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What Moves the Dead Hardcover – July 12 2022

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A grotesque romp! It takes up residence beneath your skin and refuses to leave." – Caitlin Starling, USA Today bestselling author of The Death of Jane Lawrence

Thoroughly creepy and utterly enjoyable." -- Publishers Weekly

“Creepy, claustrophobic, and completely entertaining,
What Moves the Dead left me delightfully repulsed. I adored this book!”―Erin A. Craig, NYT bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

“T. Kingfisher spins biting wit, charm and terror into a tale that
will make your skin crawl. Poe would be proud!”―Brom, author of Slewfoot

Dissects the heart of Poe’s most famous tale and finds a wholly new mythology beating inside it. …Pure fun.”―Andy Davidson, author of The Boatman's Daughter

What Moves the Dead is a must-read, period.”―Jordan Shiveley, author of Hot Singles In Your Area

“A gothic delight!"―Lucy A. Snyder, author of Sister, Maiden, Monster

“A fluid technicolor reimagining of Poe's "House of Usher" that takes no prisoners…Not to be missed." – Brian Evenson, author of
Last Days

Perfectly hair-raising in all the right ways." -- Premee Mohamed, author of Beneath the Rising

About the Author

T. KINGFISHER (she/her)writes fantasy, horror, and occasional oddities, including Nettle & Bone, What Moves the Dead, and A House with Good Bones. Under a pen name, she also writes bestselling children's books. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, dogs, and chickens who may or may not be possessed.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Nightfire (July 12 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250830753
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250830753
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 245 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.72 x 1.78 x 20.96 cm
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T. Kingfisher is the vaguely absurd pen-name of Ursula Vernon, an author from North Carolina. In another life, she writes children's books and weird comics. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy and the Eisner, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, Nebula, Alfie, WSFA, Coyotl and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections.

This is the name she uses when writing things for grown-ups. Her work includes multiple fairy-tale retellings and odd little stories about elves and goblins.

When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Letter to Edgar Allan Poe (and Mushrooms)!
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on October 11, 2022
I received this book in my August 2022 Night Worms package. I only recently read somewhere that this was a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," and that only made me more interested in how T. Kingfisher would turn it into a full-length story.

Wow! It was really cool. And the title and cover art are absolutely perfect for the story. I loved that the main character was non-binary and that T. Kingfisher came up with pronouns outside of our own that forced me to take the time and learn them for the story. Having to reframe my mind for new pronouns and re-apply my knowledge every time they were used reminded me of learning a new language, and I find that type of learning to be a fun exercise for my brain and spirit. I also really liked that in the original the main character was unnamed, but in this one, they are named, but not gendered.

The imagery was wicked and I found myself looking up pictures of mushrooms between readings. The creeping of the gathered knowledge that culminates at the end electrifies the hairs on your arms (or perhaps I should say, the hyphae) and it is just an overall wonderful experience in horror and dread.

I highly recommend this book. It's a quick read, a love letter to the original by Edgar Allan Poe, and (for me) a doorway into the freaky world of mycology.
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