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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Sep 22, 2020

It’s a familiar story. A happy couple moves into an old estate, which is probably haunted. Only this isn’t the story you think it is. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a different kind of ghost story. The narrator is sick, and her husband John, who is firmly “practical,” doesn’t believe his wife is sick, not with anything more serious than a “nervous condition” anyway. John has moved his wife to the crumbling old house to help her condition, and she is left alone all day. Soon, the house becomes her prison. As her world becomes increasingly smaller, the narrator starts to see mysterious shadows move across the hideous yellow wallpaper in her room. Now, the narrator is convinced a woman has come out of the walls--but will anyone believe her?

Recommended in this episode: Priya Sharma's Ormeshadow and Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due's Freedom in the Family

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Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Our email is This episode was produced and researched by Lisa and Mel. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini (used with permission).