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Halloween Countdown, Day 2

Happy birthday to fenice_fu! May you enjoy many happy returns of the day.

For all of you in the Halloween spirit, here are a few links for more blogs that are doing daily countdowns. Think of them as friendly houses providing online treats for virtual trick-or-treaters every day.
-- mamomo is posting daily with Halloween-inspired home design, art, fashion, and other bewitching items.
-- euclase is posting with spooky art from a different artist every day.
-- magicwondershow is posting Halloween-related multimedia clips and other eerie goodies.
-- In addition, Countdown to Halloween has a list of other blogs and websites providing regular spine-chilling content throughout October.

For our Friday amusement, I thought it would be fun to do something interactive. What can be scarier than science run amok? Mad scientists have been inspiring nightmares for centuries. Who is your favorite?

Poll #1465369 Favorite Mad Scientists

Who is your favorite mad scientist? (Choose more than one if you like.)

Dr. Benway from Naked Lunch
Dr. Walter Bishop from Fringe
Dr. Kevin Burkhoff from The 4400
Dr. Agnes Dabree from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers films
Dr. Faustus from The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (and other works)
Professor John I.Q. Neidelbaum Frink, Jr. from The Simpsons
Dr. Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Dr. Horrible from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Dr. Jekyll from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Miguelito Loveless from The Wild Wild West


Dr. Alphonse Mephisto from South Park
Dr. Moreau from The Island of Doctor Moreau
Dr. No from Dr. No
Dr. Pretorius from Bride of Frankenstein
Dr. Rappuccini from "Rappuccini's Daughter"
C.A. Rotwang from Metropolis
Dr. Strangelove from Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Herbert West from Herbert West - Reanimator
That guy in the "She Blinded Me with Science" music video ("Science!")
Ticky boxes are aliiiive! Aliiiive!
Another mad scientist not listed (see below)

My favorite mad scientist wasn't listed above. He/She is...

Spooky Text of the Day: Today's story is "The Man of Science" (1892) by Jerome K. Jerome.

I met a man in the Strand one day that I knew very well, as I thought, though I had not seen him for years. We walked together to Charing Cross, and there we shook hands and parted. Next morning, I spoke of this meeting to a mutual friend, and then I learnt, for the first time, that the man had died six months before.

The natural inference was that I had mistaken one man for another, an error that, not having a good memory for faces, I frequently fall into. What was remarkable about the matter, however, was that throughout our walk I had conversed with the man under the impression that he was that other dead man, and, whether by coincidence or not, his replies had never once suggested to me my mistake.

As soon as I finished, Jephson, who had been listening very thoughtfully, asked me if I believed in spiritualism "to its fullest extent."

"That is rather a large question," I answered. "What do you mean by 'spiritualism to its fullest extent'?"

"Well, do you believe that the spirits of the dead have not only the power of revisiting this earth at their will, but that, when here, they have the power of action, or rather, of exciting to action?"

Read the complete story here.


( 30 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 2nd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the shout-out!

This poll was awesome - I didn't realize how many mad scientist there were, although I'm a fan of nearly all these shows/films. I probably voted for half the people up there. I wish there were some evil lady scientists, though!

I haven't seen it yet, but once Human Centipede comes out, I'm sure Dr. Heiter will rank as one of the creepiest mad scientist to grace the silver screen. I know I'll end up seeing this movie, but I'm kind of afraid to.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
I agree - there are so many! And I forgot some I should've remembered, such as Dr. Forrester from Mystery Science Theater 3000. The only lady I included was Agnes Dabree, unfortunately. (Dr. Faustina from The Wild Wild West comes to mind as another, but you're right, there aren't all that many.)

Oh my goodness, Human Centipede looks really spooky! Thanks for the link... I think. *wink*
Oct. 2nd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
That was hard! I *want* to answer Herbert West (and it wouldn't be a lie) but the truth is, Dr. Durand Durand in Barbarella is the *most* favorite I can think up right now... Unless you consider Guy LeSaux a mad scientist?
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I forgot Durand Durand! *slaps forehead* Sorry about that.

You can vote for more than one, though. And hey, there's Dr. Loveless, too! (Speaking of Loveless, the picture on p. 148 of Kesler's Wild Wild West book has to be one of my favorite pictures of all time. I just adore it.)

Guy LeSaux! Wow, that's a tough one. Maybe he does count after all. One way or another, he does cut a dash. LOL!

(no subject) - agentxpndble - Oct. 3rd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 2nd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link!

Also... I picked the scientist from Blade Runner. Even though he's not exactly mad, but his creations are his undoing, and that counts, right? ;)
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!

You're right. How on earth could I have forgotten Eldon Tyrell? He definitely deserves to be on this list. Good catch.
Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
some useless trivia: The old scientist in the Thomas Dolby video She Blinded Me With Science was played by Dolby's father!
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's brilliant! I didn't know that. :)
Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I was vaguely thinking "Dr. Loveless" even before I got to the list. So I was really happy to check him!

I mean, all great "mad scientists"... but how can you not love Miguelito?
Oct. 3rd, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly! :) He sets the bar for all those who followed.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Oooo. I forgot. Does Dr. Bunsen Honeydew from The Muppet Show count?
Oct. 3rd, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha! You're absolutely right! He totally should've been on this list. Great catch.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
I voted for Dr. Pretorius.

Why is "The Old Nurse's Story" such a classic? It shows up in so many period anthologies. It was well-written but not scary at all. And no M.R. James? A cool page nonetheless, with many stories, and more than a few authors, I am unfamiliar with.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Good question! That story shows up everywhere, and I'm not sure why. And M.R. James really should be there. Glad you liked the page!

Dr. Pretorius cracks me up. He's having such a fabulous time being evil. :)
Oct. 3rd, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
In addition to Dr. Frankenstein, I also wanted to add (but couldn't figure out how) the various permutations of the scientist in The Fly.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, good catch! *slaps forehead* I remember seeing the original version of The Fly when I was a child and being both terrified and morbidly fascinated at the same time.
(no subject) - cookiefleck - Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - Oct. 6th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - cookiefleck - Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Regarding why there are so few female mad scientists, I recall something I read in a review for Lady Frankenstein. Women are generally associated with creation. And no matter what intentions the mad scientist starts out with, the end results are always destructive.
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Oh, good one! That makes excellent sense.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Although Walter Bishop came in a VERY close second. :D
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
He is geek love. We're catching up on Season 1 right now on DVD, and Walter is the man.
(no subject) - dodger_winslow - Oct. 6th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - Oct. 8th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 4th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
and manfred from byron's closet drama of the same name. ♥
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
Oh, good one!
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Another fantastic text. I love Three Men in a Boat, and apparently Jerome K. Jerome spoke spookiness as fluently as flippancy.
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it!

apparently Jerome K. Jerome spoke spookiness as fluently as flippancy.

LOL! A man of many talents. Great icon, BTW.
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