Short Stories About Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses or Villains

“Professor Incognito Apologizes: An Itemized List” by Austin Grossman

Professor Incognito leaves a holographic projection for the person who finds his secret laboratory beneath his apartment complex. He has evaded discovery before, eluding some powerful people. The countdown that’s been triggered will take a while, so he has time to talk. There are several things he wants to apologize for.

This story can be read in the preview of The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction(13% into preview)

“Father of the Groom” by Harry Turtledove

Professor Tesla Kidder is a mad scientist. He plunged the area around his lab into absolute darkness, invented a room-temperature superconductor and froze the freeway at rush hour. Now he’s interested in genetic engineering. His son Archie is getting married. At a family gathering, the professor overhears a remark that gives him an idea.

This story can be read in the preview of The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction(43% into preview)

“Laughter at the Academy” by Seanan McGuire

Miss Channing is hired as Dr. Frieburg’s assistant, to handle the mundane things. Later, the authorities investigate Frieburg’s destroyed lab. This is a confirmed incident, even though he showed no signs. They search the ruins for the remains of his staff.

Most of this story can be read in the preview of The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction(70% into preview)

The following stories and many more can be found in Mad Scientists: An Anthology of Fantasy and Horror.

“Heading Home” by Ramsey Campbell

You were obsessed with your research, paying little attention to your wife. You can hear your wife and the young man talking somewhere above. You must have been thrown down the stairs into the cellar. They must think you’re dead. You strain every muscle—at least the ones you can still use—to climb the stairs.

“Conversation Piece” by Richard Christian Matheson

A journalist is assigned to interview a man for a story. He doesn’t want to, but he hasn’t turned out a good article in a while. They talk in the man’s den. The journalist gets his work history and the challenges he’s faced. His first job was just after college. He sold a little blood for leukemia research.

“The Manuscript of Dr. Arness” by Gahan Wilson

Before a man takes his own life, he wants to leave an explanation. He’s brilliant so his warning is for the elite, not for the average person. He researched a method of extending life—not the later years, but the years of a person’s prime. He applied it to himself with astounding results.

“A Scent of Sarsaparilla” by Ray Bradbury

William starts spending a lot of time in his attic. He views the attic with all its remnants of the past as a Time Machine. His wife doesn’t share his nostalgia.

“The Doctor’s Heroism” by Villiers De L’isle Adam

Doctor Hallidonhill is a renowned lung specialist with a steady stream of patients. One day a man in terrible condition comes to see him. He is tall, has enlarged pupils, is emaciated, and he’s looking for help.

“Cool Air” by H. P. Lovecraft

The narrator explains why he’s afraid of cool air. He lived in a New York boardinghouse. Above him lived Dr. Muñoz, a recluse. One day while writing, the narrator had a heart attack. He struggled to make it to the doctor’s door. When it opened, he was hit by a rush of cool air.

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