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 →

“The Withywindle Wight: A Shire Story.”

M.J. Downing Plain hobbit-sense, really, freed daily life in the Shire and its environs, especially in Bilbo’s day, from the threat of evils that had plagued Eriador for many centuries. Working a craft or service, farming the land, brewing ale and such simple tasks were the occupations of this little people, time out of mind. ... Continue Reading →

The Genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

M.J. Downing Just recently, preparing for a mid-February "Zoom" meeting with "The Derby Rotten Scoundrels," the Louisville Chapter of "Sisters in Crime," I dedicated some time to studying the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in order to spell out some things I'd long seen in his writing. Truthfully, I have enjoyed the Sherlock ntHolmes... Continue Reading →

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