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The Monkey’s Paw and Other Tales

To show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. ” 

― W. W. Jacobs

Why I’m Reading this Book?

I’ve had this book for a while in my digital library, but it was taking a long time to come to it. Recently I’ve read ‘If it bleeds’ by Stephen King and in one of the stories , he mentioned this book and I realized this is intervention by providence, so I started as soon as I finished that book.


This is a collection of 18 macabre tales from W.W. Jacob, ‘The monkey’s paw’ being the most famous one. Some have ghosts in it, some are psychological, some are ironical, but everyone has a tinge of supernatural in them.

My Review…

This book was first published in 1978 and I thought I’ve watched/read too many ghost stories to be intrigued by them. But I was pleasantly surprised by this collection. All stories are very short, longest one can be read in 20 mins and every one of them is very interesting. These stories are not just about ghosts, but also about avarice, deceit, comedy, guilt, blackmail, society, fear and all the horrors that come along with it. These stories won’t scare you in a supernatural way, but they will definitely shock you where ghost is just another character of a story.

My favorite stories were ‘The monkey’s Paw’, ‘His brother keeper’, ‘In the library’, ‘The lost ship’, ‘Three at table’, ‘The vigil’, ‘In mid- Atlantic ’ and ‘Twin spirits’. I know I listed about half of the stories but stories are actually good. And the rest I mentioned are also not bad. Overall this is a very good collection to read and make acquaintance with a good writer.

My Rating — 4

On the scale of: (1- Hate , 2- Neither like nor dislike, 3- Like, 4- Love, 5- Gaga)

Why anyone else should read this Book?

First, Stories are very short and whole book can be finished in 2-3 hours with no pause for boredom.

Second, we are at home and during quarantine it somehow ironically helps reading horror books and forget about the horror in real life.

I think these are enough reason to start a book. If you don’t know what to do with your time and bored with social media/Netflix/news, I think this will be a good option.

Stay home, Stay Safe!!!

Have you read it? Are you planning to? What is your opinion? Share them here. Till next time, Happy Reading Folks!!!


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