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.


Flashers in the Aisles

Saw over on Saint Patricia's blog that there's a new "flash" fiction challenge afoot. A short piece slathered in crime set in or around Wal*Mart. Hmm, cool by me. Some may find this strange but I've never been in a Wal*Mart. Nope, never have. But before you start flinging the snotty stones, let me confess I have shopped at Sam's Club which is really the same thing, except on steroids. So much guilt by association. Like that sweatshirt you're wearing made for pennies in Lesotho. We are all part of this sinking ship so check the criticism and take in the ride with some humble pie. Reminds me of a line in the Gregg Hurwitz Punisher short in PUNISHER MAX #75 (a really sweet bonus-value issue I snatched up yesterday...with writers like Piccirilli, Swieczynski, Huston, etc.) Anyway, Wal*Mart. Flash. Join in the fun. 800 words, that's nothing, Jack.