“The dead don’t walk. Except, sometimes, when they do.”What Moves the Dead
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher is a short retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” It reminded me that an Edgar Allen Poe reread is in order as it has been too long. Also, Mike Flanagan who produced The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Midnight Mass just wrapped his Netflix series adaptation and it may be possible that it will release this year? There will be many familiar faces and Mark Hamill is joining the cast. AND. I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT.
Ok. Beck to What Moves the Dead. Alex Easton is a retired soldier who has come to the aid of their friend, Madeline. She is sick with an unknown illness and it appears her brother, Roderick has the same illness. But one looks at their home and one can see that there is someone about the house that isn’t right.
T. Kingfisher’s writing has just the perfect aesthetic to take on an Edgar Allen Poe story. She perfectly captures the eerie grotesqueness of this story. The author does bring her own voice to the story and I do wish it were longer. I understand it is a retelling of a short story but I felt that with her unique touch there could have been more. I did appreciate the author’s note at the end of the book and I urge everyone to read it. But if you are looking for a creepy short story for this Fall, then this is it!