Published by Tor Nightfire on July 12, 2022
Also by this author: Nettle and Bone, A House With Good Bones, Thornhedge
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
My thoughts about What Moves the Dead
WHAT MOVES THE DEAD by T. Kingfisher is a retelling of the classic short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar A. Poe. This book will give you all of the Gothic chills and body horror feels that you could ever want. Along with a shoutout to Beatrix Potter!
This cover is gorgeous. Although there’s a scene in the book that turns this artwork from an homage to Dutch still-lives to something insidiously horrific.
There’s a moldering, ancient, isolated family mansion. A young woman with a strange illness that involves sleepwalking and strange voices (why is it always creepy sleepwalking?!). An old family friend comes to visit. And nearby villagers whispering of uncanny and unnatural things occurring.
I freaking loved this book! I could not put it down and gave up sleep on a work night to finish it. That’s how much I loved it.
The language was exquisite and perfect. No mere lake, this house sits near a tarn with eerie lights. And unnatural hares. And the inclusion of pronouns other than she/he/it was skillfully and smartly done.
And so much fungus/mushroom/mycological talk ?????
For fans of Mexican Gothic and The Death of Jane Lawrence.
T. Kingfisher writes fantastic horror, dark fantasy, and fantasy. Every work of hers that I’ve read has been amazing – beautiful writing, fully developed characters, intriguing world-building. Do yourself a favor and read one of her books if you haven’t already.