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The Scrubs [Kindle Edition]

Simon Janus , Simon Wood
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

James Jeter, the notorious serial killer with a sixth sense, holds court inside London's Wormwood Scrubs Prison. He's the focus of the "North Wing Project." Under the influence of a hallucinogen, Jeter can create an alternative world known as "The Rift" containing the souls of his victims. Pardons are on offer to inmates who'll enter The Rift. Michael Keeler has nothing to lose and little to live for. He's sent into The Rift to learn the identity of Jeter's last victim.

It's a mission where the guilty can be redeemed, but at a price...

Simon Janus is the horror identity for the award winning thriller writer, Simon Wood. The Scrubs was first published in hardback and paperback in 2008.

“The Scrubs is one merciless piece of work."
— Gary A. Braunbeck, author of Coffin Country

“The's a journey to a Twilight Zone of our time."
— Mort Castle, author of The Stranger

“Lean, mean fear machine - The Scrubs is gruesomely inventive entertainment.”
— Simon Clark, author of This Rage of echoes

“This is, simply put, an incredible novella."
— Michael Arnzen, author of Bitchfight and Play Dead

“The Scrubs is a superb, fast-paced journey through the hell of incarceration...and way, way beyond.”
— Tim Lebbon, author of Dawn

“If you are looking for a quick read that is sure to leave you breathless until the final page is turned, you cannot do any better than The Scrubs.”
— Horrorworld

"This is a fascinating, disturbing journey.”
— Dark Discoveries Magazine

"A surreal horror trip.”
— Horror Fiction Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 206 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, Weird, and Brilliant April 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Scrubs is an awesomely twisted story that reminded me of a mash-up between Richard Matheson's "What Dreams May Come" and "Alice in Wonderland"...if Alice was a meth-head sociopath.

It is a quick, fast paced read that moves along excellently.

Keeler is a prison inmate who has cut a deal to journey into the mind (literally) of a homicidal maniac in hopes of finding two previous volunteers. The world he steps into is demented and gruesome. The author's ability to come up with even more bizarre encounters in this world is both captivating and exciting.

As a new reader of Simon Wood's (Simon Janus) work...I am tempted to think that I will be hard-pressed to find a better story in his catalog.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Red Adept Reviews June 8, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

The plot was an intriguing, unique one. The storyline flowed well; in keeping with novella style, it moved quickly, always forwarding the tale. Although it was science fiction/fantasy, it almost felt real.

I enjoyed the different viewpoints, also. This tactic enabled me to discover different aspects of the story. There were more things going on than would have been able to be explained from only one viewpoint. Keeler's portion was still the most interesting, though.

Oddly, even though this was a novella, after reading it, I felt as though I had read an entire novel. The ending was climactic, exciting, and unexpected.

Character Development: 5 Stars

Keeler was the best developed character I have come across in a novella in a long time. I love the way he was introduced as not particularly likable. Then, as the story progressed, I found out more about him, and he became someone the reader could empathize with, at least to some extent.

Jeeter was scary, yet sad. Through the eyes of others, he was well develeoped. While I could not quite bring myself to feel sorry for him, he still evoked a small amount of sympathy a few times.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

Although I have been impressed with Mr. Wood's writing style in previous works, this novella showed a talent that far surpassed my expectations. The sentence structure was superb. The descriptions were concise and vivid, creating a wonderful world inside "the rift." The dialogue was snappy and realistic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scrubs August 4, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The Scrubs - Simon Janus/Simon Woods
The story gets right to the point within the first few pages which has always been the case with Simon's work. The Scrubs is a fast paced story about inmates being offered a pardon if they participate in a secret experiment. The inmates do not know what they are agreeing to until they are actually too far in the experiment and at that point it is too late to change their mind. A device has been constructed to let people enter the sick twisted mind of a psychopathic killer imprisoned in The Scrubs by using a hallucinogen to access Jeter's mind. As you journey further into the psychotic mind of Jeter, a convicted criminal, you discover numerous unforeseen twists that will keep you guessing as to what could possibly happen next. This is another great story by Simon. If you have not picked up this book or any of his other work you are definitely missing out on a great read. If you pick up the paper version of the story then the artwork really gives you an idea of what goes on behind the locked doors of The Scrubs!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying & fascinating February 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was lucky to stumble upon this bargain of a deal thru one of my Kindle groups. It is quite possibly the best $0.99 i have ever spent. I was pulled into the Rift straight from the first chapter and only quit reading because my eyes couldn't stay open anymore. I just finished it and although at first i thought the ending was unsatisfying i now realize that it couldn't have been any other way. My last thoughts as i finished the final paragraph were:

Holy crap what a ride!

