William Wymark Jacobs was an english novella and short story writer, novelist, and dramatist. One of the most popular English humorists of the early twentieth century, Jacobs is best remembered today for his classic tale of horror, “The Monkey's Paw.” He also wrote comic stories set on the London waterfront, horror stories, and crime tales. If you are an enthusiastic reader of short stories explore more deeply into his short story collection. Many of Jacobs' most popular short stories are included in this wide-ranging collection «The Lady of the Barge», including, most notably, the horror tale "The Monkey's Paw." Other stories run the gamut from life on a ship at sea to ghost and apparitions stories such as «Three at Table». The story begins with the description of the talk in the coffee-room which was full of ghosts and apparitions, they were discussing a hazy and somewhat thread-bare subject. Opinions ranged from rank incredulity to childlike faith, one believer going so far as … How will the conversation end? Read the story to find out.