Mr. and Mrs. White and their adult son, Herbert, are introduced to a mummified monkey's paw on which an old fakir placed a spell so that it would grant three wishes. The wishes are granted, but with hellish consequences as punishment for tampering with fate.
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, 1904; A Thin Ghost and Others, 1911 & A Warning to the Curious and Other Ghost Stories, 1925
Collection of stories by Montague Rhodes James, a noted medieval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge and of Eton College. He is best remembered today for his ghost stories in the classic Victorian Yuletide vein.
The Wendigo tells the story of a camping trip in the Canadian wilderness that goes horribly wrong when the hunters become the hunted. Drawing on the mythical creature known as the Wendigo, this story is regarded by many critics to be one of the best horror tales of all time.
August Heat, 1910 & The Beast with Five Fingers, 1917
The story creates a world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens: a demented mesmerist, hellbent on mentally crushing the girl he loves; a gigantic kite raised to rid the land of an unnatural infestation of birds; and all the while, the great white worm slithers below, seeking its next victim.