Current Projects

img_0940SAVING KENNEDY
Two-story collection (Published 2016)

Paperback book containing J.L. Pattison’s short stories, ALIBI INTERRUPTED and THE VISITOR (see descriptions below).

Available for purchase from the publisher at CreateSpace. Also available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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ALIBI INTERRUPTED
Short Story (Published 2016)

final-jpgWhen Stewart Hudson travels back in time to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing President Kennedy, things don’t go as planned. Not only does Stewart unwittingly become Oswald’s alibi, he also finds himself stuck in 1963 with no way home.

The ripple effect of Stewart’s actions reaches far into the future when the wife of his future grandson confronts the younger Stewart before his trip to 1963. In an attempt to make sure Stewart gets it right this time, she learns the hard way that meddling in the affairs of the past always has unintended consequences.

Available for download on Amazon and Smashwords.

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THE VISITOR
Short Story (Published 2015)

img_0107Theodore Garfield never believed the old farmer’s story about the day he says the stranger appeared in his cornfield. And Theodore was even more skeptical about the letter the visitor left behind detailing the gradual downfall of America beginning with the assassination of a future president named John F. Kennedy.

Years later the farmer’s story is all but forgotten until a young senator named John F. Kennedy is elected president. With the farmer and the letter now long gone, will Theodore be able to prevent one of the most tragic days in American history?

Available for download on Amazon and Smashwords.

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THE ISLAND
Novella (Expected release: Early 2018)

When a clandestine intelligence gathering team sneaks onto a small island under the cover of darkness, the operation goes horribly wrong. Only one man is left to complete the mission, however, the information that he was intending to gather pales in comparison to what he soon discovers is actually happening on the island.

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CHASING HER
Short Story

A man, desperate to catch a mysterious woman, doesn’t realize that he too is secretly being pursued.

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COLLISION
Short Story

The lives of three vastly different people intersect in the span of a few minutes as each one views the other through a different set of eyes, and proves that people aren’t always what they seem.

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THE FARMER IN SHACKLES
Short Story

A simple farmer sets out to do some work on his property when he draws the attention of a stranger who gives him some shocking news.

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A MAN NAMED ED
Short Story

A mother answers the door to discover a mysterious man on her doorstep. He offers to take her son free of charge into his care to train him, educate him, and prepare him for the future, but is the man’s proposition too good to be true?

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THE DREAMS OF EVIL MEN
Short Story

Harold Crawford’s been plagued with vividly realistic nightmares for the past year. In every dream he is partaking in the genocide of innocents from throughout the annals of history. Is his condition just a matter of psychosis or something far more sinister?

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THE MONSTER IN THE WELL
Short Story

Jack keeps a monster in an old well. As long as it stays in the well, it is harmless, but if it escapes it could destroy all of mankind. The monster has remained captive for many years until the day Jack tells a neighbor of his secret.

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WHILE YOU WERE GONE
Short Story

A woman discovers her entire family missing and stranger in her kitchen.

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CHAMBERS
Short story

A young boy finds himself in an enclosed chamber with one glass wall that looks into two other chambers, each with one occupant. Everything seems fine until the wall in the third chamber opens.

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THE GREAT AMERICAN CLUBHOUSE FIRE
Short story

A seemingly innocent rivalry between suburban neighborhood boys turns bad when one group burns down the other group’s clubhouse and a body is found inside.

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REVOLUTION FROM A PARK BENCH
Short story

A strange man on a city park bench begins to draw the attention of countless people. No one dares approach the man because his actions are so strange, until one day a young boy breaks from the crowd and takes a seat next to the man.

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THE DAY BENNY DIED
Short Story

After years of conversations between two women in the state prison, one of them finally confesses to the other about her part in a murder from decades earlier.

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THE UNREQUITED
Short Story

In the 1940s a woman has a chance to briefly meet with her former husband in a train station as he’s passing through her town. After years of separation she has dreamed of this opportunity to, not only beg his forgiveness for what she did to damage their marriage, but to hopefully rekindle their love.

However, much has changed in her life during their years apart, including the accident, the result of which makes her reluctant to meet him. Is it better to take a chance of being rejected by him, or not show up at the train station and let him always remember her how she used to be?

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THE ROOM
Short Story

A man awakens in a room not knowing who he is, where he is, or how he got there. The room has no windows and the only furniture in the room is a bed and a table.

He wakes each morning to find food left for him on the table, and each day that passes he notices that the room is getting smaller.

The only means of escape is a single door but it remains locked from the outside.

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THE TOWN
Short story

A writer for a travel magazine is given an assignment to visit a town in the middle of the Nevada desert that is rumored to be run by Satan. Once the writer arrives, he is shocked at what he discovers.

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IN SEARCH OF GREENER GRASS
Short story

A man takes his family on a journey into the unknown universe in search of a habitable planet hoping to find an escape from the wars and destruction of home. But the grass isn’t always greener, even on other planets.

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THE TIME ASSASSIN
A choose your own adventure short story

When the inventors of a time machine are propositioned by the biggest investor in their project to go back in time to commit an assassination, the mission becomes more complicated than they expected.

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THE MAN IN THE CHAIR
Flash Fiction

In a chair in the middle of the room, a man sits quietly as his failures are revealed to him with the most brutal of honesty.

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THE LITTLE GIRL AT THE DOOR
Flash Fiction

A little girl wishes to bring a gift of life to her dying aunt but is delayed by her parents. Will the little girl be too late when she finally arrives?

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THE RED BRIDGE
Novella

While in search of Eternal City, a kingdom whose inhabitants live forever, two travelers discover that the city lies on the other side of a great chasm and is accessed by only two bridges. However, neither man can agree on which of the bridges to take and neither man is willing to yield to the other because picking the wrong bridge will prove deadly.

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AN IRON BUTTER KNIFE IN A WORLD OF PLASTIC SPORKS
Non-Fiction to be offered in ebook only

A collection of writings over a period of eight years containing the author’s thoughts and insights, and chronicling his transformation.

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BETTER THAN I DESERVE: The Memoirs of a Melancholic Misanthrope

Memoir

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