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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Mar 22, 2022

“The advent of the artist and the door was almost simultaneous. I have always wondered if the one would have been as sinister without the other.” Thus begins Dorothy Quick’s story “The Artist and the Door,” first published in Weird Tales in November 1952. The narrator, who is a successful author, lays out an innocent situation. She purchased a fixer-upper Elizabethan farmhouse and painstakingly restored it. In search of the perfect door, she attended an auction and found just the thing for her home. The only problem is that the house the door used to be a part of was haunted and had to be exorcized by a priest. But that’s just superstition, right? Could a door possibly be evil?

This story is available on the Pseudopod podcast

Recommended in this episode: Allison V. Harding stories from Weird Tales and Severance on AppleTV+. 

UP NEXT: Everil Worrell’s “The Canal”

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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.