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Subject: Gothic classic
Date Posted: 9/9/2007 7:35 PM ET
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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. One of the first gothic horror stories, still read and debated today. Very scary. If you haven't read it, give it a try. There are also several different DVD editions.

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2007/09/09/historical-horror-fiction-the-turn-of-the-screw/

 

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 12:06 AM ET
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Thanks for mentioning that one, I never read it.  I think I saw a movie of it but I'm not sure.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 9:14 AM ET
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I love turn of the screw.  the movie version called 'the innocents' with deborah kerr is the best movie version, i think, but there are more recent ones that are good too.

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 10:35 PM ET
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I finnished The Turn Of The Screw.  Yes, the movie was The Innocents.  I thought the book was better.  I don't remember the little boy dieing in the end.  I'm glad I read the book and I'm looking for another classic horror.  I read Dracula and Frankenstiens Monster of course.

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 11:04 PM ET
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Of all the classic horror books Ive read I most enjoyed Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the stories of Edgar Allan Poe.  I'm also reading the Woman in White right now and really like it so far.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 3:14 PM ET
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I've never read the Turn of the Screw, but I saw the movie version with Colin Firth, and it didn't make any sense at all to me.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 4:22 PM ET
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Hmmm I had no idea there was a Colin Firth version.  Gonna have to look that up right now!!!

Subject: If you like gothic classics
Date Posted: 4/27/2008 1:41 AM ET
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Another author to try is Sheridan Le Fanu. I'm reading Uncle Silas: a Tale of Bartram-Haugh right now, and it's just too absorbing to put down! It is the quintessential Victorian gothic novel! Le Fanu is said to have heavily influenced Bram Stoker's Dracula and to have possibly influenced Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as well.

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 6:28 PM ET
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Thanks for the ideas!  Sounds like it's best to read Turn of the Screw before seeing the movie?  The Le Fanu book sounds interesting, too!  I've added them both to my reminder list.

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 7:44 PM ET
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The Turn of the Screw movie with Colin Firth does not follow the book at all. And he's only in it for about 15 minutes. The old version 'The Innocents' with Deborah Kerr is way better. 

 

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 8:52 PM ET
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I didn't sleep for a week after seeing The Innocents with Deborah Kerr.........

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 11:11 AM ET
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It (TOTS) is a very chilling story, perfect to read around Halloween!!



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Date Posted: 5/2/2008 11:16 AM ET
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The Haunting of Hill House is one of my favorites..

Angelica is good too. Though not around long enought to be consdired a classic.

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 8:47 PM ET
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I agree, Bloomer, Hill House was a chiller.

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 10:07 PM ET
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I have The Turn of the Screw on my TBR at home. I'll also suggest Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey if some of you haven't read it-- Ms. Austen did a clever job of parodying the potboilers of the day.