New Arrivals · Horror Fiction

October 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Strange ink

October 17, 2018
Kemble, Gary, author.
London : Titan Books, 2018.
391 pages ; 21 cm
"When washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmares - so he begins to dig deeper. Harry's search leads him to a sinister disappearance, torment from beyond the grave, and a web of corruption and violence tangled with his own past. One way or another, he has to right the wrongs"--Back cover.

Koshchei the deathless

October 15, 2018
Mignola, Michael, author, artist.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, September 2018.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
"This book collects Koshchei the Deathless #1-#6."
"From the pages of Hellboy"--Cover.
"Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Russian witch. Now Koshchei relives every horrible act on his road to immortality and beyond, with none other than his one-time enemy Hellboy himself--in a bar in Hell."-- Provided by publisher.

Sawkill Girls

October 15, 2018
Legrand, Claire, 1986- author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
447 pages ; 22 cm
"Who are the Sawkill Girls? Marion: The newbie. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she's sure she'll never find. Zoey: The pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she's broken—or maybe everyone else is. Val: The queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives; a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies. Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight...until now."--Back cover.

Infidel

October 15, 2018
Pichetshote, Pornsak, author.
©2018
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduction by Tananarive Due.
Afterword by Jeff Lemire.
"A horror tale for the 21st century, Infidel follows an American Muslim woman and her multi-racial neighbors who move into a building haunted by entities fueled by xenophobia."--Back cover.

Anthony Bourdain's hungry ghosts

October 10, 2018
Bourdain, Anthony, author.
©2018
127 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
"This volume collects issues #1-4 of Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts."
"Plus 5 all-new original recipes"--Cover.
Kaidan / Alberto Ponticelli -- The starving skeleton / Alberto Ponticelli -- The pirates / Vanesa Del Rey -- Salty horse / Leonardo Manco -- The heads / Mateus Santolouco -- Deep / Sebastian Cabrol -- Boil in the belly / Paul Pope -- The snow woman / Irene Koh -- The cow head / Francesco Francavilla.
"On a dark, haunted night, a Russian Oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller tells a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food."--Provided by publisher.

Dracul

October 10, 2018
Stoker, Dacre, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
493 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here ... A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents' Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen--a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen--and that the nightmare they've thought long ended is only beginning. A riveting novel of gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only Dracula's true origin, but Bram Stoker's---and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.

Devil's day

October 9, 2018
Hurley, Andrew Michael, 1975- author.
©2017
295 pages ; 24 cm
"A gripping and unsettling new novel by the award-winning author of The Loney that asks how much we owe to tradition, and how far we will go to preserve it"-- Provided by publisher.

Spirit ascendancy

October 5, 2018
Holmes, E. E., author.
Townsend, MA : Lily Faire Publishing, [2015]
387 pages ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Spirit prophecy.
Jess and Hannah Ballard are on the run, pursued by the two most powerful groups in the history of the spirit world. On one side the Durupinen, determined to capture the girls and prevent their role in an ancient prophecy that promises to destroy them and unleash the spirit hordes on the earth. On the other side the Necromancers, ancient enemies of the Durupinen, hellbent on bringing the same prophecy to fruition. When the girls are betrayed and one of them falls into the Necromancers' hands, both face decisions with cataclysmic consequences.

The wrong girl

October 1, 2018
Stine, R. L., author.
New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
328 pages ; 21 cm
"Poppy Miller swears she will get payback for Jack Sabers's cruel prank that humiliated her in front of all her friends. Then her classmates start turning up dead. All eyes are on Poppy. Is Poppy being framed? Or did the kids of Shadyside High mess with the wrong girl?"--Back cover.

The dark descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

September 28, 2018
White, Kiersten, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
292 pages ; 24 cm
The events of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein unfold from the perspective of Elizabeth Lavenza, who is adopted as a child by the Frankensteins as a companion for their volatile son Victor.

