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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" operating in Room 6 of the Lonely Motel, an unassuming, by-the-hour site, not so far from the New York State/Canadian border.
I read this book while alone. Although it didn't terrify me, it certainly did wring me inside out, more than once. The denouement was completely bizarre and out of this world, but the conclusion was even more so! Mr. Ralston takes such a collection of vignettes and weaves them into one seamless, very bizarre, narrative. There is storytelling, and there is Storytelling; and what occurs here puts all those legendary campfire tales to shame. What humans do to themselves and to each other....
Duncan Ralston has already made quite a name and a niche for himself with SALVAGE, and EVERY PART OF THE ANIMAL. In WOOM, released August 6, he has carved out an entirely new niche, one just for himself.
One of my favorite books is Chuck Palahnuik's Haunted. If you haven't read it before, Chuck basically has several characters telling each other stories so it's a short story collection made into a novel. Woom is damn near the closest thing I've read to Haunted. Duncan's story only has two main characters: Angel and a prostitute Shyla. They meet in room 6 of the Lonely Motel and Angel tells Shyla stories (Shyla tells some herself too). At the same time, there's a storyline outside these stories that connects everything. It's truly something special. Duncan also matches a lot of Chuck Palahnuik's obscurity with the nature of these stories. They all have interesting plots that you won't find anywhere else.
While I recommend it, I do admit that it is graphic so I can see it won't be for everyone. Extreme horror never is. Just looking at the paperback cover and back will give you a clue as to what you are in for. Still, with all the gore and bloodshed, there's an amazing storyline. Count me as a Duncan Ralston fan.
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This was sick in the best way. Reminded me of Chuck Palahniuk in a good way. I’ll check out more from this author!