Monday, April 13, 2009

On "Disposal" by Kieran J. Shea (3575 words) ****

You can't run from nuclear annihilation--just one of the things I learned from Shea's "Disposal," a story that at its start has all the juice one could wish from a narrative voice. It's pulp fiction done well--the tough-guy lilt, with low-class literary language to spare. I found myself reading just to hear the words. But there's a plot here to, something that fits within the whole pulp mileau, not something particularly original but enough to keep one interested when the language is right. And then . . . the story takes a turn that is rather unsettling. Read the story here at Demolition.


Kieran Shea said...

Gee, thanks. I don't know how you found me as I thought Bryon Quertermous dismantled DEMOLITION after "Disposal" was posted. But thanks for the kind words. Still writing sporadically, blogging too.


Short Story Reader said...

Yeah, looks like the journal is gone. A shame, because it was a good one.