Book Reviews Turn of Screw House

Published on October 22nd, 2012 | by Michaela Buckley

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Migrated The Turn of the Screw

You know you’ve made it when your name enters the dictionary in the form of an adjective.

Henry James has just that. “Jamesian”, and a creator of a horror novella too? Fair enough. The Turn of the Screw has been an inspirational piece in the world of literature and film, spawning countless film adaptations and also inspirations for books based on the tale and the film The Others.

The tale begins with a storyteller entertaining guests with frightening anecdotes, however, the groups’ interest is piqued when the teller starts on something which happened to someone he once knew. T

The novella is very concise and requires concentration to read, the prose is certainly not as sensationalist as the treatment of some of the events it describes, however there is a distinct richness to the language and structure.

The story was quite different to usual horror with some abstact plot-points and some taboo themes, it was very enjoyable, especially with the underwhelming reaction/ shock dynamic which contrasts well with the upper class Victorian setting.

The ending was a bittersweet gloss that enhances many aspects of the book, making the book indisputably loftier than it’s Ghost Story counterparts.

I am looking forward to reading more from this author and hope to have more to say with the more material.  It’s on my list now!

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