As a child, Charles Grimley was fascinated with anatomy. This led him to medical school where he graduated at the top of his class with a doctorate in surgery. Immediately after graduation, he was offered a position at Groves Hospital in Umatilla, FL.
Beverly was a beautiful young girl who dreamed of becoming a nurse and one day marrying a doctor. After graduating high school, Beverly enrolled in the local nursing program, earned her nursing degree and accepted a nursing position at the local hospital.
Dr. Charles Grimley met Beverly at Groves Hospital in Umatilla, FL. Their love grew deeper each day as they worked together and spent the evenings driving through farmland and gazing into each other’s eyes as they had dinner picnics under the moonlight. A few months later, they got married and vowed to always be together forever.
Dr Grimley’s excellent surgical skills quickly propelled him to president and head surgeon of the hospital. He had a passion for “pushing the limits” of his profession. Every night, after Beverly went to sleep, Charles would slip out of bed, give her a delicate kiss on the forehead, and tiptoe downstairs to his laboratory where he would experiment with ghastly surgical procedures and unethical chemical formulas.
Over the next 6 years, he and Beverly bore three children they adored: Cody, Sarah, and Amanda. Beverly quit her job to raise their children and Charles spent even more of his time at work…leaving little time to focus on their marriage.
Charles pushed his children to follow in his footsteps in the medical profession, but Cody joined a local gang and frequently got caught up in sketchy situations with rival gang members. His defiance immediately drove a wedge in Charles and Cody’s relationship. They stopped speaking.
Sarah was always the life of the party throughout her early childhood and elementary years. Her favorite activity was going to the circus and laughing at the clowns. All of her friends loved her happy and entertaining demeanor and always felt uplifted and positive when hanging out with her.
Amanda was a quiet, bookworm. Everywhere she went, she was face deep in a book…especially loving stories about witches and ghouls. She loved playing pranks on her friends and family…
One early Summer morning, Charles and Beverly got a call that changed their lives forever… Their son Cody had been killed in a gang related incident. They wailed in sorrow as they heard the news, especially Charles as they had never reconciled. Beverly couldn’t cope with the loss and quickly declined into a deep depression. She committed suicide by hanging herself.
Charles found her still in the noose as he came back up from his lab the next morning. Losing both their brother and now their mother was too much for Sarah and Amanda. Their overwhelming sadness turned them into a mere shell of their former lively selves. Sarah became withdrawn. She tried dressing up as a clown to cope, but she remained despondent. Amanda became obsessed with death and turned to witchcraft and Ouija boards to find any way she could to communicate with her mother again.
Charles couldn’t handle it. He couldn’t bear the loss of both his son and his wife.
Over the previous decade Charles had become obsessed with death and the afterlife and was consumed with his attempts at re-animating the dead and transferring souls of the living. He went from reanimating test subjects like spiders, mice and lizards to larger animals like goats and pigs. He had successfully re-animated dead animals, but many of his attempts resulted in mangled bodies or grotesque corpses which he would dispose of in the depths of the catacombs he had secretly built under his lab. Charles knew he could bring back his family from the dead. He worked in his lab day and night, formula after formula, until he had just the right concoction to re-animate Cody.
Charles went to the cemetery in the dead of night, and dug up his son’s grave. He brought his lifeless body back to his lab and injected him with his life giving elixir. A few minutes later, Cody’s body began convulsing violently. He appeared to be coming back to life… But, he wasn’t anything like the Cody that Charles had loved for so many years. He was more akin to the creatures Charles had re-animated before, but with an evil demeanor. Cody launched off the gurney in a violent rage and lunged at his Father. Charles ran to escape his son’s wrath. He grabbed his father’s cordless drill off the table and angrily hunted his father.
Charles ran to his kids to save them from the sinister monster he created. But, as soon as he got to them, Cody caught up and started smashing everything. Charles stood in front of the girls, but Cody threw him against the wall like he was a rag doll. With an evil glare, Cody killed both the girls with the drill.
Charles yanked him away from his daughters’ lifeless bloody bodies and exploded in rage as he screeched to Cody, “None of this would have happened if you would have listened to me and followed in my footsteps. Because of you, my beloved Beverly is forever gone and your sisters have also perished… You are dead to me!” After uttering these words, he plunged a syringe of deadly chemicals into Cody’s stomach releasing the poison into his undead body. He gasped his last breath and his body went limp.
Realizing his entire family was gone, Charles crumpled to the floor in sorrow. He couldn’t accept a life alone. He was determined to mix a potion that would bring them all back to life. Day after day, injection after injection, he tested every mixture in their lifeless bodies… Searching for the perfect formula to re-animate his family and live a life happily ever after. The frustration drove Dr. Charles Grimley to insanity for the rest of his days.