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The original Sub-story from the Official Guide.

The House of the Dead Sub-Story (THE HOUSE OF THE DEADサブストーリー, Za hausu obu za deddo sabusutōrī?) is a piece of lore located in the introduction of The House of the Dead Official Guide. It was first roughly translated into English in early 2020,[1] before receiving an updated translation months later of the same year.[2]

The sub-story details Dr. Curien's background, the purpose of his research, and his gradual descent into madness, thus leading to the events of the 1996 rail shooting game The House of the Dead.


Below is an excerpt from the notes of Agent Thomas Rogan.[3][excerpt 1]

Dr. Curien’s Case Study

Dr. Curien was attempting to obtain the power to rival God. A quarter-century ago, mankind had already begun to reproduce, or; make copies of this matter. He, moreover, planned to create life in copies of itself by scientifically mutating and creating organisms, which is forbidden. He sought to produce creatures which contained that very life. It was in the DBR Corp. that he madly pressed forward with his research...

He pursued the idea in secret, but his research was made known by the government, and his position as the director of the DBR Corp. was suddenly dismissed.[3][excerpt 2]

Purpose of research

Dr. Curien with his bedridden son Daniel.

Even after dismissal, Dr. Curien continued to develop creatures at his mansion, until his son, Daniel Curien, died of an unexplained illness. With the removal of his position as director and the passing of his son, Dr. Curien bore distrust for human beings. It was then the objective of his research changed from creating lifeforms to imitate human life to “producing creatures that stood above man”, out of hatred and revenge...[3][excerpt 3]

Creatures meant to stand above humans

Dr. Curien's magnum opus, Magician.

Humans had always resided at the top of the food chain, but he looked to produce creatures to take them over, doubtless out of hate and retribution. He called the first of these creatures, TYPE 00[sic] “The Magician” , despite its being incomplete. Although created to follow the orders of the Doctor, its programming was secretly altered by a mysterious man.[3][excerpt 4]

Mysterious man

A shadowy individual who appeared before Dr. Curien after his forced resignation. Like the Doctor, he seems to also be researching into creating higher forms of life. I do not exactly know the purpose of this man’s work, but apparently, it seems that this man's creatures are being created for another purpose outside merely standing above humans. This mysterious person, who never appeared in the incident at the Curien residence, is rumored to have been the one who kidnapped researchers for Curien’s work.[3][excerpt 5]

DBR Corporation

The DNA Bio-Reactor Corporation is an institute for biological research, mainly for genetics and DNA reconstruction. It is a governmental research institute, and although its activities are partially disclosed, many of them are classified. In addition, the research process is being reported to government agencies.[3][excerpt 6]

DBR Corp. Research

The BioReactor.

This mainly focuses on the DNA BioReactor. There are various branches of research concerned, but for example, there have been interventions in unknown fields such as “cataloging of human genomes”, “proof of biological determinism”, “intervention of the DNA somatic cell”, and “system of existence of acquired RNA”. There are many others. The incident at Dr. Curien’s residence was the kidnapping and forced work of employees to further his own research; the ultimate tragedy being many of them attacked by the Doctor’s creations when he was driven to madness.[3][excerpt 7]


  • While the "mysterious man" is unnamed, he is likely either Caleb Goldman or Thornheart, two other series antagonists who are connected to Dr. Curien and have different reasons for producing creatures.
  • This marks the first time that Daniel Curien is mentioned by name, predating his appearance in The House of the Dead III by four years (The House of the Dead Official Guide was published in 1998, while III was released in 2002).


  1. Excerpt from The House of the Dead Official Guide, p.3:
  2. Excerpt from The House of the Dead Official Guide, p.3:
    Dr。キュリアンハ、神に眠抗する力を手にたたように。1/ 4世紀前、人類は挙物の再生、全完全なコピーを創りはじめにた。彼は な人の禁断である「命」を科学あり変異して創り表、計画なに「命」を宿す計画をしていいた。 た。ありがDBRcorp内で狂ったように推している狂た彼の研究でした…
    この計画はDr.キュリアンアクセス密賀今できたが、ばんた研究が知に知られ、DBRcorp。の所長 を解解任されてし…。"
  3. Excerpt from The House of the Dead Official Guide, p.3:
  4. Excerpt from The House of the Dead Official Guide, p.3:
  5. Excerpt from The House of the Dead Official Guide, p.3:
  6. Excerpt from The House of the Dead Official Guide, p.3:
    DNA Bio Reacter Carporationの路。生物の調査と研究、主に遺伝子的な研究とDNAの組みかえに関する研究を目的とした研究所。政府の研究機関であり活動内容は一部公開されているが大部分が機密扱いである。また、研究過程は逐次政府機関に報告されている。"
  7. Excerpt from The House of the Dead Official Guide, p.3:
    DNA Bio Reacterに関する研究を主にしている。その研究テーマは様々だが、例を挙げると、「ヒトゲノムのカタログ化」や「生物決定論の証明」「DNA体細胞への介入」「後天的RN Aの存在システム」など未知の分野に介入しているものが多い。
  1. Kori (May 22, 2020). "The House of the Dead: Sub Story". The Website of the Dead. Archived from the original on May 22, 2020.
  2. SanatanaSociety (July 17th, 2020). "The House of the Dead Sub-Story NEW TRANSLATION, COMPLETE". The Wiki of the Dead.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 The House of the Dead Official Guide, pg. 3
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