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.


Snow Means

Back in college I recall interviewing for an coveted theater internship at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Didn't get the gig because I wasn't their material, but I remember sitting in the Arena offices facing the Potomac River. This was shortly after a large snow storm had thawed in and around DC, much smaller than the one Maryland and Virginia are now digging out from. Anyway, I remember looking past my interviewer's head and seeing this house, a full house, floating down the Potomac River. I said, "Is that a house?" My interviewer slowly turned in his chair, nodded, and swung back...nonplussed. "Yes. That is a house." If the blizzard coverage is boring you, wait until people freak out about DC flooding, whole Chesapeake low-lying, watermen communities getting wiped out, Dick Cheney's Google-scrubbed secret compound on the eastern shore going code red. Heard more than one dolt say something to the effect of "I want Al Gore to shovel my driveway." Um, dude, climate change? It means radical weather. Hoping for a slow, slow, slow thaw....