Blood communion : a tale of Prince Lestat

September 27, 2018
Rice, Anne, 1941- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
255 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
In this spellbinding novel, Lestat, rebel outlaw, addresses the tribe of vampires, directly, intimately, passionately, and tells the mesmerizing story of the formation of the Blood Communion and how he became Prince of the vampire world, the true ruler of this vast realm, and how his vision for all the Children of the Universe to thrive as one, came to be. The tale spills from Lestat's heart, as he speaks first of his new existence as reigning monarch--and then of his fierce battle of wits and words with the mysterious Rhoshamandes, proud Child of the Millennia, reviled outcast for his senseless slaughter of the legendary ancient vampire Maharet, avowed enemy of Queen Akasha; Rhoshamandes, a demon spirit who refuses to live in harmony at the Court of Prince Lestat and threatens all that Lestat has dreamt of. As the tale unfolds, Lestat takes us from the towers and battlements of his ancestral castle in the snow-covered mountains of France to the verdant wilds of lush Louisiana with its lingering fragrances of magnolias and night jasmine; from the far reaches of the Pacific's untouched islands to the 18th-century city of St. Petersburg and the court of the Empress Catherine . . .

Nightingale

September 26, 2018
Lukavics, Amy.
Don MIlls, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, [2018]
344 pages ; 22 cm
At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn't be--independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner's domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered--suburbia isn't the only prison for different women ... --Amazon.com.

The dark assassin

September 24, 2018
Delaney, Joseph, 1945- author.
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2017.
319 pages : 20 cm.
"First published in 2017 in Great Britain by The Bodley Head, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, under the title The Starblade Chronicles: Dark Assassin."--Copyright page.
"In his job as the county's spook seventeen-year-old Thomas Ward is used to battling boggarts, witches, and other creatures of the dark. But now he and his apprentice, Jenny, must team up with former rivals and enemies to fight the evil Kobalos warriors intent on destroying the county. The fight has cost the life of a strong ally, Grimalkin the witch assassin. Determined to end the war with the demons, Tom leads Jenny and Alice to Pendle for one last epic clash. Loyalties will be tested, alliances will be broken, and not everyone will survive"--Amazon.

Carmilla : a tragic love story

September 24, 2018
Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan, 1814-1873.
[Place of publication not identified] : Dusty White, ©2009.
xii, 93 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Original unabridged 1872 story."

Thirteen days by Sunset Beach

September 21, 2018
Campbell, Ramsey, 1946-
©2018
277 pages ; 24 cm
For Ray and Sandra, it's their first family holiday in Greece, on the mysterious island of Vasilema. The skies are cloudier than anywhere else and the visitors are puzzled by local eccentricities: the lack of mirrors, the outsize beach umbrellas, and the odd nocturnal rituals. Why do some islanders seem to follow the family wherever they go? Why do the visitors have strangely similar dreams? And has Sandra been granted a wish she didn't know she'd made? Their tours take them around the island to a holiday resort that is unnaturally deserted during the day and to a cave where more than one gruesome discovery lies in wait. Before their holiday is over, some of the family may learn too much about the secret that keeps the island alive.

Demon slayer = Kimetsu no yaiba

September 21, 2018
Gotoge, Koyoharu, 1988- author, artist.
San Francisco, CA : VIZ Media, LLC, [2018]-
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Translation of: Kimetsu no yaiba.
First published in Japan in 2016 by Shueisha Inc., Tokyo.
v. 1. Cruelty
In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal until his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his family and turns his sister into another demon, forcing Tanjiro on a dangerous journey to destroy the demon and save his sister.

Court of shadows

September 19, 2018
Roux, Madeleine, 1985- author.
©2018
419 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"After the frightful events of last autumn, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton has settled into her role as a maid at Coldthistle House, but she has not settled into what that means for her humanity. As Louisa struggles to figure out whether she is worthy of redemption, the devilish Mr. Morningside plans a fete- one that will bring new guests to Coldthistle House. From wicked humans to Upworlders, angelic beings who look down upon Mr. Morningside's monstrous staff, all are armed with their own brand of self-righteous justice. Even a man claiming to be Louisa's father has a role to play, though what his true motive is, Louisa cannot tell. The conflicts will eventually come to a head on the grounds of Coldthistle House-and the stakes include Louisa's very soul." -- Publisher's website.

