A terrifying story tells the tale of a 1940's Russian sleep experiment in which five people were kept awake for fifteen days and a horrifying chain of events ensued. Is this story real or fake?
It’s not true. The story is a work of fiction.
The short work entitled “The Russian Sleep Experiment“ was originally posted in 2010 on the website CreepyPasta.com. This website is described as “a collection of various paranormal/scary short stories.”
A gas-based stimulant was used to keep 5 political prisoners awake for 15 days. The people were sealed and monitored, with the false promise of freedom should they avoid sleep for 30 days. Halfway through the experiment, the subjects appeared to embrace the experiment, despite horrifying conditions within the chamber. After being briefly removed, the remaining subjects were ordered back in the chamber along with three researchers, but one of the researchers refused and demanded answers, killing his commander and the remaining test subjects.
The conclusion of the story reads,
He pointed his gun at the remaining subject, still restrained to a bed as the remaining members of the medical and research team fled the room. “I won’t be locked in here with these things! Not with you!” he screamed at the man strapped to the table. “WHAT ARE YOU?” he demanded. “I must know!”
The subject smiled.
“Have you forgotten so easily?” The subject asked. “We are you. We are the madness that lurks within you all, begging to be free at every moment in your deepest animal mind. We are what you hide from in your beds every night. We are what you sedate into silence and paralysis when you go to the nocturnal haven where we cannot tread.”
The researcher paused. Then aimed at the subject’s heart and fired. The EEG flatlined as the subject weakly choked out, “So… nearly… free…”
Although posted as a work of fiction, this tale of a 1940′s Russian experiment has been circulated and misidentified as a real incident by some readers.
The 1940′s “Russian Sleep Experiment” is a work of fiction posted on CreepyPasta.com back in 2010.