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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

May 17, 2022

 In Rosemary Timperley’s 1955 story “Harry,” a mother finds herself terrified of her daughter’s new imaginary friend named Harry. At first, it irritates Mrs. James to see 5-year-old Christine chatter away to someone who is not there when she plays by the rose bush in the yard. However, she becomes more distressed when Christine becomes increasingly attached to Harry. Mrs. James’s husband and the family doctor tell her this is normal behavior for children, especially when they haven’t met many other kids yet, but she decides to start an investigation into the past. As she learns more, she realizes that Harry is most certainly not just an imaginary friend.  

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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.