The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is the best short story ever written about insanity. As I write that, I don’t even get the sense that the statement is terribly controversial. I didn’t even feel a need to throw an “arguably” in there. And, while I don’t deny the literary canon’s claim on the story, I think it is one of the best horror stories I’ve ever read, especially in light of all the horror that tries (and too often fails) to portray insanity. Insanity is terrifying. It’s an insidious, slippery threat from within that, at times (especially for Lovecraft’s protagonists) seems to be the rational response to a set of circumstances -whether those circumstances arise from the sea like Cthulhu or in the subtle threat of patriarchy. The point is this: if, by some cruel twist of fate, you’ve missed reading this story, take a moment and do it. Whether you write horror or just enjoy masterful storytelling, you’ll want this little gem woven into the chaotic pattern of your psyche! (Too much?)

Comic by Kate Beaton (Check her out!)

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