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The Shrieking Madness is the twelfth episode of the first season of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.


Despite splitting up, Mystery Incorporated all end up visiting Darrow University, where the monster Char Gar Gothakon has come to life.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Ben (single appearance)
  • Todd (single appearance)
  • Blakes' driver (single appearance)(no lines)
  • Ernesto's followers (first appearance)
  • Waitress (single appearance)
  • Cook (single appearance)
  • Newscaster (only time heard)





Suspect Motive/reason
H.P. Hatecraft To make publicity for his books.


Culprit Motive/reason
Howard E. Roberts as Char Gar Gothakon Devotion to the myths written by Hatecraft.


Frank Welker Scooby-Doo
Fred Jones, Jr.
Barty Blake
Char Gar Gothakon
Matthew Lillard Shaggy Rogers
Grey DeLisle Daphne Blake
Mindy Cohn Velma Dinkley
Gary Cole Mayor Fred Jones, Sr.
Frances Conroy Angie Dinkley
Kath Soucie Nan Blake
Campus Burger waitress
Casey Kasem Colton Rogers
Carlos Alazraqui Ernesto
Harlan Ellison Himself
Jeffrey Combs Professor H.P. Hatecraft
Crispin Freeman Howard E. Roberts
Campus Burger cook


Song Credits Performed by Character performance by
"Char Gar Gothakon, The Beast That Hath No Name" Written by Mitch Watson and Robert J. Kral Robert J. Kral and Carlos Alazraqui Ernesto



  • Casey Kasem, who used to play the original Shaggy, and this incarnation of Shaggy's father, is a strict vegan and had suggested Shaggy should be a vegetarian as well. In this episode, however, when this version of Shaggy is forced to eat vegan, he doesn't like it at all.
  • It's worth noting in this episode that Scooby's jealously against Velma has ended, as the former realizes how much she cares for Shaggy and attempts to make things right with her.
  • The fictional Ellison in this episode is an old friend of Velma's mother, whom he nicknamed "Cape Cod Dinkley."
  • The balding, gray-haired middle-aged guy does not appear again in The Siren's Song, with Ernesto and his followers.
  • According to Daphne's parents, all of her older sisters had attended Darrow University for college and finished by the time they were only 13—depending on when their birthdays are, Daphne's sisters were probably only around 8 or 9 (maybe 10 at the absolute oldest) when they started college.

Cultural references

  • The name Howard E. Roberts is a play on the American pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, most famously known for creating Conan the Barbarian.
  • This episode is full of references to H.P. Lovecraft, a horror writer (famous for this type of monster) and his works, namely "The Call of Cthulhu":
    • The name "H.P. Hatecraft" is a play on the name H.P. Lovecraft.
    • Char Gar Gothakon himself bears a strong resemblance to Lovecraft's most well-known creation: Cthulhu.
    • The episode title may be a reference to In the Mouth of Madness, a movie in which Lovecraftian horrors come to life out of books.  The movie title itself is similar to the title of one of Lovecraft's stories, "At The Mountains Of Madness".
  • Harlan Ellison plays a fictionalized version of himself in this episode.
  • The line "By Grabthar's hammer", spoken by Mayor Jones, is a reference to the movie Galaxy Quest.
  • When Char Gar Gothakon attacked the Campus Burger, a Wilhelm Scream was heard.
  • One of the nerds in the cold open is an homage to a comic book character by Daniel Clowes[1], which was deemed so close to the original that they got Clowes' permission for using the character.[2]

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • Fred's arm below Ben's hand turns the color of the wall when the latter breaks out of the library.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Ben runs with the gang to the rescue of Professor Hatecraft, but in the next scene, he completely disappears.
  • All the gang members are dropped off at Darrow College by their parents, so, logically, the Mystery Machine should have been left at Fred's house. However, after solving the mystery, the gang approaches the Mystery Machine in the Campus Burger parking lot.
  • In the end credits for this episode, Howard's surname is credited as "Robertson" when it is supposed to be "Roberts".

In other languages

Languages Name Meaning
French Le Chaos Hurlant The Howling Chaos
Greek Η Στριγκιά Τρέλα (Star TV Dub)
Το Τρελό Ουρλιαχτό (Boomerang TV Dub)
The Shrieking Madness (Star TV Dub)
The Mad Shriek (Boomerang TV Dub)
Hungarian Pusztító őrület Destructive Frenzy
Italy Non Aprite Quel Libro Don't Open That Book
Polish Rycząca wściekłość The Roaring Madness
Portuguese A Loucura Gritante The Shrieking Madness
Spanish (Latin America) Una Bestia de Otra Dimensión A Beast From Other Dimension

Home media


Daphne: (reading a nameplate at Darrow University) The Blake Family Centre For Self-Named Buildings.

Harlan Ellison: By the way, "Jinkies" is not actually a word.

Velma: Mr Ellison, are you OK?
Harlan Ellison: OK? I've been violated by a figment of a fantasists fabricated falsehood, for the sole function of fame and fortune.

Scooby-Doo: Yeah. We're so hungry, we'd even eat vegetables.

Velma: But when Hatecraft admitted he made it up?
Howard E Roberts: That's when he had to fall. And he would have too, if it weren't for the dark elder forces conspiring in the inky black of time most foul! Oh, and you meddling kids.


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