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Writing New Southern Gothic: Dark Humor, Weird Characters & Strange Places

Darlyn Finch Kuhn
Darlyn Finch Kuhn

Traditional Southern Gothic literature has earned its place in the literary canon through classic works by authors like William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and Flannery O’Conner. Come learn how current writers are rediscovering this fascinating sub-genre dealing with disenfranchised voices in warped communities—not necessarily set in the American South. Details...

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