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, in 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 let in a new idea…maybe in an unexpected form?
Joan Aiken’s heroine, Miss Sibley, finds the perfect companion in this delightful story – if you were planning to run a bakery, and looking for company, who else would be more appreciative of your efforts?
One night she is locked into a secret chamber under the eaves, that has been hidden away for hundreds of years…and of course someone lives there…and was perhaps mentioned in the diary of a fugitive priest called Gabriel, from 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