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The Monkey's Paw
The Monkey's Paw | W. W. Jacobs
23 posts | 54 read | 1 reading | 3 to read
Brace yourself for nearly unbearable suspense in this classic horror tale from British author W.W. Jacobs. Virtually everyone has fantasized about what it would be like to be granted three wishes by a magical being. But what if the cost of having your dreams come true was a horrible toll you never expected? This iconic short story is a must-read for fans of the horror genre.
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Butterfinger
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Mehso-so

One of my least favorite stories. I can understand why they do what they do. So horrible.

#Scarathlon #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

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katy4peas This one is so scary! 😱 13mo
Roary47 I was in a play in high school for this one. 🎃🥰 13mo
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HappilyEverKrafter
The Monkey's Paw | W. W. Jacobs
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The theme of #becarefulwhatyouwishfor is a universal one, and perhaps you have some examples from your own life that prove this to be true. I'm sure we can all also think of a few other stories we've read or seen that show what a disaster wishing can sometimes be.
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I‘m hosting a discussion on “The Monkey‘s Paw” at www.theannakraft.com today!

#themidnightsociety #spookystories #scarystories

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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

I'm continuing to work my way through The Bibliofile's list of all time best short stories. Today's choice is one I remember reading in school & I can't say I loved it now. It felt unfinished, even for a short story. What is there is wonderfully creepy but it feels like it needs more.

Whoever The Bibliofile is they seem to strongly favor horror. As I don't I can't say I'm enjoying some of these but at least I can say that they're well written.

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Samary
The Monkey's Paw | W. W. Jacobs

“She then waited as patiently as her sex would permit, for him to broach his business, but he was at first strangely silent.”

Oh, 1902 England... haha

#themonkeyspaw #classicbooks

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
The Monkey's Paw | W. W. Jacobs
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Me, introducing “The Monkey‘s Paw”: This is one of those classic stories that everyone has heard of.

At least one student in every single period: I‘ve never heard of it.

Me, by 4th period, twitching: Yes, but you‘re hearing about it now. That is what is currently happening. At this very moment, you are transitioning from the group labeled “People who have not heard of ‘The Monkey‘s Paw‘” to the vast legions, the uncountable millions, that have!

Jerdencon In 8th grade we acted this out for a school assembly! I remember it clear as day and 8th grade was a long time ago! Lol 2y
Daisey I always enjoyed reading this with my students and seeing their final reactions. 2y
Billypar Confession: I've heard of it, but mainly because of references from a Simpson's Halloween episode, which I'm assuming it inspired 😶 From Season 3, so that's too old for your students (do they even watch present-day Simpson's?) 2y
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saresmoore 😅 2y
saresmoore Question for you! My kiddos are part of an age-mixed, self-directed school and I‘m seeking out great book club books that would appeal to approx. ages 8-12. Any immediate suggestions? Even within that age range, we have a wide scope of reading abilities. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @saresmoore Yes! Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (I never got tired of teaching this one), Ungifted by Gordon Korman, Savvy by Ingrid Law, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 by Elisa Carbone (GREAT historical fiction), Smile by Raina Telgemeier (this one‘s a comic!), Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi (shorter with great illustrations)... 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @saresmoore How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O‘Conner and Blue by Joyce Hostetter (saddest book EVER) are both North Carolina based and the authors come to a lot of schools to do presentations, plus you can‘t go wrong with classics like Hatchet, The Indian in the Cupboard, and The Westing Game 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @saresmoore Check some of those out and see what you think. 2y
saresmoore These are great! Thank you! 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @saresmoore Happy to help any time! 2y
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LauraJ
The Monkey's Paw | William Wymark Jacobs
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This version of the classic tale is more sad than spooky.
#teamstoker #scarathlon

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 2y
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TheDoctor
The Monkey's Paw | W. W. Jacobs

I knew the story before, it was the original version of slightly changed "The Corsage" by Lauren Myracle which terrified me when I was 13. I prefer the "Monkey's Paw", although some elements are better and more scary in "The Corsage" (I won't tell which one, spoilers)

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spookyjesse
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My only complaint is I wish it was longer!

#horror

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sixgun
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Pickpick

Such a classic short story. It's been construction has been the basis for so many novels and novellas. My guess is that this story has had a very influential effect upon Stephen King.
For 20 minutes of reading you can't go wrong.

