have always been favorite stock characters of the horror genre.
Starting as early as The Village of the Damned, blossoming in
The Exorcist and The Omen, and bringing us to times as
recent as the ones that witnessed Orphan, evil-natured
children have always sparked our imagination and our worse parental
fears. Henry James' novella The Turn of the Screw presents
this now cliché story trope in a setting that may or may not be
inhabited by the damned, creating an atmosphere of dread and terror.
Although at times a bit of a tough read, The Turn of the Screw
remains an icon of psychological horror in literature.