The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (Heathen Edition)

The Turn of the Screw

Spine #12
Henry James
First Edition
Heathen Edition
July 27, 2020
January 30, 2023
Heathen Genera
Creepy AF
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One step into the room had sufficed; my vision was instantaneous; it was all there. The person looking straight in was the person who had already appeared to me. He appeared thus again with I won’t say greater distinctness, for that was impossible, but with a nearness that represented a forward stride in our intercourse and made me, as I met him, catch my breath and turn cold. He was the same—he was the same, and seen, this time, as he had been seen before. . . His face was close to the glass, yet the effect of this better view was, strangely, only to show me how intense the former had been. He remained but a few seconds—long enough to convince me he also saw and recognized. Something, however, happened this time that had not happened before; his stare into my face, through the glass and across the room, was as deep and hard as then, but it quitted me for a moment during which I could still watch it, see it fix successively several other things. On the spot there came to me the added shock of a certitude that it was not for me he had come there. He had come for someone else. . .

Henry James (1843–1916) was a celebrated American author, who became a British subject in the last year of his life, and is considered by many to be among the greatest novelists in the English language having been thrice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. His novella The Turn of the Screw has garnered a reputation as the most analyzed and ambiguous ghost story in the English language and remains his most widely adapted work in other media. The story centers on a young governess sent to a remote estate to care for two orphans, but quickly becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted and its specters are stalking the children – but are they? And are they even real? And are the children aware? Questions author Gillian Flynn sums perfectly with her observation, “The Turn of the Screw is one of the most chilling ghost stories ever, largely because it is so deliciously elusive.”

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" of the most chilling ghost stories ever, largely because it is so deliciously elusive.”
Gillian Flynn