Flannery’s horror

We’re reading a collection of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories for the parish book club this month.  I’d only tried to read her novels before and found them too grotesque to make much sense of, but in these short stories the grotesquerie makes sense.  She’s not so clumsy and dim-witted that she has to mutilate people or invent scary monsters to tell her horror stories; she knows that true horror lives in the ordinary human soul.

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