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One day in February of 2008, my family was playing a game called “Would You Rather” and got a card asking whether we’d rather have three questions answered or be able to resurrect someone. The kids and I went for the three questions, but Ron was hesitating over resurrection. “Oh come on,” I said, “necromancy never pays; literature shows us this over and over.”
“Oh yeah,” Ron said, “The Monkey’s Paw.”
And then we went on to the next card. Some things are just clear, once you remember all the stuff you’ve read about them.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2012 5:15 pm

    Most awesome blog-naming story ever!

  2. March 5, 2012 1:20 pm

    I guess some spontaneous ideas turn out to be the best of ideas

  3. May 30, 2015 1:49 am

    Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you are finding lots to entertain you and maybe making some discoveries. If you haven’t visited for a while check it out again. Please feel free to add comments. Good luck with your fascinating blog. Regards Thom.

  4. October 21, 2015 11:01 am

    Hi Jeanne,
    I love horror stories and I think you’ve picked a great name for your blog. And you were right, in the end it’s better not to choose this option. Look at poor Frankenstein.

  5. Erik Von Norden permalink
    November 6, 2015 10:02 pm

    I should start a blog reviewing blog names, and give yours five stars!

  6. May 13, 2016 11:18 am

    I finally got a WordPress site! You’re now in my reader feed, Jean 🙂

  7. December 1, 2017 7:59 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. I don’t know how or when I read that story (and mentally credited it to Poe), but I must have. It is similar to the stories of making deals with the Devil: you can’t win. Great blog title.

  8. November 12, 2020 4:05 pm

    I would have named the blog Monkey Paw! Ha! Ha!

  9. July 2, 2021 12:45 pm

    Very well written
    I totally agree with the monkey’s paw story. Such things do extract a very heavy price, literally and symbolically


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