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Warning: this book contains graphic violence and sexuality most readers will find offensive. "Trust me when I say, this is messed up..." - Matt Shaw, author of Sick B*stards "I believe pain lingers," Angel said. "Do I believe in spirits? In the supernatural? Probably not." The Lonely Motel holds many dark secrets... and Room 6 just might possess the worst of them all. Warning: this book contains graphic violence and sexuality most readers will find offensive. "Trust me when I say, this is messed up..." - Matt Shaw, author of Sick B*stards "I believe pain lingers," Angel said. "Do I believe in spirits? In the supernatural? Probably not." The Lonely Motel holds many dark secrets... and Room 6 just might possess the worst of them all. Angel knows all about pain. His mother died in this room. He's researched its history. Today he's come back to end it, no matter the cost, once and for all. Shyla, a plus-sized prostitute, thinks the stories Angel tells her can't be true. Secrets so vile, you won't want to let them inside you. But the Lonely Motel doesn't forget. It doesn't forgive. And it always claims its victim.


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Warning: this book contains graphic violence and sexuality most readers will find offensive. "Trust me when I say, this is messed up..." - Matt Shaw, author of Sick B*stards "I believe pain lingers," Angel said. "Do I believe in spirits? In the supernatural? Probably not." The Lonely Motel holds many dark secrets... and Room 6 just might possess the worst of them all. Warning: this book contains graphic violence and sexuality most readers will find offensive. "Trust me when I say, this is messed up..." - Matt Shaw, author of Sick B*stards "I believe pain lingers," Angel said. "Do I believe in spirits? In the supernatural? Probably not." The Lonely Motel holds many dark secrets... and Room 6 just might possess the worst of them all. Angel knows all about pain. His mother died in this room. He's researched its history. Today he's come back to end it, no matter the cost, once and for all. Shyla, a plus-sized prostitute, thinks the stories Angel tells her can't be true. Secrets so vile, you won't want to let them inside you. But the Lonely Motel doesn't forget. It doesn't forgive. And it always claims its victim.

30 review for Woom: An Extreme Psychological Horror Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mort

    This book is the wet dream of abnormal sexual psychology. In 1886, the first edition of PSYCHOPATHIA SEXUALIS by Krafft-Ebing came out. It was studies about sexuality and the abnormal fetishes people have. The book was not widely available - only to certain people in the medical field. The twelfth English edition came out in 1906. The copy I got my hands on was published in 1999. You would not believe some of the abnormal (to call it sick would just be a personal opinion) things people got up to way This book is the wet dream of abnormal sexual psychology. In 1886, the first edition of PSYCHOPATHIA SEXUALIS by Krafft-Ebing came out. It was studies about sexuality and the abnormal fetishes people have. The book was not widely available - only to certain people in the medical field. The twelfth English edition came out in 1906. The copy I got my hands on was published in 1999. You would not believe some of the abnormal (to call it sick would just be a personal opinion) things people got up to way back when. I'm sure it will shock you - it certainly shocked the hell out of me! - and I only made it halfway through before abandoning it. It started interfering with my personal life, it was almost like I started looking differently at people. In the end, if that happens, it is best to cut your losses and get yourself back to semi-normal. So, sexuality and abnormal sexuality does not shock me to the same extent, and when I read something like this, I can look past it and judge the story itself on merit - most of the time. And that is why I'm giving this book five stars - there is a damn good story in there. From a psychological standpoint, I could not fault the author on anything, meaning that it (abnormalities) made sense. I have to congratulate Duncan Ralston with this story. For me, it is up there with some of the Matt Shaw stories I enjoyed. And in the same breath, I have to warn any potential reader, if you can't get past the sex in the story, this book will just gross you out - it is best left to the people who can stomach it. Loved the ending!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Absolutely disgusting but haunting and amazing

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lee Franklin

    Absolutely sick, demented sexual perversion Ruined my lunch in the best way possible. The human race is a truly messed up species and Ralston paints us without any gloss or shimmer. Just the blood, sh!t and jizz we are. Holy cow, if I ever meet the author I cant promise I could look him in the eye.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Wow. This one was really great. The story was crazy and original and the narrator absolutely nailed it. I didn’t know what to expect when I agreed to a review audio copy, but I am really glad I took on a chance on a new-to-me author. I will be looking up more of Mr. Ralstons work for sure. Shyla is meeting a client in room 6 at the Lonely Motel for a little partay. Unfortunately, Angel the man who called the escort service has some history at the Lonely Motel. Bloody history. Several mini stories Wow. This one was really great. The story was crazy and original and the narrator absolutely nailed it. I didn’t know what to expect when I agreed to a review audio copy, but I am really glad I took on a chance on a new-to-me author. I will be looking up more of Mr. Ralstons work for sure. Shyla is meeting a client in room 6 at the Lonely Motel for a little partay. Unfortunately, Angel the man who called the escort service has some history at the Lonely Motel. Bloody history. Several mini stories form a patchwork tale that culminates in one messy f’d up finale. Solid 4.5 Stars and Highly Recommended! *I received a complimentary review copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Grim Reader

