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Dilation Exercise 19

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?

Our demise would not be a result of what our enemies did so much as what we feared they could do.

Were those among our own people who stoked that fear and hardened our hearts in order to gain power aware that they worked for our enemies?

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

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

Artwork: “Necropolis” copyright © 2004 Alan M. Clark.
Cover art for City of the Dead by Brian Keene, published by Delirium Books. Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

4 responses

  1. I love you, Alan.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    • alanmclark

      Now, that’s bizarre–we’ve hardly met–but thank you!

      September 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  2. Those who rose from the ashes felt the call upward, their ashen existence falling away and blown like volcanic cinders into the stratosphere. Far beyond, they would join with the greater cosmos, and find new means of existence. Others, bound by their desires, remained below. They wallowed in the embers, and watched the burned cigarette towers fall, leveling the world once again. Nature would return in time, and they would be absorbed into it, as they had many times before: to become insects, then dinosaurs, and now perhaps to become insects again. They were the deposit. They will be the return.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

  3. Those really in power didn’t know because they were secretly removed, and replaced by evil alien look alike impostors.

    September 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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