William Faulkner. His stream of consciousness style is something I identify with very strongly. Many of his stories include elements of the grotesque which I love. I enjoy Sherwood Anderson for the same reason. And for lagniappe, I'll just throw in Flanner O'Connor, too
As far as a modern writer, I'd say Cormac McCarthy. For many of the same reasons that I enjoy Faulkner.
Faulkner is also one of my favorites, overall. He's not for the faint at heart, or the casual reader, but the imagery cannot be beat.
How about Anne Rice.
She lives in Louisiana, does that count?
I personally love Anne Rice because she has created an alternate universe. Between the vampire chronicles, Taltos, and the Mayfair Witches. It's literally a dozen books that are all intertwined together.
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