The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands
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|"The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands"|
|Genre(s)||Horror short story|
|Published in||Shadows 4 (1st release),
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
It entails an aged, wealthy man recounting a card game he played in many years ago where he met an odd man who refused to touch anyone, recoiling from contact in fear. After the odd man wins the game, a young player leaps up and shakes his hand enthusiastically. The odd man screams and bolts from the room. The narrator then makes it his mission to find him and give him his winnings. It is revealed shortly thereafter that the young player who shook the odd man's hand died of a brain aneurysm. The narrator speaks with an old associate of the man, who tells him the title character was cursed by an Indian shaman after an unfortunate accident where the "Shake Hands Man" (named Henry Brower) accidentally caused the death of a boy. The man is cursed to cause the death of any living thing he touches (for he demonstrates on a dog). The narrator then finds the odd man dead in a seedy inn, one hand firmly clasping the other.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
"The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands" has been adapted into a film shown at the Cedar Rapids Film Festival on 3 April 2009. The screenplay was adapted from the Stephen King short story by Kevin Erhard.
^ "The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands (2009)". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1477186/. Retrieved on 2009-07-28.