Back in August the Times was giving away free paperback classics for a couple of weeks, and one of them was Henry James' ghost story The Turn of the Screw. Obviously I'd heard it was a seminal spooky tale but didn't know much else about it, so it was interesting to read the thing itself. It was enjoyable, although I kept expecting a twist that never came. And I can see why the little bio page at the start of the book mentions James' idiosyncratic writing style - his neverending sentences make even some of mine seem comprehensible in comparison. You can definitely see though how the book planted the seeds for many a haunted house story to come.