W. W. Jacobs (1863-1943) was an English author of short stories and novels best remembered for his The Monkey's Paw. His works are known for their humor. Marine life was a favorite subject of Jacobs. Some stories feature seamen and dockhands from the South Devon Wharf where Jacobs's father worked. Others reflect ordinary English homes where strange events unfold. Stories included in this collection are Deserted, The White Cat, A Golden Venture, Husbandry, The Changing Numbers and Captain Rogers. Jacobs's short stories are suitable for older youth and adults.