New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

January 18, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Feral : a novel

January 17, 2020
Luiken, Nicole, 1971- author.
269 pages ; 22 cm
"17-year-old Chloe fears she's a Dud, a child born to two werewolves who can't change into a wolf. If she's still a Dud by the time she reaches adulthood, she'll be exiled. In the meantime, she's at the bottom of the pack hierarchy. But Chloe is a natural Alpha, unable to bow her head meekly, and the other teens in her small town pack make her life miserable. While running through the woods, she encounters a feral werewolf with the opposite problem: he's trapped in wolf form. Chloe suspects the feral is her old classmate, Marcus, who everyone believes died along with the rest of his family in a mysterious plane crash last year. Pack lore says that any werewolf that remains in wolf form for more than a few days is dangerous and lost forever. Chloe vows to help Marcus regain his human self because giving up on him would mean admitting possible failure for herself, too. But she must act quickly. Pack law mandates killing ferals"-- Provided by publisher.

The last witness

January 14, 2020
McFall, Claire, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, 2020.
268 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Hot Key Books, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK, in 2015 under title: Black Cairn Point.
While on a camping trip to an isolated beach on the Scottish coast, Heather's friends suffer the wrath of a malevolent spirit, and a year later, Heather remains imprisoned in a facility, refusing to admit guilt.

Shadowshaper legacy

January 10, 2020
Older, Daniel José, author.
423 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
A war is brewing among the different Houses, some of Sierra's shadowshapers are still in jail, and the House of Shadow and Light has been getting threatening messages from whisper wraiths, and even though one spy was exposed Sierra is not quite sure who she can trust--but the deal with Death made by one of her ancestors has given her power, and she will need to control it and confront her family's past if she has any hope of saving the future.

Marked by the moon

January 2, 2020
Handeland, Lori, author.
©2017, 2010
336 pages ; 21 cm.
"Alexandra Trevalyn was once a member of an elite force of werewolf hunters, but these days she's going rogue, determined to rid the world of the crazed killers, specifically the one that killed her parents. Once a Viking, now a werewolf, Julian Barlow has been hunting Alex since she killed his gentle wife. His plans of vengeance are downright devious. To make Alex understand, up close and personal, that not all werewolves are evil, killing machines, he makes Alex a werewolf too. It's only a matter of time before she succumbs to the freedom of the wolf that runs through her veins, if she doesn't succumb to the temptation of Julian first. At his magical village above the Arctic Circle a rogue werewolf kills the innocent. Can Julian and Alex work together to save the rest of the pack? Or will they just tear each other apart?"--Page [4] of cover.

Attack of the zombie zing

December 31, 2019
Greenwald, Tom, 1962- author.
New York : Scholastic Inc., [2020]
230 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Arnold, a zombie fifth-grader, introduces an old friend to the wild world of elementary school.

The dead girls club : a novel

December 31, 2019
Walters, Damien Angelica, author.
New York : Crooked Lane, 2019.
280 pages ; 25 cm
"In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real - and she could prove it. That belief got Becca killed. It's been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night - that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She's done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn't seen since the night Becca died. The night Heather killed her. Now, someone else knows what she did ... and they're determined to make Heather pay"

The hanged man

December 31, 2019
Edwards, K. D., 1971- author.
[Amherst, NY] : Pyr, 2019.
387 pages ; 21 cm
The last member of a murdered House tries to protect his ward from forced marriage to a monster while uncovering clues to his own tortured past. The Tarot Sequence imagines a modern-day Atlantis off the coast of Massachusetts, governed by powerful Courts based on the traditional Tarot deck. Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Throne, is backed into a fight of high court magic and political appetites in a desperate bid to protect his ward, Max, from a forced marital alliance with the Hanged Man. Rune's resistance will take him to the island's dankest corners, including a red light district made of moored ghost ships; the residence of Lady Death; and the floor of the ruling Convocation, where a gathering of Arcana will change Rune's life forever.

