New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

September 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The girl behind the red rope

September 16, 2019
Dekker, Ted, 1962- author.
©2019
330 pages ; 24 cm
Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

The stalking

September 13, 2019
Graham, Heather.
©2019
297 pages ; 23 cm.
"With the execution of a serial killer known as the Artiste, Cheyenne Donegal thinks a grim part of her past is finally put to rest. Her cousin had been the twisted killer's final victim, and then-teenage Cheyenne was integral in bringing him to justice. That tragedy drove her to become an FBI agent. And now she's back in Louisiana because someone is murdering young women in the same manner as the Artiste. Krewe of Hunters agent Andre Broussard has deep ties in New Orleans and Cajun country beyond. He knows that more than one monster has stalked the bayou. Has a deadly threat been resurrected, or does someone have a dark inspiration? With the life of a missing woman on the line, Cheyenne and Andre have to set aside their doubts about each other and work to discover the truth. The case is too close and too personal--but they can't let it go, especially now that a ruthless killer has turned the tables and is hunting them." -- Amazon.

Mrs. Morris and the ghost

September 13, 2019
Wilton, Traci, author.
©2019
325 pages ; 17 cm
"A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start--so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore--and explains that he used to live here--when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won't be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting house-guest out of the way, she'll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her "--Publisher.

The extinction agenda

September 12, 2019
Laurence, Michael, 1973- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
388 pages ; 24 cm
The discovery of a deadly virus being smuggled across the border pits FBI Special Agent James Mason and his strike force against an unknown adversary hell-bent on humanity's destruction. In a desperate effort to contain the pathogen, they launch a predawn raid, only to find that their enemy knows they're coming...and it's not about to be taken alive. An explosion rips through the building, killing the majority of Mason's team, including his partner and mentor. Tormented by guilt, Mason returns to his home division, but he can't seem to let go of the tragedy. He remembers seeing something inside the building before it went up in flames, something that convinces him that not only is the virus still out there, it's merely the first stage of an even more nefarious plan. Obsessed with unraveling the plot, he launches his own investigation and uncovers a shadow organization on the brink of enacting its genocidal agenda, one carried out by a sinister mass murderer who's been photographed at the epicenter of seemingly every historical pandemic...without appearing to age. An evil man who attempts to derail Mason's investigation by murdering his wife. With the help of his longtime friends--Gunnar Backstrom, a corporate espionage gun-for-hire, and Ramses Donovan, a sin merchant of questionable morality--Mason's hunt for his wife's killer leads him from a dark union at the dawn of the twentieth century to a network of Nazi collaborators and a conspiracy against mankind more than a hundred years in the making. Fueled by anger and driven by the promise of vengeance, he must overcome a monster preparing to unleash his virulent wrath upon an unsuspecting world if he's to have any hope of exposing a deep-state entity that's rooted in every facet of our society, an entity known only as...The Thirteen.

The unkindest tide

September 11, 2019
McGuire, Seanan, author.
©2019
x, 356 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: Night and silence.
Featuring an all-new novella: Hope is swift.
"Hundreds of years ago, the Selkies made a deal with the sea witch: they would have the sea for as long as she allowed it, and when the time came, she would call in all their debts at once. Many assumed that day would never come. Those people were wrong. When the Luidaeg--October "Toby" Daye's oldest and most dangerous ally--tells her the time has come for the Selkies to fulfill their side of the bargain, and that Toby must be a part of the process, Toby can't refuse. Literally. The Selkies aren't the only ones in debt to the Luidaeg, and Toby has to pay what she owes like anyone else. They will travel to the fabled Duchy of Ships and call a convocation of the Selkies, telling them to come and meet the Luidaeg's price, or face the consequences. Of course, nothing is that simple. When Dianda Lorden's brother appears to arrest Dianda for treason against the Undersea, when a Selkie woman is stripped of her skin and then murdered, when everything is falling apart, that's when Toby will have to answer the real question of the hour. Is she going to sink? Or is she going to swim?" --Publisher.

The palm reader : a novel

September 11, 2019
Bowron, Christopher.
©2018
319 pages ; 23 cm.
Jackson Walker once again faces his demons in this haunting sequel to Devil in the Grass. Now working as an investigative lawyer for Peter Robertson, Jack teams with Janie Callaghan to solve the disappearance of a sleazy client specializing in taboo pornography. Meanwhile the evil head of the Church of Satan weaves an intricate web to lure Walker as the sacrificial lamb in an Everglades Black Mass ritual.

