The episode as aired differs considerably from Rod Serling's original work. As published in the paperback anthology, Night Gallery, there are no supernatural elements as shown here. Instead, Archie Jr. has a much more predominant role. Rather than a passive observer, Archie Jr. goes insane at the end, shoots his father down following his advice on how to make a clean kill, decapitates the colonel, and pins the head to the trophy room wall. There is no character named Tom and no invocation of African gods. Lawyer Pierce also accompanies the colonel and his son on the hunt.