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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
According to Native American folklore, many tribes have legends about man-eating monsters that were turned into mosquitoes, thus continuing to feed on people but in a merely annoying way rather than deadly. The Northwest Coast tribes have some particularly gruesome variants where the original monster, Mosquito Man, thrusts his proboscis into a person’s head and sucks their brains out, often so surreptitiously that the people around him don’t even notice their companion is dead. A typical Haida version of such a legend, for example, involves a baby is being passed around at a party when Mosquito Man stealthily sucks its brains out before passing it to the next person, who is horrified to find the child brainless and dead.
Now, although Mosquito Man, the novel, is vaguely based on the Native American legends, in reality it is much more a domestic thriller. Here’s the blurb: After a woman bangs at the door in the middle of the night, and promptly dies from her injury, a couple’s remote cabin getaway becomes a psychological night of terror as they are hunted by an unknown assailant. Now they must go far beyond what they thought themselves capable of if they hope to save their young children and survive until morning.
Click a button below to read a sample below from the USA Today bestselling novel Mosquito Man, Book 1 in the World’s Scariest Legends series.
In January 1959, nine Soviet college students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk (now called Yekaterinburg) set out on a skiing expedition to reach Mount Otorten. After being caught in an escalating blizzard on February 2, the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov, made the call to pitch their tent on the eastern slope of a mountain called Kholat Syakhl, or Mountain of the Dead. In the middle of the night, the students inexplicably sliced open the tent from the inside and fled into the snowstorm, many of them leaving behind their boots and warm clothes. They all died within hours, the reason for their bizarre behavior and deaths remaining a mystery to this day.
It has become known as the Dyatlov Incident.
Click a button below to read a sample below from the USA Today bestselling novel Mountain of the Dead, Book 5 in the World’s Scariest Places series.
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.
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.
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