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 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.


Tolkien Toking:

Okay, not to offend the legions of JRR Tolkien zealots, but even though I read his books a long time ago, I have to say the whole Middle Earth saga just never really did it for me. I mean, the movies were awesome and I love New Zealand (yeah it REALLY does look like that) but the books all in all just seemed a little bit windy. That said, I was just popping in on the Warren Ellis site and he had this link up. Okay fundamentalist assheads of all ilks, whip out your sacred text votre choix and 'splain THIS. Turns out maybe there was tobacco in Mr. Tolkien's pipe after all.