The Monkey's Paw

The Monkey s Paw Writer W W Jacobss haunting tale of how a mans cavalier wishes are tragically granted by an exotic but cursed talisman wreaking havoc on what was previously a content family

  • Title: The Monkey's Paw
  • Author: W.W. Jacobs
  • ISBN: 9781583419199
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Writer W W Jacobss haunting tale of how a mans cavalier wishes are tragically granted by an exotic but cursed talisman, wreaking havoc on what was previously a content family.

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    1. A dark stormy night with a night visitor sets the stage for the telling of this short creepy tale of woe, andA magic spell from days of old granting three wishes on a mummified paw comes with the warning not to interfere with fate, but oh the temptation is just too great to pass byThe first wish causes shock and unrelenting despair.The second wish brings a man to his knees in overwhelming fear (huge creep factor here) andThe third wish, well, read it to find out what happens.The moral of the sto [...]

    2. Atmosphere, subtlety, thought provocation, quality prose and lingering horror…these are the “Table of Contents” of the best of the classic early horror stories. Admittedly, my “modern” 21st century sensibilities and the red-meat need for high body counts, buckets-o-blood and levels of in your faceness that go to 11 occasionally has me looking at the early spook tales with PFFT on my lips. But then I stop being so dense and remember how much the classic chillers have much to offer in th [...]

    3. "Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it."Couldn't be any better epigraph for this story. Monkey's Paw is one of the most amazing short stories I have ever read. The writing is so terrifyingly enjoyable. The atmosphere is one of the darkest ones I have ever read! I loved the atmosphere, loved the plot, loved the writing and loved everything.OVERVIEWMr and Mrs White get a talisman which is a mummified monkey's paw from the friend of Mr White. This Monkey's Paw can fulfil three wishes of [...]

    4. “Be careful what you wish for!!!” That’s the moral of the story and it was eerily great. Super short but very good.

    5. You probably already know this story. A monkey's paw that can grant wishes but always at a horrible cost. Unfortunately, I can’t write any kind of synopsis without totally spoiling the story. In any case, it is a classic and highly influential supernatural horror story. If you are familiar with Stephen King’s much more horrifyingPet Sematary you will probably find that The Monkey's Paw is its direct inspiration.Certainly The Monkey's Paw is a great little story but not particularly scary for [...]

    6. La pata de mono es uno de los mejores cuentos fantásticos que he leído. Los poderes de la pata, la historia y el final me remiten a "El Diablo en la Botella", de Robert Louis Stevenson o a los cuentos contenidos en "Azazel", el libro de Isaac Asimov. Este cuento era uno de los preferidos de Jorge Luis Borges y Adolfo Bioy Casares y está incluído en un libro genial que se llama "Antología de la literatura fantástica", editado en 1940. Forma parte de una selección perfecta que en la que eli [...]

    7. English review at the bottomUna de esas historias que todos conocemos por su inclusión a la cultura pop en muchas formas pero que sigue causando una fascinación diferente cuando una se acerca a ella en su forma original.La atmosfera logradaes fantastica, se presta a ser empatico con el hombre protagonista y con su esposa, esto logra que fácilmente el cuento sea aterrador la primera vez que lo lees (o lo escuchas a través de un buen narrador) aun cuando explicitamente no se nos describa lo qu [...]

    8. I remember reading this story (or a slightly modernized version of it) as a child, and I'm happy to tell you after reading the original version of the story it is still as impressive and outstanding as I've remembered. It's a peerless piece of short story, the elements of horror and suspense are used masterfully by the author, it's nearly impossible to add more words into the text nor taking words away from it without damaging the story---The Monkey's Paw is perfect as it is. No wonder it's a cl [...]

    9. This was an oldie but a goodie. If first read it during my youth and was intrigued. Upon reading it a second time I understand it more and still love this creeper.

    10. As a general rule of thumb (or paw), magical charms dished out by sombre old men are usually more trouble than they're worth. And if said sombre old man says "listen up folks, this thing will only get you into trouble and running around wishing for wealth and power will only end in tears", then it's probably best to listen. Literature has a well established tradition of morose old codgers who know what they're talking about although since they seem to be the source of the charms they should prob [...]

    11. Stephen King in a past life? This story impressed me. I didn't expect this kind of boldness of horror for that time. The Monkey's Paw gives three wishes, with a demented twist.

