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Defined as belief in "supernatural causality", superstition is usually associated with omens, astrology, and other forces not recognized by natural science. Webster uses the definition "a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation".

SuperstitionReligious authorities often say that superstition is sinful because it implies a lack of trust in the authority of God. Other theorists claim that all religion is based on superstition, but usually it is a matter of the other guy's religion being superstitions while the speaker's is based on "faith".

What we consider superstitions are often based on Folk Beliefs, regional or ethnic religious practices and customs. These beliefs are usually outside the official doctrine of religion, but they are accepted in the local practice.

Causality is an indispensable feature of Superstition, in other words if something unusual happens it will cause something else to occur. The result may be fortuitous or disastrous. Superstitions are usually based on two separate and unrelated events occurring close to one another, giving rise to the belief that one action caused the other.

Supposedly sophisticated scientific types scoff at superstitions. The observation of causality when superstitions are formed is the beginnings of the Scientific method, however lacking the observation required for formal science. When the supposed results are death, a lack of experimentation is understandable.

Even when we know that they are silly, superstitions are very much a part of our lives. Usually we can recognize a superstition even if we don't understand how they started. The syndicated program The Origin of Superstitions from 1933 presented a number of stories about where common superstitions originated. How accurate these stories are is debatable, but they hold at least as much merit as anything found on the Internet!

Shows like The Inner Sanctum Mysteries are particularly fertile places to explore superstitions. A superstition may be an unfounded fear, but our host, Raymond, won't mind. Any fright is a good one "behind the creaking door"".

SuperstitionThe romantic adventures on Escape! are another fertile ground for superstitions. Ancient superstitions are part of the episode, "The Ring of Toth" which features a story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle before he created Sherlock Holmes.

The Cavalcade Of America gave us "the Devil and Daniel Webster". This classic American story demonstrates an indispensable feature of superstitions, especially how they occur in stories. Superstitions, just like the monsters in Science Fiction, are bound by rules. In this story, the Devil comes for Daniel Webster's soul, but he can only have it if he proves his case in a court of law.

One of the most pervasive superstitions is a fear of black cats. In our collection, Black Cats appear in Origin of Superstitions and Tales of the Frightened, but few are more frightening than Peter Lorre's interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe's "Black Cat" tale on Mystery In The Air. In this story, the cat is not so much bad luck as it is the conscience of a disturbed man.

Some superstitions almost beg to be laughed at. When Orson Welles hosted the Ceiling Unlimited program for the Lockheed/Vega aircraft company, he takes on the phenomenon of Gremlins. Gremlins are the imaginary creatures who create unexplained problems with aircraft. Luckily, the problem is solved in time for Christmas Eve, just in time for Santa's flight. Even Orson Welles acknowledges that Santa Claus is not a superstition; Santa Claus is Real!

See also Origins of Superstition and Friday the 13th Collection.

