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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Sing, Unburied, Sing
Stay Dead (Elise Sandburg #2)
Every Single Secret
The Past Is Never
The Weight of Lies
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
If The Creek Don't Rise
The Vines
Bull Mountain
Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage, #6)
The Line That Held Us
Made for You
Gods of Howl Mountain
My Sunshine Away
Where All Light Tends to Go
Wise Blood
To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
The Sound and the Fury
As I Lay Dying
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Child of God
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
Light in August
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The Complete Stories
Absalom, Absalom!
The Violent Bear It Away
Suttree
Outer Dark
A Streetcar Named Desire
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Reality, a Little to the Left
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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray PollockWinter's Bone by Daniel WoodrellKnockemstiff by Donald Ray PollockNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyThe Road by Cormac McCarthy
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Sound and the Fury by William FaulknerIn Cold Blood by Truman CapoteAs I Lay Dying by William FaulknerMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Best Southern Gothic Literature
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Best Southern Gothic Novels for YA
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