Many many years ago I tried writing a classic mad scientist story, monster, deformed assistant and all.
It was simple enough. Doctor Griffin Waller was hired by a wealthy man to help him walk again which he accomplished with a combination of drugs and an exoskeleton of sorts. The drugs eventually made the man go mad and mayhem ensured.
I never really liked the story though. It annoyed me how “Hollywood” it was. The only part I really liked was the relationship between Dr. Waller and his Scottish assistant, Cailean.
Many years ago Waller wanted to invent something to help burn victims heal and asked all factory owners to send any victims they might get his way. The “lucky” patient turned out to be Cailean who was rushed to Dr. Waller who started experimenting on him (He didn’t torture Cailean though. Cailean lived in the mansion and was free to leave. He stayed because he hoped it would help). After several months of pain from having ointments smeared directly on his open wounds and the infection that followed, Cailean healed up worse than he probably would have if his body had been left to do it’s own thing. However, he had been so good at following instructions and explaining what was happening to him that Dr. Waller offered him a job as his assistant. Besides the shitty medical treatment Dr. Waller had been incredibly nice to him so Cailean took the job. He knew no one else would want to hire him now anyway.
He soon learned just how much his new looks disgusted other people and let his hair grow long to hide it and started walking a bit hunched over hoping people wouldn’t notice him. The only person who never showed any disgust was Dr. Waller who even mocked others people for being afraid of Cailean, so Cailean developed a rather strong affection for him.
Throughout the story his main concern was to protect Dr. Waller from harm. I imagined their relationship to be sorta romantic in nature but not sexual at all.
Oh well, maybe some day I will come up with a proper story for them.
There's your monster story. Cailean is very - VERY - protective of Dr. Waller, much more so than Waller is aware. Waller's zeal, eccentricities, and open disdain of other "authorities" in his field has made him the target of professional scorn. Perhaps it started with Cailean discovering a plot by a rival to sabotage one of Waller's projects. Cailean is a strong and hearty man, having grown up working in the factories moving heavy boxes and barrels. He manages to remove the threat (by destroying the rival's lab? by killing the rival?), and his crime is never traced back to him. From this early success, he takes it upon himself to protect Waller from anything that he perceives as a threat to his employer. And as that perception of threat gets more and more sensitive, his obsession grows to the point of paranoia; and his ways of neutralizing those perceived threats get more and more savage. All of his criminal activity splashes excitedly across the tabloid papers, but Cailean carefully keeps Waller unaware of everything he has done "for him". Until the story needs to resolve, of course.
A little bit Frankenstein, a little bit Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a little bit Pygmalion, and lots of hubris.