    Those of you familiar with Matt Shaw's black cover, extreme books will probably be aware that he is working alongside other writers from the horror genre. These books come with a warning, and for a good reason; not content with tales of things that go bump in the night, these books deal with things that rip and tear, leaving nothing to the imagination, often dripping with bodily fluids. Duncan Ralston is an author I am quite familiar with. I picked up his short story collection some time ago and Those of you familiar with Matt Shaw's black cover, extreme books will probably be aware that he is working alongside other writers from the horror genre. These books come with a warning, and for a good reason; not content with tales of things that go bump in the night, these books deal with things that rip and tear, leaving nothing to the imagination, often dripping with bodily fluids. Duncan Ralston is an author I am quite familiar with. I picked up his short story collection some time ago and enjoyed his refreshing and original ideas. 'Salvage' recently 're-released by Shadow Work Publishing was Ralston's debut novel-a supernatural tale that dealt with some heavy subjects such as mental illness. It was a brilliantly executed, slow burning novel that showed a confidence and thoughtfulness that I'd not seen for some time. 'Woom' is a very different beast all together. It's Ralston's foray into extreme waters. At its heart 'Woom' is the story of a very troubled individual who seeks a rebirth after a truly torrid life. What starts off as a sort of creepy serial killer sort of tale soon turns into something completely different. 'Woom' is like a jigsaw. As the story progresses, things click into place, giving you a look at the bigger picture, an understanding of where our character has come from and where he intends to go. I figured out what was happening quite early on, but this in no way detracted from the story and the ending left me kind of speechless. 'Woom' is a clever story too. It is a series of stories within a story, cleverly done and well executed. Ralston's two main characters are prostitute Shyla and Angel-the man who calls the escort service so he can act out his fantasy. They are intriguing and utterly engaging. Both are damaged goods but in very different ways. Their coming together is almost a cruel twist of fate and the book will leave you with contrasting emotions. Ralston's writing is excellent, his descriptions are spot on and his characters are original and engaging. It isn't an over the top gore fest by any means, though some scenes will be burned into your memory banks for some time to come. Extra points also for the clever play on the books title. It's an excellent example of some of the exciting dark fiction being written today and a tale that will leave a lasting impression on any horror fan brave enough to read it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Justin M.

    Well, I’m disturbed! This was sick in the best way. Reminded me of Chuck Palahniuk in a good way. I’ll check out more from this author!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    Wow, that was seriously messed up. I listened to this on audio after receiving free credit from the author via his newsletter. It was a little surreal listening to it while driving down the interstate. All the stories were a bit rough, but the story of Bethany and the prom was bad. I almost threw up listening to this today. Literally almost upchucked. Overall, a fascinating tale though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carl Bluesy

    I enjoyed this book far more then I thought I would. It’s is filled with sex and gore that at fist I feared would be all the book had to offer. The charters grow so that each story leaves a larger impact. It’s hard to pull this done always wondering what going to happen next and what word and graphic detail will catch you off guard.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Light

    Brain Melted Duncan Ralston's WOOM is a perfect example of an author shattering the mold, and creating a story that's truly original. As I read this book, I knew I had found something COMPLETELY different. WOOM is a dark, increasingly mind-bending, gut-wrenching journey into the darkness locked away in the recesses of the mind. I was unable to put this book down until I finished it, my mind reeling like I had just come out of anesthesia. My jaw was dropped open wide the last twenty pages, and I'm Brain Melted Duncan Ralston's WOOM is a perfect example of an author shattering the mold, and creating a story that's truly original. As I read this book, I knew I had found something COMPLETELY different. WOOM is a dark, increasingly mind-bending, gut-wrenching journey into the darkness locked away in the recesses of the mind. I was unable to put this book down until I finished it, my mind reeling like I had just come out of anesthesia. My jaw was dropped open wide the last twenty pages, and I'm still trying to scoop my melted brain back into my head. WOOM is not for everyone, it is truly extreme in every sense, but if you are into it, this is definitely for you. Highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason Parent

