“Tales from Purgatory” is the collected works of S. Zachary Schumer. It is a series of short stories and novellas that have no equal. These stories are a window into a black world of existentialism. The reader is drawn into a place where dark things happen to dark people. The reader must decide what is real and what is an illusion. Or perhaps, it is all real, or all a dream. Kafka and Castaneda would be proud to walk the streets of this strange world with Schumer and explore a normal world that explodes into a black hole that draws all into its whirling depths.