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.


Gettin' Ink Done - Karen Olson

At the risk of being pounded into a quivering sack of freckled flesh and bone, I confess...I used to pass on women crime writers because I couldn't identify with a female protagonist's point of view.

There. I said it.

Now that the wrath-wielding 900 pound gorilla has been kicked awake... hold up a second, will you? There are three words in that shameful confession above you should note before going off on me...yeah, you there...the tall blonde with the aluminum baseball bat, just chill out for a second, all right? Listen up. Those three important words are... I USED TO.

The woman who changed all that was Karen Olson and her first novel SACRED COWS. God's honest truth. She opened the floodgates and a whole host of amazing writers cascaded into my reading list thereafter. I am forever in her debt.

Now, ladies, is everybody's breathing under control? Yes? Good. Thank you.

Smooth, quick pacing and an ability to cut through the bullshit, that's Karen. Now she's taking off in a new direction from her Annie Seymour series with THE MISSING INK. Book comes out in a few days so please add a copy to your checkout list. All about a tattooist in Las Vegas...I hear there's a midget in it too.

Tats, midgets and Vegas? Sounds like fun.