Be advised. Anthony Neil Smith not only challenges the status quo as a crime novelist, he is also one of the toughest gatekeepers on the planet. Last Fall when "Doc Noir" broadcasted the concept of a special PLOTS WITH "RAY" GUNS issue, I was simultaneously stoked and intimidated by the challenge. I'd never attempted a piece set in the future, and Smith's call for transgressive noir set in the year 2509 was too much of a dare to pass up. So, I got cracking. I sweated over a story about asteroid miners for several weeks and, feeling confident, sent it off. Smith's response? "Too sci-fi." Hmm. Not one to quit readily, a few months later I tried again--this time a cold-hearted yarn referencing euthanasia, poisoned citrus, and a pulse-nuked San Antonio (for good reason). Again, Doc Noir gave me the proverbial high hat. "Not 500 years in the future, more like 50." D'fuuuuuuuuck? So, then I thought, wait a second...maybe I've been going about this futuristic business all wrong--maybe what I really need to do is go all gonzo, drop my pants, and wag my junk in the wind. Hence-- my ragged, little contribution to the special May issue and my third story in PWGs : "Koko Takes a Holiday" Phew! Thanks for putting up with me, my typos, and for pushing back, Professor. See you in Indy.
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.