A long time ago I was somewhat responsible for a fire that destroyed some land. No one was hurt, I never got caught, and it was a valuable and terrifying life lesson for a boy of twelve. If you want to know further details, well, you'll have to buy me a burrito, and none of that Taco Bell garbage. Anyway, my point. There came a critical moment in the fire where stamping only made maters worse, that puffs of flame spread and spread every time I slammed my foot down to smother the fire. I think there's a metaphor somewhere in that for the ugliness of modern piracy. Pirates. We need to get the SEALs on this, like, stat. If you really want to get a bead on the costs and culprits of modern literary piracy, check Havocscope.
KIERAN SHEA’s fiction has appeared in dozens of venues including Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thuglit, Dogmatika, Word Riot, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Crimefactory, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir ...as well as in some beefy-looking anthologies most of which will make you question the tether of his shiny, red balloon. To his self-deprecating astonishment he's also been nominated for the Story South’s Million Writers Award twice without sending the judges so much as a thank you note. He co-edited the satiric transgressive fiction collection D*CKED: DARK FICTION INSPIRED BY DICK CHENEY and his debut novel KOKO TAKES A HOLIDAY is out now from Titan Books. Kieran divides his time between 38°58′22.6″N- 76°30′4.17″W and 39.2775° N, 74.5750° W.