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  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Work Publishing (6 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0995242348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0995242340
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,261,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There I was idly browsing through kindle books when I spotted the instantly recognisable 'black cover' that I would usually associate with Matt Shaw, and thinking that Matt had published a novel that I hadn’t heard of, I took a closer look only to find that this book was in fact written by a chap called Duncan Ralston and that the book was basically, endorsed by Matt Shaw.
So with that in mind, I thought I'd take a look.

I've read a few of Matt's previous works and was fortunate (or unfortunate depending on what you may think of his work) to have met him recently, so I thought I'd give this Duncan fellow's book a try. I'd not read any of his previous work and to be honest how extreme was a book going to be when it's written by someone called Duncan? Someone named Duncan isn't going to surprise me, I thought; Duncan's the name of a guy that works in accounts somewhere and the most extreme thing he's ever done is leave work 5 minutes early.

Turns out, I was wrong and that Duncan has written something very dark and very bizarre and messed up; but I say that in a nice way as I just couldn't stop reading the damn thing and had to go through it in one sitting just to reach the dank and smelly conclusion - again, I'm saying that in a nice way.

The story centres on a chap called Angel and the full bodied “escort” named Shyla that he's invited to room 6 of the Lonely Motel. Now Room 6 has a lot of history behind it that we find out over the course of the story, as Angel fills Shyla's head with his tales; whilst simultaneously filling something else of hers with his assortment of rubberised accessories.
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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 accompanied by a massive, massive trigger warning. That’s probably why I liked it – Ralston is a compelling voice in indie horror, and I look forward to reading more of his work.
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Woom, by Duncan Ralston is one of the nastiest and sharpest pieces of extreme horror that I’ve read in awhile. Just one look at that jet black cover is enough to make me think “buckle up! This is going to be one dark ride!” and yes, this is one sick inducing journey into the darker recesses of love and passion. Ralston has written some pretty twisted stuff in his time that has reduced me to making glottal noises but by comparison Woom should come with a free sick bag!

I think it’s probably safe to say that if you are an easily offended person then this is NOT the book for you. Set in a hotel, it follows a bloke called Angel as he tells a set of increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales of psychological trauma and psycho-sexual desires to a prostitute called Shayla which culminates in a climax that is as profoundly disturbing as it is poignant and emotional. A deliciously warped story of finding yourself, Woom is an absolute belter of a read!
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Woom is the latest offering from Canadian author, Duncan Ralston. Published through Matt Shaw Publications. With the signature black cover, it was obvious this book was going to be at the more extreme end of the horror spectrum.

It is...

The story itself is fairly simplistic. It is centred around a man who calls himself Angel, a man discovering a preference for women who are on the heavier side, the reason for this becomes clear later in the book. Introduce a hotel room with a bleak history and a hooker with a heart of gold named Shayla and the stall is set. Right?

Wrong.

This is where Ralston expertly displays his storytelling ability, by creating offset chapters; the result of a conversation between our two characters that are seemingly unimportant, and seemingly not relevant to the plot. After the disappearance into these mini stories, the focus shifts back to the unlikely rapport that blossoms between the two main characters. A few more people are introduced as the story develops, but again, they appear inconsequential to the real dynamic of the overall tale.

So..

I fear I'm beginning to ramble, because it's difficult to sum this one up without giving away some major spoiler's so I'm going to leave that there. If you know Ralston's writing, you'll no doubt be aware that his style is smooth; his prose is defined and articulate, his dialogue is well balanced and descriptions near perfect. This is no different. For a book where a good portion of the content is relating on past events and little actually happening in real time, I think there are few writers who could have pulled this off half as well as he did without it descending into confusion or boredom. He manages to build tension throughout by mere indications and suggestions.
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