Dale and the mysterious M.S. have been summoned to the home of Professor Daimler. He tells them of his efforts and failure at bringing a dead body back to life.
I assume Daimler will return because that scene was a big fat nothing. Returning from the Professor’s home, they pass a large dark warehouse, made more frightening by the corpse clinging to the iron door. He appears to have died of horror. M.S. fancies himself a reader of dead minds. He divines that there is something terrible about Room 4167 in the warehouse. When Dale scoffs, M.S. offers him £100 if he will spend the night in that room — a trope we’ve seen before.
That night, Dale enters the building with M.S.’s assistance and climbs the stairs in search of room 4167. Once in the dark 4167, he fortuitously finds a flashlight. He does end up seeing something that horrifies him, and M.S. has an explanation.
Really, though, it is so uninteresting that it deserves to be at the ass-end of a $.99 anthology of 25 stories.
- First published in Astounding Stories of Super-Science, February 1930. Entire issue available here, but why would ya?
- Also that month: Pluto discovered.