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.


Word to Write By: Thursday Afternoon Edition - Barth

"My feeling about technique in art is that it has about the same value as technique in lovemaking. Heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill; but what you want is passionate virtuosity.” - John Barth

Hey, can I get some technique advice, JB? Maybe I should just pop over the Bay Bridge. I hear he lives over in Chestertown, Maryland. Nice place that Chestertown...probably haunts the college campus over there.

The one question I need answered today is when do you step away from a project? I'm one of those fools who tweaks and afraid to just let go. Just finished a pretty amusing story that might see the light of day in the next couple of weeks and I can't leave it alone. Pick, pick, pick. Charlie and Stevie again. There's wretched excess, sudden violence, a van, and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic in the story. We'll see....