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.


Guts: Josh Dysart

All too frequently, people arch eyebrows when I tell them, yeah, comics are part of my fiction reading regimen. Next time someone scoffs, feel free to reference this article I found at the New York Times about Joshua Dysart and his Unknown Soldier comic. The realism and intensity of the material will knock them back on their heels. Good stuff. And brave. Now for my non sequitur moment...ahem. Hugo? Little man, I know the greedy powers that be tried to 86 you from the equation back in '02, and I know you've done some good things for S.A. identity and the masses (along with some pretty bad things as well) But this whole pretend Marxism thing you think you have going on? It's really jumped the shark.