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Woom: An extreme horror

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Matt Shaw is proud to present Duncan Ralston's "Woom".

'Trust me when I say, this is messed up...' - Matt Shaw (author, Sick B*stards)

The Lonely Motel holds many dark secrets… and Room 6 just might hold the worst of them all.

Angel knows a lot about pain. His mother died in this room. He's researched its history. He's come back today to end it, no matter the cost, once and
Kindle Edition, 90 pages
Published August 6th 2016 by Matt Shaw Publications
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Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely disgusting but haunting and amazing
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Justin M.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
The Grim Reader
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Andrew Lennon
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Fungi From Yuggoth
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
Thomas Flowers
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Duncan Ralston and had heard a few folk mention this story and knew I would check it out sooner rather than later.
While it does what it says on the tin, there is also a slight air of poignancy in this tale as we learn about Angel and listen to his rapidly sickening stories as he gets intimate with a female escort.
As I've come to expect with Mr Ralston it's well written, flows well and is all around awesome.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella, horror
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!
Steve Stred
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** 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
Shadow Girl
Full RTC

I just got my keyboard fixed, so I have a lot of reviews to catch up on, but don't wait for the reviews - WOOM is one that shouldn't be missed! Just like Dunk's other stories... I was really sad when it ended. Until I get my new review up - let me quote myself from another of Duncan Ralston reviews...
I cannot praise this book highly enough.
Each story
[that Angel told Shyla] pulled me into Duncan Ralston’s world a little bit further, and his world is a scary place to be.
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is indubitably the MOST depraved piece of literature I've ever read, and that includes the Marquis de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom.

I found myself reading this book in chapter-sized chunks because I needed breaks from the assault on my psyche. WOOM had me wincing and turning away from the page because it was truly EXTREME. One portion in particular (which I won't spoil,) scarred me for life. That is not an exaggeration.

I thought I knew what the book was building towards, but the author managed
Lydian Faust
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Almost impossible to believe that a story so vulgar could be so beautifully written. Ralston so eloquently describes the horror of Room 6, that you can practically smell the stench of the vermillion carpet. The characters are as pitiful as they are depraved, and even when you feel the bile rise, you can't look away.
A.A. Imken
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this nasty little piece of work. It's fast-paced, fun and, of course, outrageously disgusting. A few scenes do make you squirm, some are deliciously vulgar and there's enough blood & guts (and other bodily fluids) in there to keep the gorehounds happy. If anything I would have liked to see a bit more depth to the two main characters. Recommended.
John Ratcliff
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Woom" is absolutely brilliant in concept and even more so in execution. A vividly drawn tale of remarkable horror and debauchery. Duncan Ralston has quickly become one of my favorite new storytellers. Highly recommended!
Dawn Drenning
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the strangest things I have ever read, however I loved it. The stranger, the better in my long as it has a wonderful story to tell.
Debbi Lathrop
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not what I expected

This is a wonderful story of life, death, love and rebirth. It was a rollercoaster ride of a read. Good read
Bonnie Racki
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!

It is so interesting how all the stories that are told, end up coming all together at the end. I thought it was a really cool story!
Jon Hilty
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A well-written short novel, with no redeeming qualities in the plot or the characters or the ideas whatsoever (for me, at least), that I wish I hadn't read. I bought this based on the claims that it was a weird, truly depraved story. I like weird, and I like depravity to some degree, as long as it's framed in a good story with characters I appreciate, whether or not I actually LIKE them. This book, though, does not manage any of that. I do not recommend it unless you have some truly bizarre feti ...more
Leanne Pert
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Im going to have nightmares for a week

Well, I know I love a good extreme horror, and this certainly falls into that genre. There's not much I can say really I'm at a loss for words. I read this in one sitting I just couldn't put it down. It's now 3.32am and I'm not going to sleep anytime soon, lol. Well done Duncan Ralston
RJ Roles
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sick and twisted. Sometimes down right gut wrenching. Highly recommended!
Brad Tierney
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ☠☠☠☠☠
Dane Cobain
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: While I am to be unbiased, Ralston is an author friend that I’ve known for a couple of years.

Well, well. Woom is interesting because it’s so hardcore – Ralston doesn’t shy away from ‘gross‘ subjects, like vaginas, mutilation and viscera. But it works well, and I like the way that there’s a story within a story – although you’ll need to read it for yourself to find out how that works out. What I will say is that this is definitely not for the fainthearted, and it should probably be ac
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Woom takes place in the aptly named Lonely Motel. Angel has returned to the motel, to a particular room, room 6. It was the site of a traumatic experience for him. He calls for an escort to accompany him, one of a very particular body type. He proceeds to tell her some stories all related to the room, and so begins an anthology of tales all linked together with a common theme.

Some of the tales of note that are not spoilery: Jenny and Johnny get into heroin trouble with a dealer. They have to act
Aaron Nash
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I consider myself a pretty hard person to shock. Ive read countless horror novels, and seen so many films that have been dubbed to be " the most disturbing thing you will ever see." They werent. Having gotten kindle unlimited for a month and being able to try new authors, i saw the cover for this and read the warning that came with it. I saw that it was around 90 pages and was curious, so i went into it blind, not having any clue to the synopses whatsoever, just that it was supposed to be shocki ...more
Megan Carbone
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: megan
twisted and awesome! loved the story!
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Duncan Ralston was born in Toronto and spent his teens in small-town Ontario. In addition to his twisted short stories found in GRISTLE & BONE and VIDEO NASTIES, he is the author of the novels SALVAGE, WILDFIRE, WHERE THE MONSTERS LIVE, WOOM, EBENEZER, and THE METHOD. His screenplays have won and placed in several major competitions.