Dilation Exercise 105

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires an idea, please use the comment feature to tell us something about it. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

The operation was a simple ten minute procedure if the body occupying the slab was cold and disposable.

The staff had not had a “live one” to work on for some time, however, and they were determined to enjoy the warm flesh that had been offered.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: Detail from “Chuckling Beneath His Mask” copyright © 1984 Alan M. Clark. Interior for The Pain Doctors of Suture self General by the Bovine Smoke Society (Alan M. Clark, Randy Fox, Jim Goad, Peteso, Thalia Ragsdale, Stephen C. Merritt, Cynthia Grissette Merritt, and Beth Gwinn) with an introduction by F. Paul Wilson, published by Arts Nova Press. The painting also appears in black and white as an interior illustration for Pain and Other Petty Plots to Keep You In Stitches by Alan M. Clark, Randy Fox, Troy Guinn, Mark Edwards and Jeremy Robert Johnson (introduction by F. Paul Wilson), published by IFD Publishing.

Dilation Exercise 58

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires an idea, please use the comment feature to tell us something about it. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

I awakened during surgery to the sound of the doctors laughing while they made jokes and wagers about my condition; however, the anesthesiologist caught me, and I fell into unconsciousness again before I got my odds from the betting.


Later, in the recovery room, I knew that unless I moaned my own business, bled to myself, and took pains to appear recovered, I’d never make it out those double doors.

Artwork: “A Chorus of Moans” copyright © 1994 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustration for The Pain Doctors of Suture Self General, by the Bovine Smoke Society, published by Arts Nova Press, and Pain and Other Petty Plots to Keep You in Stitches, by Alan M. Clark, Troy Guinn, Randy Fox, Mark Edwards, and Jeremy Robert Johnson, published by IFD Publishing.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 52

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires a story, please say something about it in a comment. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

Saint %$&@#, the patron of free speech, had lain dormant for almost seventy years, her sleep made fitful only periodically by events among human kind.

Strange that in the information age she would awaken with a start and begin to struggle against her bonds.

Artwork: “Censorship” copyright © 2000 Alan M. Clark.
Interior illustration for “Pain and Other Petty Plots” by Alan M. Clark and Randy Fox, which appeared in Pain and Other Petty Plots to Keep You in Stitches – IFD Publishing.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

—Alan M. Clark

Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 43

In an effort to further promote my new novel, Of Thimble and Threat: The Life of a Ripper Victim, released by Lazy Fascist Press, my Dilation Exercise for today is based on a Jack the Ripper illustration I did many years ago.

I’ve brought in a guest trainer, Randy Fox, for this week’s Dilation Exercise. His captions, seen with the image below, first appeared with the painting in a slide show of my artwork that he and another friend, Peteso, helped me work up to show at SF and Fantasy conventions back in the 1990s. The slide show was called “Dexter’s Funny World.” It breaks my Dilation Exercise rule of limiting the text to two lines, but rules are made to be broken. Randy expanded his caption into a short story, titled “Dexter’s Great Adventure,” that appeared in More Phobias, edited by Wendy Webb, Richard Gilliam, Edward E. Kramer and Martin Greenberg — Pocket Books Horror 1995.

Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires a story, please say something about it in a comment. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

His hobby of people-watching was made all the more difficult by his fear of looking directly at them. After much though, he had solved the problem by always carrying some kind of reflective surface with him.

In the case of the butcher knife, that new dish detergent had really made a difference. During his late night constitutional he could watch everyone around him, and no one would suspect a thing. People were sure acting funny tonight, though. But that was the whole reason he liked to watch them. People were just doggone strange.

Artwork: “Shadow Games” copyright © 1993 Alan M. Clark.
Cover illustration for Shadow Games, by Ed Gorman, published by Cemetery Dance Publication. Captions seen here are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

—Alan M. Clark

Eugene, Oregon