Published by Self Published on 4 January 2024
Genres: Extreme Horror
Source: Purchased Book
Dani Brown's ultimate torture porn story as a standalone for the first time.
The story opens with X naked and crawling around on the floor, early withdrawals hitting her. This is a show for those watching. X had been lured into her situation in the basement of the opera house. She can hear the party overhead. Her captors would be luring more like her into the basement. She's forced to perform both on stage and in the basement. X keeps who she used to be in a box inside her head. Sometimes Xanthe peeks out of her box.
Paying theatre patrons could do whatever they wanted to X/Xanthe. It isn't a case of the next action being more depraved than the proceeding one because everything that happens to her is horrific.
Theatrum Mortumm is unlike anything you’ll ever read. Even, for an extreme horror. I don’t know what I was expecting going into it, but it wasn’t this. This horror story chewed me up, spat me out and searched through my innards for something more.
Anything you could possibly think of as a content warning is in this book but the main ones being drug addiction and sexual assault.
My Review of Theatrum Mortuum
On the very first page, this extreme horror story unsettles the reader, causing discomfort and oscillating between nervous laughter and a nauseating sensation traveling up my esophagus. If you’re not fairly comfortable with the most intense horror, it might be best to skip this one.
At its core, Theatrum Mortuum tells the story of X/Xanthe, a woman enduring the most horrifying experiences. By day, she entertains patrons and audiences in the theatre above, but by night, she succumbs to Heroin addiction and falls victim to sexual assault by the very same patrons who had watched her perform on stage. The depicted scenes are harrowing, and I had to take several breaks while reading about the acts committed against X/Xanthe. If it were me, I would have mentally checked out a long time ago. Perhaps that’s where Heroin saves her from the full brutal impact of her situation.
1,2,3, Let’s take a breath…
Dani Brown has rightfully earned the title of the Queen of Filth, and it’s not without reason. Her ability to craft scenes is nothing short of sublime, almost flawless, even in the midst of the filth and brutality that permeates the narrative. The author possesses the unique skill to shatter your expectations and boundaries, fearlessly stripping them away without concern for societal norms. Indeed, Dani Brown emerges as a mistress of mischief.
Reading this book is akin to experiencing an arctic snowstorm – despite your efforts to make progress, the inevitability of its impact remains unyielding.
The only other book to really affect me like this was Woom by Duncan Ralston. You can find my review here.
Theatrum Mortuum is a difficult read, exactly what it’s meant to be. No one reads this because they want a comfy reading experience with a cup of tea and a few biscuits. This is the kind of book your mother warned you about, the fly in your ointment. Dani Brown cleverly frames the destruction of X/Xanthe and that ending…yeah, just read it.
How I felt after reading Theatrum Mortuum.
You can buy Theatrum Mortuum at Godless.
This torture porn story delivers with the veracity of a tsunami. Dani Brown examines that the only thing worth being scared of is humanity itself.
Suitably labelled “The Queen of Filth”, extremist author Dani Brown’s style of dark and twisted writing and deeply disturbing stories has amassed a worrying sized cult following featuring horrifying tales such as “56 Seconds”, “Becoming” and the hugely popular “Ketamine Addicted Pandas”. Merging eroticism with horror, torture and other areas that most authors wouldn’t dare, each of Dani’s titles will crawl under your skin, burrow inside you, and make you question why you are coming back for more.