Ghoulies and ghosties
Three new novels share the spirit of Halloween.
The Fall (William Morrow) by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan is the second collaboration by the director of Pan's Labyrinth and the novelist whose book was the basis for The Town. As a vampire virus wreaks havoc, an epidemiologist, a Holocaust survivor, an exterminator, a criminal and a boy try to stop it.
Fated (New American Library) by S.G. Browne is a comic romance about Fate with a capital "F," whose job, for the last few millennia, has been assigning misfortunes to most of humanity. Now he's feuding with Death, jealous of Destiny and in love with a human.
Petty Magic (Crown) by Camille DeAngelis is the tale of a 149-year-old woman whose witchcraft lets her appear as her much younger self and romance a man who looks just like the true love with whom she was an Allied spy during World War II.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor