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.


Thursday's Song: Palmer

Push comes to shove, there are always desert island tracks that save the day. Always in my top ten is the song "Pressure Drop" never fails to make me smile. If there was a way of assuring a musical score to one's own funeral this would have to be on tap for me. Sure, THE HARDER THEY COME, Toots and the Maytals...but there are so many righteous covers. The Clash. The Specials. Keith freakin' Richards. Strummer doin' his solo thing. Jack Johnson and Ben Harper. Oh, how my daughter used to make me play this song over and over, bless her heart. Kids love reggae and ska if you didn't know already. But, man, Robert Palmer's version has to be my go to take. Regretfully all people remember are those leggy videos and the chic delivery. Heck with that. I remember this.