    I read this novella in one day, which is fast for me. And that was with two short breaks because the material is... tough to read. Not since I read Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted have I read something that made me cringe and squirm as much as this one did, and that’s not an easy thing to do. To the point I was talking to myself and groaning. But what might get lost in the disturbing and often disgusting subject matter - not for the weak-stomached - is that this is a fantastically written book, both i I read this novella in one day, which is fast for me. And that was with two short breaks because the material is... tough to read. Not since I read Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted have I read something that made me cringe and squirm as much as this one did, and that’s not an easy thing to do. To the point I was talking to myself and groaning. But what might get lost in the disturbing and often disgusting subject matter - not for the weak-stomached - is that this is a fantastically written book, both in the sense of language/voice/style and in a wonderfully crafted plot. If you like your horror a little (okay, A LOT) on the twisted and sometimes unfortunately perfectly descriptive side, Woom is highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** It’s there in the title friends. Ralston makes sure to warn you well in advance – “An Extreme Horror Novel.” This isn’t a book for the faint-hearted or the “maybe I’ll try reading a horror book” crowd. This is for the tried and true fans of the genre. The ones who don’t get squeamish much anymore. If you watch a horror movie and have ever thought ‘you know if they would have had more gore in that scene, or made it more offside,’ then this nove ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** It’s there in the title friends. Ralston makes sure to warn you well in advance – “An Extreme Horror Novel.” This isn’t a book for the faint-hearted or the “maybe I’ll try reading a horror book” crowd. This is for the tried and true fans of the genre. The ones who don’t get squeamish much anymore. If you watch a horror movie and have ever thought ‘you know if they would have had more gore in that scene, or made it more offside,’ then this novel is for you. I snagged this one specifically because of a Facebook comment. I’ve followed Duncan for some time on the various social media platforms and on his personal Facebook page, he’d posted that this book was on sale a while back. Another person (I won’t mention who… but her name rhymes with Karen and her poetry book rhymes with Read, Read… cough cough) commented that she’d love to read this but didn’t think she had the stomach for it. SOLD! The story within isn’t fun, nor kind, but by God did it scratch a lot of places in my horror brain that hadn’t been scratched in some time. The story is pretty straight forward – we’re introduced to Angel, a man who has a scarred face and a scarred life. He’s checked into a familiar room at The Lonely Motel, a seedy, hourly place on the outskirts of town. The one’s most people drive by but never wish to stay in. He calls an escort service and requests a specific lady and is pleased with Shyla when she arrives. It doesn’t take long for Angel to discover that his specific requests were exactly what he was looking for. Then Ralston runs us through the gamut as Angel tells Shyla some stories, seemingly random stories, as he explores Shyla. The stories are horrible, awful, heart-wrenching snippets of lives suffering and experiencing the worst there is. But it’s all for a purpose and Duncan does a great job of keeping things unknown until they arrive at the right moment. I really enjoyed this depraved jog through Angel and Shyla’s meeting and while normally this would probably say something about my mental state, most people who know me in real life, know I don’t really have a filter, nor do I have a line that can be crossed. If you have more than one trigger issue with reading horror, you’ll probably tap and DNF at the first story Angel tells, if not for sure at the second. But if you can push through or don’t suffer from triggers, you’ll be in for a treat.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Addy

    Yeah, so I read this as something to pass the time since its not very long. My foray with extreme horror is very short and if you read this book you will know why. I only chose to give it a shot because of Duncan Ralston but it seems obvious who had more influence on this story...Matt Shaw*cough.* I have nothing against extreme horror, it's just not my thing. I definitely wouldn't recommend this to the casual horror fan but if you enjoy extreme stuff, it wasn't that bad. The story was good and v Yeah, so I read this as something to pass the time since its not very long. My foray with extreme horror is very short and if you read this book you will know why. I only chose to give it a shot because of Duncan Ralston but it seems obvious who had more influence on this story...Matt Shaw*cough.* I have nothing against extreme horror, it's just not my thing. I definitely wouldn't recommend this to the casual horror fan but if you enjoy extreme stuff, it wasn't that bad. The story was good and very clever so maybe it was just the way it was executed. I'll still give Duncan a try but maybe more of his tamer stuff. 3 stars for being clever and writing such a train wreck of a story! Oh yeah and the feeling of dread I was able to maintain throughout the novel and images I'll never be able to get out of my poor, helpless head....waah!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lance Dale

    Sick. Depraved. Twisted. Good stuff. This book will make you say "WTF did I just read" in a good way. Sick. Depraved. Twisted. Good stuff. This book will make you say "WTF did I just read" in a good way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Richelle SheReadsHorror

    ⚠️ extreme horror warning ⚠️ This book was wow! I really enjoyed the writing style of this book because it reminded me a lot of how trick-or-treat the movie flowed. This book starts off with Angel, a man with a long scar on his face that has some history with room 6 in the lonely motel. He orders a prostitute (shyla) to come to his room at the lonely hotel for sex? Or therapy? They share stories with each other that all connect in a way! I loved this so much. Very gross and extreme! Prepare your ⚠️ extreme horror warning ⚠️ This book was wow! I really enjoyed the writing style of this book because it reminded me a lot of how trick-or-treat the movie flowed. This book starts off with Angel, a man with a long scar on his face that has some history with room 6 in the lonely motel. He orders a prostitute (shyla) to come to his room at the lonely hotel for sex? Or therapy? They share stories with each other that all connect in a way! I loved this so much. Very gross and extreme! Prepare yourself! 5/5 🌟 stars for this one!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brad Tierney

    My first trip with Mr Ralston at the helm, I read this book in one fat session! This book was so gripping, that I actually injected the wrong insulin when it was time to shoot up. I haven’t done that in 3500 injections. One of the best (Top 3 easy) shorter stories I’ve ever had the privilege to read. As a result, Mr Ralston has acquired a lifelong reader. 5/5 Skulls ☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Lennon

    Well that was, without a doubt, the most messed up thing I have ever read. Don't get me wrong. It was a fantastic read. In fact it's probably the best thing I've read all year. But my god, that was seriously, seriously messed up. I need to go take a shower. Well that was, without a doubt, the most messed up thing I have ever read. Don't get me wrong. It was a fantastic read. In fact it's probably the best thing I've read all year. But my god, that was seriously, seriously messed up. I need to go take a shower.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Red Lace Reviews

    Finally returning to the one place that's caused him a great deal of pain in his life, Angel hires Shyla - a prostitute that has no idea what's in store for her. Settling down into Room Six at the Lonely Motel, Angel begins their encounter with stories of that very room - terrible stories that Shyla finds hard to believe. Just what is Angel's motive? Shyla will inevitably find out, one way or the other. (WARNING: This review contains spoilers.) One thing's for sure - this one will stay with me for Finally returning to the one place that's caused him a great deal of pain in his life, Angel hires Shyla - a prostitute that has no idea what's in store for her. Settling down into Room Six at the Lonely Motel, Angel begins their encounter with stories of that very room - terrible stories that Shyla finds hard to believe. Just what is Angel's motive? Shyla will inevitably find out, one way or the other. (WARNING: This review contains spoilers.) One thing's for sure - this one will stay with me for a while to come, it's even possible that I'll never forget it. It's seared into my mind, each and every disturbing tale that left Angel's lips. Despite becoming so engrossed in the twisted playground that is Ralston's imagination, I actually needed to take several breaks throughout and come up for air. I'm fairly new to the whole "extreme" side of horror, and whilst I enjoy the pushing of limits and whatnot, I feel small doses are best. Admittedly, one particular story actually caused me to feel a bit sick. Don't get me wrong, I consider myself having a strong stomach, but there's some things that just freak me out, and what transpired with Mary in "Woom" was one of those things. Perhaps it's because what Mary did to herself wasn't far-fetched at all; it's a very real thing that women in the world still do to themselves, or maybe it's just because I own a vagina and the descriptive detail offended my female parts. Below are the respective parts of the book, and the "theme" for each tale. Room 6 - Essentially the introduction, where Angel and Shyla first met. I admit, Angel gave off that serial killer vibe from the beginning, despite being all gentlemanly and polite. Cram(ps) - What's the term? Stuff or swallow? Boy, this one was unpleasant to start with, but Ralston just had to add icing to the cake. It got considerably worse. (Drug muling, miscarriage.) Pro(lapse) - Probably my least favourite of the lot. It didn't deal directly with Angel or Shyla, but added some rather bizarre humour. (Rectal prolapse.) Woom - As I've already stated, this one made me feel sick. I don't even want to think about it anymore. (Bathroom abortion.) (S)mother - It was Shyla's turn to share. I wasn't surprised at all by her account - someone in her profession would obviously meet all sorts. (Account of rape, asphyxiophilia.) Man(nequin) - This was my favourite! I didn't see it coming. At first I felt sorry for Bethany, but she was absolutely mad as all hell by the end. (Mutilation.) (Still)born Again - The climax of it all, and what a climax it was. I knew Angel had something in mind, but I didn't know just how twisted it was. (Rebirthing.) I know a lot of people are put off by an authors intent to shock and disgust, and I'd agree if the plot suffered and was nothing more than fluff. I, however, think there was a clear, thought-provoking story here; one of hardship after hardship, and a person's tragic connection to a specific place. Angel was, by all means, a very traumatised individual that obviously needed professional help, yet I suppose, in a way, professional help is exactly what he received from Shyla. Do I believe the room itself had anything to do with it? Well, it was definitely odd that that specific room was the stage to most of the events, and considering the number of the room, it was implied something more was going on. I, however, don't think the room was "evil", or had any paranormal connections. Perhaps negativity just attracted negativity. I was spurred on to do a bit of research of my own after finishing, regarding the rebirthing therapy. I love it when something I read prompts me to delve deeper into a topic I wouldn't otherwise be interested in, or even know about. Whilst Angel took it WAY too far in the end, the practice itself, specifically the blanket / pillow version, is heavily controversial. What's especially harrowing, is the story of Candace Newmaker; a ten year old girl who died during a seventy-minute session. I recommend reading about it, if you're into that sort of thing! Originally I gave a rating of three, but I've increased it to much-deserved four. I'm glad I happened across this on Amazon! In conclusion - Very well done, but not for the faint of heart. Includes highly sensitive material. I'll be reading more of Ralston's work in the future - something about the dark and twisted is addicting. Notable Quote: "You should always listen to that voice when something doesn't feel right. Always look for the red flags. Stop worrying about being nice, about making a scene. I know that now." © Red Lace 2018 Wordpress ~ Booklikes ~ Twitter

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris Miller

    WOOM by Duncan Ralston is a brief, bizarre read, well-written and unpredictable. A man meets with an overweight hooker in a motel room that has been the source of immeasurable pain throughout the years, the place all the bad things in his life seem to be drawn to. As he tells one story after another to the woman, we slowly start to see how the seemingly unconnected events tie together...and not just because of the location of the motel room. By the end, all is revealed and tied together. I had a h WOOM by Duncan Ralston is a brief, bizarre read, well-written and unpredictable. A man meets with an overweight hooker in a motel room that has been the source of immeasurable pain throughout the years, the place all the bad things in his life seem to be drawn to. As he tells one story after another to the woman, we slowly start to see how the seemingly unconnected events tie together...and not just because of the location of the motel room. By the end, all is revealed and tied together. I had a hard time trying to decide how to rate this book. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am NOT a professional reviewer. I don't get paid to review books, I don't get free copies sent to me from authors, and because of this, I have my own rating system. Usually, if I like a book, I give it five stars. And I liked this one quite a lot. This was extremely well-written and paced, the characters likable--or at least relatable--and I can't point to anything on the prose front that wasn't excellent. The only thing holding back that fifth star from me is the story itself. It's interesting. It's engaging. It sucks you in and leads you along because you just HAVE to know what all of it means. It's strange, bizarre, uncomfortable. The tension builds, but subtly. This isn't a balls to the wall, in your face suspense fest, but all the same, just beneath the surface, things are getting more and more tense throughout. I adored this aspect of it. However, when we finally reach the end, or rather the last quarter or so, the bizarre nature of the story gets so twisted that I became a little disengaged. I like bizarre, so it wasn't that, per se, but the WAY in which it was bizarre...it's hard for me to really communicate it properly. I won't do any spoilers, but suffice to say that this incredibly well-written piece of extreme horror shocks you with cinematic style reveals rather than visceral gore. There's some graphic sexual acts in this book that are...strange, to say the least. It isn't until the end that you kind of understand the purpose of them, and when you do--at least when I did--the face does this kind of scrunching up thing. It isn't confusion, it's a WTF? Or a WTACTUALF? That said, keep in mind all things are subjective. I LOVED the writing, the layers of the story, how it was presented, dialogue, all of it. Ralston is masterful with his prose, and I mean that genuinely. The story is good, but for me, at the end, I was more weirded out than horrified. However, I do think others will find it outstanding, especially those who are really into bizarre stories with some extreme horror thrown into it. The story isn't nearly as blood-soaked and gory as I'd expected it to be, and it didn't need to be. The extremes here aren't so much about how much splatter can be spread on the walls of room 6, it's in the horrors this man Angel has endured throughout his life and the strange and extreme way in which he hopes to 'start over'. And they are shocking. If you like extreme horror, especially bizarre stories, WOOM is for you. It's expertly written by an author who has now attacked my wallet because I simply have to read more from him, and the way the mystery was woven into the horror was nothing short of brilliant. Don't miss this one if this is your thing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    Thanks to the free trial of Kindle Unlimited, I’ve been binging on literary frights for months. Ralston is an author I’ve read before, most recently in the fresh off the printing presses Ghostland. A pretty good author, I might add, although I’ve found him to be more effective in short form and I’m definitely convinced of it now, after reading this demented ditty. Now I’m no stranger to the genre and I’ve read the gamut from quiet and subtle to gorefests, but in the end my preference is always t Thanks to the free trial of Kindle Unlimited, I’ve been binging on literary frights for months. Ralston is an author I’ve read before, most recently in the fresh off the printing presses Ghostland. A pretty good author, I might add, although I’ve found him to be more effective in short form and I’m definitely convinced of it now, after reading this demented ditty. Now I’m no stranger to the genre and I’ve read the gamut from quiet and subtle to gorefests, but in the end my preference is always toward the dark psychological terrors. This short novel is advertised as extreme and oh boy, is it ever. I mean, this is what one imagines extreme would be. It’s highly disturbing, exceptionally violent and overtly viscerally disgusting. In other words, not exactly my sort of thing, not at all, actually, but having that been said, it was very well done for what it was. The quality of storytelling was there and I definitely appreciated that. And frankly, otherwise it would just be sex, gore and violence for the sake of itself, which I’m sure there is an audience for out there, but it’s just…doesn’t merit contemplation. And this book actually does, merit contemplation that is. It’s a genuinely interesting, strangely compelling story of a man who wishes to sort of hit reset on his violently tragic life through vtragic and violent means. To this end he invites a plus size prostitute to a cheap motel and they engage in an evening of sharing intimate stories, all leading up to a horrifically grotesque and yet very fitting ending. Very uncomfortable story to read. I’m pretty sure too extreme for me. Ghostland was at times too young, but this one is definitely for adults. It is nice to see actual quality of writing beneath the viscera, though, much like discovering a porn flick with a genuinely good plot and dialogue, I’d imagine. It’s s actually the bonus short story that Ralston included with this that was the star of the show for me. Might be my favorite thing by the author read thus far, in fact. A genuinely original, creepy, well written tale of a young woman’s new job in obit business that turns out…well, even creepier than it sounds. Very nice sinister atmosphere, the frights are purely psychological and all the more effective for it. Nicely done. So in a way, not only is the main entry extreme, but this slim volume also showcases the author at his two extremes. I know which one I prefer. Reader mileage may vary.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Blanchard

    The Scheherazade (of the 1001 Arabian nights) in a cheap motel called Lonely Motel Your host is Angel who is a disturbed individual calling for a prostitute who is fat, obese, with fold of flesh hanging over. He has brought along a duffle bag of goodies for the sexual experience for his own agenda. Shyla joins him in Room #6 for a series of disturbing, gut wrenching, over the edge stories leading to a surprising conclusion. The chapters are not labeled 1, 2, 3..... On the contrary they are labele The Scheherazade (of the 1001 Arabian nights) in a cheap motel called Lonely Motel Your host is Angel who is a disturbed individual calling for a prostitute who is fat, obese, with fold of flesh hanging over. He has brought along a duffle bag of goodies for the sexual experience for his own agenda. Shyla joins him in Room #6 for a series of disturbing, gut wrenching, over the edge stories leading to a surprising conclusion. The chapters are not labeled 1, 2, 3..... On the contrary they are labeled by the stories told by him and her. Each story is a little bit worse than the last one. And, yet, they are connected in their own way. What the reader can choose to do here is take the stories at their face value or view them as Sex Education 303 for they do present ideas most of us really don't want to know about. The success of any extreme novel is in the story itself with the actions being as a kind of ultra layer of makeup. In the end as in a any kind of travesty of any human life, Woom by Duncan Ralston makes a lot of sense. After a life of filth, don't you want some sort of redemption no matter the form it leads to. These are two lonely individuals and what sort of trouble could that ever lead to?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Flowers

    What did I just read? I'm not into extreme horror, I'm not. But given the talent behind this dark tale, I just had to peek behind the curtain of the Lonely Motel. What happens there will shock you, it will, there's no tip toeing. But there's something else going on too. A story unfolds among these shocking and horrifyingly ridiculous situations. I found myself glued to each page, to discover what transpired during each of Angel's stories. I had to know. I had to see what happened in the end. And What did I just read? I'm not into extreme horror, I'm not. But given the talent behind this dark tale, I just had to peek behind the curtain of the Lonely Motel. What happens there will shock you, it will, there's no tip toeing. But there's something else going on too. A story unfolds among these shocking and horrifyingly ridiculous situations. I found myself glued to each page, to discover what transpired during each of Angel's stories. I had to know. I had to see what happened in the end. And when it came, when the mystery unfolded, in its own gross way, it made a kind of ugly beautiful sense. Well done, Duncan. Well done.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    My recommendation is that you don’t read this book. Now if you’re anything like me, that statement may make you want to run off and read it (that’s basically what I did). Do so at your own risk. Obviously I’ve given this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. To that point I’ll only say that this was my first “extreme horror”, that it was absolutely what I feared it would be and surprisingly so much more. I loved it. Think of me what you will 😜

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Vaughn

    This was really, really good. It was definitely extreme, and very well written. I listened to the audio book and Craig Beck's narration was excellent! I'll write a proper review after I let it digest some. This was really, really good. It was definitely extreme, and very well written. I listened to the audio book and Craig Beck's narration was excellent! I'll write a proper review after I let it digest some.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader

    Duncan Ralston hits it out of the park with this one. I don't normally read extreme horror but I'm glad I decided to take the plunge and read Woom. It was interesting how all the stories end up coming together in the end. Loved it! Duncan Ralston hits it out of the park with this one. I don't normally read extreme horror but I'm glad I decided to take the plunge and read Woom. It was interesting how all the stories end up coming together in the end. Loved it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ross Jeffery

    Duncan Ralston where have you been my whole life. Woom is absolutely brilliant. Horrifying, deplorable, gut-twisting, cringe and panic inducing extreme horror at its finest! Told with mesmerising prose and a story that snakes it’s way around you like a python, squeezing every last piece of sanity out of you until you succumb to Ralston’s masterclass! I loved the structure of the book it was isolating and claustrophobic whilst also harkening back to the most base level of storytelling - telling s Duncan Ralston where have you been my whole life. Woom is absolutely brilliant. Horrifying, deplorable, gut-twisting, cringe and panic inducing extreme horror at its finest! Told with mesmerising prose and a story that snakes it’s way around you like a python, squeezing every last piece of sanity out of you until you succumb to Ralston’s masterclass! I loved the structure of the book it was isolating and claustrophobic whilst also harkening back to the most base level of storytelling - telling stories. I bloody loved how all roads led to our final destination - you can see the influence of Palahniuk on Ralston’s writing in boldness, uncensored and unflinching story that he weaves and that’s great because I fricking love Palahniuk! Full review coming soon!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    How to best describe the experience of this book? I don't know if it would be accurate to say I enjoyed it but I don't think enjoyment is really the point. This one is all about the visceral experience of the story and the emotions evoked through the characters. Let's start with something more palatable and then we can move on to the other stuff. I love the characters in this story. Not the characters themselves, so much. But I love the construction of the characters. I love the role that the ch How to best describe the experience of this book? I don't know if it would be accurate to say I enjoyed it but I don't think enjoyment is really the point. This one is all about the visceral experience of the story and the emotions evoked through the characters. Let's start with something more palatable and then we can move on to the other stuff. I love the characters in this story. Not the characters themselves, so much. But I love the construction of the characters. I love the role that the characters play with each other and how the narrative is layered around them. But mostly, I love that the characters feel genuine. These aren't your idealized, perfect movie-of-the-week characters. These people are broken. There might not be a knight in shining armor here but the people in this book feel a hell of a lot more authentic, the stuff stories should be built on. Woom is sort of a narrative walking tour of a string of tragic events which have taken place behind the doors of room six at the Lonely Motel. And for anyone who might be unsure, thus particular establishment has earned its name. The protagonist, Angel, has returned here to try and exercise the demons of what he has suffered in this place. He has invited along another person, a prostitute, to help participate in this process. Only she doesn't really know that yet. This book is meant for a very specific kind of horror fan. If you're the kind of person who giggles at the death scenes, in horror films, you might like this. If you are squeamish or have trouble with graphic descriptions, don't read this book! It's dark and its gory. There should be no confusion about that. I came into this with a fair amount of apprehension despite enjoying other books by Ralston. I am not generally a fan of "extreme horror". Nothing wrong with it, just not my preferred sack of nuts. And there is definitely extreme content in this book. There were scenes I had difficulty with emotionally. There were scenes that had me curling up in my seat in physical pain I wasn't even feeling. Still, on a scale of one to Saw - I thought the gore in this story was handled very well. It's used for a purpose and is placed at just the right moments with just the right amount of intensity to draw out your emotions and rip them apart. This isn't the kind of story where it's all about seeing the writer combine a chainsaw, an exercise bike, a colony of angry fire ants and a gallon of hydrochloric acid into an awful death scene. It's not a gimmick or a substitute for story. You don't have to like what you read, it isn't about taking pleasure from it. It's about how the book makes you feel and challenges you to think about the characters. My one critical comment would be regarding the ending. Namely, when we get down to those last few moments, I kind of wish things had been drawn out for just a few more pages so that motivations and actions could be crafted out a little clearer. Very minor issue though and others probably won't agree. This is just me. So. As I started with, I wouldn't say I enjoyed this necessarily but this is powerful writing. This book is a javelin thrust right to the heart of your moral center. It's a closed hotel door that dares you to open and peek inside. And most important of all, this is a book that would be very easy to drive off the rails with all the gore and the way the narrative is constructed, with a fair amount of flashback and exposition. Still, Ralston pulls this off like the pro he is and I'm very proud of him for this effort. Top notch. Now go buy the book already. For reals.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    Review of WOOM by Duncan Ralston Oh my, such a book. WOOM surely must qualify as one-of-a-kind, outre, far-out, psychological horror. Room 6 at the Lonely Motel is not haunted per se, but Room 6 surely does have a history, a history of horror, both self-inflicted and other-inflicted. One of the characters in this book often ponders fate and planetary alignment, and how either/both of those might impact human choices; and for certain, there is something of the phrase "When the Stars Are Right" ope Review of WOOM by Duncan Ralston Oh my, such a book. WOOM surely must qualify as one-of-a-kind, outre, far-out, psychological horror. Room 6 at the Lonely Motel is not haunted per se, but Room 6 surely does have a history, a history of horror, both self-inflicted and other-inflicted. One of the characters in this book often ponders fate and planetary alignment, and how either/both of those might impact human choices; and for certain, there is something of the phrase "When the Stars Are Right" operating in Room 6 of the Lonely Motel, an unassuming, by-the-hour site, not so far from the New York State/Canadian border. I read this book while alone. Although it didn't terrify me, it certainly did wring me inside out, more than once. The denouement was completely bizarre and out of this world, but the conclusion was even more so! Mr. Ralston takes such a collection of vignettes and weaves them into one seamless, very bizarre, narrative. There is storytelling, and there is Storytelling; and what occurs here puts all those legendary campfire tales to shame. What humans do to themselves and to each other.... Duncan Ralston has already made quite a name and a niche for himself with SALVAGE, and EVERY PART OF THE ANIMAL. In WOOM, released August 6, he has carved out an entirely new niche, one just for himself.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    I'm not a reader of the extreme. It's just not my thing. It's not the gore that gets me. I'll do gore all day long. It's the sex/gore fusion. It does nothing for me. And this book is crammed full of it. But Ralston presents it in such a way that not only did I finish the book and enjoy it (well...most of it. There were parts. Oh, were there parts), but it kept me turning the pages much faster than I anticipated. Ralston bookends a handful of disturbing scenes with a whale of a tale that keeps us I'm not a reader of the extreme. It's just not my thing. It's not the gore that gets me. I'll do gore all day long. It's the sex/gore fusion. It does nothing for me. And this book is crammed full of it. But Ralston presents it in such a way that not only did I finish the book and enjoy it (well...most of it. There were parts. Oh, were there parts), but it kept me turning the pages much faster than I anticipated. Ralston bookends a handful of disturbing scenes with a whale of a tale that keeps us needing to know what happens around every turn. We're watching this horrific accident and we hate what we're seeing, but it doesn't matter because the need to know trumps the desire to look away. It's relentless and you just may hate yourself for turning each page. This isn't a book I will recommend to too many people. Not because it's bad but because it's HORRIBLE, like the movie HAPPINESS was horrible. Or MYSTERIOUS SKIN. You can't just go running your mouth off about stuff like that. You have to pick the audience wisely. But I will say this: If you already know what you're getting into with this book, and you're okay with what's coming, you're going to love it. It's well written and expertly presented--the dangling worm set by a master baitman. You'll take the bite, hook, line, and sinker. I warned you.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim Napolitano

