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.


Better Than a Fence

The holidays. There's some genuine cheer and then there's some forced. Recently I was paired up with a bit of a grating denizen who parried with me about the movies. Of course, the subject of Christmas movies came around and personal favorites. I'm of the thinking that to qualify as a Christmas film you really only need to feature one good scene with the twinkle and spirit. Yeah, you know what happened. Got that look. Well, several if we're really counting. I said, "Diner" and she said, "What?" She said, "A Christmas Story" and I said, "The Ice Harvest" can see where this is all going...pretty downhill....