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.


Focus Group: Declan B.

Everybody's got an opinion, right? I've conducted my fair share of focus groups back in the day, and while it's nice to hear everybody's two can be infuriating. Trust your instincts and let the fine lad, Declan Burke, know what Kindle cover is best for his upcoming release CRIME ALWAYS PAYS ( apparently a sizable chunk is set on a Greek island). Vote here.

In other Irish writing news, it saddens me to learn that life-long teacher and odds-beating scribe Frank McCourt passed on Sunday.