I started this design in October last year, when I was frenzied with excitement over the shift to cool weather and the horror movie marathons playing daily on cable.
I've always found a comfort in scary stories. When I was little and lived with my grandfather, I wanted to do everything he did, including watch the movies he watched, and though I didn't realize it at the time, he was watching a lot of horror. Rosemary's Baby, The Omen, and The Birds were part of my subconscious before I realized they were meant to be scary. As I got older, I searched the library for musty ghost anthologies and dared myself to read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark when no one was home.
I somehow missed The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman until a few years ago. If you've never read it, it's very short and easily found online. It's still the creepiest thing I've ever read.
There's an even shorter summary on the Wikipedia page, though I would definitely recommend the full read. It not only paints a vivid picture of how women's health was viewed in the late 19th century (i.e. "hysteria"), but the imagery, especially at the end, is surprisingly terrifying.
(Note: "Female hysteria" had a link to cross stitch, which I touched on in my post about mourning samplers. I'm always amazed at how needlework is so intertwined with history.)
It's kind of fitting that I started this design in October and only finished it up this week, since it was my own restlessness that prevented me from making any progress until now.