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.


Yo, Tony B!

B'con '09 chucked up the nominees for the Anthony Awards today. Here are my predictions, if I had to choose. Naturally, I'll be writing in some others in protest.
  • Best Novel -The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Knopf]
  • Best First Novel - (repeat) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Knopf]
  • Best Paperback Original Money Shot by Christa Faust [Hard Case Crime] (BABY!)
  • Best Short Story "A Sleep Not Unlike Death" by Sean Chercover from Hardcore Hardboiled [Kensington] (big fedora hat tip to Todd Robinson...Todd you RULE!)
  • Best Critical Nonfiction Work...Gruuuuuuuhhh?
  • Best Children's/Young Adult Novel...again (with feeling)...Gruuuuuuhh?
  • Best Cover Art Death Was the Other Woman designed by David Rotstein and written by Linda L. Richards [Minotaur]
  • Special Service Award - Jon and Ruth Jordan and Ali Karim (TIE...and I mean, I've never even met Ali, but I love his interviews and anybody who can host a B'con panel at 9:30 in the morning while drinking gin and tonics is OK in my book.)