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.


Friday: Thought...

The Dude. Lance. Consider the similarities. Father and son? Cousins? Uncle and nephew? But whereas the Dude mines the simple pleasures of life, is a slow burner, and revels in Rip van Winkle’s “insuperable aversion to all kinds of profitable labor...” (but eventually gets the job done) --Lance is a go-getter, a profiteer, a take charge kind of guy in major crisis situations. Hmm. More similarities. Cheery charisma and a laid-back "Jesus-like" look that don't fly in the square world. Dairy products. Robes. Artistically-inclined lovers. Irritation with cellular telephone technology. Car crashes (well not Lance but Vincent Vega smashes into Lance's house and the Dude pops the telephone pole). Just more blarney, looking out at more snow, looking forward to a long drive up to Pennsylvania to cook for friends and do the Goodis Gathering. So, with that, so long, adieu...have a nice weekend.