The premise is simple, yet frightening. A woman, suffering from post-partum depression, is taken by her doctor husband to the country for a cure. The couple, along with their new baby and the husband's sister, rent an isolated mansion a few miles from town.
As she struggles to get better, the story's main character becomes obscessed with the patterns in the wallpaper that covers the walls of her bedroom. The harder she tries to be "normal," the more intrigued she becomes with the wallpaper.
Writers interested in the horror genre would be well advised to read and re-read and re-read Gilman's 19-page masterpiece. It's stunning.
Check out my review of the story, along with other Gilman gems in an upcoming edition of your News-Telegram.
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