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.


Danish "Redneck" Noir

I know most folks who happen by this blog also make the rounds over to Jed Ayres' HARDBOILED WONDERLAND. Jed is a strong-opinioned writer who knows the crime film spectrum like I know good French food. Anyway, I finally got around to watching the Danish noir flick TERRIBLY HAPPY last night on Netflix, and I'm curious to see what he thinks of it. Not everybody's cup of tea, a tad surreal, bleak, and existential. Kierkegaardish? You bet. Danes get a blunt rap on the knuckles from Europe...weak jokes like "Interpol was looking for an escaped convict in Denmark, and sent pictures of the man to the Danish police. The pictures were taken from both sides and the front. After a few days the Danes replied: "We caught the guys on the left and the right but the one in the middle got away". But then again Denmark consistently gets ranked as one of the best places to live and has some of the happiest people on earth. Jakob Cedergren was awesome as the messed-up cop and I haven't had my heart broken by the likes of Lene Maria Christensen since I choked up watching a young Emily Watson in BREAKING THE WAVES. Rainy day movie...and my temperament.