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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
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Kindle Edition, 131 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Shadow Work Publishing (first published August 6th 2016)
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Kat
Aug 27, 2021 added it
my five star scale is not equipped for this level of fuckery
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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Tim
Mar 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Okay self," I say to myself. "We really need to talk."

I sigh as I turn the page on the book I'm reading. "We're bringing this joke back for a review? Been a while, but I guess some classics never die."

"Don't be a smart ass Tim. This time I'm not going to berate you. I wanted to say I'm proud of you. You've been… well, you've been reading Literature with a capital L again. It's only March, and you've already read two books by Steinbeck, two by Dickens and a book by Faulkner. You've been crossi
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Rebecca (on a review writing break!)
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.

The book begins with Angel arriving at Room 6 of the Lonely Motel and phoning an escort service. He hires Shyla – a plus sized prostitute. What follows is one of the most disgusting, beautiful, awful, heartbreaking, f**ked-up, sexually depraved stories I have ever
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Peter
Apr 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Is it really horror or rather an extreme story about an individual tragedy? I would say the latter. You'll read about a sad character named Angel (originally Johnny) who leads an unhappy life from earliest moments on (unwanted child produced by rape). He tells about his life an obese prostitute named Shayla. This is presented in a rather drastic and at parts disgusting way (drug trafficking, sexual details, a gangbang scene). Can you be reborn again? The way it is shown here leaves behind some q ...more
Andrew Robert
Oct 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
WOOM will worm into your psyche and mind fuck whatever remaining brain cells weren't violated while reading this extreme horror book. Duncan Ralston takes reader's on a dark exploration into the depraved minds of two shady individuals which he uses as a framing mechanism for a series of sickening stories told in a motel room that has seen its share of utter repulsion. This twisted tale is gross and seriously disturbing but it serves a purpose in the overall story which is incredibly impressive. ...more
Osanna.
Apr 05, 2022 rated it did not like it
This book is receiving a one star not only for its “ehh” attempt at splatter-punk, but because of my own personal confrontation with its author, Duncan.

**YOUR OPINION OF THIS REVIEW DOES NOT MATTER TO ME, LET US ALL GET THIS OUT THE WAY NOW**

The book is not bad. You get a decent plot twist toward the end and some pretty interesting situations, but that’s about it. Nothing in this novella made me freak out. Was it weird? Yeah, sure. Would I recommend it? Probably not.

My critique goes to Duncan a
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Nark
dare i say this was almost a 5 star read for me…

this was sick and depraved in all the best ways. i really liked it.
if you are easily disgusted, this horror novella is not for you though.

this story starts of with Angel, a man who has a history with room 6 in The Lonely Motel. he orders a prostitute to come to his room and they proceed to share stories with each other that all end up interconnecting in a way… that’s all i’m gonna say.🤣

cool writing style, lots of graphic details, really interesti
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Leeanne ☽ ◌ ☾
Fantastically Horrific!!

Woom is the first of Duncan Ralston’s book which I’ve read. I’d read some good reviews and as I’m an extreme horror fan, knew that it was something I just had to read. It was easy to get into and I was hooked immediately. The idea of this story is brilliant and I must admit halfway through it, I had a good idea what was coming at the end. Some people will be shocked by this, but I think it is beautifully written, and my heart goes out to Angel and Shyler due to what they’
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Sadie Hartmann
Originally published in an issue of SCREAM Magazine

There is a warning on Goodreads right at the beginning of the synopsis.
“Warning: this book contains graphic violence and sexuality most readers will find offensive.”
Readers would be wise to heed this warning. It’s not an exaggeration. There are scenes in this book that are so disgusting and disturbing, it’s hard to keep your eyes in your head and your mouth closed. I typically don’t show up for books like this. Extreme horror can be exploitive-c
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LTJ
Sep 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
“Woom” by Duncan Ralston is just one of those short stories you have to read it to believe it. I love horror as it’s my favorite genre to read but when it comes to extreme horror, this one definitely pushes the envelopes to realms that will definitely offend readers.

There is a TON of graphic and sexual violence here as this is definitely not for the faint of heart. Don’t eat or drink anything as you read this because it’ll gross you out beyond words. Yeah, it’s that extreme, wild, unpredictable,
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banana
Apr 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
if you're looking for a fast paced, horror story that's disturbing on every page, you might enjoy woom. very viscerally disturbing and sexually deviant in nature. an extremely graphic, violent exploration into human depravity and desperation. ...more
Crystal
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely disgusting but haunting and amazing
MadameD
Aug 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow !!
I didn’t expect that.
WOOM is a good, unexpected, extreme horror story!
I liked it !!
Ghoul Von Horror
Feb 27, 2022 rated it did not like it
TW: drug abuse, dead babies, sex workers, cheating, racism, abortion (wire hanger), drug mule, overdose, rape, male mutation

*****SPOILERS*****
About the book: 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. Sec
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Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio - 5 Stars
Story - 4.5 Stars

So fucked up and I loved it!

