"A Right Jolly Old Elf," by Joseph S. Walker, Black Cat Weekly, #120, 2023.
This is the eleventh story by my friend to grace this column, making Walker the undisputed champion, for the moment.
I am a sucker for comic caper stories. I don't remember the last time I laughed out loud so many times at a story as I did at this one, from its sly first sentence to its calamitous end.
Marty is a no-talent who manages to marry into an influential family. Sounds good, right? Alas, the family happens to be the Irish mob. They get tired of him being useless and decide he has to become part of a robbery. He will attend an office party dressed as Santa while his two brothers-in-law, dressed as elves, slip off to rob another office. What could possibly go wrong?
Colm punched Marty hard in the arm. “Stop saying ho ho ho,” he said. “You sound like somebody beat you over the head with the North Pole.”
And then there's the cops. And the strippers. Ho ho ho.