New Arrivals · Occult Fiction

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The immortal conquistador

March 12, 2020
Vaughn, Carrie, author.
©2020
184 pages ; 21 cm
Portions of this work were first published in Subterranean Online and Asimov's Science Fiction.
"Ricardo de Avila would have followed Coronado to the ends of the earth. Instead, Ricardo found the end of his mortal life, and a new one, as a renegade vampire.For over five hundred years, Ricardo has upset the established order. He has protected his found family from marauding demons, teamed up with a legendary gunslinger, appointed himself the Master of Denver, and called upon a church buried under the Vatican. He has tended bar and fended off evil werewolves. Life for a vampire is always long, but for Rick, it is never uncomplicated. "--Publisher description.

Sharks in the time of saviors

March 11, 2020
Washburn, Kawai Strong, 1980- author.
New York : MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
376 pages ; 22 cm
In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends. Nainoa's family, struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods, a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. When supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawaii with tragic consequences they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.

We ride upon sticks

March 11, 2020
Barry, Quan, author.
©2020
366 pages ; 25 cm
"Helmed by good-girl captain Abby Putnam (a descendant of the infamous Salem accuser Ann Putnam) and her co-captain Jen Fiorenza (whose bleached blond "Claw" sees and knows all), the Falcons prove to be wily, original, and bold, flaunting society's stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport and, more importantly, friendship."--Provided by publisher.

Forced perspectives

March 9, 2020
Powers, Tim, 1952- author.
©2020
372 pages ; 24 cm
"A Baen Books original"--Title page verso.
"Why did Cecil B. DeMille really bury the Pharaoh's Palace set after he filmed The Ten Commandments in 1923? An unholy power was afoot and it had to be stopped or at least delayed. Now fugitive federal agents, Sebastian Vickery and Ingrid Castine, both sensitive to the ghosts that haunt the modern Los Angeles highways, find themselves plunged into the supernatural secrets of Los Angeles - from Satanic indie movies of the '60s, to the unqiet La Brea Tar Pits at midnight, to the haunted Sunken City off the coast of San Pedro seeking to rise again. Vickery and Castine may be old hands at dealing with the spirit world of L.A., but they have never been in a purusit so deadly with the stakes so high. For, if a ghost-addicted Silicon Valley guru has his way, the lost souls of a million Angelenoscould be drawn into the creation of a new and predatory World God. It's a god that is guaranteed to bring about the end of life as we know it - and Vickery and Castine are all that stand between the god and California-sized destruction."-- Provided by publisher.

Chain of gold

March 6, 2020
Clare, Cassandra, author.
©2020
582 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows-- with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale have listened to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London-- along with a remorseless and inescapable plague. James believes he has found love in the mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes, dark and incredible powers are revealed-- as well as the true cruel price of being a hero. -- adapted from jacket

When we were magic

March 6, 2020
Gailey, Sarah, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2020.
344 pages ; 22 cm
When Alexis accidentally kills a classmate on prom night using magic, her best friends Roya, Iris, Paulie, Marcelina, and Maryam join in using their powers to try to set things right.

Carved from stone and dream

March 5, 2020
Frohock, Teresa, author.
©2020
ix, 356 pages ; 21 cm
"February 1939: Catalonia has fallen. Los Nefilim is in retreat. With the Nationalist forces hard on their heels, the members of Los Nefilim--Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons--make a desperate run for the French border. Diago Alvarez, a singular being of angelic and daimonic descent, follows Guillermo and a small group of nefilim through the Pyrenees, where the ice is as treacherous as postwar loyalties--both can kill with a single slip. When a notebook of Los Nefilim's undercover operatives falls into a traitor's hands, Diago and Guillermo risk their lives to track it down. As they uncover a pocket realm deep within the Pyrenees, Diago discovers his family is held hostage. Faced with an impossible choice: betray Los Nefilim, or watch his family die, Diago must nurture the daimonic song he has so long denied in order to save those he loves" -- Publisher.

