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This subject contains information from the Expanded Cthulhu Mythos, and not based on H.P. Lovecraft's works directly. 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).

Staff

Staff Members
Name Position Service Dates Source
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

Patients

Patients
Name Dates Treated Source
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"

Trivia

  • Arkham Asylum is the name of a high-security prison for the criminally insane in the Batman franchise of D.C. Comics.
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