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Woom: An Extreme Psychological Horror Novel

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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.
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Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Shadow Work Publishing (first published August 6th 2016)
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Mort
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Crystal
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely disgusting but haunting and amazing
Bill
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Justin M.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dez Nemec
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook, horror
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.
Jason Parent
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Addy
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lance Dale
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sick. Depraved. Twisted. Good stuff. This book will make you say "WTF did I just read" in a good way.
Adam Light
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, own-it, e-book
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
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Richelle SheReadsHorror
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

⚠️ 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
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Brad Tierney
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️
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
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Chris Miller
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Steve Stred
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** 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
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Bandit
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Bruce Blanchard
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Michael
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 😜
Andrew Lennon
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kelly
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Chad
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chad
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim Napolitano
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Thomas Flowers
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jeanne
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
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 ...more
Matthew
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
FU FU
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Matthew Vaughn
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audiobook, horror
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.
Mark Young
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Read it, if you dare... 😂
 Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed
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
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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, WOOM, THE METHOD, GHOSTLAND and THE MIDWIVES. His screenplays have won and placed in several major competitions. ...more

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