The Southern Gothic Eye

Perhaps no other genre of literature captures the American South better than Southern Gothic. Afterall, we southerner’s love our eccentric people, especially our dead eccentrics and we love sharing the tall-tales of their exploits. However, even though I use the phrase “tall-tales” in reality, Southern Gothic stories are always rooted in the truth. At its core these stories seek to expose the dirty, raw and beautifully twisted circumstances of human existence. As a writer myself, I tend to view the world through the southern gothic eye and inevitably find elements of it floating among the pages of even my most hard core non-fiction projects.

Some of the best southern gothic writers are also some of the most revered writers in America. The works of Tennesee Williams, Truman Capote, Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor just to name a few, have gone on to become required reading in Universities across the world. But there are more recent successes such as Michael Weems’ The Ghosts of Varner Creek or The Story Catcher by Ann Hite.

Fall is the perfect time of year to sink into a southern gothic book. So pick one up at your local library. Not only will you be entertained, but you may just learn a little something about yourself in the process.

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