Inspired by the basic premise of Jonathan Coulton's song "Skullcrusher Mountain", Reason In Madness is the story of an Evil Genius with Big Plans for world conquest using robotic doppelgangers of key world leaders. These plans hit a snag when his minions capture a pair of scuba divers off the coast of his well-defended island lair - and he finds himself falling for one of them, a female marine biologist named Colleen McCormick. As he attempts to charm her with the wonders of his fortress, his tragic past comes to light, and he is ultimately left with a hard decision: should he let her go, or try to keep her forever?
This story contains examples of:
- Beast and Beauty
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Our Intrepid Hero has three cybernetic limbs, a self-built nuclear-powered artificial heart, and a mechanical eye. He's not very well-balanced, mentally.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Evil Genius
- Mad Scientist
- My Greatest Failure
- Naked on Arrival: When Dr. Kaibutsu first sees Colleen, she has been stripped naked in order to treat her injuries. One of his minions was instructed to get clothing for her, but he neglected to dress her.
- Villain Protagonist: Unusually, this story focuses mainly on the scheming evil genius.