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The Gown by Emilie Autumn | Short Story, Paperback

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In the short story The Gown by Emilie Autumn, a young woman is driven to madness by the recurring appearance of a hospital gown that first traumatized her as a child.

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'The Gown' is a chilling example of how a seemingly innocuous event can tragically erode the psyche of a sensitive child. This disturbing short story follows a nameless girl as she attempts to make a normal life for herself while struggling to escape the debilitating fear that preys upon her in her most vulnerable moments. But is this fear borne of the rational awareness of a sentient evil, or merely the terrifying echo of a misperceived experience? Is the titular gown the source of madness, or the manifestation of it?

'The Gown' continues Emilie's exploration of the nature of reality, the disintegration of identity, and the horrific effects of misplaced shame.


• 5" x 8"
• Velvety matte cover
• 42 pages on cream paper
• Contains 50-question study guide to generate discussion in your book club or on your own


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The Asylum’s little sister....

There is something particularly humiliating and vulnerable about being forced to wear a hospital gown. However, that’s not quite what this short story is about. While medical and mental themes may be in the foreground of the prose, underneath is something more sinister. You’ll have to read for yourself, but for me, The Gown is my anxiety in a nutshell. A great, thrilling short read!


A curious little read

I am not much of a book reviewer, but it's a given that if you are an Emilie Autumn fan, you'll find The Gown intriguing, leaving you with many questions...sort of literally. There's a study guide at the end. I have always enjoyed Emilie's style of writing, and believe I would even if I wasn't a fan. It's eloquent and engaging without being over the top, and emanates a sort of vulnerability, especially in The Gown. While not quite on the level as "The Asylum...", this little book is worth your pennies and your time.

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