The thing about the Monkey's Paw wish is that it honestly wasn't evil, per se. It was just a very literal interpretation of the wish, much like this amulet would do. In that case, though, the paw wasn't at fault, the man was, for his ambiguous wish of, "I want my son back." He forgot that his son had been run through a meat-grinder, but the monkey's paw certainly gave him his wish. This could certainly be adapted for this plot, spawning a subplot of minor horror, depending on how you interpret things, and what wishes were made. Go to Comment
Thats a matter of interperation - a literal interpretation would be simply for the inanimate mouldering corpse to fall down in front of him. For it to be unnaturally alive in my opinion was a level of malignancy above a simple misinterpretation.
From the opposite direction, one could have his son newly reborn and dropped off by a stork, but then that would not have been as good a story :) Go to Comment