The darkest king

March 4, 2020
Showalter, Gena, author.
Toronto, Ontario : HQN, [2020]
414 pages ; 24 cm
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
"A merciless prince feared by all... Cursed by a vengeful witch, William of the Dark will die if he ever falls in love -- murdered by the woman who steals his heart. His lone shot at redemption is a book filled with indecipherable code. Break the code, break the curse. Now, centuries later, he's condemned to a string of one-night stands -- until he finds the only woman in the worlds able to set him free. A rare creature of myth and power... One of the last living unicorn shifters, Sunday "Sunny" Lane works from the shadows as a cryptanalyst, on the run from assassins and poachers. Then the darkly seductive William abducts her, holding her captive in Hell. The closer they get, the more she hungers for his touch -- and the stronger a mystical desire to kill him becomes... Both forever doomed? At war with his brother, Lucifer, and determined to become a king of the underworld at long last, William must resist the irreverent beauty who threatens his future. But every day Sunny tempts him more, his hunger for her unmatched. Will he risk his heart -- and his life -- or will the curse ensure his end?" -- Provided by publisher.

Venators. Promises forged

February 28, 2020
Walls, Devri, author.
©2019
431 pages ; 23 cm.
"Rune, Ryker, and Grey are still trapped in the world of Eon, where danger continues to unfold at every turn. Grey has now fallen into the Fae queen's clutches, his soul slowly being drained away. With Ryker still held captive by Dio and her goblins, it's up to Rune to save Grey - but will she be able to harness her Venator powers to do so in time?"-- Provided by publisher.

Lethal game

February 26, 2020
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Berkley, 2020.
429 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force -- a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless... until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive. Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai's rough exterior, but he can tell there's something she's hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker -- albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn't think their crossing paths is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running. When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won't be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too..."-- Provided by publisher.

Iron master

February 26, 2020
Ashley, Jennifer, author.
©2020
260 pages ; 22 cm
Stuart Reid is an Iron Master--a Dark Fae with a rare ability to make iron do his bidding. Exiled by the High Fae who fear him, he now lives in a simple house in Shiftertown outside Las Vegas, watching over Peigi, a bear Shifter woman, and the cubs she cares for. Peigi, rescued from an evil Shifter and welcomed into the Vegas Shiftertown, knows Reid and the cubs have helped her survive and heal. She also knows Reid is alone and lonely, a strong man coping with his exile. The bond she feels pulling her to him scares the crud out of her--she's been down this road before. When Reid's people send him a desperate call for help, Peigi senses danger to him--too much of it. She finds she'll do anything, even sacrifice herself and her happiness, to keep him safe.

Dr̥shṭibhrama : Boksīprathā virodhī sāmājika upanyāsa

February 26, 2020
|6880-01 Rijāla, Kamala, 1958- author.
|6880-04 Kāṭhamāḍaum̐ : Sāṅgrilā Pustaka Prā. Li., 2074 [2017]
247 pages ; 20 cm
Novel based on witchcraft (Boksi pratha) in Nepal, a type of traditional violence against women.

You had me at wolf

February 26, 2020
Spear, Terry, author.
©2020
373 pages ; 17 cm.
Wolf shifters Blake Wolff and PI Josie Grayson team up to pursue a dangerous criminal, but as their pursuit heats up, Blake goes on a mission of his own.

The Golden key

February 24, 2020
Womack, Marian.
London : Titan Books, [2020]
323 pages ; 21 cm
Includes book club questions (page 321).
1901. After the death of Queen Victoria, England heaves with the uncanny. Seances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms. Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for her ability to find the lost and the displaced, is hired by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens. But the Fens are an age-old land, where folk tales and dark magic still linger. The locals speak of devilmen and catatonic children are found on the Broads. Here, Helena finds what she was sent for, as the Fenland always gives up its secrets, in the end.

