In 1892, The New England Magazine published "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilmore, a 6,000 word short story that in time would be hailed as an important work of early feminist literature depicting attitudes about women's mental health issues in the 19th century. While that may evoke a collective yawn from most of you, don't let it put you off from reading the novella, as it's also a fine example of gothic literature, a tale of subtle horror on par with the best of Edgar Allan Poe. And it's 'creepy' as hell.
A copy of the complete story from the pages of The New England Magazine is available online to read here: The Yellow Wall-paper, A Story
In 1991, nearly 100 years after the publication of "The Yellow Wallpaper", SoCal eclectic alternative rock band Mary's Danish released their second album Circa, which led off with the track "Yellow Creep Around", a song based upon Gilmore's famous novella. Masterfully crafted by the band (and producer Dave Jerden), the song is simply a pop masterpiece of epic proportions from the radio tuning samples at the beginning to the final lalalalalalalalalalas that close the tune. If this is the sound of a fragmented mind's descent into madness, sign me up! (Oh wait, too late...)