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The Russian Sleep Experiment

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Four political prisoners living in a 1940s Siberian POW camp volunteer to be Subjects in a Soviet Military experiment. They are promised freedom in exchange for completing the exercise. In return they must endure 30 days without sleep, fuelled by Gas 76-IA.

The longer the experimentees endure insomnia, the more they deteriorate. Words and pleasantries break down until they
Paperback, 130 pages
Published August 16th 2015 by Almond Press (first published August 11th 2015)
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Julia (ten_thousand_books)
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Michael Brookes
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a story that I've been aware of for some time, but never actually gotten round to reading it. When I saw that a novel based on the story had been released I snapped it up. It's a decent read, but didn't quite live up to what I'd heard about it.

There were two reasons for this. The first is that overall it was too short. There was plenty of scope for more development - especially for the first half of the book. The second major issue was that it was very much a book of two halves. In fact
Janiera A
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book. I'm a super slow reader, but I flew this novella in 24 hours (I've been known to need 4 days just to read a novella). As I read this book though, it had a completely different feel from the original creepypasta story. After clicking on the link in the back of the book that lead to the book's website, I then saw a disclaimer the book was not written by the same person who wrote the creepypasta. I was not disappointed at all because the b ...more
Glen Donaldson
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
In October 2002, Islamist extremists took 850 people hostage in a Moscow theatre demanding the withdrawal of Russian forces from Chechnya. Authorities came up with a seemingly ingenious plan to flush out the militants without harming hostages. A chemical gas (thought to be weaponised fentanyl) was delivered through the buildings ventilation system. Acting effectively as an aerosol anaesthetic, the bold plan worked to the extent that all forty of the attackers were killed. The unintended effect h ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok, this was disturbing! In a good way. The idea itself is twisted enough to make you think about it hard. We all remember that famous line from Fight Club - "You cannot die from insomnia", but what it might do to your psyche is a whole different story. Add some experimental gas with unknown side effects and you've got yourself some trouble.

It's a short book and I read it in two short sessions on a plane. In the last part, despite coming back from Spain and pretty good weather, I was almost shi
Melissa Maillet
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
At the end of this book there a message that says, "We hoped you enjoyed this story, that it tormented you in the most pleasant of ways. If this was the case, please consider leaving a review to help future readers make an informed decision." And so, here I am - pleasantly tormented and reviewing.
Russian Sleep Experiment is not a difficult book to make creepy. It is the true story of a horrific trial conducted on real people. The outcomes of the experiment were terrifying and it took no twisting
David Sharp
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok

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The Russian Sleep Experiment
Almond Press
Author: Holly Ice

Based on the popular creepypasta, The Russian Sleep Experiment is about four political prisoners in a POW camp in 1940s Siberia. A doctor conducting experiments offers the chance of freedom, something that is not a known idea to these prisoners, in exchange for completing an experiment where they are kept awake for 30 days. The experiment is a test on the new chemical Gas 76-IA, a potential game changer in
Nic Leach
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
*This a review for the Creepypasta that this novel is based after

Personal Response:
I wasn't a really big fan of this story. I thought it was way too short, and I didn't like how it just focused on the gore until it just randomly switched gears at the end and got all philosophical.

Russia has some Prisoners of War, and they're doing experiments on them by holding them into a cell and pumping experimental gas in the air that doesn't let them sleep. As they go on without sleep they start to
Alexa "Naps" Snow
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is written based on the known story of Russian sleep experiment but once you live through this in first person, trust me you'd think twice about sleep ("to be or not to be" kind of thing but with sleep)
Now if you excuse me, all this talk about sleep...
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ehhh... To preface- I love the Russian Sleep Experiment creepypasta, so I might be a bit biased. This story seemed like 3 stories that were all underdeveloped and poorly integrated together. The “individual stories” jumped from character to character and the plot progression was rushed, to say the least. The only exciting plot was during the actual experiment towards the end which lasted about 3 pages...
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the book, but it was too short, and it didn't focus on the main event, rather the aftermath, which CAN be good, I just don't think it was, it introduced characters, that you simply got the name of, because they were only created to kill off.
I believe that the first part of the book was good, but the last part I have to admit underwhelmed me.
The Grim Reader
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Russian Sleep Experiment. Where do I start with this one? Well, perhaps a little bit about the story first. The Russian Sleep Experiment is a novella about four prisoners who agree to take part in an experiment in order to gain their freedom. The experiment involves them being locked inside a room, whilst being fed a gas that will keep them awake for 30 days. What could possibly go wrong?
So that’s the synopsis. Let’s have a little look at the story….
The story is split into three parts. The f
Shannon Gardner
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
We all have lost sleep. For all sorts of reasons. But to be used as a human guinea pig and given medicated gas to stay awake for hours, days, a whole month at a time is truly a terrifying idea. On top of that having this experiment done to see if this gas would be a good medication in war time, to give to troops so they don't sleep, they just keep on fighting. That is what this book is about and yes, it is terrifying. Four “political prisoners” voluntarily sign up for and are promised a huge pay ...more
Zed Amadeo
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fall-tbr, horror
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you're a fan of creepypasta, horror tales that you can find floating around the Internet, you've probably read The Russian Sleep Experiment. The basic premise of the story is that a small group of Russian prisoners are promised to have their sentences lifted if they take part in the eponymous experiment. This task consists of placing the prisoners in a sealed room with a gas that is meant to keep them from sleeping. But as you ca
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"If you are promised freedom, how long would you endure a nightmare?"

Was this supposed to be a "nightmare"? I thought it was an interesting story, but I was kind of bored. I was expecting something a lot more exciting. I wasn't creeped out or disturbed in the least. Maybe I've read too many books that were over the top, but this just did not do it for me. I'd love to see what some other authors could do with this plot. This had so much potential, but ultimately was just one big letdown.

The writ
Selina Tropiano
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. Below is an excerpt from my Tumblr review.

The first part of the book was actually pretty good. The writing style was a little outside of my preferences, but the story was interesting and I was looking forward to reading more. It was after the first part that things started going downhill.

What could have been an exciting and interesting story fell flat with a lack of description and very little imagery. Even the pictures that occur in the book
P.D. Dawson
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A well written novella that is tense and foreboding from the very first page. If you love dark stories then you will love this book, for every page is laced with well written prose, and every word dirtied by the machinations of terror hidden deep within the story. Even though it's only a novella, by the end I felt like I had been engrossed in a much longer book, for the journey is quite intense and Ice did an amazing job of creating a believable world, brought alive with vivid descriptions and a ...more
Dax Westerman
Don't expect any Creepypasta

Decent start, but it jumped to the climax way early. This was more loosely inspired by the Creepypasta story than in any meaningful way true to it. I kinda wish I could get a refund. Not worth the $3 in the least, and frankly the author should be ashamed, for she obviously obviously counted on the inspiration material to help sell this pap.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disconcerting, uneasy and thought-provoking. This was a great read that expands upon a popular short story and gives it depth and real considered thought. How far would you go for your freedom?
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Nov 06, 2016 marked it as to-read
I think Creepypasta stories have actual potential to become full novels. And finally, someone saw that potential.
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is based on the novella, "The Russian Sleep Expeiment."
The author takes the story a bit further in another creepy way.
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Holly Ice loves the unusual and subjects which bring a numinous longing for more than reality provides. She would love it if she woke to all the monsters being real… as long as they were not out to kill her in particular.

Her horror novella The Russian Sleep Experiment was published by Almond Press in 2015, and she has a number of published short stories: ‘Trysting Antlers’ (La Femme, Newcon Press