Alan M. Clark was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1957 and grew up in a home full of old bones, Indian relics and dusty medical books.
He graduated in 1979 from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, and has been a freelance illustrator since 1984, a freelance writer since 1995.
As an illustrator, he has produced artwork in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery for publishers of fiction, and cellular and molecular biology for college text books. He has also produced artwork for young adult publications and children’s books.
Clark has illustrated the writing of such authors as Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, George Orwell, Manly Wade Wellman, Greg Bear, Edward Lee, Peter Straub, and Lewis Shiner, as well as his own.
A major influence for his art comes from the Surrealists, particularly from Max Ernst. He is fascinated with the use of what he calls “controlled accidents” and the possibility of “finding” images within the paint. A great advocate of collaboration, Clark has worked with many others in both literary and visual art.
Awards for his work include the World Fantasy Award and four Chesley Awards.
He is the author of seventeen published books, including eleven novels, a lavishly illustrated novella, four collections of fiction, and a nonfiction full-color book of his artwork.
Three anthologies, The Imagination Fully Dilated series, have been published of stories based on his artwork, written by such authors as Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, Charles De Lint, Ramsey Campbell, Allen Steele, Jeff VanderMeer and Poppy Z. Brite.
Mr. Clark’s company, IFD Publishing, has released 44 titles of various editions, including traditional books, both paperback and hardcover, audio books, and ebooks by such authors as F. Paul Wilson, Elizabeth Engstrom, and Jeremy Robert Johnson.
Currently, he and his wife Melody live in Eugene, Oregon.