Mercy (A Southern Gothic Short Story) by Rachelle Taylor
Approx. 5,860 words.
Published on June 16, 2012.
In this Southern Gothic short, a sheltered, impoverished teenager seeks to impress a neighbor boy, with destructive results. This story explores poverty, neglect, mental illness, and misogyny in rural Appalachia.
This story originally appeared in Printer's Devil Review.