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- The depiction of the Nexus from Berserk, where Guts and the Hawks wind up when Griffith calls the Godhand during the Eclipse, is very much one of these.
- Inspired by The Divine Comedy, Saint Seiya's version of Hell is structured in several locations or "Prisons". The Sixth Prison is a lake of boiling blood, whereas those who sin of greed are devoured by Cerberus in the Third Prison.
- Fullmetal Alchemist has the endless blood-filled Pocket Dimension inside Gluttony's stomach.
- The Frighteners showed Hell to be the bowels of a gigantic eldritch worm filled with tentacles.
- While Inferno in Dante's The Divine Comedy was mostly the more traditional Ironic Hell, murderers and tyrants are punished by immersion in Phlegethon, a river of boiling blood. In the Circle of Gluttony the three-headed dog Cerberus chews on the gluttons. And Judas, Brutus, and Cassius were given the special privilege of being Satan's personal chew toys. And we're not speaking figuratively. He has all three of them in his mouths (yes, plural) and is chewing on them for eternity.
- In the third book of the Silverwing series, the bat version of the afterlife is relatively nice. However, those who especially displease the god of the underworld, Cama Zotz, spend the rest of eternity in his digestive system.
- Played with slightly In Clive Barker's Imajica, as it's like being inside a *dead* being. The First Dominion (where the souls of the dead travel) is the physical embodiment of the god Hapexamendios, and when he dies, his flesh — i.e. the entire universe — begins to rot with expectedly squicky results.
- In Doom, flesh walls and organs are a favorite form of "reworking" the aliens make to the facilities.
- In Piers Anthony's Tarot trilogy, Brother Paul and the others involved in the Quest are taken to Hell and their souls are tried by the Devil. One by one they are eaten alive by Satan — although he castrates Paul first. Even though he knows this is only a hallucination, a virtual reality brought on by the planet, he is taken aback to regain consciousness inside an office in the Satanic bureaucracy — which he also knows is in some way inside Satan. After an unpleasant interview, he is then removed from Satan's body by the nearest available orifice...
Live Action TV
- Hell's Forecast by the Insane Clown Posse tells the story of a man (portrayed by Violent J) waking up to discover that all of his friends are dead, and that outside the sky is red and raining corpses into his ghetto. The corpses are all described as "naked and mangled, most withered for days" and their faces are twisted in expressions of horror and pain. J, frightened and confused, tries to retreat from the visceral storm, only to find that he has actually died and is in Hell.
- While it does have a sky and thus isn't as claustrophobic as most of the examples here, the terrain in the hellish shard-plane of Grixis in Magic: The Gathering is said to be made of bones and decaying flesh. Even its cities are referred to as "necropoli."
- Old Phyrexia was a more straight example, complete with nine spheres.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- The Fiendish Codex II, published in 3rd Edition, decides that layer six of the Nine Hells (Malbolge) is under the direction of the daughter of Asmodeus (the most powerful devil lord), Glasya, who has made the plane fleshy, with tall oily hairs instead of forests, lakes of bile and viscera, and ivory towers that used to be fingers or ribs. Special mention must also be made of a great mound at the layer's center called the Birthing Pit.
- Planescape has 666 layers in the abyss, home of the Chaotic Evil demons. Zegrentilandib, layer 393, is sentient, with fleshy ground.
- Nentir Vale setting has the realm of Torog, the King Who Crawls, god of imprisonment and torture. His capital city, as it were, is Gargash, the Living Torture Den. The reason it looks so horrible is that it's literally the not-quite-corpse of the ancient primordial that crippled and cursed Torog in the first place. It's "tended to" by an army of Wrackspawn, themselves the twisted not-angel-but-not-demon remnants of Torog's other victims, who are eternally hacking, destroying, and reshaping the entire city-sized horror simply so that Gargash doesn't regenerate enough to let it wake back up.
- Most parts of Malfeas, the Demon City, in Exalted don't look organic, but the place is nevertheless made of Malfeas, the fallen king of the Primordials. The ancient Exalted mutilated him, turned his planet-sized body inside out, and stuffed the world-bodies of all the other defeated Primordials inside of him. You can still find their world-bodies in there, including Cecelyne the Infinite Desert. Her body is imprisoned inside Malfeas, and his body is imprisoned inside her. Most of the Primordials' bodies don't look like the innards of an animal, but that's just because they're inhuman Eldritch Abominations who far predate the invention of things like animals.
- Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits has a handful of later battles in such a place.
- The Queen of Hearts's castle in Alice: Madness Returns.
- The first Devil May Cry takes Dante to the Underworld near the end of the game, which is very much this. It's quite creepy, though the music that's playing more than makes up for it.
- A lot of the levels set in Hell from Doom and Doom II are like this. As well as parts of Doom 3.
- DOOM carries on the tradition, only instead of the architecture being gory, this time it's rusting rocks covered in the gore of human victims, fresh carcasses often piled up in visceral piles and forming pools of blood. Blood leaking from the ceiling is also a common sight in demon territory.
- The original Nexus War had two Evil planes, one on the back of one of the pantheon of gods, and the second within the body of said god. It's not a pretty sight. The sequel replaced the second plane with a maddening maze crawl through that god's mind.
