Holly Ice

Author of The Russian Sleep Experiment

    “In our “Fall” short story contest, Holly Ice was commended for her work “La Morte de La Résistance”.

    Holly recently graduated from Staffordshire University with a First Class BA Hons Degree in Creative Writing and hails from a Southern UK shire. She has been a lover of original, unusual stories (especially the romantic and fantastical kind) since she was too little to read for herself. This passion fuelled her quest of discovery into the unknown possibilities and questions of myth, fantasy and the supernatural.

    Not one to limit herself, Holly refuses to pick one genre and stick to it. Instead, she mixes some of her favourites.

    She has written poetry, and is interested in topics ranging from psychology and philosophy to art and music, not to mention an unending accompaniment of supernatural TV shows and historical documentaries. She saves venturing outdoors for traveling and people watching where possible. However, she does love thunderstorms and heavy rain (from a safely dry vantage point).

    Holly’s work has been published by Newcon Press, Almond Press, the H.G.Wells Competition (for which she was short-listed in 2012) and Indent Magazine.”

    Holly Ice

    The Russian Sleep Experiment

    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 turn on each other. Researchers look on, neutral, and take notes for the super soldier applications possible with this new, wonder drug. One researcher, Luka, stands alone in believing the experiment needs to be stopped before irreversible damage is done but is he too late?

    The Subjects no longer want the Gas switched off…

    Illustrations by award-winning graphic artist Daniel Tyka.


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    Russian Sleep Experiment

    It pulls you back into the mindset of wartime Soviet thinking. Some well researched references as to how badly the Latvian people were treated by the Russian Army. I loved the whole concept of the gases effects being contagious. Definitely scope for a sequel… .

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