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When the White family comes into the possession of a monkey’s paw that magically grant wishes they do what many people would do—they wish for money But every wish has a conseuence and the White family finds they are completely unprepared for what comes next The Monkey’s Paw is a classic horror tale that gives new meaning to the phrase “be careful what you wish for”The Monkey’s Paw has become a classic horror story and has been adapted numerous times including into episodes of such popular television series as The X Files The Twilight Zone Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Tales from the CryptHarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms Look for titles in the HarperCollins short stories collection to build your digital library

10 thoughts on “The Monkey's Paw

  1. says:

    Classic horror tale A family and their son Herbert are visited by an old soldier named Morris He tells them from his time in India and shows them a mysterious talisman the monkey's paw According to him the owner of the paw has three wishes Since he already had three he throw the object into the fire Herbert's father is getting the talisman out of the fire and from here the horror starts If you want to know how the family got the wished for 200 pounds you should take a peek now The story is set up in three chapters and is very creepy Stephen King certainly had this story in mind when writing Pet Cemetery Can you guess what the father's final wish was? A classic and absolutely recommended

  2. says:

    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 despairThe 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 happensThe moral of the story in THE MONKEY'S PAWBe careful what you wish for you just may receive it

  3. says:

    This is the original 1902 horror short story about the perils of getting what you wish for An older couple the Whites and their adult son Herbert are shown a mummified monkey’s paw by a friend of the family It had a spell put on it by an old fakir said the sergeant major a very holy man He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow”Three different people can get three wishes granted and the sergeant major has already used his three wishes to his regret The Whites beg for the chance to try their three wishes against the sergeant major’s strong adviceIt’s understated horror by today’s standards but the ending still packs a decent punch Read it free online here at Project Gutenberg

  4. says:

    Atmosphere subtlety thought provocation uality prose and lingering horrorthese 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 the way of story telling awesomeness The Monkey’s Paw is one of the most adapted re imagined and lampooned horror stories of them all and I am glad I finally got a chance to read it The tale is only about 10 pages long so the plot is fairly straight forward The moral is that those who would try and cheat Fate are just asking for their lives to be blowed up and rearranged into SHAMBLES Mr and Mrs White share a home with their adult son Herbert don’t ask this is “back in the day” where shit was strange and different A friend of the family Sergeant Major Morris pays a visit to the Whites upon his return from serving in India as a member of the British Army Morris has with him a mummified Monkey’s Paw that he acuired while overseas Morris spills that the Monkey’s Paw was created by an old fakir ie a wondering wise manteacher who imbued it with a spell that grants the possessor 3 wishes However Morris goes on to explain that the wishes bring nothing but bad tidings because the fakir’s purpose was “to show that fate ruled people's lives and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow cue sinister music and chorus of Mwhahahahahahs In fact Morris came into possession of the artifact after his comrade “wished for death” as his final wish following the disaster of the first two The family being skeptical of the Sergeant major’s claim and also none too bright keeps the Monkey’s Paw and you can guess what happens from there Most of us have seen this kind of story before in one form or another given how many times it has been interpreted over the years However it was nice to finally read the source code and I thought the restrained manner in which the “horror” elements were handled was excellentHOWEVERbefore I finish I do have a few WTF comments to say about the character of Sergeant Major asshat Morris that I would like to get off my chest before I finish DUDEDUDEDUDE what exactly were you thinking? Why may I ask did you still having the Monkey’s Paw when you knew it was not a source of happy? Why oh why did you just “allow” the Whites in their “horror short story” stupidity to keep the Monkey’s Paw Finally are you normally this big of a DOUCHEosaur to your “friends” If so please remove me from your Christmas card list Sorry but that needed to be said Other than Sergeant Major SUCK a lot’s inexplicable actions in passing the Monkey’s Paw to our main characters I thought this was a textbook example of how good horror stories can create the atmosphere and the events of the story and then allowing the reader to draw the elements of horror in their own mind making for a much scarier and lasting terror 40 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  5. says:

