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Dilation Exercise 24

In an effort to further promote my new novel, Of Thimble and Threat: The Life of a Ripper Victim, released by Lazy Fascist Press, my Dilation Exercise for today is based on a Jack the Ripper illustration I did many years ago. 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—The Dilation Exercises.

That he couldn’t save her with the tools he possessed was maddening, but then what he believed to be redemption would never be a part of her world.

What he’d never understand was that, considering the world as she knew it, he had indeed saved her.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

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

Artwork: “A Host of Shadows End-Marker” copyright © 2001 Alan M. Clark.
Interior Illustration for Escaping Purgatory: Fables in Words and Pictures, by Gary A. Braunbeck and Alan M. Clark, published by IFD Publishing. An illustration to the short story, “A Host of Shadows,” about what became of Jack the Ripper, coauthored by Alan M. Clark and Gary A. Braunbeck. Captions seen here are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

6 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Oh yeah, this is making my brain churn. If you weren’t already working on this book I would probably start writing a story of my own about this.

    November 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

  2. Oh yeah. This image and the text above and below bring out a certain creative churning my brain and gut. If you weren’t already writing this story, this image, coupled with the words would drive me to at least attempt a short story of some kind.

    November 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

    • Sorry for the double post. Didn’t know there was an anonymous feature.

      November 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

  3. alanmclark

    Marcus – no problem. I’m not working on it anymore–the book has been released. If this post has got you interested, check out the book on

    November 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    • Thanks. I’m all over it.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      • alanmclark

        I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the comments.

        November 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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