New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

May 24, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Darkness on the edge of town

May 23, 2019
Christopher, Adam, 1978- author.
New York : Del Rey, [2019]
413 pages ; 24 cm
A prequel to the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.
"Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things,"--Amazon.com.

Smoke and key

May 15, 2019
Sutton, Kelsey, author.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, 2019.
292 pages ; 21 cm
"She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she's dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names--from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it."--Back cover.

The summoning

May 14, 2019
Graham, Heather, author.
Ontario, Canada : Mira, [2019]
319 pages ; 24 cm.
When Kristi Stewart inherits a property in the old part of Savannah, she knows it comes with stories of hauntings. But she doesn't believe in ghosts, even while she runs seances for the guests of McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast. Until the inexplicable midnight appearance of one of her infamous ancestors. Terrified, she flees into the night - and right into the arms of Dallas Wicker. Dallas is trying to uncover the truth about a colleague who died under suspicious circumstances. As strange happenings continue to plague Kristi's home, it is soon clear that there's a very living threat in the neighborhood - several people have disappeared without a trace. Dallas can't find any connection between the victims, but someone wanted them gone, and it might be linked to the history of McLane House. And that means Kristi should be very afraid.

The things she's seen

May 14, 2019
Kwaymullina, Ambelin, 1975- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
197 pages ; 22 cm
The ghost of a girl who recently died in an accident makes contact with her grieving father to help solve a mystery in a remote Australian town, where a girl who speaks entirely in riddles is the only witness to a fatal fire.

Two feet under

May 13, 2019
Hunter, C. C., author.
New York : EverAfter Romance, 2018.
286 pages ; 22 cm.
Riley has accepted that her special gift is to help dead people with their unfinished business. But she never thought she'd be tasked with helping the spirit of a convicted criminal who died in prison. He may lead her on the scariest mission yet, but helping him could mean saving the life of a child. The convict's daughter needs a liver transplant and the one person who could still be a match is his brother...who also happens to be a gang leader. Hayden's not happy that Riley's discovered who he is and is seeing him sick and unconscious in his hospital bed. This feels like as good a time as ever to cross over and put all of them out of their misery....but Riley is in danger. She's visiting some of the most dangerous spots and confronting some of the creepiest low-lifes in town. For her, he'll need to regain his strength and fight to keep her safe. But dealing with other people's problems still can't keep Riley from her own. Her dad's drinking has gotten worse. And she'll soon learn it's because he's been keeping a huge, horrible secret that will change everything she believes about her family and her mother's death.

Triangulum : a novel

May 10, 2019
Ntshanga, Masande, 1986- author.
Columbus, Ohio : Two Dollar Radio, [2019]
365 pages ; 19 cm
In 2040, the South African National Space Agency receives a mysterious package containing a memoir and a set of digital recordings from an unnamed woman who claims the world will end in ten years. Assigned to the case, Dr. Naomi Buthelezi, a retired professor and science-fiction writer, is hired to investigate the veracity of the materials, and whether or not the woman's claim to have heard from a "force more powerful than humankind" is genuine. Thus begins TRIANGULUM, a found manuscript composed of the mysterious woman's memoir and her recordings. Haunted by visions of a mysterious machine, the narrator is a seemingly adrift 17-year-old girl, whose sick father never recovered from the shock of losing his wife. She struggles to navigate school, sexual experimentation, and friendship across racial barriers in post-apartheid South Africa. When three girls go missing from their town, on her mother's birthday, the narrator is convinced that it has something to do with "the machine" and how her mother also went missing in the '90s. Along with her friends, Litha and Part, she discovers a puzzling book on UFOs at the library, the references and similarities in which lead the friends to believe that the text holds clues to the narrators' mother's abduction. Drawing upon suggestions in the text, she and her friends set out on an epic journey that takes them from their small town to an underground lab, a criminal network, and finally, a mysterious, dense forest, in search of clues as to what happened to the narrator's mother.

Tomb of Ancients

May 10, 2019
Roux, Madeleine, 1985- author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
375 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
Although Louisa and her friends moved to London to escape Coldthistle House, Louisa knows she must return to find the gateway between worlds and to fight her father's evil influence.

