Watkyn, Comma – A story of hope
What if you bought the house of your dreams – a ruin of course – but discovered, as Joan Aiken did with her own home, that you were sharing it with a ghost? And what better metaphor is there for a ghost than a comma, a moment in time, a pause to allow space for a new idea…maybe in an unexpected form?
Joan Aiken’s heroine, Miss Sibley, finds the perfect companion in this surprising story – if you were planning to run a bakery, and looking for a companion, who would be most appreciative of your efforts?
One night she finds herself accidentally locked into a secret chamber under the eaves, a tiny room that has been hidden away for hundreds of years… But someone still lives there, perhaps the person mentioned in the diary she had discovered, written by a fugitive priest called Gabriel, many years ago…
Originally from A Fit of Shivers
And now in a newly published collection of Joan Aiken’s strange stories
The People in the Castle
From Small Beer Press
This story is to be read in May 2018 in the series Selected Shorts at New York’s Symphony Space
– a program for live readings of short stories that are then later broadcast on National Public Radio –
Read more about Watkyn and the collection in Lizza Aiken’s Introduction