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.


Crime Factory 2: Charlie Gets His Gun

Writers of ambition. Editors of the damned. The leering and the depraved. The second issue of CRIME FACTORY is up and available for those Kindle-and PDF hooked. Gah. When I was asked to contribute a serialized tale for this reborn e'zine stick in the eye last Fall, I was at once flattered and terrified. Crime Factory is one of those magazines of legend and this fresh incarnation bleeds fast and hot. Phew, it's one thing to kick around crime fiction with cats passing around the bottle in the alley, it's an entirely different game to steel up your watery knees and trot your scribbles out on stage with the likes of Banks, Zeltserman and others. They wanted a Charlie Byrne piece so I pulled together The Blues Before and After. Charlie doesn't know why he's out on the freakin' stage either as he's never been a really hardcore dude and would rather nurse his gloom in private. But those who have faith in him helped me give him a hard shove. It was high time Charlie used his gun anyway.

Story-inspiring Jersey soundtrack here: The Smithereens.