When it all shakes out, I think I’m pretty sure I didn’t start this house fire. Sure, I may have thrown gasoline on the smouldering match, but no…I don’t think I was the one who struck the tip. Nearly three in the making. Fits and starts, blind alleys, dead ends, and too many lost passions to count. Writers in, writers out. Bites and nibbles, distractions and fears. You learn things along the way. How the game works. Little did any of us know that anthologies were such a bad word in the publishing trenches. Yet Greg, Jed and I...we couldn’t let the idea wither and fade. People were counting on us, we'd stuck our necks out, and whenever we mentioned the concept to someone (at Bouchercon especially), heads didn't just turn--they whipped. You’re doing what? Yup. That's awesome! No, wait, that's CRAZY! It’s hard work pulling together an anthology and my hat is off to all who take on the challenge. Guys like Weddle, Abbott, Rawson, Cranmer, Smith (now I know why Neil never wanted to do another Plots With Guns anthology....) The writers within this little project of ours deserve your patronage so buy a copy. I'm still somewhat stunned that we got Hunsicker and Fitzhugh. Got an e-reader? Nook and Kindle formats will be available shortly. It'll make you laugh and cringe a bit. Can't say we didn't try, right? And come on...if you can't poke fun at a personality this big who can you poke fun at? Satire is satire, and thanks to all. More news in the days ahead. Onward.
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 ...as 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.