BOOK REVIEW: What Moves The Dead by T Kingfisher


Publication Date: July 12, 2020
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Horror

Publisher: Tor Nightfire
159 pages
Buy: Kindle | Audio


When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.

What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.

Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.


A modern retelling of the Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe.  Roderick and Madeline Usher reside in a crumbling home on lands that are barren and the lake dark and murky.  Madeline is ill, dying and Roderick is filled with nerves and doesn't know how to help his sister. 

Alex is called to the Usher house as a friend of Madeline but also because they were in the army with Roderick.  Alex is non binary, and goes by the pronouns Ka, also where he is from children are given the pronouns Va and Van. It is a little confusing at first but I caught on fairly quickly.

While Edgar Allen Poe's version has a more supernatural twist this one is just as creepy and satisfying.  I love that this is the beginning of my October spooky reads.  This is an atmospheric and eerie read. 

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