"I couldn't have written Assassins of the Lost Kingdom
if Todd Downing hadn't built a rip-roaring pulp world full of vivid characters. And A Shield Against the Darkness
has got it all: square-jawed heroes, sharp-witted dames with guns, airships and pirates, and some of the most villainous villains you'll ever come across. The novel fills out bits of the world and the story that didn't fit into the comic, and I found myself reliving the adventure all over again and seeing some new sides of my old friends. If you know the comic story, read this book. If you don't know it, you're in for a treat. Either way, read the book!"
- E.J. Blaine
Author, Assassins of the Lost Kingdom
"If you're looking for a good adventure story with all the best elements of classic pulp, along with dashing heroes, women with agency, a little romance, and a whole lot of suspense then this is the book for you! Couldn't stop until I'd read the last page, and you won't be able to either."
- Trish Heinrich
Author, Serpent's Sacrifice
is a fantastic throwback to the days of high-action pulp fiction and weekly comic strips filled with intriguing plots, sharp heroes, and mysterious villains."
Author, Mutant Chronicles, Brave New World, The Avengers Encyclopedia,
and Halo: New Blood
About the Author
Todd Downing's love affair with pulp adventure dates back to his consumption of classic radio dramas and comic books as a child in the 1970s, which broadened into a general appreciation for scifi and fantasy media of all kinds. He grew up in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, writing and drawing from a young age, his works ever-present in school literary journals and newspapers, and eventually on film. He married his high school sweetheart and moved to Seattle in the early 1990s where he began to write professionally, and worked as an artist in the videogame industry until his publishing company became a full time operation. As the co-founder and creative director of Deep7 Press, Downing was the primary author and designer of over fifty roleplaying titles, including Arrowflight, RADZ, Airship Daedalus, and the official Red Dwarf RPG. He continues to write genre fiction for stage, film, comics, audio, and adventure gaming products. Widowed to cancer in 2005, Downing remarried in 2009 and currently enjoys an empty nest in Port Orchard, Washington, with his wife, a nihilistic cat, and a flock of unruly chickens.