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.


This Too Shall Pass

A while ago I met a writer who's first novel I enjoyed although it was somewhat of a chore to finish. Anyway, I introduced myself and asked the novelist a couple of questions about his book and his approach to character and setting. My earnestness was snubbed but I shrugged off my hurt as my own petty pride getting in the way again. It wasn't as if I was holding up the line at a book signing or he had anything terribly pressing (looked bored actually and aimless). Could've been his personality or maybe he was having a bad day, but his response did put me off from reading his second book. Well the other day I saw he had a new one one shelves and reluctantly I started reading. Great hook, explosive opening, and all mysteries revealed in the first fifty pages...the rest of the novel was cruise control and character detail. It was a complete departure from his earlier novels, less almost seemed as if he took a course in thriller writing or was paying homage to another writer I used to dig before he became boring and ham-fisted with self righteousness.

So, I checked the first book and what do you know...hunch confirmed. His voice and style had changed completely. More marketable? Perhaps.

When everything tastes like chicken, do you crave the unusual? A bowl of peppers and pineapple? Drums and opera?

Maybe it's all this rain....