Southern Hyperfiction

I'm fishing here -- I'm looking for Hyperfiction writers who are from / writing about the south.

For second-semester freshmen in a Christian university (and you thought this was going to be easy??).

Any ideas?



A few years ago I wrote a piece of hyperfiction. It's set in Cincinnati which is just above the Kentucky border. Also it does deal with sex and violence. But also it's about God and how people try to remember and forget their love for God and each other. Anyway maybe you might want to check it out. It's at


Hi Marie! Thanks so much for the reply! I'll check it out soon -- the cover page that you linked to is quite beautiful!

I've been amazed that Southern fiction in hypertext has been so difficult to find -- I'm wondering what this is due to. I have a couple of theories, but I don't know if either will really hold up. The first is that Southern writers are not yet doing a lot of hypertext writing; could this be true? The second theory I have is that writers who ARE doing hypertext don't identify themselves as regional. If this one is true, then a bit more research into the writers who are out there will reveal them.

I guess my ultimate question is: are there ways to identify Southern fiction even when it's become hyper?

Deanya, knowing that you sometimes frequent WCS-L, I might suggest that you ask Jennifer Beech, since she's at the home of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. I might also ask in response to your question: is the hypertext fiction of Michael Joyce, Judd Morrissey, or Stuart Moulthrop itself identifiably 'regional'?


I must admit I’ve never thought about regional writers and hyperfiction. I started reading hyperfiction in the late nineties. At the time it seemed like the experimental form attracted post-modern writers who were interested in examining narrative and deconstructing it. I’ve always thought of regional writers as being interested in a particular place, the physical details of that place, the people in it, and how those people are affected by and contribute to history. To me, regional writers seem to convey a sense of home, of longing for it or being estranged from it. A lot of the hyperfictions I remember reading were not as interested in the idea of having a home. There were many exceptions, but most hypertext seemed to have more abstract questions.

Anyway it’s been a long time since I’ve read any hyperfiction so I went to Eastgate system and I guess I was wrong or else things have changed.

The following little web stories seemed to have a strong sense of place:

The middle one was set in West Virginia and may suit your purposes. The last one was my favorite – it was very beautiful. But it was set in Japan.