The turn of the screw is an 1898 horror novella by henry james that first appeared in serial format in colliers weekly magazine january 27 april 16 1898 in october 1898 it appeared in the two magics a book published by macmillan in new york city and heinemann in london. Further study test your knowledge of the turn of the screw with our quizzes and study questions or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web. The turn of the screw is a novella short novel written by henry james originally published in 1898 it is ostensibly a ghost story due to its ambiguous content it became a favorite text of academics who subscribe to new criticism. Turn of the screw had all the components for at least a watchable 90 minutes as its source material is so good so suspenseful and so delightfully ambiguous what a disappointment even on its own terms turn of the screw was close to disastrous. In fact the turn of the screw is easily one of the most influential and yes terrifying ghost stories of all time heres what made it so successful james was in the middle of his career at the point he wrote the turn of the screw and he wrote it on the heels of a couple of failed attempts at writing plays
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