I turned back to our military security. ‘Get in there, clean the windows and get that body to our examination room. The rest of you, I– turn off the gas!’
Before my last words were finished, I regretted saying them; the subjects’ eyes widened in wild frenzy. They rushed the door, bloodied hands and broken fingernails outstretched towards us. No one was close enough to the door to close it. Subject A used the opportunity to jump me.
He clawed at my face, his hot breath tickling my throat as he bore down on me.
I screamed. He was biting down so hard I felt my skin give. Hot liquid pooled at the base of my throat and soaked into my shirt. I twisted my body away and hit out at what I could reach. I threw a hand up and stuck my fingers into his eyes, pushing until they burst. Blood ran down his sockets but still he scratched and bit, and never screamed in pain.
Russian Sleep Experiment Artwork by Daniel Tyka @ artificialdesign
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. 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.