When a certain aging sculptor is called back to Rome by a certain pontiff, to repair spots of mold on his ceiling fresco, he is unwittingly caught up in a world-changing, apocalyptic scheme by the highest rank of the Holy See to enthrone the Beast as the eternal Pope. Only one man can stop it, a fanatical monk - a religious ecstatic who possesses the power of levitation. He convinces our aging sculptor to help him in his holy crusade against the nefarious powers of the Evil One.
The Flagmaker's Son
Young Elisha Ambroseís life is mired in the mundane until he meets a dealer in rare books, who shows him his greatest prize, a rare medieval Japanese book. Elisha befriends the old bookseller so he can read from the book and imbibe the beauty of its images. He quickly becomes fixated on it. His fixation hurls him into a maelstrom of obsession and delusion. He risks everything he thinks he holds dear in this world as he becomes possessed with irresistible and unexplainable impulses. Two parallel stories, the one of the young manís personal history, and the one told in the book seem to intertwine. Some of the extraordinary events and personages in the book -- which is a tale of Kanaye, a vain ambitious young man and aspirant samurai who dreams of war, glory, and perfect love -- converge with those of the young manís existence. Elishaís life had been unexciting until he came across that precious book. Now it has becomes an agonizing ordeal, a terrifying over-excitement of all his senses, peopled with characters he is convinced are out to frustrate his aspirations. Elisha yields to the outlandish delusions that possess him as he seems bent on acting out passages from the book. He will go to any lengths to covet the book, because it has become a compulsion not only to read it but to posses it entirely.
The Christmas Pudding
A bank clerk loses his job on Christmas Eve and copes very poorly with the shock. Too distraught to return home to his doting family, he lingers about the snowy streets, stumbling upon a very curious individual with whom he unwittingly embarks upon a fantastic escapade that sorely tests his mettle as a man, a husband and a father.
Don't Miss The Christmas Hop
Two young rabbits go on an impromptu gambol on a chilly Christmas Eve, but venture too far from home, and unwittingly get entangled in some very hare-raising adventures. There's a fast locomotive, some bewildering and menacing beasts, and the appearance of the Jolly One, and even - perhaps - the Evil One.