Sensational

February 20, 2020
Zdrok, Jodie Lynn, author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2020.
336 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Although suffering the effects of her magic, Nathalie Baudin and her fellow Insightfuls investigate who is using a guillotine and displaying beheaded victims at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris.

The last confession of Autumn Casterly

February 18, 2020
Tate, Meredith, author.
©2020
343 pages ; 22 cm
When band-geek Ivy and her friends get together, things start with a rousing board game and end with arguments about Star Wars. Her older sister Autumn, aloof and tough as nails, hasn't had real friends in years. After a drug deal gone wrong, Autumn is beaten, bound, and held hostage. Now, trapped between life and death, she leaves her body, seeking help. No one can sense her presence-- except Ivy. As she follows a string of clues that bring her closer to rescuing her sister-- and closer to danger-- finding Autumn means untangling the secrets about what Autumn has been hiding. -- adapted from jacket

I've been killing slimes for 300 years and maxed out my level. 3

February 18, 2020
Morita, Kisetsu, author.
©2018
204 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Light fiction.
"Original Japanese edition published in 2017 by SB Creative Corp."--Title page verso.
Azusa the witch states"When I first came to this world, I said I'd live a carefree, laid-back life. Recently, I've been enjoying quality time with my new family, but, Argh! First, Falfa got stuck in her (admittedly adorable) slime form, and now there's a con-artist witch pretending to be me? Why do these things keep happening?!"-- Provided by publisher.

I've been killing slimes for 300 years and maxed out my level. Vol. 4

February 18, 2020
Morita, Kisetsu, author.
New York : Yen On Press, 2019.
219 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Translation of: Slime taoshite sanbyakunen, shiranaiuchini level max ni nattemashita.
Original Japanese edition published in 2017 by SB Creative Corp.
"I've lived in this world of killing slimes for 300 years ... so how did I turn into a little kid?! I bet it was those mushrooms Halkara cooked ... And now everyone in my family is trying to coddle me! Please cut it out! Not only that, but I have traveling minstrels, a World Spirit Summin, and even a demon music festival to worry about ... Still, I'm not giving up on my laid-back life!"--Back of book.

The chill : a novel

February 13, 2020
Carson, Scott, 1982- author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2020.
435 pages ; 24 cm
Far upstate, in New York's ancient forests, a drowned village lays beneath the dark, still waters of the Chilewaukee reservoir. Early in the 20th century, the town was destroyed for the greater good: bringing water to the millions living downstate. Or at least that's what the politicians from Manhattan insisted at the time. The local families, settled there since America's founding, were forced from their land, but they didn't move far, and some didn't move at all… Now, a century later, the repercussions of human arrogance are finally making themselves known. An inspector assigned to oversee the dam, dangerously neglected for decades, witnesses something inexplicable. It turns out that more than the village was left behind in the waters of the Chill when it was abandoned. The townspeople didn’t evacuate without a fight. A dark prophecy remained, too, and the time has come for it to be fulfilled. Those who remember must ask themselves: who will be next? For sacrifices must be made. And as the dark waters begin to inexorably rise, the demand for a fresh sacrifice emerges from the deep...

I've been killing slimes for 300 years and maxed out my level. 2

February 5, 2020
Morita, Kisetsu, author.
New York : Yen On, 2018.
220 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Original Japanese edition published in 2017 by SB Creative Corp.
"After I died from overwork in a previous life, I decided keeping a good work-life balance in this one would be a top priority. I've been a lot busier ever since word got out that I'm level 99, but my world has also been getting bigger"--Back cover.

Things in jars

February 4, 2020
Kidd, Jess, author.
©2019
369 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2019 by Canongate"--Title page verso.
Bridie Devine--female detective extraordinaire--is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery. Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won't rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she'd rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems.

