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.


A View From the Ghetto: B'Con

More B'con recaps. Take a long, slow look at the picture there. Dark, sticky carpet with the geometric pattern to hide the dirt. Suicide railings about three inches below code. During last week's conference I called the Embassy Suites "the ghetto" but then again Swierczynski and Chercover and Olson stayed there so maybe I'm too quick to judge. Come on, Kieran, it was not that bad. OK, the breakfast buffet was passable, but I'm a former chef and wary of anything "touched" by knuckle-dragging third shifters who can't cut the prime time on the line. And yeah, they gave me a cheese plate when my room wasn't ready (lots and lots of cheddar for some reason) but could someone please explain the habit-trail entrance maze, dreary, cigarette-peppered gantlet to the street, and the OTB parlor in the basement? I mean, WTF?! Oh. That's right. It's Bouchercon. Two more classy posts from the original wonder twins. Although they missed each other, they were both superb roommates.