero -- The dummy -- Heart of a bear -- Dial tone -- The mud man -- Writs of possession -- The balloon -- Suicide woods -- The uncharted.
"In his first story collection since the acclaimed Refresh, Refresh, Benjamin Percy delivers a potent brew of horror, crime, and weird happenings in the woods. A boy in his uncle's care falls through the ice on a pond and emerges in a frozen, uncanny state. Patients in therapy for suicidal ideation undergo a drastic session in the woods with fatal consequences. And in a pulse-quickening novella, thrill seekers on an expedition in Alaska are stranded on a sinister island that seems to want them dead. A master class in suspense and horror, Suicide Woods is a dark, inventive collection packed to the gills with eerie, can't-miss tales."--Page 4 of cover.

A lush and seething hell : two tales of cosmic horror

October 29, 2019
Jacobs, John Hornor, author.
©2019
x, 368 pages ; 22 cm
Foreword by Chuck Wendig.
The sea dreams it is the sky -- My heart struck sorrow.
[The author] turns his fertile imagination to the evil that breeds within the human soul. A brilliant mix of the psychological and supernatural, blending the acute insight of Roberto Bolaño and the eerie imagination of H. P. Lovecraft, The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky examines life in a South American dictatorship. Centered on the journal of a poet-in-exile and his failed attempts at translating a maddening text, it is told by a young woman trying to come to grips with a country that nearly devoured itself. In My Heart Struck Sorrow, a librarian discovers a recording from the Deep South -which may be the musical stylings of the Devil himself. Breathtaking and haunting,-- Adapted from dust jacket.

Gideon Falls

October 24, 2019
Lemire, Jeff, author.
Portland, Oregon : Image Comics, Inc., [2018]-
volumes (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. The black barn -- v. 2. Original sins -- v. 3. Stations of the cross

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead. Typhoon : a novel

October 23, 2019
Chu, Wesley, author.
New York, NY : Skybound Books, 2019.
389 pages ; 24 cm.
In the aftermath of a horrifying outbreak, the last remnants of the Chinese government have estimated that one billion walkers (called jiangshi) are currently roaming the country. Across this desolate landscape, large groups of survivors have clustered together for safety in settlements that have been built to protect against the unceasing wave of jiangshi. In one of these settlements, Beacon of Light, scavengers of vastly different backgrounds struggle to provide supplies for the survival of thousands. Before this devastation, Zhu was one of the millions of poor farmers who left their rural roots for the promise of consistent employment in one of China's booming factory towns. Elena was an American teaching English in China while on a gap year before beginning law school. Hengyen was a grizzled military officer of some renown, and a passionate believer in his nation's ability to surmount any obstacle. But with the settlement's 3,000 mouths to feed and the scavengers having to travel further and further in search of food, Zhu ends up at his home village, where he is shocked to find survivors. Does he force them to join the settlement or keep their existence a secret? Meanwhile, a veritable typhoon of walkers is headed towards the Beacon of Light. When the conniving leader of the Beacon, Secretary Guo, tasks Hengyen with rounding up all survivors in the area for a desperate last stand, the military man sees it for the foolish, futile directive that it is. Ever the patriot, though, he will stand with his compatriots to the very last. But Zhu finds himself caught between his love for Elena, his duty to the Beacon, and his desire to flee with the villagers. With time running out and the stakes higher than ever, these three survivors must figure out how to live with the overwhelming odds against them.

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.

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