The Toll House

The Toll House Review

William Wymark Jacobs (8 September 1863 – 1 September 1943), was an English author of short stories and novels. Although much of his work was humorous, he is most famous for his horror story The Monkey's Paw. Jacobs is now remembered for his macabre tale "The Monkey's Paw" (published 1902 in the collection of short stories The Lady of the Barge) and several other ghost stories, including "The Toll House" (published 1909 in the collection of short stories Sailors' Knots) and "Jerry Bundler" (published 1901 in the collection Light Freights). However, the majority of his output was humorous in tone. His favourite subjects were marine life: "men who go down to the sea in ships of moderate tonnage" said Punch, reviewing his first collection of stories, Many Cargoes, which achieved great popular success on its publication in 1896. Michael Sadleir described Jacobs' fiction thus: "he wrote stories of three kinds; describing the misadventures of sailor-men ashore; celebrating the artful dodger of a slow-witted village; and tales of the macabre". Many Cargoes was followed by the novel The Skipper's Wooing in 1897, and another collection of short stories, Sea Urchins (1898) set the seal on his popularity. Among his other titles are Captains All, Sailors' Knots, and Night Watches. The title of the last reflects the popularity of perhaps his most enduring character: the night-watchman on the wharf in Wapping, recounting the preposterous adventures of his acquaintances Ginger Dick, Sam Small, and Peter Russet. These three characters, pockets full after a long voyage, would take lodgings together determined to enjoy a long spell ashore; but the crafty inhabitants of dockland London would soon relieve them of their funds, assisted by the sailors' own fecklessness and credulity. Jacobs showed a delicacy of touch in his use of the coarse vernacular of the East End of London, which attracted the respect of such writers as P. G. Wodehouse, who mentions Jacobs in his autobiographical work Bring on the Girls! written with Guy Bolton, published in 1954. The stories which made up Many Cargoes had a varied previous serial publication, while those in Sea Urchins were, for the most part, published in Jerome K. Jerome's Idler. From October 1898 Jacobs' stories were being published in The Strand, an arrangement which lasted almost to his death, and provided him with financial security. He also had a lot of financial problems in his story business. John Drinkwater described Jacobs' fiction as being "in the Dickens tradition".

Title:The Toll House
Edition Language:English

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  • karen

    "There is no fun in passing a night in an ordinary empty house. Let us make sure that it is haunted."in a story that has ZERO to do with cookies, four traveling companions spend the night together at ...

  • Duane

    A 1909 short story about ghosts in an abandoned toll house, written by the author who wrote the more famous story, The Monkey Paw....

  • Carol

    From the author of The Monkey's Paw short story. Short, sweet, not particularly memorable but a nice diversion. Thanks to the Literary Darkness group for bringing it to my attention.Here is a link to ...

  • Quirkyreader

    This was a major stand your hair on end creeper....

  • Latasha

    A short story that could’ve been written today. A group of guys decide to stay in a haunted house but they are dude bro’s and they aren’t scared. Uh huh. Ok. It’s a quick read so check it out ...

  • Tom Mathews

    I found this story on a recently published list of haunted house stories recently posted by the moderator of the Literary Darkness group.English author W.W. Jacobs is best known for The Monkey's Paw b...

  • Suki St Charles

    31 Classic Horror Stories Every Fan Should Read in October: A Literary Advent Calender for Halloween: Day 8:https://www.oldstyletales.com/single-......

  • Sem

    Goodreads being what it is, and Goodreads librarians being what they are, it's worth noting that I read the edition with illustrations by Seth. The only problem with Seth's illustrations - here and el...

  • Lisa Kucharski

    Proper creepy story about several guys talking about whether ghosts are real or not and discuss where to settle this debate! Ha, a haunted house they know of that is haunted and has always killed one ...

  • Cristine Williams

    Jack Barnes and his traveling companions hear of the terrible history of the local Toll House and the spirits that supposedly reside there. Jack is not a believer so his fellow travelers suggest they ...