Rank #1: Episode 3: The Tree
It all started with a little boy. The last child of the Hayward line met a terrible fate, and his grief-stricken parents could never let go. The Hayward Foundation for research into the paranormal and supernatural was established with their vast fortune.
Twisted and turned, a gnarled and ancient tree haunts the poor, injured child.
Working late one night, Dr. Atwater learns the tragic and chilling story behind the sanitarium from the groundskeeper, Chester.
The building that is now the strange sanitarium was once the sprawling mansion of one wealthy family. The Haywards had a long and checkered history, building a considerable fortune on the seas in lucrative merchant shipping enterprises.
The last heir of a proud line, young James Atwater falls prey to a fever after climbing and falling from an ancient and gnarled tree . Just outside his bedroom where he’s recovering, the tree sways and brushes against the window. Maybe it is his imagination, maybe it is the laudanum the doctor has prescribed, or maybe the long, claw-like branches of the tree are really trying to get the helpless lad.
Sep 08 2012
Rank #2: Episode 4: Razor
Outside, at night, in a cemetery: Hayward Foundation sociologist Dr. Halley Brooks and her team of paranormal researchers investigate legends of a razor-wielding apparition. Sometimes, scholarship can be murder.
What lies beneath may also walk at night.
Years ago, there was a barber who lost his mind and turned his razor on young, unsuspecting ladies. As if the horror wasn’t enough then, his ghost is said to roam among the monuments to this day in an old cemetery in a dark woods well outside of town.
The legends might seem hokey, but the local folklore is so full of ghost stories and sightings that they draw the attention of promising young scientist Halley Brooks. She’s put together a team of young researchers for a field school project.
Using experimental and sophisticated tools, they’ve set out to monitor the site and record any disturbances. Could this be the site that establishes once and for all that the netherworld actually exists and spirits walk the earth?
Or could the graveyard welcome them into its grave confines… forever.
Sep 08 2012
Rank #3: Episode 5: The Baby
Justin Cardamon helps Dr. Atwater remodel his dream house, and the two men uncover a secret that reaches for them across the decades.
A hidden spectre, buried from time and memory, is revealed in the basement of Atwater’s dream home.
Dr. Atwater is updating a picturesque old farmhouse, building his dream home from the inside out. The renovations have extended far longer, and into much deeper financial territory, than anyone expected.
But no one expected to find what the workers uncovered in the basement of the old house: the chilling discovery reveals a decades-old secret shame and a grisly past.
That secret haunts Atwater’s dream house and his dreams. But it may be more than his active imagination, and his imagination may be a truth to0 frightening to face.
Sep 09 2012
Rank #4: Episode 10: Breakout
The fate of Hayward Sanitarium, and of Dermott O’Brien, are in peril. Dr. Atwater and Justin Cardamon plot a rescue attempt, and the FBI arrives to pay a visit to Dr. Brooks.
The triskele symbolizes the mystery of the Fraternitas.
Whatever evil stalks the sanitarium may not matter for Dermott O’Brien. He’s scheduled for severe treatment following his violent escapade. Convinced that O’Brien isn’t really mad, Atwater and his faithful friend Cardamon hatch a desperate plot to free him.
As much as they’ve tried to keep things quiet, the security problems can’t escape the notice of the FBI, especially when violent criminals escape and staff are dying. The conditions at Hayward Sanitarium are definitely out of control.
Sep 09 2012
Rank #5: Episode 9: The Arrest
Maria begins to create hell for Dr. Atwater. He and Cardamon visit Robert in the County Jail, where a chill is cast over their futures.
It can stretch into the seemingly safest places. It chills the bones and sends shivers up our spines. We feel its presence with shudders and quakes.
And we know the cost of the lives it takes.
Robert is arrested for his crimes. And all appears to be getting better. But when Atwater and Cardamon try to find out what the orderly knows about the rest of the mystery, something that can’t be explained rationally intervenes.
The skeptic in Dr. Atwater is fading fast. How did Maria escape her cell? And what new horrors are in store now that the “Vermont Vampire” is again on the loose?
Things are really getting out of control at the Sanitarium, or they are slipping deeper into a darker control. And there may be no escape from it.
Sep 09 2012