Magazine


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 
Is the South more Gothic than anywhere else? What about Ohio?
by Fred Hobson

EXCLUSIVE

RENDEZVOUS WITH THE WIZARD
The first-ever interview with a formal Imperial Wizard of the KKK.
by Charles Marsh

REPORTS

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

FORUM

IS THE SOUTH STILL GOTHIC? 
Eleven accomplished photographers interpret the Southern terrain.

SHORT STORY

THE HOLE AND THE DOBBER'S HEAD 
A strange fable by one of the South's wildest new voices.
by Randy Thornton

HISTORY

UPRISING WITH GUNS 
Fifty years later, the echoes of the Battle of Athens are heard.
by E. Thomas Wood

LITERARY TRAVEL

HUNTING THE  LONELY HEART
The sad ballad of Carson McCuller's hometown.
by Elizabeth McCracken


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.