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"The Diamond Hand of the Sun God": An unscrupulous archeologist by the name of Skleers steals a statue Mitra whose hands are made of diamond. He is warned that he will be punished by his own hands for stealing the holy relic. The man escapes into the jungle but suddenly finds that he has lost

House of Secrets #8 is an issue of the series House of Secrets (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1958.

Synopsis for "The Diamond Hand of the Sun God"

An unscrupulous archeologist by the name of Skleers steals a statue Mitra whose hands are made of diamond. He is warned that he will be punished by his own hands for stealing the holy relic. The man escapes into the jungle but suddenly finds that he has lost control of his hands. He drops the statue and loses it in a river. He then attempts to drive out of the jungle, but his hands steer his vehicle in the wrong direction. He manages to reach a town called Puuna where he takes refuge. He attempts to check into a hotel but he finds that he has lost his wallet. Skleers then breaks into a curio shop and steals six thousand dollars from the owner. In his haste to escape he accidentally steps in some wet cement and leaves a trail back to his hotel room. The authorities show up at his door and Skleers makes a full confession about stealing the money. The two policemen are astonished, they had simply wanted Skleers to pay for the cement that he messed up. They were unaware of the robbery and the missing money. They place Skleers in handcuffs and lead him away. They stop at the lobby of the hotel where the clerk indicates that he knew there was something unusual about Skleers. He had signed the guest register as “Mitra-the Sun God”. Skleer begins to insist that it wasn't him but rather his hands that gave him away.

Appearing in "The Diamond Hand of the Sun God"

Featured Characters:

  • Skleers (Single appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Mir Osman (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • India
    • Temple of Mitra
    • Puuna, a city

Items:

  • Statue of Mitra

Vehicles:

  • Jeep


Synopsis for "The Cats Who Knew Too Much"

A butler named Michael Renner murders his employer by pushing her down a set of stairs. The victim's name was Miss Hale who was very fond of her three cats. At the reading of the will, Renner finds out that he was bequeathed Miss Hales wealth, but it can only be used for the care of her three cats. Mrs. Hales closest friend Mrs. Moore is also in attendance and expresses her sympathy to Renner. Once the cats pass away, the fortune reverts to the Hillcrest Animal Home. Renner is devastated but figures that he can invest the money and make himself a small fortune. He immediately fires the remaining staff and settles into his new domain. Almost immediately he begins to feel creeped out by the cats. He senses them staring at him and it frays at his nerves. At one point he is walking by the main stairway when a giant vase almost falls on him. He looks up and sees a black cat named Ebony who seems to have pushed the vase. He then relaxes by the pool but almost gets burned by a heat lamp that he thought was unplugged. Frenzied by his near brushes with death, he decides to pack up the three cats and abandon them in the desert. When he arrives back at the mansion, he finds the three cats looking down at him from the top of the stairs. Renner breaks down and confesses to the murder. He is surprised to see that Mrs. Moore is also at the police station. She reveals that she helped the police gain his confession. Mrs. Moore reveals that she knew of Renner's hatred for the cats and that it was she that plugged in the sunlamp that almost burned him. Mrs. Moore had also rescued the cats from the desert and brought them back to the Mansion. Renner learns that he had been a suspect from the beginning because of a letter he wrote to his tailor canceling his annual new butlers uniform right before the murder. Renner admits that he wrote the letter but never actually mailed it. Renner admits that he realized the letter would make him a suspect, so he burned it. The letter is indeed charred, but it was somehow saved from the fire. The only clue as to how that happened is three little telltale holes in the corner as if an animal had it in its mouth. The cats had their unexpected revenge after all.

Appearing in "The Cats Who Knew Too Much"

Featured Characters:

  • Michael Renner (Single appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Sally Moore (Single appearance)

Cats:

  • Omar, Chang, & Ebony (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Ralph (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • Mrs. Hale's Mansion

Synopsis for "Round Trip to the Past"


Appearing in "Round Trip to the Past"

Featured Characters:

  • Antique dealer (Unnamed) (Single appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Bruce Falkirk (Single appearance)
  • Tom Hawkins (Single appearance)
  • Dazor (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Ellen Worth (Single appearance)
  • Martha Hawkins (Single appearance)
  • Orry (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • Old Diary

Synopsis for "The Electrified Man"


Appearing in "The Electrified Man"

Featured Characters:

  • Dr. Eric Hendshaw (Single appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Scientists (Unnamed) (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • An undisclosed city
    • Hendshaw's lab

Items:

  • Electric-shielding formula

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