They Didn’t Believe Me

a short storyby Andrew B. Hurvitz 30 minute read Spotify soundtrack A young political assistant is unwittingly drawn into a plot to poison her boss with a toxic perfume. For two years I had a dream job: Chief of Staff for Councilwoman Hilary Flores, 6th District. She had recruited me, fresh out of college, and…

Trade For Print

Trade For Print a short story  By Andrew B. Hurvitz   An unscrupulous photographer lures a postal worker into fraud by offering young love for sale. There was a photographer who lived and worked at the Tri-Pines Manor apartment on Chandler Bl. in North Hollywood. After leaving work at the post office I’d see him,…

The Lady on the Horse

That foggy day was her last moment of childhood frolic. When she rode Charlie home to her parent’s house in the late afternoon, she saw her mother being carried out on a stretcher. Two white suited men loaded her into the back of an ambulance. She pulled the horse and tied him up to a…

“Such Happiness!”

Isabelle/Model/2017

Model A beautiful and privileged young girl is blissfully unaware of a shy man's affection for her. My mother told me that I'm one of those young men with low self-esteem who will always be grateful for the attention that any young woman throws my way. My mother told me that I did not have…

“Incidental in Studio City”

Josh Hardwick, 2014 It was a clear, sparkling, blue-sky morning in Los Angeles. Ned Le Reve of Studio City went out for a walk. Ned, his wife Stacey and daughter Kirsten lived on the quaint Cantura Street just south of Ventura Boulevard. Their house was rented, but it felt like home with its double hung…

“Hated Hill House”

2012/Craig House/Chatsworth, CA/Photo: Andrew B. Hurvitz More than 30 years ago, in a town halfway between Los Encinos, CA and Riverside, Mr. and Mrs. Hill bought a modest ranch house in the sleepy Santa Tara Valley. The newly named Hill House was a white clapboard ranch set back about 200 feet from Highway 14, along…