Short Story Review: The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs

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© HarperPerennial Classics, 2014.

Synopsis:


“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 consequence, 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 Crypt.

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Review:


“The Monkey’s Paw” is, and always has been, one of my all time favorite short stories. Spanning only a few quick pages (or at leas that’s how it feels), the story reminds readers that every action has a consequence. It’s the age-old “be careful what you wish for” as the blurb states, and it always serves as a reminder to not get to full of myself.

It’s rare that I feel a short story is is the perfect length and this one’s no different. After all, we never learn the third wish, do we? Nonetheless, there’s just enough time for Jacobs to instill a sense of camaraderie between the family in the reader. I will never not suggest this story to someone looking for a quick horror read.

Rating: 💀💀💀💀


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  • Julia O’Connell

    I love this story. I read it in school and it’s still one of my favorites. I enjoy that the ending is kind of ambiguous.