- The Hell level in God of War is distinctly covered in gore.
- The computer game Ancient Evil has a variant — the walls of Hell are made of what seem to be human flesh and bone, with a pond forming from the blood.
- The Secret of Monkey Island features such a setting in the caves beneath Monkey Island, referred to in a later game as "The Caverns of Meat."
- While not strictly "Hell" in the traditional sense, the pain elemental Chzo (a.k.a. "the King") from the Chzo Mythos games is not so much an entity as an entire hellish dimension, a labyrinth of fleshy tunnels from which there is no escape. That, FYI, includes death: Chzo feeds off of suffering, and he not only tortures his prisoners into becoming mindless, mutilated slaves, but he keeps them alive for all eternity.
- The Elder Scrolls
- Coldharbour is the Daedric realm of Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of Domination and Corruption. The ground is sludge, the sky is on fire, and the air is freezing. It resembles a ruined and desecrated copy of Nirn that is filled with suffering and "spattered" with blood and excrement. It contains charnel houses full of the dead and slave pens beyond count. The smell of the place alone is enough to kill most mortals, and it is said that no mortals willingly visit this place except in error. You get to venture into Coldharbour yourself in Online.
- The Deadlands are the Daedric realm of Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of Destruction. They have more of a Fire and Brimstone Hell aesthetic, with the buildings having some Alien Geometries, but they also have elements of this trope. You get to visit the Deadlands in Oblivion.
- The Dark World in Silent Hill 3 and The Room. Naturally, it's very symbolic.
- Gluttony in Dante's Inferno.
- The Claret Hollows in Etrian Odyssey.
- The Domain of Pain in Guild Wars.
- Also the Depths of Madness, which is a bloodstained mountain region.
- Hell in the first Diablo consisted of what seems to be bony walls filled with blood. The Nest in Hellfire was even more organic, but less infernal.
- Infinity from Breath of Fire II is the game's Hell analogue where Deathevans and his demon horde are sealed, and is completely made out of pulsating flesh.
- In Holy Diver, the second stage is titled "Zoumotsu Zigoku," which roughly translates to "entrails hell."
- In Might and Magic: Heroes VI, several structures associated with the Inferno faction and Sheogh, the demon's prison dimension, appear to be composed of flesh.
- One of the endings of The Bard's Tale is preceded by a scene in a dark void on top of a platform of flesh while blood rains from above.
- The ultimate punishment for the gluttonous in Afterlife has them sewn into the intestines of an archdemon, with a tube connecting their mouths to their neighbor's stomachs. Their revulsion at the meals consumed by their host causes an endless chain-reaction of vomiting, and structure description is even interrupted by the narrator getting sick. And you thought The Human Centipede was unpleasant.
- Domains in Shin Megami Tensei IV are dimensional distortions created by demons to serve as bases that impinge on the real world. They mostly consist of masses of fused flesh and Alien Geometries coexisting uneasily. Once you're trapped in one, the only way to escape is to kill the demon who made the Domain.
- As of version 1.2 of Terraria, worlds in the game may spawn with an alternative to the Corruption, the Crimson. It's mechanically the same thing, but new, blood-and-viscera-themed monsters are running around, Shadow Orbs are replaced with Demon Hearts, and Demonite ore is replaced with Crimtane.
- The "Heck" biome in Starbound consists mostly of flesh blocks, brain blocks, and "plants" that resemble organs that drop flesh when harvested. The Heck objects (Altars, Chests, lights, etc.) are also made of flesh.
- One popular Game Mod for Minecraft, called "Biomes O'Plenty", adds dozens of new biomes to the game, a few of them in the Nether, Minecraft's version of Hell. One of them, "Visceral Heap", plays this trope straight.
- Paranoiascape, a very obscure PS1 game is all about this.
- Jack has all kinds of hell, but Drip's lair certainly fits this trope, the entire landscape made up of the bodies of those guilty of the sin of Lust.
- The Land of Pulse and Haze in Homestuck.
- Kagerou: Vast swathes of the Black Bug Room that is Kano Jurgen's mind comprise cavernous rooms made of red, lumpy, veiny flesh. The doors to some of these are even labeled for your convenience.
- Demon Eater might qualify, although it's ambiguous whether this actually Hell or merely another dimension with an utterly bizarre ecosystem. So far at least we've never seen any humans there, alive or dead.
- In The Order Of The Black Dog, probably the closest trope we have to what Rhoda saw of the astral plane.
- In Our Little Adventure, Bloddengogga is the home of Demons and the afterlife for the Chaotic Evil. Its ground is meaty and dotted with gigantic eyeballs, while its trees have hands for leaves and are dotted with lipless, eyeless faces.
- Orion's Arm: The Queen of Pain. It is an an animin, an Eldritch Abomination that has ascended to the fourth singularity and yet isn't self-aware. It takes the form of a nation-sized mass of flesh that imprisons the worst of the worst inside of its body and uses its nanotech to horribly torture them for all eternity.
- The NES Godzilla Creepypasta includes some truly nightmarish versions of this in Zenith.