Sebastian Cabot originally hosted this thriller/horror anthology series. As Winston Essex, he welcomed the audience to his stately manor, Essex House, where he'd introduce that week's story. As the tale unfolded, it would take an unexpected turn towards the macabre. Starting with the Janury 5, 1973 episode, the narrator was dropped and the title was changed to Circle of Fear.
Ghost Story Season 1 (1972-1973)
|1x01 The New House |
A young couple move into a home that is haunted by a girl who had been hanged there many years ago and vowed never to be evicted from the site.
|Mar. 17, 1972|
|1x02 The Dead We Leave Behind |
When Ranger Elliott Brent's pretty young wife Joanna complains of boredom, he buys her a television set. Unfortunately, she starts spending all of her time watching television, to the ...
|Sep. 15, 1972|
|1x03 The Concrete Captain |
While on vacation, Ed Lucas presents his wife Kate with a souvenir of "The Concrete Captain," a small chunk of concrete with a miniature harpoon sticking out of it. Kate seems to be ...
|Sep. 22, 1972|
|1x04 At the Cradle Foot |
Paul, a recently divorced man, has a dream that his daughter Emily gets murdered as an adult. Believing it to be a premonition, he goes to the town where this will happen to see if ...
|Sep. 29, 1972|
|1x05 Bad Connection |
A young widow is trying to move on after her husband is shot down in Vietnam and presumed dead. She begins to receive mysterious phone calls from a man who sounds like her late hus ...
|Oct. 06, 1972|
|1x06 The Summer House |
Martha and Andrew Alcott own a vacation home where they spend their summers. Martha hates the house, and as the summer goes on, it appears she has good reason, as there seems to be ...
|Oct. 13, 1972|
|1x07 Alter-Ego |
Bobby is a very bright, but very sickly boy with a particular fondness for chess. As he starts fifth grade, he is delighted to find that his teacher is the very popular Miss Gilden, ...
|Oct. 27, 1972|
|1x08 Half a Death |
Christina is a young woman with a twin sister, Lisa, whom she has never met. She hopes to meet Lisa on a visit home, but is distressed to find out that Lisa has recently died. Christina ...
|Nov. 03, 1972|
|1x09 House of Evil |
When Grandpa arrives for a visit, he has two special gifts for his granddaughter, Judy, a deaf mute. One is a very special doll house that is an exact replica of the one Judy lives ...
|Nov. 10, 1972|
|1x10 Cry of the Cat |
A handsome rodeo star falls in love with a seductive young woman. With growing horror, he starts to realize that she is somehow connected to a series of deadly cougar attacks on the ...
|Nov. 24, 1972|
|1x11 Elegy for a Vampire |
Coeds are being murdered on a small university campus, all drained of their blood with two small marks on their necks. The late Professor Pendergast, who had been investigating the ...
|Dec. 01, 1972|
|1x12 Touch of Madness |
Janet inherits her mother's house when her mother dies in a mental institution. When she first arrives at the house, she meets her cousins Hattie and Jonathon, who welcome her warmly. ...
|Dec. 08, 1972|
|1x13 Creature of the Canyon |
A widow is stalked by a vicious dog that once belonged to her late husband, but which now lives with a sinister neighbor. Even after the dog turns up poisoned, she believes it is still ...
|Dec. 15, 1972|
|1x14 Time of Terror |
Terror ensues when Ellen Alexander wakes up alone in a hotel room, with no sign of her husband, Harry. Inquiries at the front desk yield the answer that he has checked out without her, ...
|Dec. 22, 1972|
|1x15 Death's Head |
Carol, a woman who hates insects, is unhappily married to Steve, a successful businessman who collects them. She secretly loves Steve's partner, Larry, and would like to make their ...
|Jan. 05, 1973|
|1x16 Dark Vengeance |
While working at a construction site, Frank unearths a curious box, which has no latch for opening. He takes it home, and finally opens it, only to discover a broken mirror and a toy ...
|Jan. 12, 1973|
|1x17 Earth, Air, Fire, and Water |
A collective of six artisans find a trunk containing six colorful glass containers. Each chooses one, and soon, one by one, their art becomes more disturbing until the artist vanis ...
|Jan. 19, 1973|
|1x18 Doorway to Death |
When a family moves into a new apartment in San Francisco, young Robert starts exploring, and discovers the empty apartment upstairs. He opens a door and sees a cabin in the woods with ...
|Jan. 26, 1973|
|1x19 Legion of Demons |
Beth is a shy young woman who has come to the city to share an apartment with her friend, Janet. Janet gets Beth a job at the company she works for, and tries to encourage Beth to come ...
|Feb. 02, 1973|
|1x20 The Graveyard Shift |
Fred Colby is a former actor, who now works as a security guard at the studio where he used to film movies. He and his wife, Linda, are expecting their first child together. The studio ...
|Feb. 16, 1973|
|1x21 Spare Parts |
A doctor has donated his eyes, vocal chords and hands for transplant with three individuals. The ghost of the doctor then begins to act out through these patients while they are in ...
|Feb. 23, 1973|
|1x22 The Ghost of Potter's Field |
While at Potter's Field cemetery doing research for a story, reporter Bob Herrick sees a ghost that resembles him. He shakes the matter off, assuming that he's seeing things because ...
|Mar. 23, 1973|
|1x23 The Phantom of Herald Square |
Art student Holly Brown is sketching in Central Park one day when James Barlow introduces himself to her. He offers to take her to lunch, and, intrigued, she accepts. Holly is charmed ...
|Mar. 30, 1973|
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