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