Branch Out Book Club: October - What Moves the Dead

Monday, October 23, 2023 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm


*Please note: For this book club, the author will not be in attendance. This book club is an opportunity for our community to discuss books together in a casual and welcoming environment.

Join us for our October Branch Out Book Club on Monday October 23rd at 6:30pm at Titcomb's Bookshop. We will be discussing the horror novel What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher, a gripping and atmospheric reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

Our Bookseller Caleb says: “A creepy and haunting tale of mycelial mystery. Most of us are familiar with the Fall of the House of Usher, this inclusive retelling of the story is updated for a modern audience. It’s a great stepping stone in the horror genre without it being too scary. It’s more creepy than scary, think more haunted house, less slasher film.”


An Instant USA Today & Indie Bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Book of the Year Finalist
A Goodreads Best Horror Choice Award Nominee

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

Creepy, claustrophobic, and completely entertainingWhat Moves the Dead left me delightfully repulsed. I adored this book!”—Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

“This gothic retelling is a hair-raising, enthralling read.”—Buzzfeed

“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

A gripping and atmospheric reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” from Hugo, Locus, & Nebula award-winning author T. Kingfisher

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.




We are interested in reading and discussing books of various genres (mixing it up each month) featuring diverse voices. We invite folks to try reading genres that you might not typically read! From poetry to fantasy, romance to horror, sci-fi to nonfiction! 

This book club offers a casual and welcoming environment for our community to read together and to share thoughts and reflections together, hosted by Titcomb's Bookshop booksellers Caleb & Meghan

Event address: 
Titcomb's Bookshop
432 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA 02537
What Moves the Dead (Sworn Soldier #1) By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250830753
Availability: In stock at our warehouse - Ships in 5-12 business days
Published: Tor Nightfire - July 12th, 2022