The Book of Love – Vaughan Stanger

For the third time that evening, Joseph Connell staggered into the upstairs room of the Bricklayer’s Arms clutching a crate of Birra Moretti. He struggled, one-handed, to open the waist-high door that provided access to behind the bar. As usual, Harry the barman did not offer to help. The bribe that had guaranteed his silence regarding Joseph’s extracurricular activities did …

Yule Log (Live!), Christmas 1983 – Bryan Miller

Television station manager Deke McClusky was a devoutly Christian man, especially when he drank bourbon, which is where he got the idea for the Holiday Hearth Yule Log Special. Not that it was his original idea. He’d heard about the daylong broadcast of a crackling fire beamed out annually on New York’s WPIX—heard it, presumably, over yet more bourbons at …