“The Best I Got” With New Cover!”

I am pleased to announce the re-release of The Best I Got, edited and with a new cover by the talented Anthony Nowicke, available now in Amazon Kindle and Print-on-demand! Check out this mysterious, nostalgic look at Louisville, Ky in 1970, an urban fantasy without vampires, werewolves, or other strange creatures.  The monsters then, as... Continue Reading →

Newsletter: M.J. Downing’s Desk…

Greetings Friends! My desktop--the actual thing, not a computer--is a mess these days.  I’ve been working on several projects, so there’s a welter of paper, pipes, and other litter surrounding me.  However, I’m not swamped yet! The picture of me above shows confusion, true, but that’s because I was watching a Cricket match at the... Continue Reading →

“Heroism in Tharbad.”Part 2.

M.J. Downing.             “I see more of these cells, like ours, Hilds,” Stapa said, staring through the grated window that looked onto Bold Hurin’s courtyard. “All that I can see have the bar down on the door like ours does.  He might have lots of prisoners, maybe even more hobbits.”             Hilds stared at the... Continue Reading →

“Heroism in Tharbad: A Hobbit Tale.”

Tolkien Fan Fiction by M.J. Downing. “Heroism in Tharbad.” M.J. Downing. Part 1.             “There.  We’ve reached the entrance to Ketil’s halls,” Hilds said, pointing to a dark archway at the end of a valley in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.  The path that ran on before them went through a deep defile. It... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday, Dr. John H. Watson!

            If he had ever been alive, he would have been born 169 years ago today, 7 July 1852.  Of course, he would have been born in the U.K, but it would be more accurate to say that his birth occurred in the fertile country of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s imagination, which was never bound... Continue Reading →

“Lights, Like Marfa” By M. J. Downing “You know, lights, like in Marfa,” the taller said, sitting at the bar to my far left.  The shorter fellow nearer me returned his gaze, blinking and shaking his head ’no.’  The taller guy might have been sixty, might have been thirty. I had a hard time pegging his... Continue Reading →

A New Side Project now available on Amazon!

Greetings! If you enjoyed my ten part series last summer called “Andrew Skolnick’s Miracle,” I offer a revised and enlarged edition in novella length, called “The Best I Got.” Same characters, same action, revised and fleshed out, this story of Drew and Kyle won the heart of my sister, Patty Johnson, so this one is... Continue Reading →

M.J. Downing. I was born too late for the real pulp tradition. It survived, though, and came to me in small novels with glossy covers and author names like Kenneth Robeson, Robert E. Howard, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. For me, those novels lasted longer and were hardier companions than my comic books, which were too... Continue Reading →

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