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The Monkey's Paw

The Monkey's Paw


by W.W. Jacobs

The Monkey's Paw Resources

Movie or TV Productions

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Monkey's Paw (1965)

Master of film horror and suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, created a short film of "The Monkey's Paw." (We link to the full movie below.)

Pet Sematary (1989)

This isn't exactly a movie adaptation of "The Monkey's Paw" (it's an adaptation of Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary), but King's novel was inspired, in part, by Jacobs' story. King's version basically imagines what it would be like if we got to see the undead Herbert.

Many, many adaptations...

Click here to see several film adaptations of this story and to watch the full episode of Alfred Hitchcock's version. We promise it will give you new insight into this grim tale.


Our Lady of the Barge

Here is the 1902 short story collection that includes "The Monkey's Paw." Satisfy that craving for more Jacobs.

Foolish Wishes

Check out this collection of stories (mostly folk tales) that feature foolish wishes. Many of these are quite similar to "The Monkey's Paw," though far more lighthearted.

A Play

Louis N. Parker wrote a play based on the story. Read it here.


Hitchcock Anyone?

Grab the popcorn and watch what happens when Alfred Hitchcock takes "The Monkey's Paw" and sets it smack dab in the 1960s. In this version, Herbert White is a racecar driver.

The Monkey's Paw (2010)

A recent, 30-minute short film of Jacobs' story. Watch it here.


John Lithgow Reads "The Monkey's Paw."

Lithgow (from Public Radio) has the perfect voice for this story. Rest your tired eyes and have a listen. (The story begins at about minute 29.)

Another Reading

Are your ears eager for more? Here's another reading of the story by an amateur on LibriVox.



Looking rather dapper and distinguished.

A Cover

Now we know what the cursed paw looks like.

Treehouse of Horror

Watch out what you wish for, Homer!

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