Readers, if there’s one lesson you ever learn from this humble book blog, I hope it is this one:
Never make a deal with something or someone evil.
You scoff but you know it is true. Ask a source of evil to make you win the lottery and you will…only to get hit by a bus on the way to cash in the ticket. Evil has one of the twisted view of irony ever known.
So tonight, in bookshelfbattle.com ‘s ongoing Public Domain Horror Fiction Series, check out the short story, The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, first published in the early 1900’s. Short summary – A couple and their adult son find a Monkey’s Paw from India. Supposedly, it has the power to grant wishes. Sadly, they learn the hard way that with their wishes comes evil irony.
“The other two wishes,” she replied rapidly. “We’ve only had one.”
“Was not that enough?” he demanded fiercely.
“No,” she cried, triumphantly; “we’ll have one more. Go down and get it quickly, and wish our boy alive again.”
– W.W. Jacobs, The Monkey’s Paw