Crazeedi A belated welcome to Litsy !🎉🎉 3y
sixgun @Crazeedi thank you. So glad to be here. 3y
Crazeedi @sixgun it's an awesome community, I rarely go to Facebook anymore 3y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 3y
sixgun @Crazeedi nor have I. You all are speaking my language! 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 3y
sixgun @Eggs thank you! 3y
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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Pickpick

I've been meaning to reread this for years & I found it for free on Kindle! It's a short story about a family who acquires a monkey's paw that will grant an individual 3 wishes, unfortunately these wishes always go sour! The story is creepy & I appreciate it just as much as when I originally read it.🐵

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Libby1
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Pickpick

I‘m hooked on @SerialReader !

I feel like I‘m in high school again, reading things like short stories and classics on a daily basis.

I‘d heard of this story but knew nothing about it. I was surprised to find a taut, creepy little classic horror story. I find monkeys rather creepy, so that added tension.

The photo of the author is from Google Images. The smoke from his cigarette, like the monkey‘s paw, seems to take on a life of its own.

LitLogophile I‘m hooked, too! 📖 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I understand what you mean, Litsy has been a great influence and resource for so much great reading since I joined. 4y
IamIamIam Oh no... you just opened a whole can of worms for me... lol 🤣 4y
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Anescapewithinthepages
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Pickpick

A tad underwhelming but still very creepy and a great short story to pass the time with. The paw gives three wishes, but how you receive those wishes will make you question there worth. 🙈🙉🙊🐒

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stacybmartin
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Pickpick

Another #serialread finished! This one was super short (2 issues - perfection!) but incredibly creepy.

rohit-sawant Oh, I love this one! 😱 4y
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Bookzombie
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Pickpick

This short story of an item that gives you three wishes with consequences has been used a lot in other stories and TV shows I think. I enjoyed it but I had to reread the last little bit again because it felt like it ended so abruptly. #screamathon #notfollowingmyTBR

TK-421 I remember reading this creepy tale in school! 4y
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bibliobliss
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• pretty darn good and highly suspenseful. I recommend this one if you're in the mood for a super-quick suspense read! it's over in a snap and you wonder what horror might have awaited the old couple had the man not made the last wish. spooky. •

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Malisa
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Just finished this on Serial Reader!! It's a good short read that really brings a horror atmosphere. Gotta admit, my heart was thumping during the last part!!! Check it out sometime 👌

Chelsibno Back when I was teaching English, I would have my sophomores read this as part of their short story unit. They always seemed to enjoy it. 5y
JazzFeathers I'll check it out. Thanks for mentioning it :) 5y
Malisa @Chelsibno I wish we would have read it! It's really good! 5y
Malisa @JazzFeathers Hope you like it!!! 5y
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UnidragonFrag
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Pickpick

The ending's a little ambiguous isn't it? I swear I've seen this on the Twilight Zone maybe, but a quick, creepy read! Seriously, I dig this @SerialReader app. Guys, it's so awesome!

#classic #shortstory

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cherinium
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Panpan

What kind of ending was that? !

Elephantango 😂 5y
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Caterina
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Pickpick

This short work of classic literary horror packs a powerful punch. The sense of impending doom present for the duration is enough to leave you on the edge of your seat, not wanting to read on but also needing to do so. It gave me chills that I can't shake - in a creepy, I shouldn't have read this at 1:30 am kind of way. #readathon #serialreader #shortstory #scary #allhallowsread

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Books.Bottles.and.Babies
The Monkey's Paw | W. W. Jacobs
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Pickpick

I've been seeing a lot of people posting about the Serial Reader app. I decided I had to try it out and I'm loving it! Getting in a lot of great short stories for the Halloween season!

#serialreader #themonkeyspaw #halloweenbooks

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Teenta
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Reading short stories from our ELA curriculum on the Serial Reader app. Thanks for the app recommendation, Litsy friends! It's so simple but I love it, especially for when I'm stuck somewhere without a book.

Bookworm83 I use this story with my 7th graders! 5y
Teenta @bookworm83 I think our 8th graders read it early in the year. I had never actually read it. 5y
Bookworm83 @Teenta It's a good one for sure. 5y
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suvata
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Pickpick

Love this creepy little story. Read it on the Serial Reader app which is a very cool way to catch up on some classic literature.