Matthew Pallamary’s The Small Dark Room of the Soul is a great collection of short stories.
These are primarily stories about situations arising from human greed, or in one instance, sorrow. Sometimes the hero or anti-hero wins, and other times he or she comes to a horrific end. Some have supernatural elements and others take place in the mundane world shared with the reader. Most have a twist at the end. One story, about a car problem, was just funny.
I liked the voodoo story best, the story whose title is also the title of the collection. The next story from the collection that stood out for me was “Rusty,” and I’m not a dog person. Neither, of course, was the young lady at the center of the story.
It was an intriguing collection featuring lean writing, without an unnecessary word anywhere. An enjoyable read that I highly recommend.