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Dave Edmunds
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


“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.”

Read this one some time ago now and it's still sticking in my mind. Extreme horror at its finest with more triggers than a John Wayne movie. Why I didn't review this one is anyone's guess. Probably suffering from a case of terminal laziness. It certainly deserves a review.

The story opens with Angel (a mysterious skinh
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Helen Power
Jul 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, novella
The cover says that this is an extreme horror novel, and it is not bluffing! This book is not for the weak stomached or anyone with triggers.
The novella consists of short stories and a framing story, all surrounding the same general theme of motherhood (That’s not quite right, but I don’t want to elaborate further because of spoilers). There’s a lot of over-the-top gore, and I honestly thought the book started off a little weak, as though all the gore and the stories were just for shock value. B
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Becks!
Feb 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Wtf did I just read?! That was disturbing, on all levels.
Marie
This was a twisted and crazy story!

A small backstory:

Angel has been coming to the Lonely Motel for a long time as he likes to get his rocks off on having prostitutes' do some kinky stuff for him along with him telling stories of his exploits that he has done in the motel room #6.

When he has a prostitute show up by the name of Shyla they both end up swapping stories of vile secrets they both have endured in the past. Things eventually take a turn toward twisted and strange as Angel wants Shyla t
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David Sodergren
Sep 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the most spectacularly messed up book I’ve read in years, but also cleverly constructed and well written. Extreme horror done right.
Shannon
Apr 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
I really struggled with how to rate this one, but in the end decided on a solid 4 stars. I don't usually read extreme horror, so this was pretty new to me. I can't say I loved it because it was so freaking gross!! But I was definitely entertained, and I kept coming back to it, so that says a lot.

This book is really, really gross. There were a couple of scenes in here that had me physically cringing while I read. If anyone had watched me read this, they would've laughed their asses off. I dare a
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Michael Sorbello
The Lonely Motel is a cesspool of some of the world's filthiest secrets, attracting all sorts of deranged guests damaged by lives filled with nothing but pain. Angel understands pain better than most, sharing an intimate connection with the motel's history of blood, drugs, trauma and depravity. Seeking salvation and looking to start life anew, Angel travels back to the motel to cleanse himself of the bitter scars and memories the past has left him with.

Woom has a very simple set-up, but good god
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Daniel Volpe
Feb 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What a great, visceral and brutal read. Ralston blends together a mixture of stories that have a common theme, ending with a surge of craziness. This book is short and I think it might be the perfect introduction into extreme horror. There's scenes of violence, depravity and filth, but all used in a way to further the story. ...more
Well Read Beard
May 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
New video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIxPY...
First. It's very extreme. Very. Extreme sex stuff, extreme mutilation stuff, extreme drug muling stuff. Extreme. So be warned, if you are easily offended... well you get it.
Second. It's deep. Everything connects. Absolutely everything connects together in the end, and while some of it is expected, the way it all ties together is very, very cool. Even the title can be looked at from 3 different angles to mean 3 different things. That's som
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Ian
Jan 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Am delighted to say that 'Woom' proved itself to be a highly enjoyable, ultra extreme, sexually explicit psychological horror story, involving mainly just two leading protagonists, which built up in intensity and, quite cleverly, ended up going full circle.

Loved the chapter headings which were very clever and the various connotations on the book title itself were also well thought out and interspersed well within the whole storyline.

The ending, although fantastical and maybe beyond belief, was a
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Kiera ☠
Apr 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's been a couple months since I've read this - digested it. Firstly, one specific chapter made me physically ill. Like intensely nauseous that I had to put the book down and breathe before I could continue. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, as I have a preference for gore in my books - hence why I picked this up in the first place.

What I love about 'Woom' however, goes beyond the gore & how incredible the writing is. The way the story ties itself all together at the end in a perfectly, horr
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Melanie Bouthillette
Jan 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This story is so well written I could not put it down. I became attached to the main characters and their sad stories of human despair. Room 6 is waiting.

Happy Reading!
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Extreme horror indeed. Absolutely disturbing on so many levels and quite visceral. I'm weirdly unsure how I should feel about this. What is fantastic is in how Ralston made me care for both Angel and Shyla. The stories told within this room ranged from icky to fetishes to whattheactualfuck and I was here for all of it.

HOWEVER, let me also state that while what these characters have gone through may not be what society would consider "normal appetites", people certainly have their own fetishes an
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daph pink ♡
The first half of this was mostly medicore until the later stories, when everything started to add up, and then the ending. I am well-equipped with all kinds of gross and gory stories. I didn't anticipate it to go so far in the concluding chapter.

I am going to put this here, folks who have read the last chapter will understand, I googled it like is that even possible turns out it is!
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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.

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