What are the best Southern gothic books?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Pamela Mason
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "It is a classic book for a reason. The characters are well-developed and the storyline is powerful. It tells a tale of a dark aspect of life and really makes the reader feel what the characters are feeling. You feel like you are taken back to the 1930's."
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    #2The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and other Stories

    The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and other Stories

    In addition to her popular novella 'The Ballad of the Sad Cafe', which features the story of a human triangle,  this book includes many of Carson McCuller's other stories, like the first one the author ever wrote when she was only seventeen. 


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    Nancy Mitchell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This has been one of my favorite reads of the year. The story is a perfect balance of drama , revenge, and Southern charm. The author did a fantastic job creating a story that has the southern gothic feel, but with heart."
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    #3Outer Dark

    Outer Dark
    Set in an unknown place in Appalachia, this novel starts after a man leaves his sister's son in the woods, ans tells her he has died of natural causes. She finds out the truth, and decides to go look for him in the dark and creepy forest. 


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    Peter Barrett
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Very interesting book with a unique setting, the story is enthralling and very creepy. I'd read this if you like goth themed things"
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    #4Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Written by Tennessee Williams, this book narrates the story of Big Daddy Pollit, a cotton tycoon who lives in his Mississippi plantation with his family. The book focuses mainly in the relationship between his eldest son, Brick, and his wife Maggie, also known as 'Cat'.


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    #5The Historian

    The Historian
    This is the story of a young woman that while exploring her father's library is plunged into a labyrinth where she will find out about her father's past and the fate of her mother, and she will learn about Vlad the Impaler, and his possible connections with her situation in the current days. 


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    Ralph Williams
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is the story of a young woman that while exploring her father's library is plunged into a labyrinth where she will find out about her father's past and the fate of her mother, and she will learn about Vlad the Impaler, and his possible connections with her situation in the current days. "
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    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.


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    Paul Scott
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I love to read interesting pieces of literature. I find them to be very interesting and somewhat forthright. I love a good plot line involved in the books. Beloved had that awesome historical fiction spin that made it very intriguing."
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    This book narrates the story of Conelius Suttree, a man who after living his whole life in the comfort of his wealthy family, suddenly found himself living in a houseboat on the Tennesee River, and how he managed to rise again. 


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    Gary Edwards
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Living on a houseboat is a far cry from living in a mansion. With a little wit and ingenuity it can be Great!"
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    #8The Great God Pan

    The Great God Pan
    The Great God Pan is a classic horror novel by Arthur Machen, first published in 1890. It tells the story of a surgeon, Dr. Raymond, who conducted an experimental operation on a woman's brain so that she may see the spiritual world.

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    Christopher Castillo
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This old-timey horror book is still an incredible read today. It's from the 1800's but it's still pretty easy to read and relate to the story of a mad scientist experimenting on a lady's brain. It's also fun to see the difference in how gothic horror stories have evolved over the last 100 years."
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    #9In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is the story of a murder, and the investigation that leads to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. This book transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

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    Reyansh Kadam
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 18 year old twin sons. I was looking for something exciting and thrilling to share with them while they read at night. I found this amazing short novel called "In Cold Blood" which is an amazing book filled with horror, true crime, and psychological thriller subplots by Truman Capote who describes the griping account of a capture, trial, and the corporal punishment of a violent sadistic killer. The book was turned into an award winning movie. My sons absolutely love the story. Thank you!"
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    #10Wicked Temper

    Wicked Temper
    Tizzy Polk and her boyfriend Matthew are two teens who love to be on their own, living with no worries and doing as they please. But everything will change when they find out a bewitched mountain known as Riddle Top, whose magic they can't yet control...

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    Martha Montgomery
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Oh looks creepy! I can read it free with my kindle so this is a win all around!"
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    #11Child of God

    Child of God
    This novel narrates the story of Lester Ballard, a man who after being falsely accused of rape, is freed from his hail and now haunts the hill country of East Tennessee, preying on the population with weird lusts. 


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    Mildred Silva
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Decent enough book, kind of preachy, but that's to be expected."
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    #12Light in August

    Light in August

    Light in August by William Faulkner tells the story of different characters: Lena Grove searching for the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower being haunted by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas who is caught up by his mixed ancestry.


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    Sofía Cabrera
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Light in August was a decent book but not one that I would want to recommend or read over again. I didn't like the style of writing or language, but the story was initially interesting."
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    #13A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer-winning play about Blanche DuBois and her attempt to have a normal life while living with her sister Stella and her abusive husband Stanley Kowalski.                                                     


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    Frank Cook
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "While I'm a big DuBois fan, I wouldn't say this novel is "Southern Gothic". A Streetcar Named Desire is a southern play, not a Gothic. Therefore, while I would recommend the novel, it really doesn't meet the category requirement."
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    #14Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a mystery novel written by John Berendt. This true crime non-fiction book is published in 1999 by Vintage. 


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    Theresa Perry
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I love that this book had great charachter development. I was looking for a thriller that wouldn't just skip to the twisted ending - I wanted to be enthralled and connected to the charachters - and I was! I couldn't put it down. This was a great Southern gothic book"
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    #15As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner tells the story of Addie Bundren and her family and her wish to be buried in Mississippi, her hometown. This novel is narrated in the perspectives of many characters including when Addie is still alive. 


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    Rodrigo Montiel
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Faulkner is a trip, and this book is not an exception. His characters are odd, his words can be hard to follow, but there is a lot waiting beneath the exterior. In a world of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, I'm not sure how much room there is for a work like this, but give it a try. You might be surprised."
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    Airships is a standalone contemporary classic collection of 20 short stories celebrating the new American South written by Barry Hannah. Esquire magazine has given this book the Arnold Gingrich Short Fiction Award.

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    Rosa María Muñoz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Definite must have for your personal library! I love these stories!"


Best What are the best Southern gothic books
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 42 Paid
2The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and other StoriesBooks 38 Paid
3Outer DarkBooks 37 Paid
4Cat on a Hot Tin RoofBooks 34 Paid
5The HistorianBooks 33 Paid
6BelovedBooks 30 Paid
7SuttreeBooks 29 Paid
8The Great God PanBooks 25 Paid
9In Cold BloodBooks 24 Paid
10Wicked TemperBooks 16 Paid

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