Published on July 11th, 2001 01:37 PM
The first story that ever really scared me was "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs. In it, an old woman uses a magic talisman in the form of a mummified monkey's paw to wish her dead son alive again. The horror arrives in the form of a knock at the door, her son, returned from the grave.
I read "The Monkey's Paw" in school, junior high school I think. I suppose it was