Duncan Ralston
Shadow Work Publishing
August 6, 2016
Reviewed by Brian “Skull” Lewis

Howdy horror readers, it’s your old pal Skull with a quick and dirty review of an extreme horror novella by Duncan Ralston. WOOM is an intense epic that occurs entirely in one room, Room 6 at the Lonely Motel which is not the place to be if you’re happy and you know it. Please note: this is a work of EXTREME HORROR in which a lot of heavy duty shit happens. If you’re easily triggered, this isn’t for you and it’s not for kids. And now back to our show!

The story begins with a man named Angel checking into room 6 at The Lonely Motel and calling a service for a very specific kind of prostitute. Not unexpected, given the aura of the place, but what happens when she arrives is. Instead of a mad, sexual orgy it seems that Angel has hired Shyla so that he can tell her stories. But you’ll soon see the common thread running through each one. No fairy tales happen at The Lonely Motel, instead there are backstreet abortions, drug smuggling gone way wrong, rapes, personal devastation, and rebirth.

Rebirth? Yep, Angel needs a reboot, a fresh start, a chance to re-enter the world in hopes that maybe his luck will change. He knows it will, especially after his strange experience in a creeper van full of “helpers” He just needs Shyla to do her part in this thing and maybe everyone will get something they want. Or they might die horribly painful deaths…The only way to find out what happens is to pay a visit to room 6 at the Lonely Motel Yourself, vermillion key fob in hand…

Damaged Skull Writer and Reviewer gives WOOM 5 STARS, but cautions readers to keep an open mind. Sometimes things are so ugly and painful that they become beautiful in a dark way. Is it possible that Angel’s life has been leading up to this moment or is he a dangerous madman? You can’t look away once you start this journey, but you probably won’t want to. Skull says, “Get it!”

For more info about Duncan Ralston and Shadow Work Publishing go to: www.DuncanRalston.com and www.ShadowWorkPublishing.com  If you’ve got a minute, Damaged Skull Writer and Reviewer would appreciate more followers at www.damagedskullwriterandreviewer.com Thanks for stopping by the Skull Cave!


Hello fans of speculative fiction, it’s your old pal Skull with a cool new release from Last Waltz Publishing! For many of us, the Ouija Board was our first connection the spirit world. Often it’s just a bit of harmless fun in which the other people at the table move the planchette around while pretending to be ghosts. But the unknown world is real and their messages shouldn’t be taken lightly…

“Piece by Piece” will be the second work from Daemon Manx reviewed by yours truly, and I’m definitely looking forward to it. Stay tuned to find out more


I know that the hour is late, but I just couldn’t wait to share this great news. After collecting up all the entries in Damaged Skull Writer & Reviewer’s first giveaway, Anita Nelson Westbrook is the WINNER!!! I’ll be getting in touch with her shortly to find out where to send her prize, In the meantime dear readers please stay tuned for the next review and future chances to win some groovy stuff. A big thank you to everyone who was kind enough to share my posts. I sincerely appreciate YOU!

Goodreads Review of “Dreams For The Dying” by Adam Light and published by Corpus Press is live! Great intro by Duncan Ralston and the #LibraryShelfieDay Giveaway continues…

Dreams for the Dying by Adam Light

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adam Light
Corpus Press
July 7, 2021
Reviewed by Brian James Lewis

Hello regular readers, it’s your old pal Skull with a great read from Corpus Press, Dreams For The Dying by Adam Light. Not only that, but we’ve got a little surprise at the end of this review in honor of #LibraryShelfieDay. So read on my friends, read on!

