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What Moves the Dead


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Editorial Reviews


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

“A deeply, unsettling examination of what sometimes goes on behind polite smiles and courteous speech.”―Cassandra Khaw, author of Nothing But Blackened Teeth

“T. Kingfisher dissects the heart of Poe’s most famous tale and finds a wholly new mythology beating inside it. Written with a lush, Gothic flare, What Moves the Dead chills and delights like the trippiest of Hammer productions. Pure fun.”―Andy Davidson, author of The Boatman’s Daughter

“T. Kingfisher proves once again to be a rising star of the literary horror genre with no signs of having any plans to fall back into the gravity of our mundane ball of dirt any time soon. . . What Moves the Dead is a must-read, period.”―Jordan Shiveley, author of the upcoming Hot Singles In Your Area

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

“The distilled terror of T. Kingfisher’s What Moves the Dead insinuates itself into the reader’s nervous system from the very first sentence and quickly overtakes their sense of self control. I was powerless against this novella’s pestilential pull and had to finish it in one sitting… or maybe it finished me. Now it’s under my skin and I can’t trust the touch of anything anymore.”―Clay McLeod Chapman

–This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

T. KINGFISHER (she/her) writes fantasy, horror, and occasional oddities, including “The Twisted Ones” and “Swordheart.” Under a pen name, she also writes children’s books. She lives in North Carolina. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Tor Nightfire July 12 2022

Publication date

July 12 2022





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