Game of bones

May 9, 2019
Haines, Carolyn, author.
©2019
370 pages ; 22 cm
"Dr. Frank Hafner is an archaeologist working on excavating a new-found Native American temple site in the Mississippi Delta. He's also too handsome for his own good, and a bit of a flirt. Oddly enough, it's the first quality that gets him in trouble when he discovers the ritualistic murder of one of his archaeological crew. When Coleman Peters, Sheriff and Sarah Booth's boyfriend, takes Dr. Hafner in for questioning in the murder, the accused doctor hires Sarah Booth to clear his name. Soon, Sarah Booth has uncovered a number of possible suspects, but she can't narrow them down fast enough to stem the continuing violence that seems to trace back to Dr. Hafner's dig. When Peter Deerstalker, a member of the Tunica tribe, mentions a curse, it doesn't seem so far-fetched--especially when a young graduate student on the site claims someone on the site is searching for something much more precious than ancient pottery."--Provided by publisher.

Lanny : a novel

May 9, 2019
Porter, Max, author.
©2019
213 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: London : Faber & Faber, 2019.
"Not far from London, there is a village. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England's mysterious past and its confounding present. It belongs to Mad Pete, the grizzled artist. To ancient Peggy, gossiping at her gate. To families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all. Chimerical, audacious, strange and wonderful - a song to difference and imagination, to friendship, youth and love, Lanny is the globally anticipated new novel from Max Porter."--Publisher's description.

Last things

May 8, 2019
West, Jacqueline, 1979- author.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
402 pages ; 22 cm
"Anders Thorson, front man of his metal band, Last Things, is unusually gifted for a teenager, but strange things in the Minnesota woods near his hometown are threatening him. Thea, the new girl in town, says she's there to protect him, but is that the whole truth?"-- Provided by publisher.

Ignite

May 6, 2019
Grant, Donna, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2019.
399 pages ; 17 cm.
"For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King--one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness--must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires. Claire may possess the beauty and soul of a goddess but V knows better than to mess with a mere mortal. Still, he instinctively knows that Claire is The One who can help him regain the use of his sword and restore his place at Dreagan. But if she learns the truth about who--and what--he really is, her memories of him would be erased forever. How can V love Claire truly, madly, deeply...and protect her from the forces of fire and darkness that could destroy them both?"--Provided by publisher.

Storm cursed

May 3, 2019
Briggs, Patricia, author.
New York : Ace, 2019.
358 pages : 24 cm.
Mercy Thompson has opened her garage again and is trying to get back to normal. Of course, now that the Tri-Cities are viewed as neutral ground, all kinds of supernatural beings are heading her way. With her mate Adam Hauptman's firm involved in providing security to a top-secret meeting with the US government and the fae, Mercy is tapped to handle everything else--including reports of a strange witch in town...

The trouble with vampires

April 23, 2019
Sands, Lynsay, author.
©2019
297 pages ; 24 cm.
"For close to 3,000 years, the imposing, impossibly handsome Santo Notte has fought in armies across the world and battled his own more personal enemies. Of all the places he might expect to encounter his life mate, a quiet corner of upstate New York doesn't seem likely. But as soon as he makes contact with history Professor Petronella Stone while hunting down a suspected rogue immortal, he knows she will be the greatest adventure of his eternal life. He expects her to be surprised, confused, even overwhelmed. What he doesn't expect is that Pet has a secret history of her own. There's no mistaking the mind-blowing, mutual pleasure they share. But as Pet struggles to protect her nephew from a danger lurking too close to home, Santo realizes there's another threat to her safety - him. And claiming their passionate future will be impossible until he leaves his past behind, forever...."--FantasticFiction.com.

May Day murder

April 18, 2019
Hesse, Jennifer David, author.
©2019
325 pages ; 17 cm.
Spring is in the air, but for Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni, murder is the only thing blooming. Keli's looking forward to Beltane, the time-honored Wiccan holiday that celebrates life with feasting, ceremonial dancing, and ancient Celtic rituals. But since recently leaving her law firm and opening her own practice, Keli has more on her plate than simple abundance. Still, she always has time for a friend. Erik, a Druid from a neighboring town, has had a run of bad luck he blames on a curse cast by his ex-girlfriend Denise, a practicing witch whose expertise in the dark arts can't save her from her own deadly end. When Keli finds herself a person of interest in the investigation, she begins to wonder if she herself might be cursed. With a little help from her friends, including her devoted boyfriend Wes, Keli aims to find out who poisoned Denise. What she uncovers is a witch's brew of spells, hexes, and black magic that raises questions about her own Wiccan worldview. As the community gathers for the May Day festivities, it's up to Keli to stop a killer from springing ahead to another murder.

