I am going to say this upfront: With Stories V! Scott McClanahan has officially wedged himself into the canon. But which canon. The American Southern oral canon? Yes. The small press indie fiction canon? Yes. The Appalachian hipster canon. That too. McClanahan has always delivered. His first collection, Stories, described the real down-and-out American south beautifully. Stories II, true to its sequential title, continued and strengthened McClanahan’s role as an official voice of the South. Then comes this strangely non-sequentially titled Stories V! to solidify McClanahan as the official voice of the polished (but not too polished), clever (but not too clever) oral story telling southern elite.