Yesterday I got some terrific news that my secret project co-conspirator and Bouchercon roommate Greg Bardsley has been selected to appear in By Hook or by Crook: The Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year: 2009. If you don't know Greg's work do yourself a favor and Google the dude. Personally, I think Greg is the yet-to-be-crowned, clown prince of transgressive crime fiction. Someone once asked me to describe Greg's writing to them and all I could come up with was it's like being stuffed into a gag bag full of razor blades and getting tossed into the gibbons cage at the zoo. Anyway, the story that made the grade? Plots With Gun's CRAZY LARRY SMELLS BACON. Get some. And congrats, Greg.
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 ...as 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.