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The Monkey's Paw

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  19,398 ratings  ·  271 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Creative Education (first published 1902)
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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 the way of
Aug 24, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans but not monkeys
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: goodreaders and Le Fanu fans
Shelves: read-in-2011
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 p ...more
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في مراهقتي كان الدكتور (أحمد خالد توفيق) مؤلفي المفضل، ذلك المزيج المذهل من السخرية والرعب في (ما وراء الطبيعة)، وذلك المزيج المبهر من الخيال والسخرية في (فانتازيا) كان يدير رأسي، ويجعلني أتلهف لأعداد السلسلتين وأحصل عليها كما يحصل العاشق على قبلة – يتخيلها، ينتظرها ومن ثم تدير رأسه لأيام عندما يحصل عليها -، لا أظن أني أعدت قراءة مجموعة من الكتب، كما أعدت قراءة هاتين السلسلتين ومراراً.

كنت ولازلت مبهوراً بفن الدكتور أحمد، أسلوبه، أفكاره، الجمال الذي صاغ به شخصيتيه (رفعت إسماعيل) و(عبي
What is the most anthologized piece of short horror fiction ever?

I'll give you a hint. It is not anything by Poe.

That's right. The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacob. Say whatever you want about this old warhorse. However, it was often the first real horror story many of us had read. It is responsible for a lot of nightmares throughout its more than a hundred years of scaring people. Not to mention it is responsible for one of the best parodies from The Simpson's Halloween episodes.

If you have never r
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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.
This was a pretty good audiobook about a monkey's paw that grants wishes and what happened when an elderly couple made their wishes on it not knowing the consequences of them. I listened to the audiobook on . Definitely check out this scary short story out for yourself.
Abdulrahman Alhussain
Suspenseful atmospheric horror short story, with quality prose.
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
This book is an unsettling tale of being careful what you wish for. It is morbid and depressing. When I listened to it in school, the fact that the audio included sound effects like rushing wind didn't help either. Creepy things are not for me.
"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."


Throughout this story those words by Frederic Brown rang in my head. The Monkey's Paw delivers the same cutting-edge tension and
horror, wrapped in fear of the unknown and somewhat humorous irony. It's blatantly obvious the amount classic chillers can offer, especially the shorts. 10 pages of this will almost without doubt have you on the edge of your seat up until the last line. A little beauty for fans of the horror g
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 within damaging the story---The Monkey's Paw is perfect as it is. No wonder it's a cla
"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. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it." -Sergeant Major Morris

A chilling ghost story with the age old moral- beware of what you wish for. I have seen a few parodies of this story (example: The Simpsons) however I had never read the original tale until no
My school teacher read this to our class for Halloween one year when I was in junior high. For years, I remembered neither the title nor the author. But I remembered the story. Recently, I came across a description of The Monkey’s Paw on Amazon. I sat up, recalled it from school, and exclaimed at my computer, “That’s it!”

The Monkey’s Paw is a short story about a family who has a visit from a man possessing a strange monkey’s paw. The paw is supposed to grant three wishes. But be careful what you
I listened to this with my daughter today. This was a wonderful story when I read it about 20 years ago, and it was just as wonderful listening to it today. What I loved about it the most was watching my daughter's eyes widen as she realized what was happening.

A book like this that has the ability to affect people of all ages over such a long span of time is a classic worth reading over and over again. I hope to be able to share this story with my grandchildren one day.
Edwin Arnaudin
The "Never-Ending Book Quiz" reminded me of this fascinating short story that I read sometime back in the day (middle or high school?). Rediscovering great mandatory reads like this makes me wonder what other short stories I've read in class, loved, and have forgotten.

Has this happened to anyone else?
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!
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.
Andy Bork
The Whites run an inn, which is for people to stay in. The monkey’s paw is a magical relic that grants someone three wishes. Sergeant- Major Morris visits the White’s household with the paw. Sergeant-Major Morris explains to the Whites what it does. The Whites wish for 200 pounds, the currency not the weight unit. Their wish comes true, but its not how they wanted to get it. The way they got it wasn’t really pleasant though.
Mr. and Mrs. Whites son Herbert died in a accident at work. He got al
Bryce Akey
The Monkey’s Paw is a short story written by W.W. Jacobs. The main characters are Mr. and Mrs. White, Herbert, and Sergeant Major Morris. The story starts at the White house hold when they invite Sergeant Major Morris over for dinner. The sergeant starts telling stories about when he was in India, and how he found the monkey’s paw. The monkey’s paw was magical and gave him three wishes. After they talked some more, Sergeant Major Morris tried throwing the monkey’s paw in the fireplace, but Mr. W ...more
Like The Yellow Wallpaper, this short story shows that writers a century ago knew how to pack a punch with very few words. It took me only about 10 minutes to read and it still sent shivers down my spine.

