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Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite
I Met a Demon (Based on Actual Events) by Petronela Ungureanu is a dark, horror short story. In the fall of 1976, a young man is dispatched by his boss to a small village to help with the restoration of an old bridge. Forced to work so far from his home, the young man must take residence in the village. The residence is owned by an old woman with no concern for upkeep. The hovel he finds himself in is small, in disrepair, and plagued with rats in the attic that keep him awake with the incessant scratching of their nails on the attic floor. But, there are other sounds he hears in the night, and they do not sound like the rodent trespassers. The source of those sounds will change his view on life forever.
I Met a Demon is a quick and spooky read. This is the second story by Petronela Ungureanu that I have had the pleasure of reading. This tale is much darker than the first story, Lost in the Seven Worlds, but the same surreal imagination and reflective inspection of the world is present in this story as it was in the first. Even though she is writing works of fiction, Ungureanu still attempts to show truths in her works that can be applied to real life and the lessons within will hang with you long after finishing the tale. I recommend this tale if you are looking for a short story to give you chills, and I hope to get the chance to read even more by Petronela Ungureanu.