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11 Small-Town Horror Novels That Will Make You Think Twice About Coming Home Again
I want to live in cities, but I want to explore towns. Fictional towns often allegorise whole nations, whole eras. On his way home for a holiday, he gets stuck in Bundanyabba: a dusty, alcohol-soaked mining town whose locals want nothing more than to get our hero very drunk. Which he does, before mowing down kangaroos in the surrounding outback. The Indigenous Australian communities are at odds with one another, and in turn at odds with the white population.
He knows much more of the fierce variety and uncompromising divergences of men. Tales of small town living can take a range of paths. On one end, you have stories that are like snow globes capturing the nostalgic idyll of small town living offering simpler, or better, times. On the other end, there are stories that unmask the romanticism of small town simplicity as a shallow facade, barely hiding long-running unhappiness, secrets, or outright corruptions. She uses Amgash, Illinois as a keyhole into the inner hearts of its inhabitants, and in turn uses them as a keyhole into the inner hearts of us all. It is something that all small town fiction, whether optimistic or cynical, does to one degree or another.