On a dark and stormy night, an unnamed writer of fantasy and science fiction is visited by a terrified actress friend. She gives him two books - a 1920s telephone book and a personal address book. Most of the people she knows from the 1920s are dead, and many of the names in the address book are circled in red. Her name is among them.
The implication is that those whose names are circled are marked for death.
The writer goes off on a madcap chase that takes him to an ancient collector of tons of old newspapers, a fortune-teller, an ancient priest and the projectionist in Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. After the author and his sidekicks interview these witnesses, the witnesses mysteriously die.
In Grauman's, photographs and names of obscure actresses appear and disappear, and finally the author and his sidekicks discover an underground tunnel in a sub-sub basement of the theater, and a wild car chase takes place under the streets of Los Angeles.
This report prepared by David Gordon