Horace was first sent to Carnate Island after an alleged assault charge, and became one of the many Abbott inmates. Whilst he did his time Horace was driven mad by the influence of the island, and became paranoid about what would happen to his wife while he was not able to protect her whilst in jail. He managed to persuade the COs to allow a conjugal visit, and during that time had sexual intercourse with her. Afterwards, he gave in to madness and murdered her, as he felt that the only way to ensure she was protected from the world was to kill her, calling it a "crime of passion". He was then condemned to the electric chair and his spirit is forced to relive his execution time and time again. Horace represents the present.
Horace appears as an emaciated man wearing a shirt and jeans, often witnessed near sources of electricity. His distinguishing features are a burnt scalp, face and hands due to the burning effect of the chair's electricity. His speeches are often ended by his torture at the hands of the electricity, as he roars in pain before disappearing.
He shares many things in common with Torque, and wants him to escape Carnate in the hopes that he will not suffer the same fate. In particular he wants Torque to pursue a Good morality path, as he warns Torque not to be driven mad by the island as he was. Horace is eventually freed from his torture in a "battle" with Torque in the electric chair room, and returns him the favor by opening the way for him on the final escape.
Many inmates break once inside Abbott, but none of them snapped more extremely than Horace Gauge, who, as the tale goes, became convinced his wife wasn't safe without his protection, and sliced her to ribbons during a conjugal visit. He ended up in the mercy chair, electrocuted by Abbott's then-executioner, Hermes Haight. For years, inmates have said he haunts Abbott, and I believe I saw him ten minutes ago. I surely wish I had not.
|Main characters:||Torque | Carmen | Cory | Malcolm | The Creature|
|Bosses:||Dr. Killjoy | Horace | Hermes | Torque's Hatred|
|Malefactors:||Slayer | Marksmen | Mainliner | Noosemen | Burrower | Fester | Inferna|
|Other Characters:||Ernesto | Dallas | Luther | Sergei | Clem | Hawks | Consuela | C.O.'s | Inmates|
|Weapons:||Shiv | Revolver | Tommy Gun | Shotgun | Fire Axe | Flamethrower | Gonzo Gun | Browning M2 Turret|
|Explosives:||Molotov Cocktails | Flash-Bang Grenades | TNT | Shrapnel Grenades|
|See also:||Carnate Island | Abbott Penitentary | Weapons | List of Good/Evil actions possible in The Suffering|