Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Turn of the Screw

I don't celebrate Halloween--personal preference--but I enjoy my share of ghost stories and tales of terror. I've tried writing those kinds of stories, but, well, they mainly turn out to be comedies.

In my reading, I'm revisiting a classic from Henry James. If you prefer psychological scares over gory ones, here's the complete e-text of his The Turn of the Screw, courtesy of's Literature: Classic newsletter.

You can also find out more about the short novel here, here, here, and here. (I feel a little like the Genii in Disney's Aladdin, when he is pointing out all the available seats on the magic carpet.)



Anonymous said...

I love that story! Very haunted, and yet the best part is--it doesn't tell you everything. It leaves you guessing.


Yup. It's been a few years since I've either read the book or seen a version on film, so I thought this would be the year to renew the acquaintance.