This week, my Dilation Exercise came about in an unusual way. I’ve been doing covers for P. A. Douglas, his novels released by Severed Press, Hitchers, The Dark Man, and Killer Koala Bears from Another Dimension. He recently hired me to come up with an image and two lines of text to go with it that would inspire his next novel. Basically, he wanted a Dilation Exercise. His only other instruction was that it be in the vein of the Cthulhu Mythos. I told him I’d do it if I could use the image and text as a Dilation Exercise here on my blog—see below. Visit P. A. Douglas’s Blog, Indie Inside, to read more about it.
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. Oh, and by the way, Happy Halloween!
After an aeon of dreaming up mayhem for the sentient toys she so loved and hated, the Old One awoke with a roar, worried that she had pushed chaos too far.
Had her latest nightmare, a delightful excursion into a zombie apocalypse, destroyed all human beings or might she find enough survivors tucked away in defensible positions that her collection could be rebuilt and the games continue?
Artwork: “Her Broken Toys” copyright © 2012 Alan M. Clark. Cover art for an as yet untitled forthcoming novel by P. A. Douglas.
Captions are original to this post and may have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork will appear.
—Alan M. Clark