Astronauts on a mission to study Halley's Comet find an apparently derelict alien spacecraft, and bring back the inexplicable humanoids within that ship.
After the seemingly accidental death of her husband, a woman moves into her late husband's mysterious old house with her daughter, while dealing with the scheming brother-in-law.
After growing up separated from his family, Jesse inherits his old family home, which happens to have gateways to other times and parallel universes.
Author Roger Cobb survived war, and now deals with an evil house that finally found a means to destroy him.
The Baudelaires find themselves orphaned after a mysterious fire, and while regularly needing to escape the greedy and villainous Count Olaf, they learn the convoluted set of secrets that led to their unfortunate predicaments.
The Craine family deals with the psychological and supernatural consequences of living in Hill House.