A Very Tight Place

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"A Very Tight Place"
Author Stephen King
Country United States
Language English
Published in Just After Sunset

"A Very Tight Place" is a novella by Stephen King, originally published in the May 2008 issue of McSweeney's, and collected in King's 2008 collection Just After Sunset.[1]

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Curtis Johnson, a middle-aged gay gentleman, is lured to a deserted construction site by his neighbor, Tim Grunwald, with whom he's been having legal disputes involving property rights and Curtis's beloved dog, Betsy, who was killed by Tim's electric fences. He is confronted by Tim who forces him into a portable toilet, locks him in, then tips it over, leaving him trapped there in the heat of a Florida summer day to die. With no way to get help, Curtis must figure out how to escape or die. Eventually, after a long night asleep in the Port-O-San, Curtis discovers he can crawl through the toilet and into the tank where he can unscrew the bolts using Betsy's old dog tag. After a brief struggle, he gets out and makes his way to the house of Tim, who is lounging in his hot tub. Curtis surprises Tim by throwing an old, unplugged hair dryer into the tub. He then jumps into the hot tub with him, letting him know that, not only is he alive, but if Tim ever tells anyone, Curtis will simply tell them Tim tried to kill him first. Two days later Curtis hears a gunshot from Tim's house and figures Tim killed himself, but he continues to work. He then tells his maid he is thinking of getting a new dog.

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