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.


Anybody visiting Black Irish Blarney today needs to send out some solidarity and support to Irish crime writer Declan Burke.  The man's post today on CRIME ALWAYS PAYS challenges the balance of dreams versus practical demands we all face.  A reality check for all trying to hack through the lunchmeat and make a go of this crime writing business. 

Declan is a great writer and needs a virtual pat on the back, maybe a laugh, and definitely well wishes from our supportive writing community--a writing community like no other.

Be well, Dec, be well.