In 1972, Russell Kirk’s short story “Sorworth Place” was used as a basis of an episode of Night Gallery, a series that ran on NBC Television from 1970 to 1973. Writer Rod Serling, who had created the famed series, The Twilight Zone, introduced each episode of Night Gallery and wrote some of the show’s scripts.

The production values of “The Ghost of Sorworth Place” are terrible (though Sorworth Place is set in the wilds of Scotland, you can see a California freeway in the background of an early shot), and the names are not quite right. The characters are also a little too bizarre (but not in the right way–mostly due to mediocre acting).

Still, through Serling’s interpretation, important elements of Russell Kirk remain in this presentation. You need to advance roughly twenty-one minutes into the show to get to the Kirk story. The first story is pretty creepy as well, but it has nothing to do with Dr. Kirk. Enjoy.

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