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.


Friday's Forgotten Books: Panama by Thomas McGuane

Liar, miscreant, drug-snorting Chester Pomeroy--washed-up rock singer spiraling into the hot pavement of lost dreams and love--a jester of modern existentialism pinballing around in Key West before it was smoothed over by pretty and buff--a shelled-out puppet of the howl that still haunts America if we'd only put down the remote and the cheese-doodles for one goddamn second. Classic McGuane, classic insane. The pace of wit and dialogue should be studied by aspiring comic writers. At a reading a few years ago McGuane confessed it was his favorite book, funny that seeing how PANAMA is the one book of his most people hate. I laughed from the back of the room (alone) because I honestly think he said that just to piss a couple of simpering fans off. Who knows? The man just goes fly-fishing these days and has stopped writing novels. Thrifty afternoon read, skidding to a smoking stop at way under 200 go ahead, build your own wishing well to raise money and take the butt of your grandfather's Colt and crucify yourself on your ex-girlfriend's door. A crazy trip indeed.