We sold our souls

September 18, 2018
Hendrix, Grady, author.
Philadelphia, PA : Quirk books, [2018]
333 pages ; 24 cm
"In this hard-rocking, spine-tingling supernatural thriller, the washed-up guitarist of a '90s heavy metal band embarks on an epic road-trip across America and deep into the web of a sinister conspiracy. Grady Hendrix, horror writer and author of Paperbacks from Hell and My Best Friend's Exorcism, is back with his most electrifying novel yet. In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success--but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in obscurity. Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western--she's tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when a shocking act of violence turns her life upside down, and she begins to suspect that Terry sabotaged more than just the band. Kris hits the road, hoping to reunite with the rest of her bandmates and confront the man who ruined her life. It's a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a celebrity rehab center to a music festival from hell. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, pill-popping, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul ... where only a lone girl with a guitar can save us all."--Amazon.

Not even bones

September 11, 2018
Schaeffer, Rebecca, author.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
359 pages ; 22 cm
Nita's mother hunts monsters and, after Nita dissects and packages them, sells them online, but when Nita follows her conscience to help a live monster escape, she is sold on the black market in his place.

The walking dead

September 10, 2018
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

Giles. Season 11, Girl blue

September 10, 2018
Whedon, Joss, 1964- author.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2018.
100 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Series tie-in"--Back cover.
"From the world of Buffy the vampire slayer"--Cover.
From Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander comes a series that returns Buffy's Rupert Giles to high school! But this time--as a grown man living in a teenage body--Giles will be a student instead of a teacher. At an inner-city LA-area school, when a mystical influence is detected and teachers start to go missing, Giles enrolls to investigate. What he finds is more than vampires and demons; something unusual and frightening is happening here. If Giles can get through one day as a student, he'll have a chance to find out who, what, and where--but high school is still hell, y'all.--Back cover.

The chrysalis

September 6, 2018
Deneen, Brendan, author.
New York : TOR, 2018.
304 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving zthe cityy is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs. For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny's unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He's not ready for this kind of responsibility. Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks―enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true. The Deckers' dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom's obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all. No one ever really wants to grow up…but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive"--Amazon.com.

Epidemic of the living dead

August 27, 2018
Russo, John, 1939- author.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corporation, 2018.
268 pages ; 21 cm.
It starts with infected needles and spreads like a plague. Soon the town of Chapel Grove, Pennsylvania is overrun with cannibalistic corpses. Some are taken down with a bullet to the brain and others are torched, but a few have survived -- inside a maternity ward.

Flight or fright

August 27, 2018
Baltimore : Cemetery Dance Publications, [2018]
332 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction / Stephen King -- Cargo / E. Michael Lewis -- Horror of the heights / Arthur Conan Doyle -- Nightmare at 20,000 feet / Richard Matheson -- Flying machine / Ambrose Bierce -- Lucifer! / E. C. Tubb -- Fifth category / Tom Bissell -- Two minutes forty-five seconds / Dan Simmons -- Diablitos / Cody Goodfellow, Cody -- Air raid / John Varley -- You are released / Joe Hill -- Warbirds / David J. Schow -- The flying machine / Ray Bradbury -- Zombies on a plane / Bev Vincent -- They shall not grow old / Roald Dahl -- Murder in the air / Peter Tremayne -- The turbulance expert / Stephen King -- Falling / James Dickey -- Afterword: an important message from the flight deck / Bev Vincent.
An anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube with hundreds of strangers. All the ways a trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some never thought of before. Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, and Dan Simmons.

Outcast

August 21, 2018
Kirkman, Robert, author.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2015-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in magazine form.
v. 1. A darkness surrounds him -- v. 2. A vast and unending ruin -- v. 3. This little light -- v. 4. Under devil's wing -- v. 5. The new path -- v. 6 Invasion

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