W. W. Jacobs

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Noun1.W. W. Jacobs - English writer of macabre short stories (1863-1943)W. W. Jacobs - English writer of macabre short stories (1863-1943)
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Then there's Neil Gaiman's characteristic reworking of 'Sleeping Beauty' and Kelley Armstrong's imaginative take on 'The Monkey's Paw' by W.W. Jacobs. On the whole though, as a book of short stories it feels rather bitty--interesting, perhaps, if you know the originals but hard to find any coherence if you don't--which is why it is unlikely to appeal to most school students.
Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Henry James, W.W. Jacobs, M.R.
That uncertainty is going to mean people treat the patacon a bit like W.W. Jacobs's monkey's paw and get rid of it as fast as they can -- which is good for the economy.