4 thoughts on “Long Day, Dreaming

  1. Fall of the House of Usher is kind of the ur-text for southern gothic, right? I’d call it a haunted house story, but that’s probably a rules call.

  2. Bridgett, I’d love to see Roderick and Madeline played as squabbling redneck sibs. Maybe she’s got Daisy Dukes on under that shroud?

    Hmm. Southern haunted houses–Beloved? It is the opening line, although it’s not exactly the point of the story. A Rose for Emily? (Not really enough house as character in that one, though I remember something about the property tax bill, so maybe).

    You know, it’s ridiculous, but I bet anybody with a sufficiently developed sense of melodrama and the macabre could reframe Gone With the Wind as a Southern Gothic. Tara is a huge focus of Scarlett’s motivations, to the point where it drives nearly every decision she makes; she’s almost possessed by the damn thing. And (white) people are dying and getting born there throughout the story; so much family
    history is wrapped inside it. Then once you add in what all had to have happened in the slave cabins, the Yankee bullet holes in the walls seem like small potatoes (turnips?).

  3. I’d call Beloved a haunted house story, but the haunted house itself is in Ohio. I have been doing a lot of reading and, either I’m completely missing a whole subgenre, or there just aren’t fictional Southern haunted house stories. There are ghosts. And there is a long–going back to Poe, if not earlier–tradition of unsettling houses that misbehave in some fashion (usually by falling down). And there are a ton of real houses that claim to have ghosts.

    But fiction where the Southern house and ghost go hand in hand?

    Not having much luck.

  4. As in a book – one doesn’t come to mind immediately. But I grew up a block away from a real haunted house. Have I ever told you the stories about that?

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