Looking for 2-3 beta readers for The Sleep Experiment

Just a quick post to see if anyone would be interested in being a beta reader for Book 2 in the World’s Scariest Legends series, The Sleep Experiment. I’ll send you a Kindle copy (or whatever preferred format of the book you like), and you simply read it as you would any other book but keep track of any typos you find (or any other issues you would like to mention). Then let me know via email afterward. That’s it!

Below you can find the blurb and a link to Amazon if you want to read more about the book, and if you’re interested in being a beta reader, please email me at, or via the contact form on my website.

Thanks! And hope everyone is having a great summer!


In 1954, at the start of the Cold War, the Soviet military offered four political prisoners their freedom if they participated in an experiment requiring them to remain awake for fourteen days while under the influence of a powerful stimulant gas. The prisoners ultimately reverted to murder, self-mutilation, and madness. None survived.

In 2018, Dr. Roy Wallis, an esteemed psychology professor at UC Berkeley, is attempting to recreate the same experiment during the summer break in a soon-to-be demolished building on campus. He and two student assistants share an eight-hour rotational schedule to observe their young Australian test subjects around the clock.

What begins innocently enough, however, morphs into a nightmare beyond description that no one could have imagined–with, perhaps, the exception of Dr. Roy Wallis himself.



Scariest Places on Earth: Island of the Dolls in Mexico

Just south of Mexico City exists La Isla de las Munecas, or “Island of the Dolls.” It has become an unlikely tourist attraction over the years, drawing tourists and photographers morbidly fascinated by the spectacle of thousands of dolls hanging limp from nooses or impaled on spikes, their soulless eyes staring blankly ahead. The tragic story behind the island began more than fifty years earlier. According to locals, a man named Don Julian Santana left his wife and child one day and moved to an island on Teshuilo Lake in the famous Xochimilco canals to live out his years as a recluse. Upon arriving at the island, however, he discovered the body of a young girl who had drowned in one of the canals, her doll floating nearby. To appease her spirit, Santana spent the rest of his life transforming the island into a shrine dedicated to her, decorating it with more and more broken and decaying dolls. In a dark twist, in 2001, Santana’s nephew found him dead in a canal–the exact spot where Santana had decades earlier discovered the corpse of the girl.

Kewpie Dolls, Barbie Dolls, and more hang from branches all over this spooky island.

Click a button below to read a preview from the USA Today bestselling novel Island of the Dolls, Book 4 in the World’s Scariest Places series.

“Don’t read it on your Kindle in a dark room. You will find yourself checking under the bed.” – Scream Magazine

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Beta Readers Needed!

Hi everyone,

I’ve finished the fifth book in the World’s Scariest Places series. It’s called MOUNTAIN OF THE DEAD. I’ve been working on revisions with an agent, and now that they’re largely done, I’m looking for a couple generous people who would consider reading a copy of the book and providing a bit of feedback (which could be as much as you want, or as little as a paragraph or two detailing what you liked or didn’t – don’t worry, I’m good with criticism!)

If you are interested, please send me an email at jeremybatesbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

Would love to hear from you!

And here’s is the blurb for the story (it’s based on true events):

During the night of February 1, 1959, in the remote reaches of Siberia, nine Russian hikers slash open their tent from the inside and flee into a blizzard in subpolar temperatures, most without boots or proper clothing. By morning all are dead, several having suffered gruesome, violent deaths. What happened to them has remained unsolved to this day.

Until now.

Albert Smith, an American true-crime writer seeking answers to the enduring mystery, sets out to retrace the hikers steps on their fateful expedition. However, nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover…

PS: A movie was also made on the same topic a few years ago. I didn’t learn of it until a short while ago, but feel free to watch it – the plot is very different to my book…