WVC man opens haunted laboratory to public

Posted at 12:02 AM, Oct 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-30 02:32:46-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- “We are in the Mad Lab – the ultimate mad scientist laboratory,” says West Valley City resident James Gamble.

Gamble is inviting the public to tour his spooked-out home that is filled with oddment and Halloween props. The family room of his house is filled with a curious assortment of skeletons, chemistry equipment, lights, gadgets and gore. (See photos here:

“This is a product of extensive research and years of planning and putting it all together,” says Gamble.

The Mad Lab is a permanent fixture in his home. Gamble says it consists of “1,500 separate elements” from Frankenstein-like mannequins to neon illuminated beakers.

“My wife tolerates it, barely,” Gamble jokes.

Gamble says his make-believe world keeps his other demons away. As a past victim of violent crime, he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Well, it’s kind of turned into therapy for me, in a strange sort of way,” says Gamble. “It gives me a creative outlet and focus. I’m not a person to do things halfway.”

Gamble hopes that visitors, especially children, will leave with a sparked curiosity in science and history, given the authentic nature of the pieces on display.

A $5 donation is suggested as Gamble will split the proceeds between maintaining his collection and giving to local charities.

The house is located at 4970 West and 3570 South.