New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

November 9, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Winterwood

November 8, 2019
Ernshaw, Shea, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
322 pages ; 22 cm
"Be careful of the dark, dark wood... Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it's this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman -- the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago -- and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he'd been missing. But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver's presence. And it's not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn't know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own -- secrets he'll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn't the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago. For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why."-- Provided by publisher.

Murder can mess up your masterpiece

November 7, 2019
Pressey, Rose, author.
©2019
277 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from Murder can confuse your chihuahua.
"First in a new series!"--Front cover.
"Artist Celeste Cabot welcomes the chance to show her paintings at a craft fair in her hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where she and her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, can park her vintage Shasta trailer and sell her creations, too. Unfortunately, her sales take a hit when a customer returns a painting, claiming it's haunted. When a fellow vendor discovers images hidden in Celeste's artwork--and a ghost pays her a late-night visit--she's shocked to realize she has psychic abilities. After the grumpy manager of the craft fair is found with a knife in his neck, Celeste's brushes with the paranormal may help fill in the picture--and make sure the wrong person doesn't get framed..."--Provided by publisher.

The cunning man

November 7, 2019
Butler, D. J. (David John), 1973- author.
©2019
312 pages ; 24 cm
"A witch is someone whose craft is malevolent, someone who curses you. A cunning man is the person who is master of the lore necessary to defend you against witches, and against other evil powers. Hiram is also a widower and a beet farmer, who learned his occult lore from his Grandma Hettie. Grandma Hettie raised Hiram on her farm; she said her prayers in German, sang the Psalms to secret melodies, and knew the special properties of stones. In the 1930s, with the western United States sunk in deep depression, Hiram and his adopted son try to help the poor-delivering food, helping the unemployed find jobs, digging out collapsed wells, and settling family disputes. Behind the played-out farms and failed businesses, Hiram finds demons, curses, sorcerers, and unatoned wrongs. Bags of groceries and carpentry won't be enough-to truly help the poor, Hiram will have to turn to Grandma Hettie's magic"-- Provided by publisher.

Frost and flame

November 7, 2019
Showalter, Gena, author.
©2019
416 pages ; 17 cm
"Bane of Adwaeweth is the most feared immortal warrior in All War history. Possessed by a bloodthirsty beast, he will stop at nothing to win. Then he meets irresistible Nola Lee. He hates the power she wields over him, but she alone can rain vengeance upon his wife's killer. Unaware of her destiny to rule as queen of beasts, Nola battles illness, addiction and vulnerability. With Bane, however, she experiences pleasure for the first time, and only wants more. But being with him comes with a terrible price. With enemies lurking around every corner, Bane and Nola must fight to survive. But time is running out, and neither can resist the sizzling attraction blazing between them. Will their romance save the beast and his beauty, or destroy everything they've come to love?"--Amazon.

The orchid throne

November 7, 2019
Kennedy, Jeffe, 1966- author.
©2019
viii, 376 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from The Fiery Crown ([365]-376).
As queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Lia will do anything to keep her people free, and her secrets safe. Guided by a magic ring of her father's, Lia plays the political game withe the cronies the emperor sends to her island. Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has an army to overthrow the emperor, but he needs the fabled Abiding Ring that Lia holds to succeed.

The Backstagers and the final blackout

November 5, 2019
Mientus, Andy, author.
©2019
215 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
A mysterious masked man has stolen all of the artifacts and it is up to the Backstagers, each with his or her own unique skills, to retrieve them.

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.

The rift

October 31, 2019
Craw, Rachael, author.
©2018
352 pages ; 22 cm
As corporate greed is pitted against supernatural forces, two young friends must try to protect the precious Old Herd--and their island itself. For generations, the rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against the horrors released by the Rift. And Cal West, an apprentice ranger, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks. But even greater challenges await with the return of his childhood friend Meg Archer and the onset of a new threat that not even the rangers are prepared for. Now Meg and Cal, while struggling with their mutual attraction, must face their darkest fears to save the island from disaster. In a possible near future where Big Pharma is pitted against ancient traditions and the supernatural, Rachael Craw's gripping and brutal tale, inspired by Greek mythology, will immerse readers and leave them intoxicated by its richly imagined world.

The beautiful

October 29, 2019
Ahdieh, Renée, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
425 pages ; 22 cm
Series information from Goodreads.com.
"In 19th century New Orleans, Celine, a dressmaker from Paris, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery that's connected to a glamorous supernatural cohort"-- Provided by publisher.

Cold as marble

October 29, 2019
Aarsen, Zoe, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
376 pages ; 21 cm.
"The deadly game continues ... Olivia and Candace are dead, both casualties of Violet's deadly game of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. McKenna and Mischa are the only ones left, and having failed to locate and destroy the source of Violet's power, her curse still abounds, eager to claim more lives. What does Violet want? And how can she be stopped? Armed with a mysterious package containing clues, as well as a little help from the beyond, McKenna hopes to end this once and for all ... before it's too late"--Amazon.

A house of ghosts : a mystery

October 29, 2019
Ryan, William, 1965- author.
New York : Arcade/CrimeWise, 2019.
372 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain by Zaffre, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK"--Title page verso.
"An Arcade CrimeWise book"--Title page.
Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, armaments manufacturer Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons, both of whom died at the front. Among the guests, two have been secretly dispatched from the intelligence service: Kate Cartwright, a friend of the family who lost her beloved brother at the Somme and who, in the realm of the spiritual, has her own special gift; and the mysterious Captain Donovan, recently returned from Europe. Top secret plans for weapons developed by Lord Highmount's company have turned up in Berlin, and there is reason to believe enemy spies will be in attendance. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends, they find themselves trapped on the island. Soon one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one.