    This early Edwardian 1902 ghost story opens promisingly juxtaposing the safety of home and family against the dark and stormy night outside“ 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 white haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire”Image “Moonlight After Rain” by Atkinson Grimshaw 1883 SourceDespite the weather and the remoteness of the house an old friend visits He regales them with tales of India When he lets slip the monkey’s paw the White family are fascinated And temptedThe great weakness in narrative terms is that the moral of the story is made plain before anything much has happened It had a spell put on it by an old fakir He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrowThat means that what happens thereafter is predictable a fairly reasonable wish causes regret so people consider using another wish to fix things despite the warningsThe final scene is compelling First the waiting “ The candle end which had burned below the rim of the china candlestick was throwing pulsating shadows on the ceiling and walls until with a flicker larger than the rest it expired”Then the knockingThis is short and free to read on Gutenberg HERE but you can probably spend your time better elsewhere For a twistier approach to the pitfalls of wishes see The Bottle Imp written ten years earlier by Robert Louis Stevenson and which I reviewed HERE It is also free on Gutenberg For a scarier approach look for something modern perhaps by someone like Stephen King Or maybe revist fond childhood memoriesImage Snoopy typing “It was a dark and stormy night” the first and so far only sentence of his novel SourceJoke A man finds an ancient oil lamp and out comes an all powerful genieGenie You have 3 wishesMan I don't know I've seen this before Whatever I wish for will come back and bite me in some wayGenie I promise that won't happen I'm so sure it won't I'll give you infinite wishes if it doesMan Okay I wish for a boomerang with teethGenie You son of a

  6. says:

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

  7. says:

    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 OVERVIEW Mr 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 yours But for a very heavy price that you will regret your wishThis story shows that if you interfere the working of Fate you will regret it The ending is little vague Not that confusingly vague But vague in a good manner I liked this thing particularly in the storyI will highly recommend this to everyone

  8. says:

    I first read this short story at some point during high school Maybe it was middle school I thought I'd remembered the ending correctly but no I was slightly off It's just one of those tales that hits on a deeper level I think that's because it reveals without revealing per say What's behind the door? You know but at the same time Jacobs leaves it shut One of my favorite short storiesBe careful what you wish for

  9. says:

    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 horrifying Pet Sematary you will probably find that The Monkey's Paw is its direct inspirationCertainly The Monkey's Paw is a great little story but not particularly scary for today’s sensibilities The hint at something unspeakable lurking behind a closed door just does not work any to be honest it never worked for me to begin with If you got it flaunt it For me the anticlimax of the story is a bit of a cop out The author should have gone all the way and show us some messed up monstrosity that will drive the reader insane just from the description but he pulled back at the last minuteStill it’s a nice and uick read with some good spooky atmosphere An OK Halloween read I think It probably seems terrifying a century agoNotes• Read The Monkey's Paw free online • If you like spooky stories about wishes gone wrong check out Robert Louis Stevenson’s excellent The Bottle Imp

  10. says:

    Alone Yes that's the key word the most awful word in the English tongue Murder doesn't hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym Stephen KingSpeaking of which do you know King's Pet Sematary is inspired from this story?A classic horror story which on rereading made me highly nostalgic When I read it the first time in 8th standard despite the teacher's usual droning on the themes it made an impression on my mind as something great and unusual Actually kind of shaped my interest to good horror talesI tried hard to think of an exact category of the story A ghastly ghostly story without any ghosts does that make any sense? On the positive aspects the story is extremely well crafted from the beginning to give you the much needed sinister feeling including the cozy warmth of the Laburnum Villa household And the good thing is like many good tales you can just read it without worrying about delving into the themes which is so typical for most I didn't find anything out of the normal in the story to tell the truth Just a feel good sense of foreboding with a not too much unexpected ending The character portrayal is simply great like Jacobs' other talesHighly recommended but please don't read the synopsis of the story before reading it I don't think it's appropriate for any short tale anyway but here the synopsis doesn't do a justice to the tale No new horror can be terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace HPLovecraft Necronomicon The Best Weird Tales