Kolchak writes an obituary for a deceased scientist, but soon becomes involved in further investigation when no one can give him a straight answer on how the scientist died. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure goes on a rampage throughout Chicago, stealing morticians' wax and Halloween masks. Kolchak eventually finds out that the scientist was working on Project R.I.N.G.: the development of an artificially intelligent robot. R.I.N.G. killed his creator rather than be shut down, and now the government is hunting it. Kolchak must find where the robot is hiding and reveal the story before the government catch up to R.I.N.G.moreless
The elderly residents of Roosevelt Heights are dying, stripped to the bone by rats. Investigating, Carl discovers a far more sinister possibility, and realizes that unless someone finds and stops this menace, a lot more people are going to die. And when he realizes he can't even be sure who to trust, things get even more dangerous...moreless
Lakefront Hospital and Research Center is a shining example of modernity. Built on reclaimed land, it was completed with only a few tragedies - Indian construction workers killed while doing high-rise work. Then the hospital begins to shake and crack. Strange accidents occur, killing patients and staff. Kolchak thinks he's onto a construction scandal. But when he talks to construction foreman and Indian medicine man Jim Elkhorn, he discovers the truth is much worse: the construction has awakened something old and powerful. If Carl can't persuade hospital officials to take action, a lot more people will die...moreless
A series of deaths have nothing in common, except that each victim's chest was crushed, and Spanish Moss was found on or near each. Probing the murders, Carl eventually discovers a link: each victim was somehow related to Paul Langois, a hot-tempered Cajun. However, Langois has an iron-clad alibi: he's been asleep for several weeks!moreless
A series of apparent suicides among high-society matrons coincides with a bizarre jewel theft by a towering Indian who mysteriously disappears when cornered. Carl must learn who the tall Indian is, why he's stealing gems and slaying their owners - and how to stop him forever.
A series of mysterious deaths plague the election trail of Sen. Robert Palmer, as does a mysterious black dog with a pentagram for a dog tag. Carl investigates and finds that the Senator has made a pact with Satan in return for the ability to assume the form of an indestructible black mastiff, and destroy his enemies both within his own party and opposing him. Kolchak must confront Palmer and destroy the pentagram before Palmer kills him.moreless
A series of mysterious deaths plague the life of conductor Ryder Bond. In each case, the victim is incinerated by supernaturally hot flames. As Kolchak investigates, he finds out that an arsonist, Frankie Markoff, was a fan of Bond's, and was killed in a penny arcade. His funeral procession crossed Bond's car, allowing the spirit to become a "doppelganger" and try to take over Bond's life. Each victim was burned to death when they fell asleep, and if Bond goes to sleep the doppelganger will take him over for good. Fighting sleep himself, Kolchak must exhume Markoff's body and reunite it with his restless spirit before he too bursts into flame.moreless
Carl takes Tony's place on the final cruise of the Hanover to write a feature story. But when passengers and crew alike are found mauled under the light of the full moon, Carl suspects he's found a much bigger story - a soldier who survived a wolf attack, only to become a creature of legend - a werewolf.moreless
Catherine Rawlins, a female victim of Janos Skorzeny (the vampire from the original Night Stalker TV movie) is accidentally resurrected outside Las Vegas, and makes her way to Los Angeles. She takes up her old profession of call girl and Carl wrangles an assignment there to investigate.
A bizarre force sweeps through Chicago, killing randomly. It has the strength of a hurricane, generates a massive electromagnetic field, steals lead and electronic equipment, and sucks the bone marrow out of humans and animals. Carl realizes he's onto a huge story - if he can find out exactly what this force is.moreless
A voodoo priestess animates her dead grandson to take revenge on the gangsters that killed him.
A serial killer who preys on women haunts Chicago, and Kolchak comes to believe that the killer is the original Jack the Ripper, a seemingly immortal killer who has slain women in many cities over the last century.