The Furies

October 29, 2019
Lowe, Kathryn A., author.
©2019
viii, 358 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in the United Kingdom by HarperCollins Publishers.
In 1990s England, at an elite boarding school connected to seventeenth-century witch trials, troubled sixteen-year-old Violet is drawn into a circle of friends dabbling in witchcraft to avenge wrongs done to them.

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.

Before the devil fell : a novel

October 25, 2019
Olson, Neil, 1964- author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, [2019]
316 pages ; 22 cm
"Will Connor returns to his hometown, a village north of Boston, to care for his injured mother. He's kept his distance from the town since high school, but once home he finds himself reexamining a horrific incident that took place during one of his mother's 'spirit circles.' His mother had embraced the hippie generation's fascination with New Age and the arcane, but the unexpected death of a close friend put an end to the meetings of the modern-day coven. Or did it? As Will looks deeper into his family's history he discovers that her practices weren't so much a passing fad but the latest link in a long tradition of New England witchcraft, which still seems to hold a strange power over the town. Will hopes that unearthing the facts about the death will put his questions to rest, but there are those willing to resort to violence to keep those secrets buried"--Publisher's description.

Secrets of the chocolate house

October 24, 2019
Brackston, Paula, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
308 pages ; 25 cm
"After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. She tells herself she must forget about Samuel and leave him in the past where he belongs. With the help of her new friends, she does her best to move on, focusing instead on the success of her and Flora's antique shop. But there are still things waiting to be found, still injustices needing to be put right, still voices whispering to Xanthe from long ago about secrets wanting to be shared. While looking for new stock for the shop, Xanthe hears the song of a copper chocolate pot. Soon after, she has an upsetting vision of Samuel in great danger, compelling her to make another journey to the past. This time she'll meet her most dangerous adversary. This time her ability to travel to the past will be tested. This time she will discover her true destiny. Will that destiny allow her to return home? And will she be able to save Samuel when his own fate seems to be sealed?"--Publisher description.

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.

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.

Home for the holidays

October 18, 2019
Spear, Terry. author.
©2019
372 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from You had me at wolf.--Pages [358]- 372
"Gray wolves Meghan MacTire and Sheriff Peter Jorgenson plan to spend the rest of their lives together, and what better time to start forever than Christmas? But they are both harboring dark secrets that are about to surface and threaten their future together. With holiday magic in the air and all Silver Town ready to celebrate, Meghan and Peter have to conquer the past if they're to have any hope of celebrating this Christmas together."--Back cover

Immortal born

October 11, 2019
Sands, Lynsay, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
377 pages ; 17 cm
A simple promise to protect her friend's infant son has turned Allie Chambers' existence upside down. Caring for--and feeding--an orphaned vampire baby has been tricky. When her attempts to steal from a blood bank go awry, Allie wakes up surrounded by doctors, cops . . . and the gorgeous, mesmerizing Magnus, who she can neither trust nor resist. Magnus never expected to find his life mate breaking into a blood bank. Clearly, Allie is already entwined with his world--in deeper, more dangerous ways than she realizes. A band of vicious rogue immortals is in pursuit, and Magnus' first task is to keep her safe. His second: to awaken her to mind-blowing pleasure, and hope she'll accept the life, and the passion, that only he can offer.

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 tenth girl

October 10, 2019
Faring, Sara, author.
New York : Imprint, a part of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, LLC., 2019.
458 pages ; 24 cm
[In 1978] at the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi -- a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother -- it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina's elite girls. Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house -- despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi's ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored. One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi's existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery -- and then fight for her life.

Archangel's war

October 8, 2019
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
©2019
471 pages ; 17 cm
"The world is in chaos as the power surge of the Cascade rises to a devastating crescendo. In furiously resisting its attempts to turn Elena into a vessel for Raphael’s power, Elena and her archangel are irrevocably changed...far beyond the prophecy of a cursed Ancient. At the same time, violent and eerie events around the world threaten to wipe out entire populations. And in the Archangel Lijuan’s former territory, an unnatural fog weaves through the land, leaving only a bone-chilling silence in its wake. Soon it becomes clear that even the archangels are not immune to this deadly evil. This time, even the combined power of the Cadre may not be enough..."--Page 4 of cover

Grave importance

October 8, 2019
Shaw, Vivian, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2019.
431 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes excerpts from: The unlikely escape of Uriah Heep and The devil you know.
"A charmingly witty fantasy adventure in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, who must solve a dangerous medical mystery at a secret French spa for mummies. Oasis Natrun: a private, exclusive, highly secret luxury health spa for mummies, high in the hills above Marseille, equipped with the very latest in therapeutic innovations both magical and medical. To Dr. Greta Helsing, London's de facto mummy specialist, it sounds like paradise. But when Greta is invited to spend four months there as the interim clinical director, it isn't long before she finds herself faced with a medical mystery that will take all her diagnostic skill to solve. A peculiar complaint is spreading among her mummy patients, one she's never seen before. With help from her friends and colleagues -- including Dr. Faust (yes, that Dr. Faust), remedial psychopomps, a sleepy scribe-god, witches, demons, a British Museum curator, and the inimitable vampyre Sir Francis Varney -- Greta must put a stop to this mysterious illness before anybody else crumbles to irreparable dust... ...and before the fabric of reality itself can undergo any more structural damage."-- Provided by publisher.

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.

Oscuros : La eternidad y un día

October 7, 2019
Kate, Lauren, author.
©2012
205 pages ; 21 cm.
Originalmente publicado en ingles en EE.UU. como Fallen in love por Delacorte Press.
El amor donde menos lo esperas -- Lecciones de amor -- Amor ardiente -- Amor infinito.
Una colección de cuatro historias de amor.

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