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.
THE HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN GOTHIC SENSIBILITY
Is the South more Gothic than anywhere else? What about Ohio?
by Fred Hobson
RENDEZVOUS WITH THE WIZARD
The first-ever interview with a formal Imperial Wizard of the KKK.
by Charles Marsh
GHOSTS IN THE MIST
Hunting for haints in Old Louisiana.
by Tony Early
ENG & CHANG: A LOVE STORY
Can the original Siamese twins cure a broken heart?
by Maudy Benz
IS THE SOUTH STILL GOTHIC?
Eleven accomplished photographers interpret the Southern terrain.
THE HOLE AND THE DOBBER'S HEAD
A strange fable by one of the South's wildest new voices.
by Randy Thornton
UPRISING WITH GUNS
Fifty years later, the echoes of the Battle of Athens are heard.
by E. Thomas Wood
HUNTING THE LONELY HEART
The sad ballad of Carson McCuller's hometown.
by Elizabeth McCracken
UNCLE ART: THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
by P. Revess
by Jack Lawling
THE FAILED SOUTHERN LADY
by Florence King
by Hal Crowther
GONE OFF UP NORTH
by Roy Blount Jr.