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A mysterious man.
A secret government organization.
A monster straight out of nightmares.

Patch thought he'd find peace when he came back from the war. But he soon discovered the Tri-Counties held dark secrets that would haunt him for the rest of his life.

Soon after starting his new job at the town's metalworks plant, a group of government officials began conducting experiments on employees, including Patch.

What the drugs did to his body didn't compare to the real reason behind the experiments.

Isolated in a secret location, a small group of residents became victims of a twisted government plan and a creature beyond nightmares.

What did he see?
Where did it come from?
What cost would he pay for what he witnessed?

Pick up "The Plant" to find out!

This short story is a precursor to 2019's novel by Paul Sating, titled "The Scales," which is available now! Discover what happens after Patch's story ends.

The Plant | Horror | Paul Sating

What Readers Say

Sue B.

This is a good, creepy short story that gives an intriguing peek into what’s to come in Sating’s ‘The Scales.’ I’m looking forward to finding out what horrors Tri-Counties holds for Patch and the other residents.


Paul put together a short story that I didn't want to end.
I felt like I was sitting in the bar and listening to a conversation I shouldn't be. There is an entire life time worth of stories with Patch, that I would love to hear. I finished the story in about 30 minutes, so this is one I'll be recommending for folks who want something entertaining and kill some time.

Tim F.

A mysterious man and a town with dark secrets. A great short story that left me wanting more. Paul wrote in a way that made me feel like I was sitting in the bar easdropping on a conversation. I look forward to hearing more of Patch's story.


Quick and easy read, enjoyable and just enough to wet your whistle for The Scales!
Looking forward to reading more of Paul's work!

Other Fiction Novels by Paul Sating

The Plant | Horror
The Scales | Horror
RIP | Horror | Fiction
12 Deaths of Christmas | Paul Sating | Fiction
Chasing the Demon | Horror
The Zodiac Series | Urban Fantasy
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