Where winter finds you : a Caldwell Christmas

December 30, 2019
Ward, J. R., 1969- author.
New York : Pocket Books, 2019.
xiv, 445 pages ; 18 cm
"A Caldwell Christmas"--Cover.
"When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death, his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion? Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she's looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable. Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance...or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is?" --

Daughter of chaos

December 30, 2019
Brennan, Sarah Rees, author.
362 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title: Chilling adventures of Sabrina.
With her powers growing daily, Sabrina Spellman must find her way among the witches and warlocks at the Academy of Unseen Arts, and determine if her new classmates are friends or foes.

The vanishing

December 23, 2019
Krentz, Jayne Ann, author.
New York : Berkley, 2020.
294 pages ; 24 cm.
"Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, 'The Incident' occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed-they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then the scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived. Determined not to become research subjects of strange experiments, the residents of Fogg Lake blamed the 'hallucinations' on food poisoning, and the story worked. But now it has become apparent that the eerie effects of The Incident are showing up in the descendants of Fogg Lake... Catalina Lark and Olivia LeClair, best friends and co-owners of an investigation firm in Seattle, use what they call their "other sight" to help solve cases. When Olivia suddenly vanishes one night, Cat frantically begins the search for her friend. No one takes the disappearance seriously except Slate Arganbright, an agent from a shadowy organization known only as The Foundation, who shows up at her firm with a cryptic warning. A ruthless killer is hunting the only witnesses to a murder that occurred in the Fogg Lake caves fourteen years ago-Catalina and Olivia. And someone intends to make both women vanish"-- Provided by publisher.

Miss Violet and the Great War

December 23, 2019
Hieber, Leanna Renee, author.
318 pages ; 21 cm.
"Leanna Renee Hieber's debut novel, republished by Tor Books as Strangely Beautiful, won two Prism Awards and established her as one of the founders of gaslamp fantasy--tales of the spiritual and supernatural set in the Victorian Era."--Provided by publisher.
"Miss Violet and the Great War begins in Victorian times and sweeps readers forward to the incredible tragedy of the First World War, when millions died in the trenches and on the battlefields. Violet Rychman has been gifted from birth with the ability to see and hear ghosts...and with terrible visions of a future conflict. When war erupts, Violet knows that it is time for her to take up her life's great mission--to attempt to shorten the war and to save lives by using the supernatural abilities she was born with, and the new powers bestowed on her by the ancient Muses. One woman, alone, trying to stop an international conflict. It seems impossible. But Violet has allies she hasn't even met yet"-- Provided by publisher.

The vine witch

December 23, 2019
Smith, Luanne G., author.
256 pages ; 21 cm
"A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France. For centuries, the vineyards at Chateau Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorciere Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger. Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn't endorse the locals' belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she'll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won't rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley"

The lights go out in Lychford

December 20, 2019
Cornell, Paul, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2019.
159 pages ; 21 cm
"The borders of Lychford are crumbling. Other realities threaten to seep into the otherwise quiet village, and the resident wise woman is struggling to remain wise. The local magic shop owner and the local priest are having troubles of their own. And a mysterious stranger is on hand to offer a solution to everyone's problems. No cost, no strings (she says). But as everyone knows, free wishes from strangers rarely come without a price..."--Publisher.


December 20, 2019
Mamatas, Nick, author.
New York : Tor, 2019.
302 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
The infamous 11th-century warrior Hexen Sabbath is plucked from death and certain damnation by a being claiming to be an angel of the Lord, and finds himself dropped into contemporary Manhattan with no clothes, no weapons, no resources, and one mission--to track down and kill the living personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins before they bring about Armageddon.

Storm of secrets : a haunted bluffs mystery

December 19, 2019
Marion, Loretta, author.
327 pages ; 25 cm
A powerful storm descends upon Cape Cod's Whale Rock the weekend Cassandra Mitchell and David Benjamin are set to wed at The Bluffs, a magnificent Victorian mansion. In the wake of the storm's destruction, three-year-old Lucas Kleister disappears, and the body of small-time drug dealer Lee Chambers is found in a restaurant dumpster. Now there is a murder to solve and a missing child to find.


