Gothic South (Vol. 29, No. 4)

Gothic South (Vol. 29, No. 4)

Guest edited by Kinitra D. Brooks, this issue unpacks the Gothic South, exploring its haints, hollers, and hoodoo. Featuring a conversation with Jesmyn Ward, photo essays by Jared Ragland and Kristine Potter, fiction by Rebecca Bengal and K. Ibura, poetry by Golden, and more.

Haints, Hollers, and Hoodoo

by Kinitra D. Brooks

“Sixteen years after her death, my grandmother was still my defender.”

Something Beautiful out of the Darkness

by Jesmyn Ward, Regina N. Bradley

“For me, the Gothic comes out in wrestling with that darkness, wrestling with trauma, wrestling with grief, wrestling with loss, wrestling with this idea that there is more to the world than what we see on the surface.”

Specters of the Mythic South

by Alena Pirok

“Claiming a ghost story originated from a Black southerner provided evidence of an imagined fraternity between Black and white southerners.”

What Has Been Will Be Again

by Jared Ragland, Catherine Wilkins

“Ragland traveled to each of his home state’s sixty-seven counties, often via routes connected to a brutal colonial legacy—following the path of Hernando de Soto’s 1540 expedition, the Trail of Tears, the Old Federal Road, and the slave ship Clotilda.”

Snapshot: Fear of a Black (Southern) Planet

by Kameelah L. Martin

“The Black woman is tossing an ambiguous object into a presumed hole in the ground, arguably to effect the desired outcome of her conjure spell. Indeed, both the woman and Walker are turning a hoodoo trick for the viewer.”

Snapshot: Mama Possum

by John Jennings

“Mama Possum is a character cursed by her ancestors because she killed one of her children.”

Night Walker

by Kimberly Anderson

“He noticed the sound of the footsteps quicken, but a swift glance behind him offered only the shadow of a person outlined by the light of the moon.”

A Girl, a Man, a Storm, a City

by K. Ibura

“The children ogled the empty houses and sagging porches, fascinated by the veil of abandonment that smothered everything around them.”

Blood Harmony

by Rebecca Bengal, Kristine Potter

“They drive by an old-timey church with one door for the men and a separate door for the women and a graveyard out back where the stones pop up like teeth in the night.”

Snapshot: Dark Corners

by Julyan Davis

“I grew up listening to the folks songs of my ancestors along the Scottish Borders.”

Mystery of the Talking Skull

by Stephen Simmons

“Cheap, lurid, and often drawing from sensationalized news stories, pulp fiction enjoyed a heyday from the 1920s through the 1940s.”

Back Porch: The Uncanny Keep On Talkin’

by Regina N. Bradley

“Unsolved Mysteries was the portal to my imagination running wild, and fear was the pilot.”

& When They Come For Me (Reprise)

by by Golden

Have you ever said peace / & know a country isn’t coming with it?