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    Southern Stories, With a Twist

    Love Southern Fiction? You’re not alone. Here at DCPL, it’s one of the top genres for checkouts, and every year new titles arrive with buzz and excitement (and a long list of holds). With super-popular titles like Where the Crawdad’s Sing, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, and The Giver of Stars, Southern Fiction has proved it’s here to stay.

    But in the past few years, authors have been branching out from the typical Southern genre. With primordial entities lurking in Appalachia, to vampires stalking the suburban streets of Charleston, these stories detour into the darker, stranger parts of the South.

    Revelator – Daryl Gregory

    Set in the backwoods of Tennessee, Revelator follows the Birch family, whose women have a dark secret: they worship and commune with Ghostdaddy, a god living in the hills of the Smoky Mountains. Stella, the daughter of the Birch family, trained as a child to become one of the family’s revelators, interpreters of Ghostdaddy’s will, but turned away from the god and from her family. Now an adult, she must come to terms with Ghostdaddy’s true intentions, as the next girl chosen as revelator appears.

    Pew – Catherine Lacey

    In a small Southern town, a family finds a being sleeping in a church. This being has only vague descriptors—no name, no history, ambiguous in gender, age, and race. The family name it Pew—after what it used for a bed. What follows is a week of interaction with the townsfolk, leading up to a Shirley Jackson-esque Forgiveness Festival. Some see Pew as a “new Jesus,” confessing their shortcomings and worries—more often projecting their own prejudices and desires onto the being. The town’s hospitality gradually sours, as Pew faces the alienation and intolerance common in Southern Gothic tales.

    The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – Grady Hendrix

    Housewives in Charleston form a true crime book club to break up the boredom of day-to-day suburban life. When James Harris moves to town, the handsome stranger upends the quiet suburban neighborhood, and soon the book club has a mystery to solve, right next door. See, James avoids the sun, stays up all hours of the night, and has a glib charm like the serial killers in the book club’s reading list. Once children start disappearing, and the menacing truth comes to light, the book club ladies get more excitement than they could possibly bargain for, and must band together to protect the suburbs.

    Check out these and more at DCPL!

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