What the...???

Oh man London is in big trouble!

Is there another book??? I must scope Amazon immediately!!!

Read this book it is as my review title says and you won't regret it. I'm on the hunt for more stories by this author as soon as i hit submit for this review!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This novella lived up to it's hype! November 27, 2010
By Coach D
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I took a chance on The Scrubs based on the well written description. It sounded like a mind freak type of story where reality limitations were thrown out the window. I can see this story being made into a movie (maybe with Tim Burton directing...Johnny Depp?). The price was also a factor in selecting this story to buy. I enjoyed this thriller very much and plan to check out some other titles by Simon Janus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and Gripping Horror Novel November 27, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Wood is a skillful writer, which is obvious right off the bat. He absolutely knows the meaning of show, don't tell. His descriptions are vivid and alarming, and his character reactions appropriate but creepy, such as when Keller says that one of the prisoners makes his balls wither on the vine.

Keeler and his actions just keep getting more and more interesting the further that you read into the story. And he's full of surprises--at first, I thought "volunteer" meant that he was someone who volunteered as a guard at the prison. Turns out "volunteer" actually means he has 'willingly' signed up to become a test subject of sorts. Not fun.

Still, Keeler is sharp and quick-witted and he knows when he's being played or when someone's lying to him, great traits to have despite the sins that have landed him in jail.

You soon find out that this prison isn't an ordinary one. If anything, it reminded me of the prison that Alex De Large, ill-fated protagonist of "A Clockwork Orange", ended up in. Keeler's "assignment" is to find Lefford and Allard, two of the more dangerous prisoners housed in this facility, and Keeler is smart enough to know that it'll mean trouble for his reputation among the rest of the prisoners.

There are very few books that truly alter a person's literary landscape, and "The Scrubs" has been one of those for me. Although appropriately explicit when necessary, the book doesn't actually have as many "gross out" descriptions as I thought it would, so if you're afraid that it'll be too scary, I will say that once you find out what's really going on, the concept is actually more frightening than the descriptions of blood and guts.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 8 months ago by Robert Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scrubs

This truly terrifying tale is certainly not one for the faint-hearted.

Set in the very real Wormwood Scrubs prison of London, the story is an account of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Knobby
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea - If Only There Had Been More
If ever a novella begged for a sizable upgrade to a full-length novel, it's this one. Wood opens right as the action is about to kick into gear and then pauses only to drip feeds... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kaisersoze
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the Rift Swallow You Up!
It's been a long time since I read anything in the horror genre- and then within the last couple of weeks I have been compelled to read two novella's in the genre. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Marbach
3.0 out of 5 stars The Scrubs
Very odd book .....not at all what I was expecting, and in addition, this book is not very well written. It passed the time and t that about covers it.....
Published 22 months ago by Stacy
2.0 out of 5 stars A little on the bizarre side
I read the book cover to cover but it was a bit too bizarre. More in the horror category than his other works. Read more
Published on January 16, 2013 by LM
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend the Disbelief
I found this quick little Novella pick-up for my Kindle for 0.99.

The story is a bizarre story to say the least. Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by Alicia M. Kramer
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but interesting
This struck as more of a short story than a novel, but that being said, I found it interesting and well-written. Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by Steve in Scottsdale
4.0 out of 5 stars The Scrubs is definitely worth a visit!
The story here starts off with a bang, establishing the darkly gothic setting of London's Wormwood Scrubs Prison and the mystery of the "North Wing Project". Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Bending the Bookshelf
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary, but good
What a fascinating, well-written story. Sensitive types should only read this one in the daylight. Would make a great movie. Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by Bun
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