Dilation Exercise 76

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.

Hidden among the costumed children on Halloween night, he went from house to house, looking for the perfect party, one where he might bring the decorations to life, force the guests to carve “gourds” of his choosing or play his games, like Razor-Apple Bobbing and Touch the Parts of the Real Corpse.

His treats were the demented tricks he played on smug humans, and his delight at the way they went kicking and screaming to their demise was enough to keep him nourished until October of the next year.

Artwork: “Halloween Man” copyright © 1995 Alan M. Clark. Cover art for Night Shapes, by William F. Nolan, published by Cemetery Dance Publications.

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