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.


BEAT TO A PULP: HARDBOILED "The Second Coming of Hashbrown"

"In some cardboard box under the accumulated crap in my one bedroom apartment I have a black and white photograph of Hashbrown taken from the stage. Even now I can picture the eight by ten image without even looking at it—Hashbrown’s naked torso caterwauling out over a crowd of frenzied upturned hands and faces, his sweat-soaked jeans pasted to his scrawny legs, the telltale patterns of his Vans sharp as the skids on a waffle iron. The picture was taken at that show back in Virginia Beach where we opened for those one-hit-wonder jag offs who fucked with our levels. Probably one of the last decent gigs we ever played together as a band, about five or six months before Donnie found out about his mother’s tumors and not too long before I got anxious about my future, sold my guitars, and joined the Navy...."


And it all goes down hill from there. Came out today, so happy Halloween. Good folk in this effort. Pulp cheap for the e-reader. Get some.