About JohnKutensky


I'm an amateur writer. I mostly write open-ended short sci-fi, but I do write other things, as well. I hope you enjoy my stories!

John Kutensky
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Reading, Writing, Cooking, Video Games
Favorite Books:
Don Quixote
Favorite Authors:
Simon Winchester, Terry Pratchett, Ian Fleming, Nicholas Ostler, Bill Bryson
Favorite Movies:
Saving Face, I'm a Cyborg But That's OK, Star Wars
Favorite Music:
The Seatbelts, classical, jazz, ska


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Love Insurance

A somber figure entered the room. The salesman sat down at the desk, opposite a distracted-looking man and an eager young woman. He jogged the papers in his hand and looked over them at the couple before him. The woman leaned forward, smiling expectantly. “Ah, before we discuss your premiums, perhaps it would be best if we first talked a little about why you’re here today,” he monotoned. ...

Added 07 Dec 2016 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.4 | Views 110 | 3 Comments

Dia de Muertos

“Mama, do I have to go?” “Ay,  vida , what’s wrong? I thought you liked  Dia de los Inocentes .” “It’s boring. It’s just the same stuff every year. I’d rather stay here.” “Oh, but you get to see everyone. And there are all the beautiful orchids and  ofrendas . Your sister worked so hard on it. Please go,  mijo , for me.” “Alright, mom. I’ll go. But what about you?” “Don’t worry...

Added 24 Aug 2016 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.6 | Views 121 | 2 Comments

The World's Wisest Man

Long ago, a wandering monk came across a small, sleepy village, sitting in the shadow of a large and imposing mountain. He entered the quiet town, and went to the tavern, hoping to find someone to tell him about the hamlet in which he found himself. He asked what was unique to the town, and received a most curious reply. "Did you notice the mountain above the village, good monk? Well, at...

Added 28 Feb 2016 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.8 | Views 175 | 3 Comments

Witness the Future

The time-traveler wandered across the scorched and desolate earth. She had come from the past to witness the future, if one existed, of her unstable world. Her radio coughed static. She had turned off her geiger counter hours ago, its constant cacophony a depressing distraction as she searched for signs of civilization. She found only plagues of grotesque, black wasps, preying upon malformed...

Added 04 Nov 2015 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.2 | Views 203 | 2 Comments

The Skull

Many years ago, while traveling towards a village whose name I can no longer remember, a young merchant found himself trapped in a sudden thunderstorm. As the tempest roared and howled and boomed around him, he saw the opening of a cave, just large enough for his horse to fit through. He dug his heels into his horse and galloped towards the entrance of the cavern. The rain poured down outside...

Added 09 Oct 2015 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4.75 | Views 264 | 2 Comments

I'm Glad I'm Here With You

I ran into the living room, out of breath. Olivia was watching the news, hunched forward on the couch, her hand to her mouth. “Let’s go to the beach!” “Now?” she asked. “Why not?” I asked. “What are we going to do here?” She looked back at the television, then to me, her head turning back and forth until she made up her mind. “I guess you’re right. Should we bring anything?” “I’ll grab...

Added 01 Jul 2015 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 8 | Avg Score 4.75 | Views 325 | 5 Comments

The Afterlife

The drums echoed through the night, their steady rhythm muffled, but not silenced, by the ancient woods. The moon shone brilliantly, illuminating the small clearing. The knife rose. The knife fell, plunging through the cock’s ribs, into it heart, quickly muting the sacrifice’s dying scream. The priest breathed deeply and placed the sacrifice into the flames, his own flesh unbothered by the...

Added 15 Jun 2015 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 6 | Avg Score 4.5 | Views 400 | 2 Comments

The Dead Hand

It is difficult to keep the spectre of death at the front of one’s mind. Eventually, a human being can adapt to anything. Your first few weeks working at a nuclear launch facility, the dread of having to perform your duty weighs heavily on the mind. But after months without incident, even this occupation becomes mundane. No longer do the air-conditioned concrete hallways chill one’s...

Added 02 Jun 2015 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 431 | 2 Comments

Remember Them

For millions upon millions of years, it drifted through space alone. At a time when trilobites swarmed through the seas of earth, it had been cast out of its home solar system. A wandering star had passed too close, and its gravity had ejected it from its orbit. Left behind were its stars and fellow planets as it was cast into the cold darkness of space. Until, at last, it found a witness...

Added 13 Apr 2015 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 371 | 2 Comments

I Used to Have a Lot of Friends

I used to have a lot of friends. There were so many of us: worshippers of the old gods, followers of the true religion. Our temples were always full, our priests numerous, and our adherents devout. And then that philosopher came to our city. He walked along the dusty, meandering road that came from the west, walking alone in raggedy clothes. Our city had no special importance to him. It...

Added 27 Feb 2015 | Category Supernatural | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 494 | 3 Comments

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