Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Monkey's Paw - Saturday Shorts Review

The Monkey's Paw
by W. W. Jacobs
Genres: Classic, Horror

     This short story originally appeared in 1902 in Harper's Monthly magazine. A classic tale of a mummified monkey's paw with a spell on it that grants the owner three wishes. This story teaches the lesson "be careful what you wish for". Often these words warn that it is common that the things we often want comes with circumstances we haven't considered. Such as how paparazzi are the price of fame as well as never having any privacy. In stories such as The Monkey's Paw however it is fate that delivers unexpected circumstances turning a seemingly innocuous wish into a sinister deed with horrid consequences. In its own quirk of fate, Jacobs most commonly wrote humorous pieces but it is this morbid tale of horror that has withstood the test of time.

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