Issue 14, October / November 1996

Issue 14, October / November 1996


Gothic  isn’t the easiest word to define, but most of us know Gothic when we see it. If our best Southern writers are downright cozy with the odd cadaver and not at all squeamish about decomposition, is there something about the South that made them that way?” — Hal Crowther, “Cathedral of Kudzu”

Analysis by Fred Hobson. Reporting by Tony Early and Maudy Benz. Fiction by Randy Thornton. Also includes an interview with a former Imperial Wizard of the KKK.

Other contributors are Elizabeth McCracken, Hal Crowther, Florence King, Roy Blount Jr., and more.


ANALYSIS

The History of the Southern Gothic Sensibility
by Fred Hobson
Is the South more Gothic than anywhere else? What about Ohio?

EXCLUSIVE

Rendezvous With the Wizard
by Charles Marsh
The first-ever interview with a formal Imperial Wizard of the KKK.

REPORTS

Ghosts in the Mist
by Tony Early
Hunting for haints in Old Louisiana.

Eng & Chang: A Love Story
by Maudy Benz
Can the original Siamese twins cure a broken heart? 

FORUM

Is the South Still Gothic?
Eleven accomplished photographers interpret the Southern terrain.

SHORT STORY

The Hole and the Dobber's Head
by Randy Thornton
A strange fable by one of the South's wildest new voices.

HISTORY

Uprising With Guns
by E. Thomas Wood
Fifty years later, the echoes of the Battle of Athens are heard.

LITERARY TRAVEL

Hunting the Lonely Heart
by Elizabeth McCracken
The sad ballad of Carson McCuller's hometown.


DEPARTMENTS


UNCLE ART: THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

COMICS

by P. Revess

SOUTHERN SCENES

"Mystery" by Jack Lawling


COLUMNS

THE FAILED SOUTHERN LADY
by Florence King

DEALER'S CHOICE
by Hal Crowther

GONE OFF UP NORTH
by Roy Blount Jr.