Night train to murder

February 4, 2020
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
©2019
168 pages ; 23 cm
"When Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are asked to escort a VIP on the late-night train to Bath, it would appear to be a routine case. The Organisation has acquired intelligence that an attempt is to be made on Sir Dennis Gregson's life as he travels to Bath to take up his new position as Head of the British Psychic Weapons Division. Ishmael's mission is to ensure that Sir Dennis arrives safely. How could anyone orchestrate a murder in a crowded railway carriage without being noticed and with no obvious means of escape? When a body is discovered in a locked toilet cubicle, Ishmael Jones has just 56 minutes to solve a seemingly impossible crime before the train reaches its destination."--Publisher description.

Fighters of fear : occult detective stories

February 4, 2020
©2020
614 pages ; 23 cm.
Green Tea / Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu -- The Shining pyramid / Arthur Machen -- The Haunted child / Arabella Kenealy -- The Mystery of the Felwyn Tunnel / L. T. Meade & Robert Eustace -- The Story of Yand Manor House / E & H Heron -- The Tapping on the wainscot / Allan Upward -- Samaris / Robert W. Chambers -- The Whistling room / William Hope Hodgson -- The Woman with the crooked nose / Victor Rousseau -- The Sorcerer of Arjuzanx / Max Rittenberg -- The Ivory statue / Sax Rohmer -- The Stranger / Claude & Alice Askew -- The Swaying vision / Jessie Douglas Kerruish -- The Sanatorium / F. Tennyson Jesse -- The Villa on the Borderive Road / Rose Champion de Crespigny -- The Room of fear / Ella Serymsour -- The Seven fires / Philippa Forest -- The Subletting of the mansion / Dion Fortune -- The Jest of Warburg Tantavul / Seabury Quinn -- The Soldier / A. M. Burrage -- The Horror of the height / Sydney Horler -- The Mystery of iniquity / L. Adams Beck -- The Thought monster / Amelia Reynolds Long -- The Shut room / Henry S. Whitehead -- Dr. Muncing , exorcist / Gordon MacCreagh -- The Case of the haunted cathedral / Margery Lawrence -- The Shonokins / Manly Wade Wellman -- The Dead of winter apparition / Joseph Payne Brennan -- The Garden of Paris / Eric Williams -- St. Michael & all angels / Mark Valentine -- Jeremiah / Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
A Retrospective Collection of Classic Occult and Supernatural Detective Stories by Some of the Field's Greatest and Best-Known Weird Fiction Authors. Since the gaslit nights at the end of the nineteenth century, the occult detective has been a beloved and recurring archetype. Mixing the best aspects of the detective tale and weird or supernatural fiction, and capitalizing in part on the massive popularity of Sherlock Holmes, these stories portrayed men and women pitted against surreal and horrifying foes, usually with little to defend them but their own savvy, experience, and know-how. From William Hope Hodgson's Thomas Carnacki, to Seabury Quinn's fearless Frenchman Jules de Grandin, to Jessica Salmonson's Penelope Pettiweather, the occult detective has taken a variety of forms, investigated a wide array of supernatural and otherworldly cases, and entertained generations of readers. This new collection compiles thirty-one all-time classic occult detective stories as it traces the genre's growth from its nineteenth-century origins to the late twentieth century, showcasing the work of acclaimed pioneers of weird tales alongside cult favorites and exciting modern talents.

Song of the risen god

February 4, 2020
Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
©2019
416 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"War has come to Fireach Speur. The once forgotten Xoconai empire has declared war upon the humans west of the mountains, and their first target are the people of Loch Beag. Lead by the peerless Tzatzini, all that stands in the way of the God Emperor's grasp of power is Aoelyn, Talmadge, and their few remaining allies. But not all hope is lost. Far away from Fireach Speuer, an ancient tomb is uncovered by Brother Thaddeus of the Abellican Church. Within it is the power to stop the onslaught of coming empire and, possibly, reshape the very world itself"-- Provided by publisher.

Wicked bite

February 3, 2020
Frost, Jeaniene, author.
©2020
371 pages ; 17 cm
Series numeration from goodreads.com.
Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she's about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.

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