Archive for January 5th, 2011

If you, like many of us Anti-Roomers, have a weakness for all things slightly sinister, you’ll welcome the return of The Dreadful Thoughts Story Club, a sort of online bookclub co-created by our own Sinéad Gleeson and Friend-Of-The-Anti-Room John Byrne that’s devoted to discussing spooky short stories. This time, the topic of discussion is Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s disturbing classic The Yellow Wallpaper – you can read it here, and then join in the discussion from 9pm this Friday.

The Yellow Wallpaper may or may not be a tale of the supernatural, but the 19th and early 20th century was a golden age for female writers of horror. It seems like everyone from E. Nesbit (whose horror stories have recently been collected in a volume entitled The Power of Darkness) to Edith Wharton turned their hand to the gothic tale. And though these days she may be best known for the TV adapation of Cranford, her light-hearted tale of village life, Elizabeth Gaskell was also the author of The Old Nurse’s Story, one of the spookiest of all Victorian ghost stories (you can read it yourself here).

So what are your own favourite spooky classics? And will you be joining in the discussion of The Yellow Wallpaper?

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