So You Want to Read Southern Gothic: Here’s Where to Start
Antebellum homes, mint juleps, and lazy afternoons on the porch. That’s one vision of the South, but it isn’t the one we’re talking about today. No, today we’re discussing something darker: Southern Gothic, and more specifically, Southern Gothic horror and fantasy.
In the world of the Southern Gothic, the Deep South is a deeply weird and haunted place: one of tumbledown mansions sinking into swamps, wild-eyed snake handling preachers, mad dog killers, restless spirits, old families with dark secrets, and closets full to bursting with skeletons.
It’s spooky stuff, but the grotesque imagery serves a higher purpose: challenging the reader to acknowledge the centuries of violence and oppression that underpin the bucolic landscape of the Southern romantic ideal.
Take a look at these Southern Gothic reads.