THE TURN OF THE SCREW, originally published in 1898, is a gothic ghost story vella written by Henry James. Due to its original content, the vella became a favorite text of academics who subscribe to New Criticism. The vella has had differing interpretations, often mutually exclusive. Many critics have tried to determine the exact nature of the evil hinted at by the story. However, others have argued that the true brilliance of the vella comes with its ability to create an intimate confusion and suspense for the reader.