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.


Blood Sport, Jeeves

Today is the day. The annual Spring croquet grudge match of the US Naval Academy against St. John's College here in Annapolis. You'd think people would take this contest as a lark, but the Johnnies (lacking a robust athletic program) take this fight to their Midshipmen neighbors with gusto. Except for the dress code, of course. Note the Viking flair, left. The Mids, I suspect, have bigger fish to fry and almost always lose. Often I pass by the the St. John's campus and see the frumpy St. John's students practicing, their dog-eared stacks of Lucretius, Hobbes, and Hegel tossed cavalierly aside. A little slice of the weird.