The Haunting Of Bly Manor: 9 Henry James Stories That Inspired The Series

How does Bly Manor compare to its source material?


Mike Flanagan, who is one of the best horror directors working today, returns to the small screen with The Haunting of Bly Manor, the second instalment in his anthology series, The Haunting.

The first season, The Haunting of Hill House, was based on Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name, and was updated by Flanagan, who delivered a masterclass in storytelling. The series examined dysfunctional families, trauma, and grief, in combination with chilling supernatural elements.

As one of the most harrowing, heartbreaking, but heartwarming horror stories of all time, the series proved that the horror genre isn't one to look down upon, as it has immense emotional depth, and can provide meaningful scares.

Bly Manor returns to do the same thing, but this time Flanagan and his team adapt varying stories from Henry James' full body of work, which all contain some deeper meaning. The series' main narrative is taken from his horror novella, The Turn of the Screw, while elements from his other work can be found in each episode, which are, in turn, named after short stories of his.

So how does The Turn of the Screw translate over to this adaptation and which of James' stories were added into the mix?

Spoilers ahead for The Haunting of Bly Manor.


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