A Shifter Christmas carol

April 11, 2019
Ashley, Jennifer, author.
[United States] : JA / AG Publishing, [2018]
78 pages ; 21 cm.
"Dylan Morrissey forgoes the Shifters' traditional Yule celebration, to his family's dismay. Instead, he joins Ben at the haunted house in New Orleans, planning to meet with potential, if dangerous, allies in the Shifters' constant struggle for freedom. But the sentient house has other ideas. Dylan wakes up - or rather doesn't - unable to move or speak, and is taken on a journey to the past, present, and future. Ben, Zander, and Tiger are his guides, but is what they are showing him truth? Return to Shiftertown for a Shifters Unbound take on a classic Christmas tale!"--Page 4 of cover

The raven's tale

April 10, 2019
Winters, Cat, author.
New York, NY : Amulet Books, 2019.
361 pages : illustration; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe's plans to escape his foster family, begin classes at the prestigious new university, and marry his beloved Elmira Royster go awry when a macabre Muse appears with a request.

Mary Rose

April 4, 2019
Girard, Geoffrey, author.
©2017
265 pages ; 21 cm
Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents' permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl while the family was vacationing on a remote Scottish island. She reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot without a scratch on her and no memory of what had happened.

Grave destiny

April 2, 2019
Price, Kalayna, author.
New York : Ace, 2019.
374 pages ; 17 cm.
Alex is still trying to cdome to terms with her changing powers and growing ties to Faerie when a case she'd rather avoid falls into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs her to investigate a politically sensitive murder.

The Astral traveler's daughter : a school for psychics novel

April 1, 2019
Archer, K. C., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2019]
323 pages ; 23 cm.
"Last year, Teddy Cannon discovered she was psychic. This year, her skills will be put to the test as she investigates a secretive case that will take her far from home--and deep into the past in the thrilling follow-up to School for Psychics"-- Provided by publisher.

Ghosts of Gotham

March 29, 2019
Schaefer, Craig (Fantasy fiction writer), author.
Seattle : 47North, [2019]
436 pages ; 21 cm

Forever wolf

March 28, 2019
Vale, Maria, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2019]
339 pages ; 18 cm
"Born with one blue eye and one green, Eyulf was abandoned as an infant and has never understood why, or what he is...Varya is fiercely loyal to the Great North Pack, which took her in when she was a teenager. While out on patrol, Varya finds Eyulf wounded and starving and saves his life, at great risk to her own. Legend says his eyes portend the end of the world...or perhaps, the beginning... With old and new enemies threatening the Great North, Varya knows as soon as she sees his eyes that she must keep Eyulf hidden away from the superstitious wolves who would doom them both. Until the day they must fight to the death for the Pack's survival, side by side and heart to heart..."-- Provided by publisher.

Guestbook : ghost stories

March 27, 2019
Shapton, Leanne, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2019.
293 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"In a new incarnation of an ancient form--the ghost story--an exploration of the earthly and sublime experience of existence"-- Provided by publisher.

In a badger way

March 27, 2019
Laurenston, Shelly, author.
©2019
410 pages ; 21 cm.
"Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she's not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas. Which means that whether Shen wants her to or not, she simply won't stop cuddling him. He isn't some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring. But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn't want to know, but they'd better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she's the most dangerous to Shen's peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they're in . . . or just how damn adorable she is" -- Back cover.

The savior

March 22, 2019
Ward, J. R., 1969- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
479 pages ; 24 cm
"In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled--but Murhder's insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption. Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiance. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture. As Murhder and Sarah's destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers ... or resume his lonely existence forevermore?"-- Provided by publisher.

Never-contented things

March 19, 2019
Porter, Sarah, 1969- author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2019.
366 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
First seduced and then entrapped in an alternate reality by Prince and his fairy courtiers, foster siblings Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies' otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price.

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