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.
by Kieran Shea
Koko originally appeared in the now shuttered online crime fiction ‘zine Plots With Guns. Edited and assembled by gritty crime novelist Anthony Neil Smith, Plots with Guns was considered by many a tough nut to crack and a bellwether of up and comers. If you comb through some of the issues, a lot of writers who landed in Plots With Guns are now making their marks as novelists…guys like Frank Bill, Greg Bardsley, Steven Torres, Dennis Tafoya, and so on.
Back in 2009, through the cyberspace grapevine, I learned that Plots With Guns was doing a one-time Plots With Rayguns issue and the challenge was to write a noir-flavored story set five hundred years in the future.