Arkham Asylum is a fictional institution in the Cthulhu Mythos inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Located in the city from which it takes its name, it is a sanatorium which exists for the treatment of the mentally ill.
Some sources posit that the asylum is not as innocent as it likes to appear: according to these, Dr. Herbert West used/uses the facility to continue his attempts at perfecting the re-agent (EXP: Feeders from Within, Army of Darkness Vs. Re-Animator).
Behind the Mythos
It should be noted that the name Arkham Asylum is only used by later contributors to the Cthulhu Mythos: in Lovecraft's work Arkham Sanitarium is the city's mental health institution. As different sources show the two to be in existence at roughly the same time, there are several possible solutions:
- the institutions have been conflated
- they are the same institution which was renamed at some point
- more recent authors have confused the institution with the D.C. Comics facility (see trivia, below).
|Groves||Orderly||Full service unknown, active in the mid/late 1920s||EXP: Feeders from Within|
|Dr. Hardstrom||Asylum director||Full service unknown, active in the mid/late 1920s||EXP: Feeders from Within|
|Dr. Lawson||Resident||Full service unknown, active in the mid/late 1920s||EXP: Feeders from Within|
|Monroe||Orderly||Full service unknown, active in the mid/late 1920s||EXP: Ghouls of the Miskatonic|
|Nurse Palmer||Senior nurse||Full service unknown, active in the mid/late 1920s||EXP: Feeders from Within|
|Madeline Rothleschilde||Nurse||Unknown||EXP: Army of Darkness Vs. Re-Animator|
|Dr. Herbert West||Unknown||Full service unknown, active in the mid/late 1920s||EXP: Feeders from Within|
|Professor Henry Cartwright||Mid/Late 1920's||EXP: Ghouls of the Miskatonic|
|Diana Stanley||Mid/Late 1920s||EXP: Feeders from Within|
|Isaac "Icthyic Ike" Waite||Unknown, likely late 1990s||EXP: "The Slime Girls|
|Jack Walters||1915-1921||EXP: Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth|
|Professor Thomas Wilkins||Unknown, possibly 1990s||EXP: "The Dig"|
- Arkham Asylum is the name of a high-security prison for the criminally insane in the Batman franchise of D.C. Comics.