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.
Characters That Pull
Today. Coffee, half a pot, arms the brain. Quick troll through cyber-space before I bury myself in the chair and attack the long story. Found this beautiful photo essay about Cape Hatteras surfers on the NY Times site. Pricked the memory banks. I recall I started a story last year based on an acquaintance of mine. We met on a few Hatteras runs over fifteen years ago through a mutual friend. Quite the wild man, he's now settled with a family and a tobacco / soy bean farm. In his youth he spent an entire year squatting on "Hat", moving from empty house to half-built homestead to sleeping in his truck. Surfed every day regardless of conditions and swells. "That year," he said, "I made like eighteen hundred dollars, man, and nearly froze and starved to death. But it was the happiest I've ever been in my life." Got to get back to that story someday. What happens when a squatter is trapped in a house and the owners unexpectedly return to do some very bad things during a storm. Fighting the urge...must...stick...to...the...long...story.
Posted by Kieran Shea at 7/21/2009 04:00:00 AM