Downard is perhaps the most enigmatic figure in Con literature. I, too have pondered the existence of the man, but came to the conclusion that he did
indeed exist and did in fact espouse the manifesto that made him a legend. As to whether he wrote "King/Kill 33" etc... in their entirety is another
matter. It is known that the Fortean researcher Jim Brandon (aka William Grimstad) and Michael A. Hoffman II edited and re-wrote much of Downard's
work in order to expand upon it and make it more palatable to readers. In fact Downards belief is first mentioned in Brandon's book, "Weird
America" in 1978. Years before Adam Parfrey ever came onto the scene. While Michael A. Hoffman II was researching Masonry at this time, and had self
published "Masonic Assassination" in 1978. His theories don't even come close to the mind-bending quality of Downard's work.
In the limited correspondence I have had with Hoffman, Downard really did exist and he, Grimstad and Hoffman were closely affiliated. Hoffman has also
published "King/Kill 33" and "The Carnivals of Life and Death" through his own publishing house and the 'Downard Trust' is mentioned on the
front page. Reading "Carnivals..." shows limited editing and the bulk of it seems to be written by someone with a rudimentary writing skill.
Hoffman/Grimstad's edits are very obvious. If you have ever read any of Hoffman's work, you would know that the man is incapable of dumbing his
writing down. The Feral House edition of "Carnivals..." is much more thoroughly re-written, although it is quite obvious that neither Hoffman nor
Grimstad were responsible for the FH re-write. I assume there was some kind of falling out between Hoffman and Parfrey as Hoffman pursued his
critiques of Judaism. Grimstad is also well known within Holocaust Revisionist circles.
Another avenue is to track down the extremely elusive "Sirius Rising" audio tapes that Grimstad recorded of himself and Downard discussing all
things Downardian. These tapes (three 90 minute cassettes) are very hard to come by. Apparently Robert Anton WIlson was one of the first to avail
himself of these tapes.
Another avenue would be to read Adam Gorightly's bio of Downard.
James Shelby Downards Mystical War
He is a review by Loren Coleman as well as some anecdotes of his experiences with Downardianism.
As for Adam Parfrey, he is well aware of the many questions surrounding Downards existence. When FH had its forum there were a lot of posters asking
those very same questions.