Way back last December I was totally fried from working on my second attempt at a novel. I'm still struggling with the first draft, wondering how these real writers get it done without losing their minds. Maybe losing your mind is part of the deal. Features a somewhat reluctant Jersey shore troubleshooter getting his ass handed to him in a relentless spitwash of ugly. So, for a break I decided to pound out a short story as kind of a breather for said character. Well, St. David and Holy Mother Elaine over at BEAT TO A PULP were kind enough to greenlight the tale for their cue, making it my second story at BTAP and yet another one of the character's debuts on the web. To be honest, I did post a brief story with the protagonist over at Powder Burn Flash a few months back, but I think this much longer piece allows my guy to stretch his legs a bit. Anyway, soon to be busting his print cherry (and mine) over at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, the sad sack Charlie Byrne in "MAINTENANCE".
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.