With a resident black cat roaming the bookshelves, there is no better place to find your next October read than at your local independent bookseller. And if you are looking for something literary as well as of regional interest, now is the best time of year to discover the spellbinding world of Southern Gothic fiction.
But what is Southern Gothic? From the post-apocalyptic visions of Cormac McCarthy to Karen Russell’s alligator-infested swamplands, the genre portrays the cultural history of the South through grotesque characters, disjointed family structures, the presence of social alienation and violence, as well as the collision of the supernatural with the natural.
Set amid desolate landscapes, Southern Gothic explores the uncharted depths of human nature. It pulls back the layers of normal, domestic society to peer at our true motives and to reveal the darkness that often lies beneath.
We have a few recommendations to get you hooked on the genre...