The Surgeon’s Mate: A Dismemoir, a novel by Alan M.Clark.
A story that illuminates the dark corners of creative endeavor in which inspiration, no longer an elusive, spritely muse, turns deadly and begins stalking the artist.
In this gritty, poignant novel, the life of an alcoholic artist and author, Aiden, collides headlong with that of a serial murderer. The artist fights a serious brain infection and struggles to hide his addictions, while holding his family together. The wall between reality and imagination comes crashing down when psychopathic Frederick invades Aiden’s life, with a horrific lust for violence against young women. The artist’s world careens out of control toward pure terror.
“Alan M. Clark’s fiction beautifully merges wild flights of the imagination with deeply insightful human detail. His works might evoke galaxy-sized spectacle one moment and dangerously acute heartbreak in the next. The result is that any encounter with Alan on the written page—whether real or surreal, alien or human, playful or deadly serious—is bound to be thrilling. Alan’s art, on canvas or in print, is a testament to the strange dark wonder of our existence.”
—Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City and We Live Inside You
“In a publishing landscape where everything has been done…to death, comes something marvelous, frightening, and new—The Surgeon’s Mate: A Dismemoir. Alan M. Clark has birthed a masterpiece that oscillates between bone-deep confessional and hide-your-eyes-horror.”
—Charles Atkins author of The Prodigy
“The Surgeon’s Mate: A Dismemoir is a masterpiece. This novel has plot that bobs and weaves like a boxer, when that punch finally comes you will have trouble staying on your feet.”