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    84 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 30 hours, 27 min
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    Volume 1 - 44 shows - total playtime 18 hours 15 minutes
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    1. Adventures By Morse 440318 Coffin For Lady 1.mp3
    2. Adventures By Morse 440325 Coffin For Lady 2.mp3
    3. Adventures By Morse 440401 Coffin For Lady 3.mp3
    4. Adventures By Morse 441007 Land Of Living Dead 1.mp3
    5. Adventures By Morse 441014 Land Of Living Dead 2.mp3
    6. Adventures By Morse 441021 Land Of Living Dead 3.mp3
    7. Adventures By Morse 441028 Land Of Living Dead 4.mp3
    8. Adventures By Morse 441104 Land Of Living Dead 5.mp3
    9. Adventures By Morse 441111 Land Of Living Dead 6.mp3
    10. Adventures By Morse 441118 Land Of Living Dead 7.mp3
    11. Adventures By Morse 441125 Land Of Living Dead 8.mp3
    12. Adventures By Morse 441202 Land Of Living Dead 9.mp3
    13. Adventures By Morse 441209 Land Of Living Dead 10.mp3
    14. Beyond Midnight 690214 17 Phantom Groom.mp3
    15. Beyond Midnight Dear Ghost.mp3
    16. Black Mass 630900 All Hallows.mp3
    17. Black Mass Haunted House.mp3
    18. CALV 411020 249 All That Money Can Buy.mp3
    19. Ceiling Unlimited 440000 Gremlin Troubles.mp3
    20. Columbia Workshop 380806 The Devil And Daniel Webster.mp3
    21. Death Valley Days 380617 398 Burro That Had No Name.mp3
    22. Escape 470811 006 Ring Of Toth.mp3
    23. Escape 521116 157 Loup Garou.mp3
    24. Fat Man 490722 Murder Is Medium.mp3
    25. Gregory Hood 460708 06 Derringer Society.mp3
    26. Inner Sanctum 411221 051 The Man From Yesterday.mp3
    27. Inner Sanctum 450417 224 Judas Clock.mp3
    28. Inner Sanctum 451009 240 Death By Scripture.mp3
    29. Inner Sanctum 451218 The Undead.mp3
    30. Inner Sanctum 470505 317 Dont Dance On My Grave.mp3
    31. Inner Sanctum 480308 361 Magic Tile.mp3
    32. Inner Sanctum 491031 446corpse For Halloween.mp3
    33. Inner Sanctum 750801 The Onyx Eye.mp3
    34. Mystery in Air 470821 ep3 Horla.mp3
    35. Mystery in Air 470918 ep7 Black Cat.mp3
    36. Mystery In The Air 470904 10 The Mask Of Medusa.mp3
    37. Mystery In The Air 470911 The Queen Of Spades.mp3
    38. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Black Cat Crossing Your Path.mp3
    39. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Blowing Out Candles.mp3
    40. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Breakmirror.mp3
    41. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Friday The 13th.mp3
    42. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Kissing Under The Mistletoe.mp3
    43. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Knocking On Wood.mp3
    44. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Opening An Umbrella Indoors.mp3
    Volume 2 - 40 shows - total playtime 12 hours 11 minutes
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    1. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Three Onmatch.mp3
    2. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Throwing Salt Over Shoulder.mp3
    3. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Walking Beneathladder.mp3
    4. Sealtest 481028 07 Happy Halloween.mp3
    5. Suspense 530323 505 Signalman.mp3
    6. Tales Of Frightened Never Kickblack Cat.mp3
    7. Tales Of Frightened Vampire Sleeps.mp3
    8. Tales Of The Frightened 000000 The Ladder.mp3
    9. Tarzan 510301 End Of The World.mp3
