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Dilation Exercise 10

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 a story, please say something about it in a comment. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—What is This?

Alister occasionally tried to imagine what his cousin, Dunkirk, would look like after being buried alive for the last ten years.

He’d always wondered why his family felt it necessary to do that to him, but all uncle Metronome would say on the subject was that it had been for health reasons.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “Tommy’s Dead (colorized)” copyright © 2010 Alan M. Clark
The original black and white version of this piece appeared as an interior illustration in TERMINAL by Brian Keene, published by Bloodletting Press.

6 responses

  1. Goddamn! I love you Alan!

    July 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

  2. alanmclark

    Now that’s a hell of a reaction. Thanks Ash.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:26 am

  3. I have two thoughts. The initial one was that after 10 years, Dunkirk would be a bit less drippy.
    The second is that Uncle Metronome is smart to know that a coffin is the only thing big enough to catch all the drippings. Mmmm mmm good!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:32 am

  4. alanmclark

    Cathy–of course these are only the imaginings of Alister and need not be accurate.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:26 am

  5. I think I know where you might be going with this one Alan. Alister becomes obsessed with wanting to know what the body looks like and digs it up and that’s when the horror begins.

    I think the uncle would get worried about Alister telling on him and also that he would discover the real secret of why the family buried the cousin alive. Alister might find himself
    being buried along with his cousin and the secret.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

  6. alanmclark

    Brenda–I leave such ruminations to the audience. I am up to nothing but setting up story inspiration. I have not thought beyond that. The whole idea with the dilation exercises is to create something highly suggestive, but not definitive.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

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