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.



Premises are everywhere. Case in point. Shopped for new sneakers yesterday and I pulled into a convenience store slash gas station shortly thereafter. Top off tank and walked inside to grab a bottle of water. Mousey rain coming down like a haze. Something out of the corner of my eye near the wall of beverages. Man, mid-forties, dressed in...wait. Medieval friar outfit? With dagger and Rosary lashed to his belt? Plucking out an energy drink? I did a double take. What the--? Oh. Oh yeah. I remembered that there was a Medieval Times theme restaurant adjacent to the mall. Wow. Sure, we've all seen the movies The Cable Guy and Garden State but, umm...take it from there....