Category Archives: Stories

Payback

He looked around the room one last time. The pictures on the wall of his kids had faded along with eyesight. He doubted there would be enough left of the body for whoever came along to distinguish it from his … Continue reading

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Shoes Make The Woman by Kent Ostby

Each month the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine holds a “short short” contest where authors submit a 250 word story to go with a picture. The picture for this story was a shoe rack hanging in a closet. Unfortunately, my story … Continue reading

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Moon Goddess Festival by Kent Ostby

 Each month the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine holds a “short short” contest where authors submit a 250 word story to go with a picture.  The following story was written about a picture with an Indian scene.  It won me a runner-up for … Continue reading

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Quick Post about short stories

With my ongoing work on a new novel as well as the work of finding an agent for my previous novel, I’m going to limit short stories to every other work on the website. Once I get to the “let … Continue reading

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Ghost Creek by Kent Ostby

  Janette Harrison knew the elk was in trouble when she saw it. The large bull was buried up almost halfway by a slide of mud and debris that must have caught it when the spring thaw had roared through … Continue reading

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“The Escape” — My runner up entry to AHMM’s contest

Good news! One of my stories was a runner up in the latest AHMM short story contest. It is published after the jump.

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Head of the Hooch — Parts 1 & 2

A few weeks back, I wrote about how stories come about. Part 1 was published last week and here is the rest of the story:

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Head of the Hooch — Part 1

A few weeks back, I wrote about how storys come about. Here is part 1 of the story that came out of that. Part 2 will be up next Monday as well as a combined full version of the story.

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The Seventh Number

  The last number.  The one I can’t hit.  It’s waiting to give me away.  To leave a permanent mark on her phone.  That I’ve taken myself seriously enough to call her. I have to hit it because I can’t … Continue reading

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A win from stongscenes.com

One of the difficult parts of becoming a writer at a later age is the sound of the ticking clock when you finally decide, on your 39th birthday, that you ought to do that “writing thing” if you are ever … Continue reading

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