NEW SOUTHERN GOTHIC POISONED YOUR KIDS, THE: $5, 6½” x 10”, 20 pgs.

The New Southern Gothic Poisoned Your Kids is a collection of modern horror short stories by Emma Caterine. I don’t mean horror in the sense of a slasher killing twenty-something-year-olds at a camp, I mean real life awful scenes that may remind you of something you’ve been through or experienced through another person. Made up of five chapters, the stories range from the abstract; a girl mourns the loss of a relationship which makes her experience out-of-body pain and go to extremes, to realism; pedophilia and the mental illness caused from it. Going from the title, “Southern Gothic” should refer to a specific genre of literature that takes place in the American South. I didn’t get a particular sense of this, but the chapter’s atmospheres succeeded in always giving an air of bleakness. The stories don’t seem to relate to one another, but each one left me uncomfortable, wanting to escape to the next chapter. Seeking a relief that was never to come. –Tricia (The New Southern Gothic Poisoned Your Kids, Etsy.com/listing/218768497/the-new-southern-gothic-poisoned-your)