At midnight in an antiquarian bookshop, Death, the Devil and Harlot step out of paintings and read five stories. The first is The Apparition, about a man and a woman who check into a hotel when the woman vanishes and everyone else denies she existed... The second story The Hand, is about two men who throw dice over a woman. The loser of the battle kills his opponent which leads to... The third story is The Black Cat, about a drunk who murders his wife and hides her body in the walls of a cellear. The cat belonging to the husband... The next story is The Suicide Club, about a detective who discovered a secret club and is then immediately chosen as their next victim... The final story is The Spectre, about a braggart baron who neglects his wife... After this story, the clock strikes one o'clock which leads the three story tellers back into their paintings.