New Novel – THE DOOR THAT FACED WEST


My latest novel, The Door That Faced West, is out now from Lazy Fascist Press.

Here’s what people are saying about it:

“It is not hyperbole to say that Alan M. Clark’s The Door That Faced West left me absolutely stunned. A thoughtfully haunting blend of historical fiction and thriller, this is one of Clark’s best works to date, across any medium. Simply amazing, and undoubtedly one of the best books you’ll read this year.”

Brian Keene, bestselling author of The Rising and Ghoul

Alan M. Clark is a master of the dreadful. The Door That Faced West through Lazy Fascist Press is absolutely brutal. Definitely not to be missed.

Molly Tanzer, author of A Pretty Mouth and Rumbullion and Other Liminal Libations

The Door That Faced West opened, and I was fast on the trail with savage murderers, the Harpe Brothers. In the Post-Revolutionary War Era, they were infamous marauders attacking and killing travelers between towns on their way to “The Wilderness” – The West. Through the eyes of the downtrodden women who followed them willingly to escape the abuse from their fathers, Alan M. Clark tells a powerful tale of choosing the lesser of two evils and does it to perfection.”

Rena Mason, author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls

Dilation Exercise 93

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

Although she’d made the decision to push Suesanna to her death the first time they’d shared the duty on the bluff, Sadie couldn’t follow through because she didn’t want the infant the woman carried to suffer.

The second time the two shared the duty, for a noon to sunset shift, the older woman left her child with Bett.

Artwork: “Bluff” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustraion for The Door that Faced West (The artwork will appear in black and white in the paperback book)

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 92

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

Because the Harpes had created havoc with such ferocity and gotten away with the violence for so long over a vast wilderness territory, the people of the frontier began to believe the brothers were more powerful than ordinary men.

The danger seemed to escalate as the rumor mill attributed all unsolved crimes within the territory to the Harpes, and a common, unreasoning fear, suggesting that the brothers were supernatural beings, kept honest folks from fighting back.

Artwork: “Harpe Party” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustraion for The Door that Faced West (The artwork will appear in black and white in the paperback book)

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 91

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

After what the Harpes had done to him, Sadie hadn’t expected to see the man who tried to molest her ever again.

But here Mose was, tangled in her drift line at the bottom of the river, turning slowly in the current as if dancing an ominous and wicked jig.

Artwork: “Wicked Jig” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustration for The Door that Faced West (The artwork will appear in black and white in the paperback book)

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 90

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

As Sadie awoke and became aware that she was being dragged into the darkness, the sound of a heavy object striking flesh came from behind, and she was released.

She turned toward the commotion, saw Micajah grappling with an Indian in the moonlight, and struggled to believe she was not still dreaming.

Artwork: “Attack” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustraion for The Door that Faced West

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 89

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

As night descended and the wolves continued to guard their prize, they were alert to every sound.

Despite the fact that the predators were intent on devouring Sadie, she decided they would provide protection should Reverend Rice found her.

Artwork: “Treed” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustraion for The Door that Faced West

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 88

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

As soon as the Harpe Brothers’ eyes met Sadie’s, she knew with a horrible certainty they had killed the Fischer family.

Seeing Wiley’s eyes narrow and Micajah’s jaw tightening, she quickly relaxed her features and put on a smile.

Artwork: “Harpe Montage 3” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Cropped version of the cover art for The Door that Faced West.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 87

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story and one of the interior illustrations I’ve done for the book. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please don’t expand on this storyline when you do so.

The Harpe brothers armed themselves and dressed like savage long hunters, men who entered the wilderness to the west to hunt, to trap, to fight the Indians, and, frequently, to never be heard from again.

Sadie had a chance to go with the brothers, but her decision had to be made immediately for two reasons: They were leaving right away, and if her father caught up with her, he’d surely kill her.

Artwork: “Harpe Weapons” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustration for The Door that Faced West

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 86

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on a scene in the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harp brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline when you do so.

Knowing she could not complete the work her father, Reverend Rice, had given her, Sadie looked at the threshold that led to the outside with the nagging feeling that she had to use the door before he did.

Even as she decided she had to take the way out and keep going, he arrived home early and took a black step inside, a cruel suspicion darkening his eyes and mouth as he stared at her.

Artwork: “Reverend Rice” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustration for The Door that Faced West

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon