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Woom: Most disturbing book written?

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book contains topics of Drug Addiction, Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, Abortion and genital mutilation.
Woom by Duncan Ralston
Published by Shadow Work Publishing on 7 September 2017
Genres: Extreme Horror, Horror
Pages: 137
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased Book
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Warning: this book contains graphic violence and sexuality most readers will find offensive.

"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.

Woom by Duncan Ralston is a disturbing extreme horror you won’t want to miss. Deranged, corrupted and full of shocking twists, Ralston does what he does best and throws you to the sharks.

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CONTENT WARNINGS

Rape, pregnancy loss, drug abuse, genital mutilation


My review of Woom

I am fucking speechless. Duncan Ralston….Ha!

Now this doesn’t happen a lot especially with horror. I am a connoisseur of extreme and weird horror but this…this could’ve knocked me over with a feather. Woom by duncan ralston stole every word out of the dictionary and then some. It stole my words, my emotions and locked them in Room six of The Lonely Motel. I gasped way too many times. Laughed at the one liners and had to scoop my eyes from my lap, such was the shock at the turn of events.

Okay…Okay…Let’s calm down for a sec. Is Woom the most disturbing book written?

Moving away from the plot for just a moment, the style and the narration was exemplary. How the stories within a story just moulded together seamlessly. How the voice of Angel became stronger, more confident with each story. The more I read, the more I wanted to find out the reason for Angel’s presence within Room six, and just why he was central to everything.

I will never in the life of me look at giblets the same way again!


“I always prefer stories that center around a couple of characters. Firstly, I want to invest myself and witness every nuance, every emotional tell. Moreover, it should feel like performing an autopsy—discovering the cause of death. As I sift through the body’s rotten internal organs. I aim to root through the decay and uncover precisely what went wrong in their life.

“You should always listen to that voice when something doesn’t feel right. Always look out for the red flags. Stop worrying about being nice, about making a scene.”

I consistently cheer for protagonists I can relate to, but Woom offered no such connection, and that was refreshing. Angel, the stranger harboring secrets, and the plus-size sex worker who has endured her own trauma—both characters appeared distant and foreign. Nevertheless, I remained eager to push forward and unveil their scars, their personal stories, and boy, did I ever.

Duncan Ralston, I salute you! Very rarely am I surprised enough to actually let my emotions overtake my reading experience, and yet, here I was, staring into space, unsure of how to verbalise my internal conflict. Ralston threw me into the trunk of his car and drove me to The Lonely Motel and forced me to see everything that had occurred. I couldn’t close my eyes to his madness, couldn’t shy away from his very special brand of extreme, it at times felt like a brick to the temple.

Woom ending…wow, just wow. I don’t think I’ve ever read an ending like that. Duncan Ralston made me gasp way too many times.

The only other book so far that emitted this kind of reaction from me is Ania Ahlborn’s Brother. You can check my review here.

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“Jenny said his name like he’d just stepped in shit, and that’s when Johnny knew for certain he was the only one getting fucked here. He had a bad feeling he was about to take it without lube.”

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“Intelligent, character-driven horror tales.” – Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jack Ketchum’s review of Gristle & Bone.
Duncan Ralston was born in Toronto and spent his teens in small-town Ontario. As a “grownup,” Duncan lives with his wife in Toronto, where he writes dark fiction about the things that frighten, sicken, and delight him. His work has been reviewed in Scream: the Horror Magazine, Cultured Vultures and Daily Dead. In addition to his twisted short stories found in GRISTLE & BONE and VIDEO NASTIES, he is the author of the novels SALVAGE, THE METHOD and GHOSTLAND, and the novellas WILDFIREWOOM and EBENEZER.
 
Duncan’s influences include (but are not limited to): Stephen King, Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, Harlan Ellison, Jack Ketchum, Roald Dahl, Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahnuik and Bret Easton Ellis.
He runs the small press Shadow Work Publishing, which has published the writing of Jack Ketchum, Wrath James White, Jeff Strand, William Malmborg, The Sisters of Slaughter, Glenn Rolfe and many others.

Duncan Ralston

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