From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

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.

Cover art by Christina Mrozik
Cover design by Peter Lutjen


T. KINGFISHER writes fantasy, horror, and occasional oddities, most recently The Twisted Ones and Swordheart. 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.


Praise for What Moves the Dead
“What Moves the Dead is everything a classic horror novel should be. 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

“I was powerless against this novella’s pestilential pull and had to finish it in one sitting. Now it’s under my skin and I can’t trust the touch of anything anymore.” –Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Whisper Down the Lane



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