’31 Tales of Terror’ #5: The Monkey’s Paw

*Title: The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
Date Read: 17 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: Sergeant-Major Morris visits the remote home of his old friend Mr. White and his family. Relating the tale of a cursed mummified monkey’s paw, that he brought back from India, Mr. White takes over ownership and the opportunity to be granted three wishes, but they are wishes that come at a price.
Afterthoughts: Nice story, and more on the lines of a ‘tale of terror’. This one has some nice twists, and it reminds me very much of a Hammer Horror type tale, albeit with more literary style.
Notable Quote: “”To look at,” said the sergeant-major, fumbling in his pocket, “it’s just an ordinary little paw, dried to a mummy.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

*Story read as part of the 31 Tales of Terror reading challenge.

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