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Specimen 313 [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Strand
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A free short story taken straight from the pages of THE MONSTER’S CORNER, an all original anthology from some of today’s hottest supernatural writers, featuring stories from the monster’s point of view.

SPECIMEN 313 is the story of a meat-eating plant named Max, surviving in the greenhouse with his mad doctor keeper when he gets a new female neighbor.

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,009 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Greenhouse of Horrors September 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this short story by horror humorist Jeff Strand. It's a bit on the short side and a little lacking in plot, more of a vignette than a fully fleshed out tale, but the prose is very nicely polished, and I found myself stangely touched by the two protagonists in this Creepshow-like outing. There's plenty of gore and disturbing ideas, but nothing overly graphic. I have to admit, also, that it was very refreshing to read a horror story that is not about the current Big Three of dark fantasy fiction-- vampires, werewolves and zombies. I'd love to see even more of ALL the B-squad monster tropes: giant bugs, killer plants, creatures from black lagoons...! I will definitely pick up The Monster's Corner when it is released later this year.

-- Rod Redux, author of Indian Summer and Mort
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer plants August 17, 2011
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This is a short science fiction/horror story told in third-person from Max's point of view. Max is Specimen 278, and he's a gene-spliced Venus fly trap, a deadly, carnivorous plant capable of biting off human arms and legs. While Max is not human and is very much a plant rooted in the soil, he does have feelings and thoughts. He actually wishes that he were capable of communicating with his creator, Dr. Prethorius, the diabolical, mad scientist who sing-songs his way through gory death and carnage, be it that of plant or human.

One day, the doctor moves Jenny, Specimen 313, into the greenhouse, planting her right beside Max. With the musically inclined and unbalanced doctor in charge and with plants cultivated to crave human flesh, anything can happen in this greenhouse. And even stranger things can happen when these man-eating plants start to communicate with each other and become friends.

This story has 244 locations and is part of the anthology The Monster's Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes. It's a quick read, strange but interesting, as it combines an almost campy horror movie feel with some disturbing scenes of blood and gore. I don't think I've ever read a story from a killer plant's point of view, but I very much enjoyed this one. The actions of Max and Jenny are horrific, but they are only doing what they were created to do. Sometimes man really should leave nature alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Mad Scientists and Famished Flytraps... November 21, 2013
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This was a very well written short story. A scientist becomes a bit too complacent around his deadly creations and one of the lovelorn gets the "I just want to be friends" speech.

Wickedly funny and fast paced, this tale was perfect for a bit of reading just before bed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of greenhouse plants October 15, 2011
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Remember having a Venus Fly Trap as a kid and watching it catch flies? That was one thing, but the Venus Fly Traps and other plants in SPECIMEN 313 might be related, but these greenhouse plants have been developed by Dr. Prethorius in his greenhouse laboratory, and they're human-size plants and they don't eat flies anymore. They eat humans.

The plants can think and communicate with each other, too. Max, Specimen 278, hasn't been feeling quite up to par lately. He would rather be outside in the sun instead of in the greenhouse. But he's trapped in there and might as well make the best of it. Sometimes when a plant was sick, Prethorius came with a shovel and took the plant out, set it in the corner and let it suffer until it was dead. Max was afraid he might face that fate one day, and wished he could talk to Dr. Prethorius, but the plants couldn't talk to humans.

There was one plant who wasn't carnivorous, and he had beautiful flowers on him. He met the fate of the shovel, but after he was gone, another plant was brought in and planted beside Max and he felt better. This was Specimen 313 or Jenny as Max called her. He finally had a friend to communicate with, and they became good friends as time passed.

This is by no means the end of the story. The story takes off from here with some fairly gruesome scenes. These plants mean business.

It's a very unusual story and is a well-written story and certainly kept my attention right up to the end. This is one of those stories that once you start to read it, you're hooked into it until the end. I liked it quite a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sweet April 19, 2013
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A love story worth sharing. More of a highschool sweetheart type fiction. Just delightful enough to content the reader with a warm, fuzzy feeling and a strong dark overtone. Not scary enough, though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Fun September 6, 2012
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This cute and fun story about two carnivorous plants living in a mad scientist's greenhouse. Max is lonely until lovely plant specimen 313 shows up. Love is in the air!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious, amusing, and awesome! July 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read some of Jeff Strand's works in the past, and he has never failed to amuse me with his comic relief and awesome horror stories. In "Specimen 313", Mr. Strand does not disappoint! I had reservations about reading a story that involved talking plants and Venus Flytraps. Boy am I glad I did! I literally laughed out loud at times because I was able to delve into the lives of these carnivorous plants, and their emotions and feelings of love and jealousy. Mr. Strand also incorporates his usual horror elements in this story, that illustrate images that I soon want to forget! This author has a talent of mixing two completely different genres, and it works every time!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Specimens 313 by Jeff Strand
Strand 's short story is well written. The author 's tale brings to mind that some monsters may not be what they appear to be, however , some monsters are exactly that, monsters... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Claire R. Gayder
2.0 out of 5 stars What
Well it looked like it would be a good read but no it is just a short story finished in one day
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story. So intriguing that I hate it had to end.
Published 1 month ago by Bryan S. Best
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Jeff's work is exactly what I've been searching for - weird, funny, and very entertaining. Looking forward to digesting more of his tales.
Published 2 months ago by Tim Cox, Lead Helmet Tester
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read
Published 2 months ago by Paola C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying
Quick and satisfying and weird. A little predictable but that didn't at all diminish the satisfaction I felt at the ending.
Published 2 months ago by Audrey Homan
1.0 out of 5 stars Weird
This was a weird story. Good it was so short tho, read it in about 15 minutes. Don't want to read the others.
Published 4 months ago by chase wooten
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I've never read a story like this so it kept me interested from beginning to end. I was upset that it was so short!!
Published 4 months ago by KHill
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny!!
This was a very cute, very short story about plants. Anyone who wants a quick chuckle should read this one.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
It's a horror story about plants that are friends it's quite amusing and its really kawaii about plants falling in love
Published 5 months ago by Mlover
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More About the Author

Jeff Strand was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but moved to Fairbanks, Alaska when he was six months old, so his memories of Baltimore are hazy. He grew up in the cold, where he desperately wanted to be a cartoonist. Then he wanted to make video games. Then he wanted to write movies. Actually, he still wants to do all of those things, but for now he's quite happy writing lots of demented novels.

He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. His novel PRESSURE has been optioned for film; he's hoping the movie will be made soon so he can scream "My baby! What have you done to my precious baby?!?"

His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale.

Because he doesn't do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and a deaf cat.

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