A Passion For Horror
The Hermit's Cave
(Old Radio Show)
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Weird Circle's
dramatization of "The Fall of the House of Usher" retains the essence
of Poe's classic tale, but adds much that is not in the original story,
like, for instance, the blood-red rain that falls around the House of
Usher. Another big difference is that in The Weird Circle's
version of the story Roderick and his twin sister Madeline hate each
other. There are also more characters in this dramatization. In
Poe's story the main characters are Roderick and Madeline Usher and a
friend of Roderick's who is staying at the House of Usher as their
guest and attempting to snap Roderick out of his melancholia.
Unbeknown to Madeline and Charles and much to the disgust of Dinah, who is fast growing to hate her fiance, Roderick has been listening at the door and has heard his sister's words, and when Madeline dies he tries his best to ensure that she is buried. The doctor, however, listens to Charles' concerns about the colour retained in the cheeks of the supposedly dead Madeline, and refuses to sign the death certificate until two weeks have passed. He also insists that her body be taken to the catacombs below the building. And that the coffin be left open. This is what happens. What also happens is that Roderick sneaks down to the catacombs in the middle of the night and when a concerned Dina follows him down she finds him with a hammer in one hand—and a wooden stake in the other!
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