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.