It's Saturday and that means there will be a new slab of meaty short fiction served up over at Beat to a Pulp...word is it's David Cranmer himself at the carving station this time around. Mmm...watch those heat lamps, people. Those heat lamps burn. Oh, do they burn....
Dawn. I still haven't picked up the Tom Waits biography I was craving last Wed., and I'm heading out in a couple of hours to go sailing. Good south wind forecast, with ten to fifteen knots, gusting to twenty-five later so that ought to thin the knuckleheads. It's an overnight get out of 'Naptown deal. Bringing a roast chicken and few brews along with this non-fiction diamond - THE MAD ONES by Tom Folsom. I freakin' love this book. Violent, true, beatnik crime smeared with tomato paste. Crazy Joe, Kid Blast, Larry Gallo...not a heavy read at all, but clippy and smooth--a study of the sometimes lionized wiseguys who put the real red in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Lest you movie buffs forget--"It was a glorious time. Wiseguys were everywhere. It was before Appalachia, and before Crazy Joe decided to take on a boss and start a war. It was when I met the world."
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.