December 19, 2019
Grant, Donna, author.
383 pages ; 18 cm.
"For centuries, the Dragon Kings have lived among mortals, forsaking their true selves. But for Keltan, hiding in the realm of shadows--and existing only in the world of dreams--is no longer an option. A human woman claims to know that he, like other dark warriors of his kind, is real. That the legends about these powerful, seductive men with hearts ablaze are true. And that, with just one embrace, Keltan could destroy her ... or love her until the end of time. Bernadette Davies is an anthropologist who knows better than to fall into the arms of a Dragon King. But how can she resist Keltan when he's so willing to share his secrets and bare his soul? He hasn't met a beautiful, trustworthy woman like Bernadette in ... forever. But once they give into their mutual desire, their worlds will never be the same. Soon Bernadette must face her dilemma: Should she expose the truth about Keltan in the name of science? Or join him in his battle with the dark forces--in the name of love?"-- Provided by publisher.

Potions are for pushovers

December 19, 2019
Berry, Tamara, author.
280 pages ; 22 cm.
"It may have been a ghost that led Eleanor Wilde to set up shop in a quaint English village. But now that she's established herself as the town witch, Ellie's contentedly casting spells on anyone desperate enough--or gullible enough--to request her mysterious potions... Selling mystical elixirs and tantalizing tonics is a pretty good way for a fake medium to earn a living. Or at least it's Ellie's main source of income--until a villager turns up dead. The cause? Murder by poisoning. And though Ellie's concoctions don't include anything worthy of a skull and crossbones, suddenly she's the prime suspect. Her only recourse is to find the culprit who did do away with Sarah Blackthorne. No one liked the mean old battle-axe. But did anyone hate her enough to kill her? It's enough of a mystery to make Ellie hang up her witch's hat and take millionaire beau Nicholas Hartford up on his offer to keep her afloat. Except Ellie is not the kind of woman to lean on a man--least of all a man she adores but whose place in her life is uncertain. Besides, Ellie's taken on two young witches-in-training--apprentices if you will--and both of them are convinced a werewolf is the murderer. Just as Ellie's wondering if there really is something otherworldly going on, animals suddenly begin to disappear--including her beloved cat, Beast. Now Ellie's on the warpath to uncover the wicked truth about the people and the place she's only just begun to call home..."--Provided by publisher.


December 19, 2019
Drake, Temple, 1955- author.
New York : Other Press, [2019]
340 pages ; 18 cm
"Her secret must be kept for all eternity"--Front cover.
"One night in 2012, Zhang Guo Xing takes a group of European clients to a fashionable high-end nightclub in Shanghai. While there, he meets a strikingly beautiful young Western woman called Naemi Vieno Kuusela. The physical attraction between them proves irresistible, and they embark on an intoxicating affair. But Naemi is not what she appears to be... To Zhang's surprise, she veers between passion and wariness, conducting the relationship entirely on her own terms. He feels driven to find out more about her, and is swiftly drawn into a web of intrigue, mystery, and horror. Is she a ghost? A demon? Do the living dead walk the streets of twenty-first century Shanghai?"-- Provided by publisher.

I've been killing slimes for 300 years and maxed out my level. 1

December 19, 2019
Morita, Kisetsu, author.
New York : Yen On, 2018.
213 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"Original Japanese edition published in 2017 by SB Creative Corp."--Verso.
Azusa found herself reincarnated as an unaging witch and now spends her days hunting down the slimes, but after centuries of doing this simple job she has ended up with insane powers.

Wicked hour

December 19, 2019
Neill, Chloe, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
352 pages ; 21 cm.
"In the second pulse-pounding novel in the USA Today bestselling Heirs of Chicagoland series, vampire Elisa Sullivan gets drawn into the shifting sands of Pack politics. Vampires were made, not born--until Elisa Sullivan came along. As the only vampire child in existence, she grew up with a heavy legacy, and tried to flee her past. Then circumstances drew her back to Chicago, and she stayed to keep it safe. With shifter Connor Keene, the only son of Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, at her side, she faced down a supernatural evil that threatened to destroy Chicago forever. After the dust from the attack has settled, Elisa is surprised when Connor invites her to a usually private Pack event in the north woods of Minnesota, and by the warm welcome she receives from some of Connor's family, even though she's a vampire. But the peace doesn't last. The shifters tell tales of a monster in the woods, and when the celebration is marred by death, Elisa and Connor find themselves in the middle of a struggle for control that forces Elisa to face her true self--fangs and all" -- Provided by publisher.

