Short Stories

By. Jack Curtin

NEW! Chapter Four of “Truth Is the Perfect Disguise” added June 3, 2007.
(see final link below)

Finis is the most recent story added to the site. It was an entry in a short-short story contest at Whim’s Place. I though I’d be creative and go really short, three stories in the 500-word limited. The judges were apparently not impressed. So it goes. Note that the version you are about to read goes five words over that 500 limit. Maybe that will make all the difference.

Peace and Quiet was my entry in the Summer 2005 24 Hour Short Story competition at Writers Weekly . It finished somewhere between 35 and 40 among 500 stories entered.

The Leprechaun won Third Place in the Fall 2004 24-Hour Short Story competition conducted at Writers Weekly.com. It is currently being published online at Writers Weekly as well as here.

The Recovery was written for the Summer 2004 24-Hour Short Story competition conducted at Writers Weekly.com. It is published here for the first time.

The Fourth Cookie was written for the Spring 2004 24-Hour Short Story competition conducted at Writers Weekly . It is published here for the first time.

Jillian’s Story was written for the Fall 2003 24-Hour Short Story competition conducted at Writers Weekly . It is published here for the first time.

Sleeper was written for the Fall 2002 24-Hour Short Story competition conducted at Writers Weekly . It is published here for the first time.

Erotica This pair of short-short vignettes published here for the first time.

Obsession was an Honorable Mention winner in the Summer 2002 24-Hour Short Story competition and is published here for the first time.

Cop Bar is published here for the first time.
Clark, In The Sky was an Honorable Mention winner in a 2001 24-Hour Short Story competition and is published here for the first time.

There’s Nothing Like a Kennedy was another 24-Hour Short Story competition entry. I wrote it in reaction to the media frenzy over the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. It is published here for the first time.

After Billy Died was my first fiction sale and published on MysteryNet in 1997.

Also see my novel in progress,Truth Is the Perfect Disguise. The first three chapters have been published by Thrilling Detective Stories and–in slightly truncated form–won Second Place in an online writing competition conducted by Sisters in Crime.