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Name That Trauma :: Reader Leia M.’s Mom on a Mirror Hag

July 24th, 2010 by aunt john · 4 Comments

Hey everybody,

I stumbled on this site pretty recently and have been chewing my 62-year-old mom’s ear off about it. Which, to my delight, prompted her to offer up her own trauma for identification.

She thinks she was about 11 (which would have made it 1958 or so) and living in New Jersey. She saw an episode of what might have been a weekly T.V. program depicting eerie stories. (I just combed the episode guides of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and viewed every title that seemed a possibility, even straying into the early sixties to be thorough.)

In the damaging episode, a beautiful young girl receives instructions to climb a spiral staircase to the top of a castle turret (?). She does so carrying some sort of light source (lantern? candle?) and reaches the top to find a room with a mirror.

Peering into the glass, she glimpses herself as a withered old woman (possibly just old, but also possibly torn up- or debauched-looking in some way.)

Y’know, it may have been my mom who actually saw this, but the act of describing it has planted such vivid imagery in my own mind that I’m as eager as she is to have the thing named!

Thanks, all.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 senskiNo Gravatar // Jul 24, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Everything in the lead-up would seem to suggest an episode of One Step Beyond, which would have aired from 1959-61. Looking at the episode guide, nothing immediately pops out at me, but someone who might be more familiar with the series?…

  • 2 EibmozNo Gravatar // Jul 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0734621/
    It made me think of this.

  • 3 knobgobblerNo Gravatar // Jul 26, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Sounds damn familiar… reminds me of ‘The Hungry Glass’ on Thriller… but looking that up IMDB says it’s 1961.

  • 4 onlychild1213No Gravatar // Jul 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Sorry guys, no dice! Mom stayed up late last night checking out “Hungry Glass” on YouTube and unfortunately it didn’t ring a bell. She and I agreed it was an awesome guess, though!

    Thanks to everyone for your input 🙂

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