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A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading every genre, whether we like them or not! Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

Mar 20, 2018

This episode we discuss the genre of Southern Gothic! We talk about the “key elements” of Southern Gothic fiction (plantations, swamps, secrets, and racism), gothic vs goth fiction, vampires, rural fiction, pessimism, the fantastic, and space crystal meth. Plus: One of us is utterly baffled by the popularity of this genre and we debate the differences between swamps and marshes.

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In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray

Books We Read This Month

Other Media We Mention

Links, Articles, and Things


  • Can you name any region-specific genres?
  • How do you feel about real people showing up as major characters in historical fiction?
  • What is your theoretical ideal Southern Gothic novel?



  • Ask us questions for our 50th episode! Deadline: March 24th!
  • Anna and Matthew will be tabling at Grid Zine Fest, April 14, 2018 in Salt Lake City


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Then come back on Tuesday, April 17th when our genre will be Essay Collections.