In the summer before I left for high school, we unravelled the mystery of the child and the spooky woman on the phone line. To be clear: this is no morality tale.
Warning: contains horror themes and occasional profanity
As some of you will know, The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley is a real story.
I never encountered this story by being read it as a child. It was when I was about Fiona’s age that I read mention of it in a young adult novel called Drowning in Secrets by Brenda Bellingham – one of my favourite young adult novels to this day. Until much later, I thought The Water Babies was a story the author had made up for her novel. When I thought to google it, some ten years later, I was surprised to find it wasn’t, and surprised further to read parts of it and realise just how much I didn’t like it!
Like father like daughter I suppose: I mentioned it on the phone to my dad when I started writing this story, and his response was a heavily disgusted “I hate that book” – which had me laughing and agreeing.
What is it with old kids stories and being just creepy?
Podcast intro and outro music: The Dark Tile , by Rafael Krux. Full licence purchased.
Evening of Chaos by Kevin MacLeod
All other sounds used in the episode created by me, G. G. E. Tinsmuir, or audio files in the public domain.