PodCastle 299: The Little Room

Show Notes

Rated PG


The Little Room

by Madeline Yale Wynne

“When Mamma was about ten years old they sent her to cousins in Brooklyn, who had children of their own, and knew more about bringing them up. She staid there till she was married: she didn’t go to Vermont in all that time, and of course hadn’t seen her sisters, for they never would leave home for a day. They couldn’t even be induced to go to Brooklyn to her wedding so she and father took their wedding trip up there.”

“And that’s why we are going up there on our own?”

“Don’t, Roger; you have no idea how loud you speak.”

“You never say so except when I am going to say that one little word.”

“Well, don’t say it, then or say it very, very quietly.”

“Well, what was the queer thing?”

“When they got to the house, mother wanted to take father right off into the little room; she had been telling him about it, just as I am going to tell you and she had said that of all the rooms that one was the only one that seemed pleasant to her. She described the furniture and the books and paper and everything, and said it was on the north side, between the front and back room. Well, when they went to look for it, there was no little room there; there was only a shallow china-closet. She asked her sisters when the house had been altered and a closet made of the room that used to be there. They both said the house was exactly as it had been built–that they had never made any changes, except to tear down the old wood-shed and build a smaller one.

About the Author

Madeline Yale Wynne

Madeline Yale Wynne (September 25, 1847 − January 4, 1918) was an American artist, teacher, writer, and philanthropist.  In 1895 she turned to writing; Madeline’s supernatural short story “The Little Room” was published in Harper’s Magazine and was well received. It was later released in a collection of Wynne’s short stories called The Little Room and Other Stories, along with The Sequel to the Little Room. (More recently, “The Little Room” appeared in the 2009 horror compendium, American Fantastic Tales, edited by Peter Straub.) She wrote for Atlantic MonthlyHarper’s MonthlyHome Beautiful, and various other publications.

Madeline helped to found and lead the Deerfield Society of Arts and Crafts in 1901, which became an umbrella organization for the arts movement in the village. Wynne served as the curator as the movement produced a broad array of artistry, including jewelry, photography, weaving, basketry, rugs, and furniture. She and Annie became very influential in developing arts and crafts in the community, with Madeline organizing tours of the village’s craftwork and arranging speaking engagements. The two women were expert metal smiths in their own right.

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About the Narrator

Eric Luke

Eric Luke is the screenwriter of the Joe Dante film EXPLORERS, which is currently in development as a remake, the comic books GHOST and WONDER WOMAN, and wrote and directed the NOT QUITE HUMAN films for Disney TV. His current project INTERFERENCE, a meta horror audiobook about an audiobook… that kills, is now a Best Seller on Audible.com. His website for creative projects is Quillhammer.com.

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