Title: What Moves The Dead
Author: T. Kingfisher
Alex Easton is called to his childhood friend’s home on account that his friend Madeline is dying. Upon arrival, Easton is greeted by repulsive mushrooms and animals with strange behaviors. The longer he stays at the house, the more horrors that unravel. Easton must solve the mystery soon or he may never leave the House of Usher again.
“People get hung up on happiness and joy, but fun will take you at least as far and it’s generally cheaper to obtain.”
This book was a really quick read being only 165 pages total. Although it was short, What Moves The Dead still had lots of depth and details. T. Kingfisher spent time laying out the scenes and creating pictures that will send chills up your arms. An author’s ability to make you feel emotions is a great indicator of their talent as a writer. A good horror book is especially difficult because the readers have to be able to create the disturbing images in their heads which requires effective descriptions. T. Kingfisher is clearly skilled in this area as this may have been one of the most disturbing books that I have ever read, in a good way.
“If his accent got any broader, he was going to start singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and shaking hands with the tablecloth.”
The author’s writing style is very similar to Steven Kings in their ability to build tension while also including sarcastic humor. Mixing horror and humor is another impressive skill to have because done incorrectly and the humor will dull the horror. What Moves The Dead executed this technique flawlessly.
“If we don’t pretend we’re laughing, we might have to admit just how broken we are.”
If you are looking for a quick read that will get your blood flowing then I highly recommend What Moves The Dead. You won’t be disappointed!