William Wymark Jacobs
genre - play
my rating - 3 out of 5 stars
The play is adapted from a short story called 'Jerry Bundler', which was published in a book by Jacobs called Light Freights in 1901.
Six gentlemen are spending the night at a hotel in a small country town. At the beginning of the play, the men have just heard a story about a supposed ghost inhabiting the hotel. One of the travelers loves theatricals, and when a few of the others are out of the room, he wagers that he can scare someone if he dresses up as the ghost.
The stage directions are quite thorough. You know exactly where each actor is to move, sit and stand, and what he is to do. There are two endings to the play, in case "the above tragic termination would be too serious."
About the author -
Jacobs was educated at a private school in London and later at Birkbeck College.
In 1879, Jacobs began work as a clerk in the Post Office Savings Bank, and by 1885 he had his first short story published. The majority of his output was humorous in tone. By 1899 Jacobs was confident enough to resign from the civil service to devote his full time to writing.
Jacobs is now remembered for his macabre tale 'The Monkey's Paw'. Numerous movie adaptations have been made of this short story. In fact, there is one scheduled for release this October, which stars Stephen Lang, Corbin Bleu, and Charles S. Dutton.
In 1900 Jacobs married suffragette Agnes Eleanor Williams, with whom he had two sons and three daughters. He died on Sept. 1, 1943 in London.