    12. Even the most well-intentioned wish will go sour if it goes against death.Using an atmosphere that makes the story itself seem cursed, The Monkey's Paw conjures up some horrible imagery in the reader's head without even having to describe it in detail. The mangled monstrosity that knocks at their door (view spoiler)[when they wish for their dead son to come home (hide spoiler)], is never actually seen. Better for the characters' sanity, but not for the reader's curiosity, right?Obviously, it's n [...]

    13. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Opening lines:Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.

    14. Siempre amé esta historia.A Jacobs le bastan dos palabras para crear una atmósfera entera, y solo necesita un puñado de páginas para contar una historia de horror completa y profunda, que transmite todo tipo de emociones.Lo amo, en serio.

    15. For as far as I have been reading, the medium of the short story has held me in thrall. A short tests the ability and craft of an author for it is not so very easy to pack some serious dynamite into a few pages. Which also explains why the number of super effective short story writers are less. In 32 pages and one story, W.W. Jacobs proved to be in top notch form in this short horror story. Three ingredients namely : ambiance, character and mood all blend incredibly well in this story. The story [...]

    16. “He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it.”Can you believe that I'd never heard of this short before and knew nothing of the plot what-so-ever, before today? Well it's the truth. I think being so ignorant to it made me love it more. I got completely immersed in the story and the lives of our caring and lonely White's.The panic felt in thi [...]

    17. Personal Remarks:This book was very a entertaining short read! It is actually a semi-horror but it has more of a tragic fable-like feel to it making it a, more or less, modern parable. In reading up on it, it is apparently a classic of the horror genre that has been copied and adapted numerous times in the century since it was first published. Having no idea of this beforehand, I found that fact rather impressive. Brief Analysis:Present in it are many familiar motifs, themes, and symbolisms. Som [...]

    18. i love short stories . and liked this one so much moral of the story : it is never good to change things and sometimes what u wish for can be the end of ur life or the end of people u love the most but wait a second only 3 ppl who actually used the monkey paw given by an indian old man the first man they told us nothing about his wishes except his third wish which is his death because he suffered enough from his first 2 wishes now Mr. morris wished for a car and money he lost his wife and son [...]

    19. Short-stories are always great for emergency reading if you find you have a few minutes to spare, perhaps while waiting for your dentist's appointment, and would want to have an experience of another realm. The Monkey's Paw allowed me to do just that.With a classical narrative and a tone that suits the sobriety of the story, it's one that holds a moralistic value and aims to warn its reader about and against greed and selfishness. It kept me hooked and I recommend it to every classical or/and sh [...]

    20. Pretty darn good and highly suspenseful. I recommend this one if you're in the mood for a super-quick suspense read! It's over in a snap and you're left wondering what horror might have awaited the old couple had the man not made the last wish. Spooky.

    21. أول مرة سمعت عن القصة دي كان في عدد من ما وراء الطبيعة، و إتقال إنها من أفضل قصص الرعب اللي إتكتبت. مخلب القرد اللي يحققلك 3 أمنيات لكن في نفس الوقت هتحصل لك 3 مصائب، الفكرة عادية لكن -رغم إنها قصة قصيرة- إتنفذت كويس.

    22. (Gracias a Jimena por la recomendación).Una entretenida historia de terror que se lee bastante rápido. A pesar de ser muy conocida y ser el típico cuento de «ten cuidado con lo que deseas», la atmósfera que se crea y la forma en la que está escrita hacen que sea una lectura muy amena. No conocía a este autor, seguramente lea más cuentos suyos en algún momento.

    23. This story scared the hell out of me as a kid. My Dad is a great reader and hearing this one, in a cabin in the woods, worked.

    24. How is it that I have never heard of this before? Although this story did seem somewhat familiar I don't have any recollection of it. Very creepy!

    25. The owner of a desiccated monkey's paw is granted three wishes, which can be a blessing or a curse. I did not care for this short story.

    26. Wow. This was actually pretty good! Even though it's short, it does get the horror atmosphere going. I gotta admit, during the last part, my heart was thumping in my chest! It's a quick read, so try to check it out sometime!!

    27. This was pretty good and creepy. Short listen via audible's channels feature. I might bump it up. Still chewing on it. ;-)

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