[[caption-width-right:199:First edition cover]]

A horror novel by Creator/StephenKing. The setup is rather HighConcept -- during a bondage game proposed by husband Gerald, things go south. Gerald himself ends up dead, and protagonist Jessie Burlingame finds herself in a whole heap of trouble when she's still handcuffed to the bed.

[[IReadThatAs Definitely not to be confused with]] ''WesternAnimation/GerisGame''.

!!But you said these tropes sounded like ''fun'':

* AffectionateNickname: Jessie's father calls her "Punkin".
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Prince's intuition is described by King in a way that doesn't feel that farfetched.
* AmoralAttorney: Gerald is slowly revealed to be one.
* AttemptedRape: Causes Jessie to kick Gerald in the groin, giving him a fatal heart attack.
* BetterThanSex: [[spoiler: When Jessie finally gets rid of the handcuffs, she feels ecstatic, and thinks that if sex was even half this good, people would be doing it on every street corner.]]
* BodyHorror
* BondageIsBad: Surprisingly averted; it's the ''motivation'' that can be bad, yes, but not the act itself. Of course, you probably won't want to run off and play with some handcuffs right after reading this.
* ChainedToABed
* CreepilyLongArms: One of the more noticable traits of The Space Cowboy.
* CreepySouvenir: The Space Cowboy's attire is littered with the bones of past victims.
* DaddysGirl: Jessie was like this... [[spoiler:until her father sexually molested her.]]
* DangerousKeyFumble: [[spoiler: Befalls Jessie when she tries to escape in her car.]]
* TheDarknessGazesBack: Jessie never is sure whether or not there is someone in the shadows, watching her at night.
* {{Determinator}}: In between increasingly unsettling and haunting flashbacks that go way back to her childhood, the book is sectioned with Jessie's various attempts at releasing herself from the handcuffs.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Due to her angle on the bed, Jessie is mostly able to only hear Prince eating Gerald's corpse. Mostly.
* GunmanWithThreeNames : Raymond Andrew Joubert, although the name only comes up in the book's denouement.
* HearingVoices
* HumanoidAbomination: How Jessie sees The Space Cowboy, in her dazed and near mad state.
* ILoveTheDead: [[spoiler:The creepy stranger Jessie sees is Raymond Andrew Joubert, a necrophiliac serial killer and cannibal, who regularly broke into crypts and mortuaries for years and violated male corpses.]]
* ImAManICantHelpIt: How Goody Burlingame, the more submissive voice Jessie's head, tries to rationalise Gerald's attempt at rape.
* KinkyCuffs: After a while, Gerald only finds Jessie sexually attractive if she's tied to the bed. Unfortunately, he likes to use real handcuffs. However, he could only get the type made for males; [[spoiler:this is what makes Jessie's escape possible.]]
* LifeOrLimbDecision: Not exactly, but close enough. Jessie [[spoiler:eventually breaks a glass and effectively scalps her hand, so blood would serve as a lubricant and allow her to pull her hand through the cuff.]]
* LivingShadow: How Jessie percieves The Space Cowboy
* [[spoiler:LooksLikeOrlok: The creepy stranger, mostly.]]
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: References to a dark barking in the woods are spread throughout the first two chapters or so.
* [[spoiler:ParentalIncest]]: And not just confined to backstory either. No, King tackles this ugliness head on.
* PsychologicalHorror: In spades.
* ShadowArchetype: Possibly the Space Cowboy to Jessie, given his implied back story.
* SignatureStyle: Stream-of-consciousness writing? Italicized, parenthetical snatches of phrases representing the main character's little brainfarts? Multiple contexts for the same phrase, all of them disturbing? Must be a Creator/StephenKing book.
* TooDumbToLive: The couple break one of the most intrinsic rules of bondage in that the restrained person must ''always'' be able to escape or call for help if the restrainer is incapacitated for any reason. Likewise metal police handcuffs are not recommended for the same reasons.[[note]] Handcuffs sold for bondage enthusiasts ALWAYS have quick release catches to avert the possibility of the scenario in this novel occurring.[[/note]] Justified in that the fact that he didn't bother with any of the safety measures and insisted on real handcuffs is used deliberately to establish Gerald's character.
* VomitingCop: Sheriff Norris Ridgewick throws up, when he finds what is in the truck of Raymond Andrew Joubert, a [[spoiler: necrophiliac cannibal (for example, a sandwich with a human tongue)]] but manages to get out of the truck just in time. A character says that "the State Police would have torn him a new asshole if he'd puked on the evidence. On the other hand, I'd have wanted him removed from his job for psychological reasons if he hadn't thrown up."