October 1, 2002
Published in Fiction Inferno [Humorous Horror]
The sound was coming from my best armchair, the one I liked to sit in to watch the game. I stood in front of it looking at Joe Murray, alias Giovanni di Mare, aka Stupid Joe (although you never called him so to his face). Stupid Joe was a mobster, well known in his neighborhood for the easy, nonchalant way in which he handled those who fell in disgrace with his family. He was not a bad sort and I had often had a beer with him when fishing for information. But as his nickname suggested, he was not an eagle."
Ranked #8 in the Preditors and Editors Reader's Poll in the Horror Short Story Category