Re: RARA-AVIS: Southern Gothic

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 27 Feb 2003

miker, nice summary of the overlap between Southern Gothic and noir. I'm curious, would you include one of your faves, Nightmare Alley? (One of these days, I've got to get around to reading that.) The reason I ask is because of its carnival setting. A friend of mine praises Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, set within a freak show, as a prime example of contemporary Southern Gothic. I haven't read it, either. I have read Freezer Burn by Joe Lansdale, also set in a carnival, and it seems to fit your definition.


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