Quote1.png To some people, the stroke of midnight means the beginning of a new day...but to Ebenezer Grimm it means...THE END!!! Quote2.png
--Narrator


Appearing in "Hands Off!"

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Synopsis for "Hands Off!"

Eugene Varo designs artificial hands, and strives to imitate "the old masters" in that field. However, his creations are rejected by manufacturer Perry Nugent. Returning home, Varo is confronted by a ghostly figure who desires to take the hands back to the past, as "they are too beautiful for this age." Varo promises to eventually relinquish the hands, but refuses to give them up until the figure grants them the power to move on their own and commit murder. The bargain is struck, and Varo uses the hands to kill Nugent, but he leaves the hands in Nugent's home and they are picked up by the police. The next night, the ghostly figure returns to find that Varo cannot give him the hands. Infuriated, he removes Varo's own hands and vanishes into the past.

Appearing in "Revenge From Beyond"

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  • Henry Staton

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  • Dr. Julius Seidner

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  • George McNaughton
  • Peter Copland

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  • Judge Walter Narrington
  • Helen Michaels (Mentioned)
  • Warren Louis Geffen
  • Detective Warren Lumus

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  • State Prison
  • Argentina (Mentioned)
  • Hilley Funeral Parlor (Mentioned)

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  • Vibrator

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  • Hilley Funeral Parlor automobile

Synopsis for "Revenge From Beyond"

Henry Staton was on trial for the murder of Helen Michaels. Staton claimed that he was framed by his guardian George McNaughton and the latter's attorney Peter Copland in an attempt to take control of the former's estate. Judge Walter Nerring, however pointed out that the jury had found Staton guilty of murder in the first degree and that there was no recommendation for mercy in the case. The judge sentenced Staton to be hung by the neck until death, but to be incarcerated at the state prison until the warden decided the date of execution.

At the state prison, Staton became convict number 278A. During his time in prison, a guard came in and informed him that his Uncle Julius had come to visit him. When Staton talked to his uncle, the latter said that he knew that the former was innocent and that he had a plan to help him: he invented a small vibrator that can pulsate the human heart and after Staton is hung, Julius would attach his vibrator to his nephew's heart, reviving him and allowing him to get revenge. Staton agreed to the terms and later Copland and McNaughton were told that he was dead.

Later at Hilley's Funeral Parlor, Seidner used his vibrator on his nephew, reviving him. The first thing that crossed Staton's mind was getting revenge. Meanwhile, back at the state prison, Warden Louis Geffen had learned that an automobile had been stolen from Hilley Funeral Parlor and that they did not send a car for Henry Staton's body. Henry went to get revenge on Peter Copland and pretended to be a ghost, scaring him and causing him to fall out of a window to his death.

Later, Detective Warren Lumus showed the warden a copy of Staton's fingerprints that were found on Copland's apartment door. Meanwhile, Henry was getting revenge on McNaughton, who armed himself with a gun. When McNaughton heard Henry, he slipped and accidentally shot himself in the heart, killing himself. Seidner had given himself up to the police and was talking to them, feeling guilty about McNaughton's and Copland's deaths. Suddenly, Henry appeared and informed him that neither of them had killed the two other men and that they had killed themselves. Then, he claimed that Seidner's invention would not work before sitting down on a chair and dying.

Appearing in "The Corpse!"

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Synopsis for "The Corpse!"

This story is narrated by the dead body of John Saxton. Before his death, he had been engaged to marry a woman named Barbara, but suspected her of having an affair with his brother Donald. Yielding to his paranoia, John hired a private detective to spy on them, and he received a report which seemed to confirm his suspicions, as Donald was heard to tell Barbara that he loved her. Enraged, John undermined a rock formation so that an avalanche would eventually fall on Donald and Barbara's picnic grounds, but read the rest of the report and learned that his suspicions were misguided (Donald meant that he only loved Barbara as a SISTER). Panic stricken, John ran to the picnic area and shouted at Donald and Barbara to get back. Unfortunately, the noise of John's shouts caused the avalanche to occur, and he was killed by the falling rocks. Donald and Barbara survived, but would never know what had truly happened.

Appearing in "I Didn't See a Thing"

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Synopsis for "I Didn't See a Thing"

Running from the police, wanted criminal Ed Rocco ducks into a bar, where he meets a rather strange-seeming bartender. Rocco buys a drink in an attempt to quiet his nerves, but he soon sees the ghosts of the men he has murdered gliding into the bar and threatening to kill him. Rocco's nerves are strained to the breaking point, but the bartender says several times that he doesn't see anything. Even though the ghosts are now building a gallows outside the bar, Rocco decides that it must be all in his head and walks out. Immediately, the ghosts seize and hang him, and we see that the bar has a sign in the window saying "Please leave your money on the counter...I AM BLIND."

Appearing in "The Stroke of Midnight!"

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Synopsis for "The Stroke of Midnight!"

Bank president Ebenezer Grimm has a busy day: first he fires a longtime employee for being too "soft-hearted," and then he forecloses on the mortgage of an old woman, forcing her out of her house. She immediately walks in front of a truck, but Grimm is unaffected by the news. Back in his office, he meets a beautiful young woman named Mary Allan, who wants to borrow money from his bank. Attracted to her, Grimm takes her for a drive and tries to put the moves on her, but his hands go right through her shoulders when he attempts to kiss her. She reveals herself to be the disguised ghost of the woman whom he foreclosed on, and she announces that she is out for revenge. Because the deadline for her mortage was midnight the previous night, she takes Grimm to a clock tower, ties him to the clock, and attaches an axe to the minute hand. The story ends just before midnight, as Grimm is about to meet his timely fate.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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