Home » Fiction » The Yellow Wallpaper – Trifextra

The Yellow Wallpaper – Trifextra

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is the chilling tale of a doctor’s wife being driven mad. The tale is set during an era when conditions like depression were treated with extended periods of bed rest and a pronounced lack of stimulating activities. It’s not hard to fathom how this could have caused many people to fall into a state of psychosis. The story reads as journal entries that become progressively disturbing. This short story is highly recommended for those who like a darker, moody, creepy tale.

English: American feminist poet and writer Cha...

English: American feminist poet and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

so I kept still and watched the moonlight on that undulating wall-paper till I felt creepy. The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out.

This is the 33 word selection for the Trifextra Challenge. The challenge this week is a bit different than usual and has lots of instructions and rules so, if you want to learn more please follow the challenge link above.

Advertisements

59 thoughts on “The Yellow Wallpaper – Trifextra

  1. Hi, my first visit to your blog. i will be following, (even though I don’t do well with horror, I like you..so…)
    I haven’t heard of this book, but it has intrigued me. My grandmother actually had PPD that turned into schizophrenia after repeated “tries to make her normal” after the birth of her last baby. She was a gentle crazy, but that she was. I wonder if reading this book would be a look into her mind.

    in any case, it was a good choice, thanks for the link.
    have a great weekend

    • “Hi, my first visit to your blog. i will be following, (even though I don’t do well with horror, I like you..so…)”
      Why thank you for the compliment. I do horror but I rarely do gore. I like more subtle horror. I hope that makes it a bit easier to deal with in flash fiction sized chunks 🙂

      “I wonder if reading this book would be a look into her mind.” I have two paranoid schizophrenics in my family. It’s weird how two people can have the same thing and be so differently afflicted by it. I can’t say if it will be a look into her mind but it certainly does a good job of depicting a person’s plummet over the edge,

    • Never heard it on radio but I heard there is a movie about it… I wonder how much they changed it. Hollywood these days is all into ‘the gross out’ instead creepiness or fear so I kind of dread to see what they came up with.

  2. I love her personification of the paper and the creepy tone. Like the others, you have convinced me to look into this one. Good 33!

  3. Pingback: Trifextra Reading Challenge « The Life of Kylie

  4. I’m reading “The Yellow Wallpaper”, maybe tonight. I’m going to a friends for dinner, so it kind of depends. You might like “The Victorian Chaise Longue” by Marghanita Laski. It’s kind of hard to find. I bought it from Persephone Books, but Albris might have it. Let me change that… you will like it.

    • We just finished a reading of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’. It was delicious. So subtle. Interesting reading about Miss Gilman and the import of her work. Have you seen the movie?

      • No. I have not seen the film. I have conflicting feelings about it. Part of me wants to see it and the other half of me sees the words “based on” and realizes that they probably changed just about everything from the book in order to make it less subtle to suit today’s attention deficient audiences (and make it span 115 minutes).

        Edited to add: I just looked up the movie on wikipedia and found these under “cast”
        Margie Mack as Rat Woman
        Bob King as Rat Man
        Earl Maddox as Burn in Hell Man

        Yeah… they totally changed it for sure.

  5. I read this story some years ago and it still pops to my mind whenerver I enter a wall papered room! It is so disturbing in it subtility. It stays with you and your mind keeps wondering back to it. Well it is the exact kind of horror that I like; great choice!!

    • “I read this story some years ago and it still pops to my mind whenerver I enter a wall papered room!” I know! Me too. After that story I would not be able to live in a house with yellow wallpaper. It would creep me out too much!

Add Your Story or Comment

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s