Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Monkey’s Paw

This ghost story is considered one of the most ‘bone-chilling” ever written. It was first published in 1902 in an issue of Harper’s Monthly. W.W. Jacobs, who wrote this story, gained fame writing humorous tales. But The Monkey’s Paw has nothing humorous about it. 

His story has been adapted numerous times, as plays, films, and three operas.

The atmosphere that shrouds this tale is part of its impact. From the darkest jungle in India to the foggy moors of Great Britain, the horror of this story unfolds.

 Jacobs message is one should never tamper with fate. He leaves the ending to the imagination of the reader, which increases the terror.

This story involves a small-mummified monkey’s paw that a “mystic” has placed a spell upon. It seems this paw will grant the owner three wishes. 

When it is brought to England from India, a mother whose son has died decides to make a wish. Her wish is to bring him back to life.

The result is he returns as a terrifying corpse. One indeed must be careful what they wish for…

If you want to read Jacob's short story, here is the link.

 Here is a link to a video directed by Ricky Lewis Jr. entitled The Monkey’s Paw (2011)

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