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Subject 11

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  107 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Welcome to the Subject 11 project.

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
Kindle Edition, 89 pages
Published December 8th 2011 by Delirium Books
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Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dave Thomas
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Review: SUBJECT 11 by Jeffrey Thomas

I found this novella extraordinary. I think if we set Jeffrey Thomas to work on String Theory, we might have a Unified Field Theory at last. That's how tautly derived is this story. Like Ouroboros or the Mobius strip (a prime figure here), we start at the beginning, continue to the end--except that end is once again the beginning, and no, that's not spinning in circles: that's quantum observation. SUBJECT 11 is true philosophical horror. Loved it.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
There is no preamble to Subject 11, it starts out already in the middle of some weirdness, and the reader figures out really quickly how all this got started. I thought this was a great way for the writer to skip all the tedious, self-conscious beginnings of a story and just drop you in the middle after things have already gotten moving. It's hard to explain, you'll just have to read it.

The basic plot: 10 people (we never know exactly who they are) have volunteered to stay in this giant old fact
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
A strange but compelling novella that offers only the bare number of answers in posing an array of mystifying questions, Jeffrey Thomas' Subject 11 might be considered overly complicated by some and deftly intriguing by others. This reader fell somewhere in between, truly appreciating the overall mystery, but having trouble accepting the many short-cuts required to buy into the story fully. (For example, just how idiotic people could be when prompted with a wad of cash.)

Recommended to those look
Brett Talley
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Chris Cangiano
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird-fiction
Jeffrey Thomas' Subject 11 is a fascinating, dark little tale of weirdness. 10 volunteers agree to take part in a research study conducted by a Dr. Onsay. The 10 anonymous subjects (required to only refer to each other as their assigned number from 1-10) are forced to live together in an apparently abandoned and derelict facility (a former factory or perhaps a former hospital) and have no contact with the outside world (other than the receipt of the thrice daily food and medicine drop from an un ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Welllllllll....this book was definitely a grabber, once I started I couldn't put it down, I had to see how it ended. Now that I have finished word to describe this novella... sorry I can't come up with just one word,the words that do come to mind are: engrossing, disturbing, fascinating, disconcerting, unsettling and disquieting. Needless to say I recommend this story. I will say that it left me scratching my head, and a day later I am still trying to figure out what happened. I know wh ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quite a decent, psychological mind-bender. Some of the characters barely exist, they aren't really ever fully fleshed out; but despite this, it's a gripping read with a dash of almost everything to it. If you pay attention, you can flush out what's actually happening in the book fairly early. However, in the end, it still has some aspect of both horror, thriller, and twisted fun. Worth the read.
shannon  Stubbs
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was utterly creepy and mind blowing. At first it took me a while to figure out that the subjects were slowly disappearing. Then more and more creepy things kept happening. I had to finish the book in one setting because i wanted to find out what happens next.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Strange Trip

Thomas must have a fabulously twisted mind to create such surreal stories that keep you constantly questioning reality. One of the best novellas that I have read in years.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jeffrey Thomas is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. This story had the same surrealistic quality that I've enjoyed in his other books and a very compelling premise.
Jean Brubeck
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm not a big horror fan but I thought this was quite well written. Thomas messes with the reader's mind all through the book so you're never quite sure who is doing what and why. Very interesting.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like everything else I've read by Jeffrey Thomas, this was absolutely wonderful! <3
Very weird with many unexpected twists...
Kari Dennis
Strange story

I think this was one of the most bizarre books I've ever read. Does that make it good or bad? A little of both I guess. It was hard to keep the characters straight at first since they were given numbers instead of names. The fact that women were odd numbers and men were even helped. It was a good book really, just messed up. ***spoiler alert*** It was strange to see these characters change, and forget basic info about themselves and everyone and everything else. And to be honest I d
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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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