Fifty Shades of Hell: An Extreme Horror Story by Tim Miller

WARNING: An Extreme Horror story. Not intended for sensitive audiences

Bruce and Karen have finally purchased their dream house, or so they thought. Plagued by visits from the ghost of the beautiful Melissa, Bruce is captivated and can’t stop slipping into the attic to see her. Soon Bruce becomes entangled in Melissa’s web of ecstasy and agony.

When Karen sets out to rescue her husband from Melissa’s grasp, she brings in a psychic and a team of ghost hunters to help her save her husband. The only question is, does he even want to be set free from the grip of the Dead Girl in this tale where Fifty Shades meets Hellraiser?

   

The cover blurb calls this "Fifty Shades meets Hellraiser," which is an apt description. It has all the sadomasochistic erotica of the latter, and all the narrative flair and literary depth of the former. Fifty Shades of Hell is dark, cruel, violent, erotic, and disgusting, but it's a visceral experience that ultimately feels empty.

Tim Miller does some exciting things with the concept, and certainly knows how to deliver on the thrills and the chills. There was a scene about halfway through where he transformed me from curious to fascinated, popping Bruce's eyes with a pair of knives, before having a pair of demonic men thrust their members into the empty sockets until they touch his brain, and then leaving their seed to leak out along with his tears. That, for me, was the WTF moment, and it just got more extreme from there.

Just about every line you can imagine is crossed here, betraying boundaries of romance, morality, and sexuality. On the one hand you have people skinned alive, burned alive, eaten alive, and shredded into pieces. On the other hand, you have these same people forced to endure all manner of forbidden penetrations, with tools of flesh, metal, and more. The amount of detail invested in the description of Hell is exquisite, going far beyond mere hooks and blades.

Where the book falls short, and where I think the novella could be expanded into a much stronger novel, is in the characterization. Miller never gets into the characters heads, never lets us know what they're really thinking, and shies away from exploring their motivations. Why do people do these things? What drives them? What pushes them to accept such betrayals? For a story so strong with physical and visual horror, the addition of the emotional and intellectual would have pushed it over the top.


Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published March 6th 2017
Publisher: GutWrench Productions

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