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The final story in the March 2008 issue is an interesting WWII inspired story called "A Ten-Pound Sack of Rice" by Richard Mueller.
Richard Mueller took his inspiration from the heroic service records of two men: Jefferson de Blanc and James Swett. Combining their lives together and adding in some supernatural events, Mueller tells the story of Nathan Roullon and his interview with the Devil.
As Nathan observes in the middle of the story, "A Ten-Pound Sack of Rice" is like A Christmas Carol except with visits from an old friend, a talking cat and the Devil. Like Marley, Satan offers Roullon a chance to better his life. He isn't looking for a soul in return, just an interesting man. Unlike Scrooge, the change comes not in the present, but in the past. The closing glimpse of Roullon implies that the Devil got his wish.
To learn more about the story, please see the interview on the magazine's blog.