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Toledo author and artist Michael D. Davis now has a work in print

September 12, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Michael D. Davis, Toledo, has been known for his art work for quite a while. He's also been quite a contributor of stories he has written which have been published on internet sites some 28 times.

Now, Michael, 23, has been published in print. His short story, "Marge's Leftovers" appears in the summer, 2019, issue of The Horror Zine Magazine, a soft cover book which is published quarterly. It's available for check-out at both the Toledo and Tama public libraries or can be ordered online for purchase.

But just like his art, which you may have seen on exhibit at the Toledo Public Library on occasion, his writing is far from conventional.

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Michael D. Davis holds a copy of The Horror Zine Magazine while at the Tama Public Library on Aug. 29 which includes a short story he wrote. The soft cover book is available for checkout at Toledo and Tama public libraries. Chronicle/John Speer

"I like crime, comedy and horror, it all blends together pretty well," Michael says of his writing and of his art work in an interview at the Tama Library on Aug. 28.

"It's odd, creepy stuff," he readily admits. Maybe adding to the flavor of his writing, he types all of his original work on a manual typewriter- not his computer. He even collects old manual typewriters.

He likens the internet sites he contributes to as the current day version of 1930s pulp fiction magazines.

To his credit are short stories on the sites Crypt Gnats and Southern Crime anthology, a 43-word contribution to, of course, 43 Word anthology and several to "Drabs and Drabbies" sites.

On the visual art side, Michael has worked in pencil, ink, is beginning to use paint and also now sculpts.

Michael is pretty much self taught although he credits now-retired South Tama Middle and High School art teacher Ruth Sjostrom for support and guidance for his art work. He also took language art classes at STC.

One sample of his art work comes to mind for his mother, Laura. On an occasion when Michael's father, Bill. was attempting to capture an opossum which had turned up in their residential yard in Toledo apparently was quite a scene. Laura says Michael's artisticdepiction of the scene entitled "Possum War" is "better than any photograph we could have taken."

"How could you not draw that?" Michael asks.

And that's not the only art work at the family home. Every night for almost three years running he has drawn a small sketch and leaves each about the house- not hidden - for family members to see the next day. They are called "The Daily Drawing" by his family members.

You likely have seen Michael around town. He certainly has the look of the genuine eccentric- author / artist- one who might have been a regular in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury District in the 1960s-70s or at the annual Burning Man Festival in northern Nevada today. He paints his shoes often. Not with shoe polish but paint- he had violet shoes which matched his socks, along with a necktie adorned with tiny skulls on the day of the interview.

His art work will again appear in the display cases of the Toledo Public library in October for, what else - Halloween.



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