Devil in the grass

September 11, 2019
Bowron, Christopher.
©2016
248 pages ; 23 cm.
When his pro football career fails, Jackson Walker returns to his home in southwest Florida to sort out his life. He lands an internship with Republican state senator James Hunter, whose Clean Water Bill puts him at odds with influential members of The Brotherhood of Set, a Satanic cult. They have deep roots in Florida, and are led by the sinister Henrietta LePley. After Walker begins a relationship with a member of the Brotherhood, he is framed for the horrific killing of two elderly people. To clear his name, Jackson turns to his Seminole family to evade the police and a particularly nasty bunch of malevolent characters who specialize in the disposal of dead bodies. The Everglades provides an ancient and frightening setting for the unfolding action that will prove whether Jackson Walker will pull himself free from the dark evil that lurks there.

Forever wicked

September 11, 2019
Bangs, Nina. author.
©2017
398 pages ; 21 cm.
Welcome back to the Castle of Dark Dreams where cosmic troublemakers Ganymede and Sparkle Stardust face their greatest challenge. A hidden past. An ancient enemy. A quest for vengeance. Sparkle Stardust wishes she could take back the angry words she threw at Ganymede. Now the man she loves has left her and is on a collision course with death if she can't stop him. When she finally tracks him down, Sparkle discovers he has stirred up more trouble than both of them can handle. Ganymede storms from the Castle of Dark Dreams determined never to return. He vents his anger by creating chaos around the world, certain that the mayhem will drive Sparkle from his mind and from his heart. It doesn't work. But when a powerful enemy from their past threatens Ganymede and Sparkle, they stand side by side to protect their lives, their castle, and their love.

Betrayal

September 10, 2019
Slade, Arthur, 1967- author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2019.
222 pages ; 21 cm
"In the second novel of this series for teen readers, a vampire librarian learns a secret organization is behind her mother’s disappearance."-- Provided by publisher.

At death's door

September 6, 2019
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
New York : Tor, 2019.
349 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Maps on endpages.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Trapped inside the body of a voodoo doll after a spell goes wrong, Valynda Moore is offered a chance at redemption and a new life by fighting against The Malachai, a beast that is consuming the world.

Only ashes remain

September 5, 2019
Schaeffer, Rebecca, author.
©2019
426 pages ; 22 cm
After escaping her kidnappers and destroying the black market where she was held captive, all Nita wants is to find a way to live her life without looking over her shoulder. But with a video of her ability to self-heal all over the dark web, Nita knows she's still a prime target on the black market. There's only one way to keep herself safe. Nita must make herself so feared that no one would ever dare come after her again. And the best way to start building her reputation? Take her revenge on Fabricio, the boy who sold Nita to her kidnappers.--Provided by publisher.

Never die on a cold night II : revelations

August 29, 2019
Leonard, J. P., author.
©1994, ©2018
393 pages ; 23 cm
David is missing! Detective David Neal of the CPD 3rd precinct has been abducted again. Somehow maybe the police department has been infiltrated, by the infamous Red Pack, a terrible group of assassins and murderers. Doctor Davenport the medical examiner and coroner is maybe the only one who knows the truth about who the real murderer or murderers are--human or something else. Neither many in the police department, the FBI, or anyone else can stop the horrific murders from going on or stop the Red Pack from its terrible rampages in that great city Chicago Illinois. The only one who could is David Neal, and now he's gone missing--or has he?

The dark calling

August 29, 2019
Cole, Kresley, author.
©2018
342 pages ; 21 cm.
"When Evie receives life-changing - and possibly game changing - news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn't she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might by lying? Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie starts to doubt her own sanity. Answers can be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them - or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack's possible survival? A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the Dark Calling before hell reigns on earth?" - Page [4] of cover.

Arcana rising

August 29, 2019
Cole, Kresley, author.
©2016
259 pages ; 22 cm
Includes an excerpt from Day zero.
The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind--but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies. With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter's reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare. To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future--and her chilling past--will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter's ashes, stronger than ever before?

Spirits of ash and foam : a Rain of the ghosts novel

August 26, 2019
Weisman, Greg (Gregory David), 1963-
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
353 pages : map ; 21 cm.
As Rain Cacique, of the Prospero Keys near the Bermuda Triangle, juggles all that comes with a new school year, she continues to seek answers about the Keys' hidden world of mysticism, and faces a vampire.

Dark illusion

August 23, 2019
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
416 pages ; 24 cm.
At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija's attempts to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back--and those who hunt her are close behind... After centuries locked away in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains, Isai Florea can't believe he's finally found his lifemate--the missing half of his soul. The second he sees Julija his world blazes with color. But despite their explosive connection Julija rebels against what she sees as Isai's intent to control her and rejects the bond that would prevent him from becoming a monster. As their unfulfilled bond continues to call to them both, Julija and Isai aim to complete the task that brought them together. They are used to facing danger alone, but now the mage and the ancient warrior must learn how to rely on each other in order to stop a plot that threatens all Carpathians...

Sapphire flames

August 23, 2019
Andrews, Ilona, author.
©2019
393 pages ; 17 cm
In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend's mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery. But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina's teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro's true motives are unclear, but he's drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame. To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House--and her heart.

