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"The Night Job": The electric chair technician is contacted by the mob who reveal to him that they have snatched his wife of twenty years and will plug her unless he tinkers with the chair to only make it appear the convict is dead. The mob has already bribed the prison doctor to go along with t

House of Mystery #254 is an issue of the series House of Mystery (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1977.

Synopsis for "The Night Job"

The electric chair technician is contacted by the mob who reveal to him that they have snatched his wife of twenty years and will plug her unless he tinkers with the chair to only make it appear the convict is dead. The mob has already bribed the prison doctor to go along with the scheme, but what they don't know is that the technician hates his wife.

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Synopsis for "Good For Nothing"

A grandfather who dies in an accident is angry at God for leaving his ghost upon Earth only to watch his grandson pine away with a broken heart. The boy's father decides to take a job in a big city so that his son will be out of the old house and begin to forget his grandfather. As the boy and his family pull out on their train God allows the child to see his grandfather's ghost waving goodbye to him and the boy pulls the emergency stop chord. The passengers get off the train and the boy can no longer see his grandfather's ghost. Another passenger is angry at the boy and the conductor tells him that he ought to thank God because there was another train on the tracks at an unscheduled time. If the boy hadn't pulled the emergency stop, everyone on board the train would be dead. The grandfather's lonely spirit is no longer angry at God because he realizes that his remaining on Earth had a purpose.

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Synopsis for "Dead Man's Bride"


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Synopsis for "The Curse of the Sea Monkey!"


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Synopsis for "Skin Game"


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Synopsis for "Trial By Fire"


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Synopsis for "The Devil's Plague"

Doctor Norman Potter makes house calls to the families of South Sorghum, West Virginia. Many of his patients are old-fashioned God-fearing Christians who are reluctant to rely upon modern medicine. Potter criticizes his patients' ways, but administers care nevertheless. With the arrival of his new assistant Doctor Caroline L. Burke, Potter notices an increase in bizarre and violent deaths. He begins to suspect Burke of foul play, but when goes to confront her, she takes a mis-step backwards and falls onto a pitch fork. Potter learns only too late that the real perpetrator behind the bizarre deaths is his own horse, Nelly. Confronted by the nightmarish beast, Doctor Potter passes away.

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  • Doctor Norman Potter (Only appearance; dies)
  • Doctor Caroline L. Burke
  • Nelly the Hell-Horse
  • Burt
  • Charlie Cosgrove
  • Jim
  • Louise
  • Margaret
  • Marsha
  • Rachel
  • Sadie Cox
  • Simon

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