Basically The Monkey's Paw is a tale of three wishes. What I came away with was never wish because there is a price. If I wished, say for money, I would say, "I wish for money without any harm coming to anyone I know or love".
I was so terrified by this story it has stayed with me for years! It is well known in my family if someone says, "I wish..." that I start screaming "Monkey's Paw! Monkey's Paw!"
The reason I find this extremely unusual is I gravitate toward dark writing. I am an avid Poe, King, and Koontz fan along with many other authors that make my hair stand on end. I write darkly. I love the thrill of a good scare.
Yet The Monkey's Paw takes the cake. I will not read it nor see the movie. And that's final!
What story, book, movie scares you like this and why?