Southern Gothic

Southern Gothic is a subgenre of the gothic novel, unique to American literature.

Southern Gothic is like its parent genre in that it relies on supernatural, ironic, or unusual events to guide the plot. It is unlike its parent genre in that it uses these tools not solely for the sake of suspense, but also to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the American South. One of the most notable features of the genre is "the grotesque." Southern Gothic authors commonly use deeply flawed, grotesque characters for greater narrative range and more opportunities to highlight unpleasan
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A Land More Kind Than Home
Stay Dead (Elise Sandburg series)
My Sunshine Away
Where All Light Tends to Go
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
The Gates of Evangeline
Bull Mountain
Swamplandia!
The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen, #2)
Above the Waterfall
Made for You
The Marauders
Southern Gods
Fiendish
Let Me Die in His Footsteps
Wise Blood
The Sound and the Fury
As I Lay Dying
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
Child of God
Light in August
The Complete Stories
Absalom, Absalom!
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
The Devil All the Time
Suttree
Outer Dark
The Violent Bear it Away
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Andrea Portes
If you threw Elvis and a scarecrow in a blender, topped the whole thing off with Seagram's 7 and pressed dice, you would make my dad. He's got tar black hair and shoulder blades that cut through his undershirt like clipped wings. He looks like a gray-skinned, skinny-rat cowboy and I would be lying if I didn't say that I am, maybe sorta kinda, keep it secret, in love with him. And you would be, too, you would, if you met him before drink number five or six. Just meet him then. Get lost before thi ...more
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Michael McDowell
Southerners are an easygoing race when it comes to aberrations of conduct. They will react with anger if something out of the ordinary is presented as a possible future occurrence; but if an unusual circumstance is discovered to be an established fact, they will usually accept it without rancor or judgment as part of the normal order of things. To have informed the men who hung about the seed and feed stores that two women had bought Gavin Pond and were turning it into the biggest farm in the co ...more
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