Down & Out Books August 2017 Promotion

“You’re going to be surprised and delighted. It’s a great book and I recommend it unreservedly.”
—Leighton Gage

WORST ENEMIES, the 1st Penns River crime novel by Dana King, now just 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, and Kobo or from the Down & Out Bookstore. Price effective through August 31st, 2017.


Down & Out: The Magazine

Edited by Rick Ollerman. For fans of good writing, good literature, and good crime…welcome. Available from Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and the Down & Out Bookstore.

The Shill Trilogy by John Shepphird

New in the Down & Out Bookstore: THE SHILL TRILOGY by John Shepphird.

Includes three tales of deception: The Shill, Kill the Shill, and the 2017 Anthony Award-nominated Beware the Shill as an ebook set.

Available at the special price of $5.99 on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, or Kobo and from the Down & Out Bookstore.

In a continuing series of features from our authors, Daniel M. Mendoza takes a look at what aspiring writers can learn from working-class fiction and noir.

Daniel M. Mendoza

Fiction should do more than entertain or provide an escape from the reality of the world. Rereading Poe’s review of Hawthorne’s Twice-Told Tales, Henry James’s “Art of Fiction,” the Gass and Gardner debates of the late seventies, Eric Williamson’s Say It Hot are all enough to convince readers of the intellectual role fiction plays in our lives. What should be of real value in writing contemporary fiction is the author’s willingness to aggressively encounter reality. Authors should try to work from the violence, the despair, the poverty of this country and it is there that they will find the stories of our true America.

Writers should meditate on a very old, and dare I say dangerous tenet of realism: showing things as they actually are—they can learn a lot about this from classic noir and working-class fiction. Noir writers and working-class fiction writers have made the seedy underbelly of our country the centerpiece of their work from the very beginning. Poe—our first detective fiction writer—Melville, Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Sherwood Anderson, Hammett, Chandler, and others all made everlasting careers illuminating the dark and often dangerous experiences of the common American.

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