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Join us in celebrating spooky season with the scariest story we’ve read all year.

October’s read-aloud is a creepy classic: “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.

William Wymark Jacobs (1863 – 1943) was an English short fiction author. Professionally, he served as a post office clerk for several decades before retiring young and focusing on his publishing career. In addition to his short works, Jacobs was a dramatist who frequently adapted his stories for the stage.

Many of Jacobs’ creative works were humorous in nature, but his best-known publication is unquestionably “The Monkey’s Paw,” a supernatural tale of the power of wishes and fate.

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A new read-aloud will be published every month on the Adult Services Vimeo page, so keep an eye out for new titles! Material selected for these read-alouds are in the public domain and are sourced from Project Gutenberg, so that listeners can read along if they would like.