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.


Lawyers Amok, Charlemagne in Sweatpants

In a book on lawyering, flamboyant attorney ROBERT SIMELS offered this tip: "Dress to kill."

"I cannot begin to tell you the number of cases I have tried where the first questions jurors ask me following their verdict concern where I bought my ties, how much they liked my socks, etc.," Simels wrote in "Take the Witness: The Experts Speak on Cross-Examination."

Gee, I wonder how he'll feel about a day-glow DOC orange? The dapper bottom-feeder is charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. No shredding files or misrepresented timelines, mind you. This weasel-face allegedly plotted to bribe witnesses and kill their family members.

In other news from my weekend travels (in case anyone cares)-- my own kill ratio? Number of deer bagged from the back porch deer stand in Virginia? ZERO. (too noisy, having too much fun.)

The Hold Steady on Friday night? Almost killed me.