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.


Special K

Last year, I was more than fortunate enough to corner comic czar-brainiac Duane Swierczynski after a book signing. This year, while searching for BBQ ribs in Indy, I just waltzed into a comic book store six blocks from the hotel during the santioned lunch break and there he was...Mr. Level 26, sniffing through the graphic-nerd porn. I piped up, "Hey! Holy crap! Duane!" We exchanged vibes on what we were into, comic book wise (me --Chew, Air, Ignition City...and Mr. S. all that fey superhero stuff--I jest, sir! I jest!) Anyway...everybody tells tales about who gave them the best writing advice. Me and mine? Hands down it has to be is Duane Swierczynski. Something to the effect of, "Write 500 or a 1000 words a day. Any idiot can write a thousand words a day. In three months, if you have a story, you'll have a novel. Or not." Duane? Thanks.