My book review of WOOM by Duncan Ralston


Plot: (Back of 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 escort, 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.

My Review and Thoughts:

This is a dark twisted exploration of violence, pain and inner darkness. 

A thick idea placed in sperate stories yet each story has a tie up with the complete storyline. This is an extreme horror book that plays with the senses of the reader. Duncan Ralston knows how to mingle the grotesque with the over all appeal of a storyteller both fictional and yet reality based in the concept of a darker nature unfolding in all it's gory glory for the adventurous reader who happens to explore these darkened caves of fiction.

Ralston creates a vibrant working plot. You the reader take a hold of each story and piece together the slow burn monstrosities of an extreme conclusion. The book leaves nothing to the imagination. It rapes the senses of clarity in all its graphic penetration.

Ralston knows how to tell a story inside a story and weaves all those stories into a ultimate climax of depravity and yet in a sick twisted sense, a peaceful conclusion, yet with the extreme purposes of detail and every dotted I, comes the end.

This is a book that you enter and it never leaves you. This book takes a hold of your emotional realities and places it's extreme nature deep inside the recesses of your imagination.

The book never lets up and never lets go. WOOM is a prime example of the darkness of humanity or in a sense the darkness and gore to the hidden natures of society. We are an extreme culture, Ralston creates that extreme darkness in a thick plotted story of finding oneself, or at least trying to go back to the beginning so that the end can be washed away.

WOOM is a nightmare, but also a waking dream.

Would I Return to it Again: Absolutely. Its a book that will haunt you, but a book that demands a deep sense of exploration. I have become an instant fan of Duncan Ralston.

Would I Recommend: To a select audience. You must love extreme horror. But it is a book that I feel should be experienced in all it's violent, twisted depravity.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Four Final Words: Passionately Extreme Storytelling. Brutal.