“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs
“The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs
This one story informed so many horror stories–from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary to episodes of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery–that it’s surprising to find out that Jacobs was actually best known for his comic tales. It’s a story we all read as children, a story that embodies the admonishment to “be careful what you wish for.” It was written in 1902 and remains as powerful now as it did 110 years ago. One of the great English-language short stories.n You can read it here on the literature network. (I was surprised that it’s longer than I remember.)
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