~ Top 50 book in horror (United Kingdom, July 2012)
Great short stories are a bit of a trap, delighting and provoking and then as suddenly ending. The final lines are often bittersweet and one cannot help but think, "I wish there were more."
W. W. Jacobs's macabre classic "The Monkey's Paw" is such a tale. Readers new to his chilling story, and even salty veterans, can now have their wish for more tellings of the monkey's paw granted.
The Monkey's Paw Trilogy is a devious novel comprised of three stories about the paw and those who come to use it. Readers will finally learn the mystery behind how Sergeant Morris came to possess the paw, and, as astonishingly, why the man who bequeathed it to him chose to use his final wish to end his own life!
In all, nine wishes are granted -or are they merely bizarre coincidences- by the mysterious monkey's paw. Book purchasers will travel to exotic India with spirited soldier William Brady who brings the mummified talisman to his army barracks intent on playing a hearty joke on his fellow brothers in arms. The laughter, however, soon turns to terror and eventually to horrible death. Newly appointed sergeant, Miles Seamus Morris, is witness to William Brady's demise and irrepressibly assumes possession of the soldier's journal and the paw. Sergeant Morris carries the latter with him into the earth-scarring trenches which designate the fighting Front in France. As one may imagine, having a talisman in reach while the gruesome events of battle unfold leads to eventual temptation. How the paw delivers Miles's wishes can only be learned in the devilish folds of The Monkey's Paw Trilogy.
Included in this work is a brief biography of W. W. Jacobs, a carefully reworked version of "The Monkey's Paw", and two original stories, "The Monkey's Tale" and "The Monkey's Claw". There are also lengthy author notes and a set of nine questions for use in a classroom or among book club members.
Table of Contents
Letter to the Reader
The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs w/ additions by Ralph Lagana, Jr.
The Monkey's Tale
The Monkey's Claw
Biography of W. W. Jacobs
About the Author
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I live in West Hartford, Connecticut only a few miles in either direction from the homes of Mark Twain and Noah Webster. I work contentedly as an educator for the Town of Glastonbury. When I am not at work, I do what I can to help my remarkable -and she is remarkable- wife raise our children.
I've written several freelance articles for the role-playing magazine Knights of the Dinner Table published by The Kenzer Company. For three years, I had the pleasure of working as a guest columnist for the sports website IDPBlitz . When I am not working on my books, I periodically write articles for my professional blog: readingteacherct.blogspot.com/.
The Monkey's Paw Trilogy was never something I set out to create. It is an unexpected creation, the result of a decade-long question and a serious bout of insomnia. If that's simply too cryptic for you, consider reading the Author's Foreword from The Monkey's Paw Trilogy using Amazon's Look Inside feature.
You may also visit my dedicated website monkeys-paw.com for even more information.
As this moment, I am at work on another piece of fiction -The Most Dangerous Game: A Taste for Game. You can sneak a peek at that one by visiting the-most-dangerous-game.com, or by purchasing my edited version of The Most Dangerous Game, which includes the opening pages.
"...I'm not even sure Stephen King would try and tackle such a project. It's immediately obvious and greatly appreciated by this reader that the author spent a lot of time researching W.W. Jacob's writing style and the time period that the other two stories covers...." writer, Todd Russell
"...This book made me feel for the characters and I was sad to see it end. Even if you're not a fan of the original 'The Monkey's Paw', this story and writing style is sure to please." ~Amazon customer, Arrowsmith
"Very intense! The author took a well known story and added some background to it. Not an easy task but one he pulled off quite well. His character had quite a bit of depth that made him very believable. His descriptions of events were pretty graphic and well done, even disturbing at times." ~Amazon customer, Vanessa
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Descrizione libro lulu.com. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 222 pages. 8.26x0.50x5.83 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0557786347
Descrizione libro lulu.com, 2012. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 557786347