    10. Tarzan 510517 Congo Magic.mp3
    11. Tarzan 510712 Drum Withoutheart.mp3
    12. Tarzan 510802 Curse Of The Pharaohs.mp3
    13. Tarzan 510906 Magic Amulet.mp3
    14. Tarzan 510927 City Of Sleep.mp3
    15. Tarzan 511025 Ghost Of The Karmiki.mp3
    16. Tarzan 520306 Omen Of The Emerald.mp3
    17. Tarzan 520313 Volcano Of The Sun.mp3
    18. Tarzan 520515 Mask Of Montiki.mp3
    19. Tarzan 530214 Demon Of Rongu.mp3
    20. Whistler 440918 122 Black Magic.mp3
    21. YTJD 560514 393 Of Medium Well Done Episode 01.mp3
    22. YTJD 560515 394 Of Medium Well Done Episode 02.mp3
    23. YTJD 560516 395 Of Medium Well Done Episode 03.mp3
    24. YTJD 560517 396 Of Medium Well Done Episode 04.mp3
    25. YTJD 560518 397 Of Medium Well Done Episode 05.mp3
    26. YTJD 560903 469 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 01.mp3
    27. YTJD 560904 470 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 02.mp3
    28. YTJD 560905 471 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 03.mp3
    29. YTJD 560906 472 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 04.mp3
    30. YTJD 560907 473 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 05.mp3
    31. YTJD 561015 499 Phantom Chase Episode 01.mp3
    32. YTJD 561016 500 Phantom Chase Episode 02.mp3
    33. YTJD 561017 501 Phantom Chase Episode 03.mp3
    34. YTJD 561018 502 Phantom Chase Episode 04.mp3
    35. YTJD 561019 503 Phantom Chase Episode 05.mp3
    36. YTJD 561022 504 Phantom Chase Episode 06.mp3
    37. YTJD 561024 505 Phantom Chase Episode 08.mp3
    38. YTJD 561025 506 Phantom Chase Episode 09.mp3
    39. YTJD 561026 507 Phantom Chase Episode 010.mp3
    40. YTJD 580518 589 Ghost To Ghost AFRTS.mp3
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    84 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
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    Volume 1 - 44 shows - total playtime 18 hours 15 minutes
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    1. Adventures By Morse 440318 Coffin For Lady 1.mp3
    2. Adventures By Morse 440325 Coffin For Lady 2.mp3
    3. Adventures By Morse 440401 Coffin For Lady 3.mp3
    4. Adventures By Morse 441007 Land Of Living Dead 1.mp3
    5. Adventures By Morse 441014 Land Of Living Dead 2.mp3
    6. Adventures By Morse 441021 Land Of Living Dead 3.mp3
    7. Adventures By Morse 441028 Land Of Living Dead 4.mp3
    8. Adventures By Morse 441104 Land Of Living Dead 5.mp3
    9. Adventures By Morse 441111 Land Of Living Dead 6.mp3
    10. Adventures By Morse 441118 Land Of Living Dead 7.mp3
    11. Adventures By Morse 441125 Land Of Living Dead 8.mp3
    12. Adventures By Morse 441202 Land Of Living Dead 9.mp3
    13. Adventures By Morse 441209 Land Of Living Dead 10.mp3
    14. Beyond Midnight 690214 17 Phantom Groom.mp3
    15. Beyond Midnight Dear Ghost.mp3
    16. Black Mass 630900 All Hallows.mp3
    17. Black Mass Haunted House.mp3
    18. CALV 411020 249 All That Money Can Buy.mp3
    19. Ceiling Unlimited 440000 Gremlin Troubles.mp3
    20. Columbia Workshop 380806 The Devil And Daniel Webster.mp3
    21. Death Valley Days 380617 398 Burro That Had No Name.mp3
    22. Escape 470811 006 Ring Of Toth.mp3
    23. Escape 521116 157 Loup Garou.mp3
    24. Fat Man 490722 Murder Is Medium.mp3
    25. Gregory Hood 460708 06 Derringer Society.mp3
    26. Inner Sanctum 411221 051 The Man From Yesterday.mp3
    27. Inner Sanctum 450417 224 Judas Clock.mp3
    28. Inner Sanctum 451009 240 Death By Scripture.mp3
