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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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We are currently seeking 10 individuals to participate in a research study. Participants shall receive a sum to be discussed during initial telephone interview. Interested parties should email us via our contact page,, providing their telephone number and a brief biography of approximately 100 words, describing themselve
Mini-Hardcover, signed limited to 150 numbered copies, 231 pages
Published February 2012 by Delirium Books (first published December 8th 2011)
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Apr 22, 2013 Charlene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of ambiguous dark fiction
This story was so strange, I don't even know what to say.

The story begins with a bunch of anonymous people taking part in an experiment. They do not have names, only numbers. They are not allowed to give each other any personal information. Their food is dropped down to them through PVC tubing.

That's all I'm going to say about the plot. This long novella was a skillfully told story. It weaves its words around the reader reeling them in without divulging enough clues to solve the mystery of this
Benjamin Uminsky
This one was exquisitely bizarre. We are four books into the first quarter of the DB novella club, and this is so far one of my favorite reads of 2012. I have been reading a lot of Ligotti recently, and the atmosphere (slow dread building) and the setting of urban decay was masterfully developed by Thomas.

For our setting, we have what appears to be either a mental ward or factory (or perhaps both) in the full throes of entropic decay (very Ligottian). As I followed our test subjects through Tho
Peter Schwotzer
Wow....Jeffrey Thomas really blew me away with "Subject 11". It is a masterfully written tale that will leave you disjointed, uttering to yourself..."What the hell just happened?".

For $4,000.00 a group of ten people( five women and five men) agree to be test subjects. Seems like a basic premise at first...but that is where Jeff grabs you by the throat and throws into the rabbit hole that you can never quite escape from.

First off, you never learn the names of any of the characters, they are only
Dave Thomas
What lengths would you go to for $4,000?

Would you be willing to spend a few days--or weeks, months, or is it years?--cooped up in a series of old buildings in the winter--or is it spring or summer?--sleeping on the floor with 9--or is it 10?--total strangers while a doctor--is he or she even a doctor at all?--sends your daily meals to you down a PVC pipe along with a batch of pills for you to take?

Oh, and one last thing: You just need to go to a creepy little confessional every day, spout out
Justin Steele
Cutting right to the chase, Subject 11 is one of the best novellas I've read all year. Jeffrey Thomas is at his best in this eerie story following a group of ten people (five women and five men) taking part in a mysterious experiment. I'll keep this review short, as the novella is about 90 pages and I wouldn't want to give anything away.

The setting is Ligottian urban decay at it's finest, as the experiment takes part in an abandoned complex of old, decrepit buildings. The ten participants are no
After having experienced Jeffrey Thomas through "Honey Is Sweeter Than Blood" I wanted to see how a longer story would be spun by the author. The story pulls you in through oily black elastic strands and will make you feel (much like the “subjects” in the story) like your one step behind what is really happening.

An intriguing story, which seems simple at first (a few test subjects, a simple routine, a stark location), but which unravels or rather tangles over an unknown spectrum of time as you
Robert Krone
This was an excellent novella that kept my attention throughout making me think. The pacing of this was great and the plot and story was unlike anything I've read before. More than once I stopped and thought about it, trying to think if something I'd just read was keeping with something earlier in the story. This was confusing at times, but that put me more into the story than I would have been otherwise. The characters in this were seeming confused at times. I loved this novella and highly reco ...more
Brett Talley
I like my novella's short. I always feel like if I am going to read a long piece, I'd rather just read a novel. So when I started Subject 11, I was grumpy because of the length. But then the story pulled me in, like the oily black tentacles of some extra-dimensional beast. This is a hell of a story--a crazy, freaky, bizarre, story that grabs on and won't let go. The ending is confusing, but only because it has to be. But in the end, or should I say in the beginning, everything comes together.
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Jeffrey Thomas is an American author of fantastical fiction, the creator of the acclaimed milieu Punktown. Books in the Punktown universe include the short story collections PUNKTOWN, VOICES FROM PUNKTOWN, PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY (with his brother, Scott Thomas), and GHOSTS OF PUNKTOWN. Novels in that setting include DEADSTOCK, BLUE WAR, MONSTROCITY, HEALTH AGENT, EVERYBODY SCREAM!, and RED CELLS ...more
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