American magic : a thriller

August 15, 2019
Fehst, Zach, author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2019.
pages cm
"When an enigmatic message uploaded to the dark web turns out to contain an ancient secret giving regular people the power to do impossible things, like levitate cars or make themselves invisible, American government officials panic. They know the demo videos on YouTube and instructions for incantations could turn from fantastical amusement to dangerous weapon at the drop of the hat, and they scramble to keep the information out of the wrong hands. They tap Ben Zolstra, an ex-CIA field operative whose history with the Agency is conflicted at best, to lead the team that’s racing to contain the dangerous knowledge—and track down the mysterious figure behind the leak who threatens that even more dangerous spells will be released one by one until the world as we know it no longer exists. This sweeping, globe-spanning thriller explores the dark consequences of a question mankind has been asking for centuries: What if magic were real?"--Inside dust jacket.

Blood truth

August 12, 2019
Ward, J. R., 1969- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
xxviii, 400 pages ; 24 cm.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the "utterly absorbing" (Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author) Black Dagger Brotherhood series and The Savior brings you the next sizzling and passionate paranormal romance in the Black Dagger Legacy series. As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood's program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire's unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests?and finds himself working with a former homicide cop to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being part of the effort?and the last thing he expects to meet is an enticing, mysterious female...who changes his life forever. Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding her killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn't know whether to trust him?and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work together to solve the mystery...before it's too late. Will a madman come between the lovers, or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?

Sea witch rising

August 12, 2019
Henning, Sarah, author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
393 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to The sea witch.
"Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn't love her. And his rejection will literally kill her--unless Runa intervenes. Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom--but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts' desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds? Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption."--Amazon.

Remember me

August 7, 2019
Bobulski, Chelsea, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2019.
iv, 329 pages ; 22 cm
"Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls-- and most horrifying of all-- visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1907 involving a girl named Lea.

Harley Merlin and the detector fix

August 1, 2019
Forrest, Bella, author.
2019
394 pages ; 23 cm
"On the run from the Coven she used to call home, Harley Merlin knows that Katherine's power and influence are spreading like a poison. And she has no doubt that Katherine will follow through with her promise to torture and kill her friends, one by one. Then Harley discovers that the key to her enemy's undoing might be hiding in a familiar place--her parents' Grimoire. With Finch, Wade, and Garrett by her side, Harley vows to steal Hester and Hiram's final gift. Liar. Rebel. Jailbreaker. Why not add "thief" to the list? Meanwhile, Jacob senses trouble brewing in the San Diego Coven, with their friends imprisoned and Levi's thirst for power spiraling out of control. Amid the chaos, the magical detector is on the verge of completion and Jacob meets a human girl who makes his heart race. But Katherine has plans for him. Oh yes, does she have plans..."--Amazon.

Harley Merlin and the challenge of chaos

August 1, 2019
Forrest, Bella, author.
2019.
395 pages ; 23 cm
" Time is running out. For the final ritual, Katherine will sacrifice twelve magicals with rare abilities. Harley has already lost so much, and she can't bear to sacrifice anything more. She will protect her friends at all costs--even if that means flying solo against the greatest evil the world has ever known. With her parents' Grimoire, Harley finally has a weapon capable of overpowering Katherine. If only she could figure out how to reveal the hidden pages within, to perform the spell Chaos itself has written. And the spell may reveal more than she's bargained for... All Katherine wants is to be Queen of Everything--is that so much to ask? Her little niece has been a real thorn in her side, but that's all about to change. Pity she can't kill Harley just yet, since the girl is still useful. There's also the matter of that too-handsome Necromancer, Davin Doncaster. From personal experience, Katherine knows one should never trust a pretty face."--Amazon.

Harley Merlin and the stolen magicals

July 31, 2019
Forrest, Bella, author.
[Boulder, CO] : Nightlight Press, 2018.
398 pages ; 23 cm.
How does one become an all-powerful Child of Chaos? That's what Harley desperately needs to find out before her unhinged aunt raises the death toll. All she knows for sure is that magical kids are missing, and they somehow fit into Katherine Shipton's grand scheme. Now that Harley is an official member of the San Diego Coven, she feels more responsible than ever for its protection, and that of the magical world.

Harley Merlin and the first ritual

July 31, 2019
Forrest, Bella, author.
[Boulder, CO] : Nightlight Press, [2018]
394 pages ; 23 cm.
Now that Harley knows her enemy's grand plan--to become a godlike Child of Chaos and punish those deemed "unworthy"--she's got to figure out what do about it. Many of the missing magicals are still out there, and Katherine has vowed to kill everyone Harley cares about and make her watch. So that's fun. Just when it seems like things can't get much worse, one of the most precious monsters of the Bestiary escapes, and Harley is sure that Katherine has her dirty hands involved. But that crazy witch had better be ready because Harley has finally figured out a way to unleash her powers--although the cost might not be worth it.

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