    Shock story! Not for the common reader.. When I mentioned to the author I’d be reading Woom next, he really warned me this story was shock horror. I hate to tell him, it’s not. It’s actually heartbreaking story of abuse and mental illness.. johnny comes back to room 6 in The Lonely Hotel with a history, he hires a hooker to join him to tell his tales, she has some of her own. The interesting thing is most of the conversation is during a sex act that is completely horrible and yet they are disjoin Shock story! Not for the common reader.. When I mentioned to the author I’d be reading Woom next, he really warned me this story was shock horror. I hate to tell him, it’s not. It’s actually heartbreaking story of abuse and mental illness.. johnny comes back to room 6 in The Lonely Hotel with a history, he hires a hooker to join him to tell his tales, she has some of her own. The interesting thing is most of the conversation is during a sex act that is completely horrible and yet they are disjointed.. the ending is completely nuts but if you look at it (if you can) it’s not the ending you expected. Maybe I’m the weird one me here but this story was sad, but had an end I didn’t expect.. well done!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    This is my third Ralston novel and each has been so drastically different. This type of book isn’t my thing. I didn’t like it. I didn’t enjoy it. Yet, I was riveted. The concept, the writing, the way the story played out – all were terrific. This is a gross, disgusting, detailed and graphic story. I hated it and was mesmerized at the same time, a nasty little conflict that will take me some time to reconcile. What a way to end the year - you’ll just have to judge this one for yourself because I This is my third Ralston novel and each has been so drastically different. This type of book isn’t my thing. I didn’t like it. I didn’t enjoy it. Yet, I was riveted. The concept, the writing, the way the story played out – all were terrific. This is a gross, disgusting, detailed and graphic story. I hated it and was mesmerized at the same time, a nasty little conflict that will take me some time to reconcile. What a way to end the year - you’ll just have to judge this one for yourself because I am truly at a lack of words.

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