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Dilation Exercise 49

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 an idea, please use the comment feature to tell us something about it. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

Because the room caused seizures that seriously changed people, no one in the house but Butch the cat wanted to use it; so, Alister’s mom turned it into the guest bedroom.

Seeing how his pet had changed over the years, Alister wondered if the guests they’d had, most of whom had gone on to do big things, had changed the world for better or worse.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

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

Artwork: “Jelly Enhanced Dresser Drawer Dance and Rumble Ring” copyright © 1978 Alan M. Clark (painted while in college at the San Francisco Art Institute).
Poppy Z. Brite wrote the story “The Devil You Know” based on this image. The story and image appeared in IMAGINATION FULLY DILATED, VOLUME II, edited by Elizabeth Engstrom, published by IFD Publishing. Later this piece was used as cover art for Poppy Z. Brite’s collection, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, published by Subterranean Press.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

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