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The Turn of the Screw

HALLOWEEN 2017: BY CAROL STARKEY

 Halloween is right around the corner, meaning it’s time for costumes, candy, and scary stories. Some stations play movies like Children of the Corn and Friday the 13th leading up to the holiday. Libraries will display frightening books. And children will be extra jumpy as they anticipate jump scares. Continue reading

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Gone Gothic: The Turn of the Screw

HALLOWEEN 2016: BY RACHEL SEXTON

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Typically, the horror genre can be separated into the slasher type of story and the psychological thriller. This is true in the mediums of both literature and film. One is defined by the fact that the audience is shown all the violence and gore, while the other revels in the power of suggestion. An even further focusing of genre leads fans of psychological scares into the realm of the Gothic ghost story. Setting is a key characteristic of this type of tale (an isolated place, usually a large house, often in Victorian England), but a classic example of the genre also pioneers a narrative technique now popular in thrillers: the unreliable narrator. The Turn of the Screw achieves ambiguity and atmosphere through its use of an unreliable narrator and the story is all the more frightening because of it. Continue reading