The Weird Circle
The Fall of the House of Usher
At the cursed House of Usher, Lady Madeline, who has been ill for months and is dying, fights with her brother Roderick. She sends the helper Dina, future bride of Roderick to London to retrieve Charles Wilson so she can speak with him. As midnight arrives, Dina and Charles race to get back to the house. Upon arrival, Lady Madeline demands to be left in the house once she has died, and if she is moved, will come back and take her brother to death with her.
The House and the Brain
A young couple, Sandra and Paul, attend an art auction in London. Selling is a picture, The Ancient Cutthroat, which features the strange eyes of a man whom Sandra believes she has recently seen. Hearing that the man in the painting had a house which is now haunted, she sets about visiting the building. Attending with friend and auctioneer Jim, the three head to the house and find that as the approach the front door, it swings open for them.
A gypsy tells a story in exchange for a penny. She describes Ginerva Piombo who falls in love with a soldier - Luigi Porta - hiding in her art teacher's attic, who is wanted by the French authorities. A fellow student, Amelia, becomes aware of the solider and her "friends" involvement. The Piombo and Porta families have a vendetta in which the other members must die, however if Ginerva marries Luigi, she will herself become a Porta. The two do in fact marry, and her father awaits at home with his old Corsican knife.
Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Pym is in Nantucket and looking for a job on board a ship with the mad Captain Bernard. Heading on to the ship with another guy named Peters, who has a bad opinion of the captain, the captain and crew kindap them. Setting sail into a fierce storm, his son Weston is also on the ship and apologises for his father's actions, as he is in the same situation. Pym gives the others advice on staying out of trouble, though the angry captain discovers this and punishes him by strapping Weston to the main mast in another storm. These actions inspire a mutiny among the crew.
Madam Journalle, a fat and pot-marked woman, has a hold on Pierre. She plans to extract large amounts of money from him as he prepares to divorce his wife, with the aim of leaving the estranged wife Renee and his children penniless. Renee consults a friend, who refers her to his uncle who is a lawyer. Together they hatch a plan to protect her assets by having Pierre declared insane as well as frame him for murder with the use of a ringer judge.
A Terribly Strange Bed
A young man heads to Paris after finishing his education, and heads out on the town for some amusement. He lands at a low-class gambling house and wins a large amount of money after drinking. He is later convinced to spend the night in one of the rooms, rather than head out onto the crime ridden streets with money. His body is later found in the nearby river, flattened like a pancake.
What Was It
The lodgers of a boarding house hear ghostly noises in the building, and decide to hold a seance hosted by the countess. The Doctor, a resident of the house, tries to find out more about the apparition and is able to capture it when it attacks another lodger. He sets about performing tests on it, as well as casting it in plaster to determine what it is. Also discovering that the being requires human flesh to live, it dies ten minutes before the authorities arrive. Failing to believe them, the police leave and the doctor is resigned to never knowing what it was.
Knight's Bridge Mystery
Landowner Mr. Gardner has just collected a large sum of money in rent from his properties, and is unable to deposit it at the bank due to bad weather. Unhappy with keeping too much money around, he discusses his predicament with friend Professor Nelson. Nelson says he is on his way to London, but is tempted by the thought of all the money which drives him to drastic action - a double murder and pinning the blame on an idiot, Cox, who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A man living beside a river spends his hours watching the boats pass from his porch. One day, a Brazilian "superb three-mast" ship sails by, and the old man waves at the vessel, which invites a supernatural being aboard the boat to haunt his home. This sets off bouts of fever, him being unable to sleep, and the feeling that he is being watched. Questioning his psychological state, the man discovers the legend of the "Horla", and realises its relationship with the boat, and decides that it or he must die.
At an engagement party, William Wilson is in the library avoiding the crowd while the rest of the guests are in a nearby room. Two gunshots emanate from the library, and the guests find William injured but still alive from a suspected suicide. Struggling, he sets about telling the story of what happened. He begins with going back to university when a freshman joins who has the same name as him and is a complete double, and identifies him as his evil genius.
Passion in the Desert
A French soldier, Gaston Monet, leaves the army and runs off into the desert with a beautiful woman who wishes to escape from her people. Making plans to head to the coast and find a way out, they spend a night camping during which a panther enters their camp and sleeps alongside them, which Gaston believes looks much like his new partner. Gaston quickly finds himself in over his head as he learns of her true existence.
Mateo recalls the events of his time living in Corsica who as a respected landlord, lives in a location frequented by fugitives. Gianetto, a wanted murderer and uncle to Fortunato is permitted to hide in the house from a group soldiers by Mateo. The soldiers however are led by Fortunato's distant cousin Tiodoro. Fortunato is about to give the location of his uncle away for a large sum of money, which results in Gianetto killing him, while his father resorts to killing Tiodoro when it is discovered he was the actual murderer.
The Man Without a Country
Philip Nolan, a twenty-year old officer in the United States Army who joined after it being his boyhood dream, he is tried as an accomplice for treason when his friend Aaron Burr is also tried. At the court, Nolan renounces his nation and is sentenced by the shocked judge to a life aboard United States Navy Warships. Initially unrepentant about his previous outburst, he eventually becomes more wise and sadder for his situation.
Dr Manette's Manuscript
At a trial, Dr Manette's manuscript written in 1751 is believed to prove conclusive proof of the guilt of Charles St Evemond who is accused of fraud, conspiracy and murder. It contains the events of Dr Manette being asked to perform a task he cannot refuse in which a dying woman is appearing to be driven to madness, who repeatedly refers to a graveyard and has an obsession with the number twelve. The woman dies shortly after the doctors arrival which draws him into the world of the French aristocracy.
The Great Plague
C. Farrell teams up with thieves Grigsby and Farrow to commit some burglaries. The trio target a house which belongs to the richest family in the county, and is guarded by an old man and his granddaughter, with the three believing it to be an easy target. However, as the men prepare to enter the house, Farrell becomes nervous and unsure about a life of crime which involves killing a young girl.
Expectations of an Heir
Aunt Moira, a wealthy and maidenly lady is the target of murder when her nephew Ralph wants to marry Alice, but she disapproves of him getting wed and thinks him unable to manage his own affairs, due to previous gambling debts and lavish spending on past women. Ralph remains in a bind, being dependent on Moira for money, and Alice threatens to break off the engagement suggesting that getting rid of Moira may be the only solution for Ralph to prove his worth.
Dennis Lansing tells the story of visiting his friend Sir John Rowell, who he hasn't seen for some time. John invites his friend to stay for a while, and takes the opportunity to show Dennis his hunting trophy room which includes a mummified hand chained to one of the walls. Rowell also explains that the hand belongs to his worst enemy, and that it remains alive, and as long as it does, so will he. John goes on to describe the events revolving around his now deceased wife, black magic, and her encounter with his now enemy.
Arriving at Thornfield Manor, Jane Eyre is taken on as a governess by employer Edward Fairfax Rochester who is a mysterious man. During her time there, she begins to fall in love with Rochester though worries about not knowing enough about him or the house, and is particularly uncertain about why the attic remains closed off. She discovers that Edward's first wife, Bertha, has been locked in the attic after her mental health began to deteriorate.