He drops in numerous Frankenstein references even hinting at the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as Shelley did. Reaction Edit Lovecraft claimed to be unhappy with the work, writing it only because he was being paid five dollars for each installment. He also had to begin each installment with a recap of the previous episode. From the Dark Edit The narrator is a doctor who went to medical school with the titular character.
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He drops in numerous Frankenstein references even hinting at the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, as Shelley did. Reaction Edit Lovecraft claimed to be unhappy with the work, writing it only because he was being paid five dollars for each installment. He also had to begin each installment with a recap of the previous episode. From the Dark Edit The narrator is a doctor who went to medical school with the titular character. Informing the reader that Herbert West has recently disappeared.
West realizes he must experiment on human subjects. The two men spirit away numerous supplies from the medical school and set up shop in an abandoned farmhouse. At first, they pay a group of men to rob graves for them, but none of the experiments are successful. West and the narrator go then into grave robbing for themselves. One night, West and the narrator steal a corpse of a construction worker who died that morning in an accident.
Later, an inhuman scream is heard from within the room containing the corpse, which forces the two students to instinctively flee into the night. West accidentally tips over a lantern on the way out and the farmhouse catches fire, and West and the narrator escape. The Plague-Daemon Edit Some time has elapsed since West and the narrator resurrected the corpse of the accident victim.
West has a stroke of luck, though, when a typhoid epidemic breaks out and West and the narrator are called to help tend to the many dying victims. West, now finding himself consistently surrounded by the dead and the dying, begins injecting his patients with a new serum, which has no greater effect than causing some of the bodies eyes to open.
Eventually, Halsey succumbs to typhoid, and as a final act of twisted respect for his former rival, West steals his corpse to reanimate. Halsey does in fact reanimate, but is inexplicably less intelligent and more violent than their previous experiment. Halsey beats West and the narrator into unconsciousness and embarks on a killing spree, beating and murdering over a dozen people before finally being apprehended by the police.
The cannibal murderer is soon committed to a local mental institution. Still intent upon successfully reanimating a human being, West and the narrator claim the body of a black boxing champion, who died of a head wound in an illegal back-alley street fight.
The men gambling on the fight arrange for West to dispose of the body, as it clears them of any crime. When nothing happens, West and the narrator take the corpse out to a meadow and bury it.
Several days later, there are reports around town of a missing child. That night, West and the narrator are startled by an aggressive pounding on their back door. Opening the door, West and the narrator come face to face with the corpse of the boxer, covered in mildew and dirt, hunched over at the back entrance. Hanging from his mouth is the arm of a small child.
Almost instantly West empties an entire revolver into the beast. West injects the man with his latest serum. Signs of life gradually begin to appear. When the narrator questions the man he mouths words with seeming rationality and intent. Just before the man returns to the dead, he begins screaming and thrashing violently, revealing in a horrible scream that West was in fact his killer.
West has joined the Great War as a means to procure more bodies. Now serving as a medic in Flanders during World War I, West has gone beyond the point of simply trying to reanimate corpses; his experiments now include isolating parts of the body and reanimating them independently in an attempt to prove the machine-like quality of the human body. On the battlefield, West befriends his commanding officer, Major Sir Eric Moreland Clapham-Lee, also a medic, and shares with him his theories and methods on reanimation.
Shortly thereafter, Clapham is killed as his plane is shot down along with the pilot, Lt. Ronald Hill. West immediately begins work on his body. The corpse comes to life and begins thrashing violently, reliving its last moments of life.
Just then the building is destroyed by a bomb shell. West and the narrator survive, but there is no sign left of their commanding officer. The two men assume that he was vaporized in the blast, although West is since known to speak fearfully of a headless doctor with the power of reanimation.
The Tomb-Legions Edit A year after returning from World War I, West, now described by the narrator as degenerating even further in his thinking, has moved into a house which is directly connected to an ancient system of catacombs which served as tombs for early settlers.
One night reading the newspaper, West comes across an article detailing a series of strange, seemingly nonsensical events involving a riot at an insane asylum. A wax-headed man Clapham followed by a group of disturbing-looking followers carrying a box demanded that the "cannibal" killer Halsey , who was locked up in the asylum 16 years prior, be released to them.
Witnesses claimed that his voice came not from himself, as his lips or wax face did not move, but he seemed to speak as if ventriloquist was talking through him. When the invaders were refused exchange for the killer, they took him by force. West spends the remainder of the night in a near catatonic state until someone comes to the door.
The narrator answers it only to find a group of men. One of the figures presents the narrator with the large box, which the narrator then gives to West. West refuses to open the box and insists that they incinerate it.
The two men carry it to the basement and burn it. Leaving the narrator alone, the zombies soon attack West. Realizing that his own death is imminent, West allows the zombies to disembowel him. The narrator does not reveal much to the police about the missing Herbert West, and the information he does reveal they refuse to believe since the catacomb wall seems intact and undisturbed.
He is forever haunted, considered mad, by his knowledge of what transpired and the lack of resolution regarding the raised corpses.
David Gale as Dr. Someone asked if he had read " Herbert West—Reanimator " by H. He went to the Chicago Public Library and read their copy. They updated it to the present day in Chicago with the intention of using actors from the Organic Theater company. They were told that the half hour format was not salable and so they made it an hour, writing 13 episodes.
Plot[ edit ] Lovecraft originally serialized the story in Home Brew Vol. From the Dark[ edit ] The narrator recounts his history with the title character , who has recently disappeared. The two men spirit away supplies from their medical school and set up their lab in an abandoned farmhouse. At first, they pay a group of men to rob graves for them, but none of the experiments are successful. West and the narrator then rob graves themselves.