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