    29. Inner Sanctum 451218 The Undead.mp3
    30. Inner Sanctum 470505 317 Dont Dance On My Grave.mp3
    31. Inner Sanctum 480308 361 Magic Tile.mp3
    32. Inner Sanctum 491031 446corpse For Halloween.mp3
    33. Inner Sanctum 750801 The Onyx Eye.mp3
    34. Mystery in Air 470821 ep3 Horla.mp3
    35. Mystery in Air 470918 ep7 Black Cat.mp3
    36. Mystery In The Air 470904 10 The Mask Of Medusa.mp3
    37. Mystery In The Air 470911 The Queen Of Spades.mp3
    38. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Black Cat Crossing Your Path.mp3
    39. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Blowing Out Candles.mp3
    40. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Breakmirror.mp3
    41. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Friday The 13th.mp3
    42. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Kissing Under The Mistletoe.mp3
    43. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Knocking On Wood.mp3
    44. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Opening An Umbrella Indoors.mp3
    Volume 2 - 40 shows - total playtime 12 hours 11 minutes
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    1. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Three Onmatch.mp3
    2. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Throwing Salt Over Shoulder.mp3
    3. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Walking Beneathladder.mp3
    4. Sealtest 481028 07 Happy Halloween.mp3
    5. Suspense 530323 505 Signalman.mp3
    6. Tales Of Frightened Never Kickblack Cat.mp3
    7. Tales Of Frightened Vampire Sleeps.mp3
    8. Tales Of The Frightened 000000 The Ladder.mp3
    9. Tarzan 510301 End Of The World.mp3
    10. Tarzan 510517 Congo Magic.mp3
    11. Tarzan 510712 Drum Withoutheart.mp3
    12. Tarzan 510802 Curse Of The Pharaohs.mp3
    13. Tarzan 510906 Magic Amulet.mp3
    14. Tarzan 510927 City Of Sleep.mp3
    15. Tarzan 511025 Ghost Of The Karmiki.mp3
    16. Tarzan 520306 Omen Of The Emerald.mp3
    17. Tarzan 520313 Volcano Of The Sun.mp3
    18. Tarzan 520515 Mask Of Montiki.mp3
    19. Tarzan 530214 Demon Of Rongu.mp3
    20. Whistler 440918 122 Black Magic.mp3
    21. YTJD 560514 393 Of Medium Well Done Episode 01.mp3
    22. YTJD 560515 394 Of Medium Well Done Episode 02.mp3
    23. YTJD 560516 395 Of Medium Well Done Episode 03.mp3
    24. YTJD 560517 396 Of Medium Well Done Episode 04.mp3
    25. YTJD 560518 397 Of Medium Well Done Episode 05.mp3
    26. YTJD 560903 469 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 01.mp3
    27. YTJD 560904 470 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 02.mp3
    28. YTJD 560905 471 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 03.mp3
    29. YTJD 560906 472 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 04.mp3
    30. YTJD 560907 473 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 05.mp3
    31. YTJD 561015 499 Phantom Chase Episode 01.mp3
    32. YTJD 561016 500 Phantom Chase Episode 02.mp3
    33. YTJD 561017 501 Phantom Chase Episode 03.mp3
    34. YTJD 561018 502 Phantom Chase Episode 04.mp3
    35. YTJD 561019 503 Phantom Chase Episode 05.mp3
    36. YTJD 561022 504 Phantom Chase Episode 06.mp3
    37. YTJD 561024 505 Phantom Chase Episode 08.mp3
    38. YTJD 561025 506 Phantom Chase Episode 09.mp3
    39. YTJD 561026 507 Phantom Chase Episode 010.mp3
    40. YTJD 580518 589 Ghost To Ghost AFRTS.mp3
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    84 recordings on 33 Audio CDs
    total playtime 30 hours, 27 min