Ghost of the bamboo road : a Hiro Hattori novel

December 18, 2019
Spann, Susan, author.
238 pages ; 21 cm.
"January 1566: En route to Edo, Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo spend the night in a rural mountain village whose inhabitants live in terror of a legendary vengeful ghost. When the innkeeper's wife is murdered and Father Mateo's housekeeper, Ana, is blamed for a crime she did not commit, Hiro and Father Mateo are forced to investigate and reveal the truth. But when another woman turns up murdered in the snow, the detectives must face the shocking truth that the vengeful yurei the villagers fear might be more than just a legend after all."--Page 4 of cover.

The pursuit of William Abbey

December 18, 2019
North, Claire, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2019.
453 pages : 21 cm
Includes Extras containing meet the author, an excerpt from Ghoster by Jason Arnopp and The witch's kind by Louisa Morgan (pages 423-453).
"South Africa, 1884. A young and naive English doctor by the name of William Abbey witnesses the lynching of a local boy by the white colonists. As the child dies, his mother curses William. William begins to understand what the curse means when the shadow of the dead boy starts following him across the world. It never stops, never rests. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die."--Amazon.

The goddess gets her guy

December 18, 2019
Chase, Ashlyn, author.
310 pages ; 17 cm
"What happens when the goddess meets Mr. Right... but she absolutely can't tell him who she really is? After leaving his job as a cardiac surgeon, Dr. Aaron Samuels needs a new purpose in his life. Wanting to help his patients even if he can't operate, he heads to the Puerto Rican rainforest to find a cure for heart disease. He never imagined he'd meet a beautiful, mysterious woman, especially not one talking to a frog in the middle of the jungle... Gaia--a.k.a. Mother Nature--has had it with paranormals breaking her number one rule: Never reveal your supernatural powers to humans, not even your mate. Fed up, she transports to the rainforest, happy to converse with amphibians who don't talk back. But Dr. Samuels is a much better conversationalist, and Gaia can't wait to help him mend all those broken hearts he told her about. When her attempts to help only complicate things between them, Gaia begins to wonder what would happen if she opened her heart and was honest with Aaron...and herself. Maybe her number one rule has been wrong all along..."--Provided by publisher.

Monster of the week

December 17, 2019
Lukens, F. T., author.
303 pages ; 21 cm
"Spring semester of Bridger Whitt's senior year of high school is looking great. He has the perfect boyfriend, a stellar best friend, and an acceptance letter to college. He also has this incredible job as an assistant to Pavel Chudinov, an intermediary tasked with helping cryptids navigate the modern world. His days are filled with kisses, laughs, pixies, and the occasional unicorn. Life is awesome. But as graduation draws near, Bridger's perfect life begins to unravel. Uncertainties about his future surface, his estranged dad shows up out of nowhere, and, perhaps worst of all, a monster-hunting television show arrives in town to investigate the series of strange events from last fall. The show's intrepid host will not be deterred, and Bridger finds himself trapped in a game of cat and mouse that could very well put the myth world at risk. Again."--Back cover.

Leopard's wrath

December 16, 2019
Feehan, Christine, author.
420 pages ; 18 cm.
"Born into a world of crime, Mitya Amurov has had a hard life, and his leopard has developed into a feral beast to protect him. It's constantly trying to claw its way to the surface, until a chance encounter with a stranger instantly calms the predator inside him. While Mitya wants Ania desperately, it's only a matter of time before his past catches up with him, and he'd rather die than put her in danger. But Ania is dealing with dangers of her own.... Considering her family's history, Ania Dover should know better than to get mixed up with a criminal like Mitya, but she just can't stay away. Something wild in her responds to his presence. A need so strong it scares her. But she's not sure she can accept what he's offering. Ania has always been an independent woman, and Mitya expects to be obeyed in all things. Even with her body calling out for his, Ania won't let anything stop her from settling a deadly score years in the making--not even the man who wants to claim her as his mate."--Page 4 of cover

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