If you’re a fan of speculative fiction and more specifically HORROR then you’re probably familiar with Corpus Press, home of Adam and Evan Light and also the producer of some pretty badass horror anthologies. I’ve reviewed quite a few of their releases, but I’ve got to admit that Dreams For The Dying truly scared the shit out of me. These are tales that will linger in your brain long after you’ve read them and show up when you find yourself on a lonely road some dark night or at 3 a.m. when you’re trying to sleep but can’t even though all the lights are on, and you’ve sucked down enough booze to make a mule stagger. Yes, Adam Light has put together a truly fear-inspiring collection of horror fiction. Trigger warning: If you are someone who’s easily freaked out, this book is going to push you out of your comfort zone. Many people enjoy the escape of that happening, but if you don’t, please consider trying something else.

After kicking off the action with a solid forward by Duncan Ralston, we arrive at the first story with a bang. Taken is a groovy little piece about “Jack and Dianne” But it ain’t that Jack and Dianne poking at the mean old world with a stick and chuckling grimly. No, in Adam Light’s story, Jack is the kind of long-haul truck driver that you pray your daughter never crosses paths with at a highway rest stop. Because Jack likes to steal things, abduct beautiful women for the love of his life, Dianne. But when Jack kidnaps a sexy little truckstop waitress, the sweats come and nerves too. He’s about to learn that women can be a lot more powerful than one’s assumptions. And Dianne? Well, she’s…sorry you’ll have to read the story to find out about her.

See what I mean though? Dreams For The Dying is no walk in the park. And in Vengeance By The Foot, the main character can’t walk at all because he’s lost a foot and part of his leg to diabetes. It’s actually a whole lot worse than that because Grant is in some major ass denial about the situation. I’ll let Adam fill you in on the exact particulars because he does a fine job at it. More importantly, he shows the toll the serious illness and caretaking has taken on Grant’s better half, Lucy. When people take those vows of marriage, it’s never really expected that either partner is going to end up as whiny dead weight, dragging the healthy person through a manure pit of a dairy farm. This story really resonates with me because I’ve been through some major health issues, including diabetes, and put my partner through hell before I realized what a mess I was. Grant doesn’t ever make that realization, and it costs him big. That vengeance is most fitting.

I’m going to talk about one more story here and leave the rest for you to discover without your old pal Skull narrating from the sidelines. Now this is the story that gave me nightmares. No bs, or fake buildups here. A writer of Adam Light’s caliber doesn’t need any hype to impress people, his work speaks for itself. What makes Ghost Light Road so scary is that it could happen to any of us. Especially those eager to seek out ghosts and the places they haunt. Billy is a horror fiend who’s spending Halloween night alone and bored out of his mind. Luckily, his kid sister calls and changes all that. Monica and her friends want to go check out a local legend, but they need a ride. Still, Billy’s just not feeling it until the offer of some high-octane booze to erase his blues enters the picture. Not only that, but one of his sister’s friends is a real babe by the name of Cassie. Maybe the night’s looking up after all! In that semi-happy cloud, they’re off to Ghost Light Road to satisfy their jones to see something strange and unexplainable. But things get creepier with every mile they drive away from civilization and into the bowels of nowhere. Soon fun takes a hike and fear grabs the wheel, when what looks like salvation turns into a supernatural slaughterhouse. One thing’s for damn sure, no one who makes it home from this horrible place will ever be the same. Trick or Treat!

Damaged Skull Writer and Reviewer gives Dreams for the Dying a rating of FIVE BLOODY STARS. If you’re looking for a short horror collection that terrifies, Adam Light and Corpus Press have just what you need. There are a total of eleven great tales in here, including the bittersweet Tommy Rotten, and the super intense Serving Spirits that shows how a father’s love can transcend all boundaries through the dark forces of voodoo. Adam Light’s stories paint vivid pictures in your head that linger and may just haunt you for the rest of your life. Highly recommended!

In honor of #LibraryShelfieDay I’m giving away a copy of this excellent horror collection! The contest starts today and ends at midnight on Tuesday, February 1st 2022 with the winner being announced on Friday, February 4th on my blog www.damagedskullwriterandreviewer.com I will also be sharing this on my Twitter @skullsnflames76. Good Luck and be sure to check out www.corpuspress.com

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