    Disc A001

    1. Beyond Midnight Dear Ghost
    2. Black Mass Haunted House
    3. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Black Cat Crossing Your Path
    4. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Blowing Out Candles

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    Disc A002

    1. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Breakmirror
    2. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Friday The 13th
    3. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Kissing Under The Mistletoe
    4. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Knocking On Wood
    5. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Opening An Umbrella Indoors

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    Disc A003

    1. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Three Onmatch
    2. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Throwing Salt Over Shoulder
    3. Origin Of Superstition 1935 Walking Beneathladder
    4. Tales Of Frightened Never Kickblack Cat
    5. Tales Of Frightened Vampire Sleeps
    6. Tales Of The Frightened 000000 The Ladder

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    Disc A004

    1. Death Valley Days 380617 398 Burro That Had No Name
    2. Columbia Workshop 380806 The Devil And Daniel Webster

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    Disc A005

    1. CALV 411020 249 All That Money Can Buy
    2. Inner Sanctum 411221 051 The Man From Yesterday

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    Disc A006

    1. Ceiling Unlimited 440000 Gremlin Troubles
    2. Adventures By Morse 440318 Coffin For Lady 1
    3. Adventures By Morse 440325 Coffin For Lady 2

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    Disc A007

    1. Adventures By Morse 440401 Coffin For Lady 3
    2. Whistler 440918 122 Black Magic

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    Disc A008

    1. Adventures By Morse 441007 Land Of Living Dead 1
    2. Adventures By Morse 441014 Land Of Living Dead 2

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    Disc A009

    1. Adventures By Morse 441021 Land Of Living Dead 3
    2. Adventures By Morse 441028 Land Of Living Dead 4

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    Disc A010

    1. Adventures By Morse 441104 Land Of Living Dead 5
    2. Adventures By Morse 441111 Land Of Living Dead 6

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    Disc A011

    1. Adventures By Morse 441118 Land Of Living Dead 7
    2. Adventures By Morse 441125 Land Of Living Dead 8

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    Disc A012

    1. Adventures By Morse 441202 Land Of Living Dead 9
    2. Adventures By Morse 441209 Land Of Living Dead 10

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    Disc A013

    1. Inner Sanctum 450417 224 Judas Clock
    2. Inner Sanctum 451009 240 Death By Scripture

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    Disc A014

    1. Inner Sanctum 451218 The Undead
    2. Gregory Hood 460708 06 Derringer Society

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    Disc A015

    1. Inner Sanctum 470505 317 Dont Dance On My Grave
    2. Escape 470811 006 Ring Of Toth

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    Disc A016

    1. Mystery in Air 470821 ep3 Horla
    2. Mystery In The Air 470904 10 The Mask Of Medusa

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    Disc A017

    1. Mystery In The Air 470911 The Queen Of Spades
    2. Mystery in Air 470918 ep7 Black Cat

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    Disc A018

    1. Inner Sanctum 480308 361 Magic Tile
    2. Sealtest 481028 07 Happy Halloween

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    Disc A019

    1. Fat Man 490722 Murder Is Medium
    2. Inner Sanctum 491031 446corpse For Halloween

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    Disc A020

    1. Tarzan 510301 End Of The World
    2. Tarzan 510517 Congo Magic

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    Disc A021

    1. Tarzan 510712 Drum Withoutheart
    2. Tarzan 510802 Curse Of The Pharaohs

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    Disc A022

    1. Tarzan 510906 Magic Amulet
    2. Tarzan 510927 City Of Sleep

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    Disc A023

    1. Tarzan 511025 Ghost Of The Karmiki
    2. Tarzan 520306 Omen Of The Emerald

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    Disc A024

    1. Tarzan 520313 Volcano Of The Sun
    2. Tarzan 520515 Mask Of Montiki

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    Disc A025

    1. Escape 521116 157 Loup Garou
    2. Tarzan 530214 Demon Of Rongu

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    Disc A026

    1. Suspense 530323 505 Signalman
    2. YTJD 560514 393 Of Medium Well Done Episode 01
    3. YTJD 560515 394 Of Medium Well Done Episode 02

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    Disc A027

    1. YTJD 560516 395 Of Medium Well Done Episode 03
    2. YTJD 560517 396 Of Medium Well Done Episode 04
    3. YTJD 560518 397 Of Medium Well Done Episode 05
    4. YTJD 560903 469 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 01

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    Disc A028

    1. YTJD 560904 470 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 02
    2. YTJD 560905 471 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 03
    3. YTJD 560906 472 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 04
    4. YTJD 560907 473 Curse Of Kamashek Episode 05

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    Disc A029

    1. YTJD 561015 499 Phantom Chase Episode 01
    2. YTJD 561016 500 Phantom Chase Episode 02
    3. YTJD 561017 501 Phantom Chase Episode 03
    4. YTJD 561018 502 Phantom Chase Episode 04

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    Disc A030

    1. YTJD 561019 503 Phantom Chase Episode 05
    2. YTJD 561022 504 Phantom Chase Episode 06
    3. YTJD 561024 505 Phantom Chase Episode 08
    4. YTJD 561025 506 Phantom Chase Episode 09

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    Disc A031

    1. YTJD 561026 507 Phantom Chase Episode 010
    2. YTJD 580518 589 Ghost To Ghost AFRTS

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    Disc A032

    1. Black Mass 630900 All Hallows
    2. Beyond Midnight 690214 17 Phantom Groom

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    Disc A033

    1. Inner Sanctum 750801 The Onyx Eye

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