Devil's Alphabet

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"Devil's Alphabet"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 22b
Directed by Ben Bolt
Written by Robert Hunter
Original air date March 28, 1986
Guest appearance(s)

Ben Cross: Frederick
Hywel Bennett: Grant
Christopher Carroll: Chimney Sweep
Christopher Grove: Assistant Chimney Sweep
Ethan Phillips: Deaver
Jim Piddock: Brian
Osmund Bullock: Andrew
Robert Schenkkan: Eli
Stuart Dowling: Creditor
Wayne Alexander: Cornelius

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"Devil's Alphabet" is the second segment of the twenty-second episode from the first season (1985–86) of the television series The New Twilight Zone.


In Victorian England, a group of young Cambridge students form a group called "The Devil's Alphabet Society". Upon their graduation, they make an oath to meet at the same time every year, joking "even if we are dead". When one member commits suicide twenty years later, the surviving members discover that they are indeed bound by their oath.

The remaining members die, either by violent accident or suicide, until the final surviving member returns to the meeting place and asks the deceased members present to agree to end the pact, which releases their spirits.


It was based on a short story "The Everlasting Club" by Arthur Gray, under the pseudonym Ingulphus. The story was first published in The Cambridge Review (October 27, 1910)

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