This is the story of a happy, loving family who deal with the horrors of getting what they wish for. A "friend" comes back from India bearing a cursed monkey's paw. As he puts it: "It had a spell put on it by an old fakir...a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and
fatima pure
It is a very interesting horror imaginary short story!!<3. What I like the most is the fact that it is suspenseful and attractive because of the unexpected events that took place all along the story .it is about a curst paw of a dead monkey that has the power of granting its possessor three wishes. The story is about a family that asked for more then what they needed ;as a punishment to their greedy and selfishness ,they lost more than what they asked for .It also reflect the era of the indus ...more
"A mão do Macaco" trata-se de um conto de terror à volta de uma mão de macaco que consiste num objeto capaz de conceder 3 desejos ao seu dono. À primeira ninguém acredita em tal coisa mas há sempre quem queira tentar, e este alguém é o senhor White. Quando pedem os desejos, nunca pensam nas consequência que ele poderá trazer, e é este conto que nos mostra quais são essas consequências e quanto aterrorizadoras podem ser.

Como conto de terror estava à espera de um pouco mais, que fosse mais assusta
Tariq Alferis

.قصة رعب قصيرة جدا ، كانت اقتراح من الكاتب أحمد توفيق في كتاب أسطورة رعب المستنقعات ، قصة مخلب القرد وثلاثة أمنيات ، أعتقد مراجعة الأخ فهد يشرح كل القصة

.الشئ المستفاد : احذر ماتتمني ، ولكل امنية ثمن.
This was a scary story! I had to read this a while back for an english class and I was creaped out. I hate the ending and the climax.... I can still picture it in my head to this day...the way the son's dead body must have looked, banging on the dorr, while the mother tried to open the door... the father desperately looking for the monkey paw... scary is the word. I am only giving this a1 star because I didn't like the story, nothing against the way it was written or the style... in fact this wa ...more
This is one of my favorite short stories. It's an Edgar Allen Poe-like story. The monkey's paw can grant three wishes for three people. At the start of the story, a Sergeant-Major visits the White family and tells them about the paw. He is quick to get rid of it and Mr. White is quick to take it. The epigram for the story is "Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it", and it perfectly fits the tone. The Whites discover that what they wish for is not necessarily what they want. It is susp ...more
The Monkey's Paw by W.W Jacobs is a short story of a monkey's paw that will grant you three wishes. However, the creator of the paw made it so whomever took a wish they would know that fate ruled their lives. Many people, though, ignore the warning and go ahead and make a wish. Some of those who made wishes do not get hurt, while others do. Most of the people that made wishes already have loads of riches. Overall, the point the author was trying to make was that people should be content with wha ...more

The Monkey's Paw is a classic short horror story. It is short, but it is well told. It is straight forward, a be careful what you wish for/no trying to cheat Fate kind of cautionary tale. (view spoiler)
Part of an awesome curriculum in our English literature for 6th grade. Gotta love a school that thinks this, The Lottery, and The Most Dangerous Game were good pieces for us to read. YES!
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Excellent story for October......creepy.
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William Wymark Jacobs was an English author of short stories and novels. Quite popular in his lifetime primarily for his amusing maritime tales of life along the London docks (many of them humorous as well as sardonic in tone). Today he is best known for a few short works of horror fiction. One being "The Monkey's Paw"(published 1902). It has in its own right become a well-known and widely antholo ...more
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“Neither spoke, but lat silently listening to the ticking of the clock. A stair creaked, and a squeaky mouse scurried noisily through the wall. The darkness was oppressive, and after lying for some time screwing up his courage, he took the box of matches, and striking one, went downstairs for a candle.

At the foot of the stairs the match went out, and he paused to strike another; and at the same moment a knock came so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded on the front door.

The matches fell from his hand and spilled in the passage. He stood motionless, his breath suspended until the knock was repeated. Then he turned and fled swiftly back to his room, and closed the door behind him. A third knock sounded through the house.”
“The other two wishes," she replied rapidly. "We've only had one."
"Was not that enough?" he demanded fiercely.
"No," she cried, triumphantly; "we'll have one more. Go down and get it quickly, and wish our boy alive again.”
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