Kornegay, a bookseller for over a decade in addition to being an author, picks the best Southern Gothic books. So what is Southern Gothic? These are sophisticated stories shrouded in darkness Southern gothic writing mystery, set in an old mannered South that has soured. There may be magic and illusion.
There is death, most certainly, and bad behavior committed by the righteous. There is God and the Devil, standing in the muddy, snake-swarmed baptismal river, holding hands. These works of Southern Gothic are awfully good, and in my mind stick out as useful examples of the dark, strange contradictory nature of the South.
But when I think of Southern Gothic, this novel comes first to mind. Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces. Motes rides into town with a raw, wily anger that he appoints to an atheist street ministry, creating memorable sparks and dark comedy as he subjects a host of motley side characters to his blustering philosophy.
Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington - Violence, poverty, and religious fanaticism are part and parcel of Southern Gothic, and it blends masterfully in this journalistic investigation of a snake-handling Alabama preacher accused of murdering his wife by snakebite.
Covington delves into the peculiar world of a primitive Appalachian religion, where participants couple with danger to get closer to the Lord, and he pulls no punches as he discover things about himself that many writers would happily leave out.
Among the most memorable and unshakable is this twisted tale of a hermit who takes women, both alive and dead, back to his cave to indulge his unhinged perversions. Twilight by William Gay - Speaking of necrophilia, it rears its head again in this final novel from the great Tennessee novelist two posthumous works are due soon from Dzanc Books.
When teenaged siblings get the goods on a kinky mortician, he hires a redneck bounty hunter to silence them.
There is a wild, absurdist streak in his works, an off-kilter and rambling genius imbued in every sentence.
Casino pimp Man Mortimer, the mean and ridiculous villain, is a stand-in for the vapid wave of commercialism choking the South. Hannah takes glee in letting him harass the inhabitants of a lake community near Vicksburg in a mighty fine celebration of the Southern grotesque.
The Heaven of Mercury by Brad Watson - This beautifully imagined story of unrequited love between two people forced to play their roles in a small Mississippi town has been described as Southern magical realism, but it possesses enough dark, comic undertones to warrant the Gothic label.
Necrophilia is a squarely Southern Gothic trope, but Watson puts a shocking, beautiful twist on this aberration. The story is set in an Alabama town and follows a malady-ridden, one-eyed dwarf, and a teenage prostitute as they embark on a violent jumble of glorious depravity.
A lightning-stuck performance guaranteed to offend. House of Prayer No.Southern Gothic is most closely associated with prose fiction, as in novels and short stories. For one thing, Southern Gothic is partly inspired by Gothic literature, and most Gothic literature was.
Gothic writing gives a generally of dark mood to the story. Images of the grotesque and the idea of irony is known during all Gothic writing.
In “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” O’Connor uses the key elements of Gothic style, and places them in a Southern situation, to examine society’s attitudes towards social class, violence, religion.
Southern Gothic is a subgenre of Gothic fiction in American literature that takes place in the American South. Common themes in Southern Gothic literature include deeply flawed, disturbing or eccentric characters who may be involved in hoodoo, ambivalent gender roles.
YA Highway Recommends; Writing. Writing Process; gets to come along on the journey as the world twists and darkens and starts to fall apart. Much like a small town, a Southern Gothic story, especially a Horror story, begins by hiding its secrets, pretending that all is well and manners are good and everyone is welcome to a slice of pie 5/5.
Southern Gothic literature is a genre of Southern writing that focuses on the grotesque. It may contain some supernatural elements, but often more realistic flawed characters and settings.
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