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