A few months ago, Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine ran a story by one of my favorite authors, Peter David. It's called "Bronsky's Dates With Death," and it is, in a paraphrasing of David's own words, about an old Jewish man who staves off the Reaper by distracting him with his endless droning about the subject. That's the plot, anyway; the meat of the story is about death and the different ways people deal with it, in the abstract and the concrete. It's also about putting up with your family's crap, which might as well have been the third of Ben Franklin's absolutes.
Anyway, the website Suvudu has a .pdf of the story available, for free, here. It's all above board, done by association with the magazine, so you won't have to worry about DMCA lawyers kicking down your door. And the low, low price of "Free" literally cannot be beat.
So check it out, and if you like it, consider heading on over to Crazy 8 Press and giving a look at David's latest novel, "The Camelot Papers," the untold true story of King Arthur's rise to power (and related events). It's not free, but there is a free preview, so you can try before you buy. It's also nothing like "Bronsky," but it is a heckuva good read.
What are you still doing here? Go!