The Need begins with an explosion that rocks the doll factory where Alexis works. The blast leaves her trapped under machinery in the burning building. Before Alexis can scream, a slithering being is clawing its way down her throat and into her soul. When she rips out of her cocoon six hours later, Alexis has a new body free of the hurt, scars, and inhibitions that develop with a lifetime of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The new presence within Alexis fills her with an unstoppable drive to fuck and give birth to the spawn of a new world order.
The most striking theme in The Need is the change that occurs within Alexis throughout the story. In the moments after the explosion, Alexis painfully realizes the years she has wasted flopping from one bad relationship to the next, working at a menial job, and living out a meager existence. However, once she is restored, Alexis adapts comfortably to life with her supernatural companion in their smoking hot body. Inside, Alexis grows increasingly submissive to the overwhelming desire to mate. Outwardly, her physical adaptations permit her to tear her way through anyone who gets in her way. The peak of Alexis's transformation produces a winged, cock-rocking vixen with a defining purpose to rule over a new species of sexually dominant, supernaturally bonded women. Having found true liberation, Alexis decides that it is good to be queen.
The Need has so much more going on than I originally thought. Not only is the story heavy with violence, gore, and dripping wet sex that so often come with great horror fiction, but The Need has personal value in the way a reader can connect with Alexis's internal self. Boehner's character development is remarkable especially for such a short piece. The author's attention to detail gives the story depth and brings the frenzy to life. The ending is a smash hit. I felt like Gwar should have been performing Let Us Slay in the background.
I give The Need a rating of 4.5 / 5 stars.
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