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.


All Things Frank and Gotham

Drove back from NYC yesterday. Had a ball. Watched a Manchester United soccer match here (I know, I know...a bit of a NYU dump but big Marty behind the sticks pours a perfect, slow pint of the black and takes no shit) knocked around the lower West Side and trolled bookstores, eclectic music haunts, and cheese shops. Drank a lot of coffee. Visited old friends living over in Brooklyn and dined here (have the meatloaf sandwich if you ever go--a duck and veal combination with tasty side pickles, crispy angel cut onions on a toasted ciabatta roll--awesome) and slummed the palate some more here (what can I say? East coasters don't dig the ono grinds and it's the only plate lunch joint on the eastern seaboard where you can get loco moco). Main event was Frank Bill's appearance at the GQ thing in the previous blog post. Not what any of us were expecting, but publicity is publicity, right? And Frank handled everything with grace and his usual soft-spoken aplomb. Saw my agent Stacia, Todd R., Reed and the Pluckster. There was a  Megan Abbott sighting, but she blew out of the event when it turned into a unplugged hipster-fest. Before I caught my train back to the dirty Jerz the next day, I had the distinct pleasure to meet all of the wonderful, lovely sirens at the Donald Maass brain trust and they gave me free books. Cool. Back to work. NHL go-for-broke season starts tomorrow and I'm stoked. Onward.