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Dilation Exercise 84

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story and one of the interior illustrations I’ve done for the book. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please don’t expand on this storyline when you do so.

The Harpe brothers armed themselves and dressed like savage long hunters, men who entered the wilderness to the west to hunt, to trap, to fight the Indians, and, frequently, to never be heard from again.

Sadie had a chance to go with the brothers, but her decision had to be made immediately for two reasons: They were leaving right away, and if her father caught up with her, he’d surely kill 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: “Harpe Weapons” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustration for The Door that Faced West

2 responses

  1. Sounds like an interesting story. Not too many good Western novels out there. If you can somehow capture the feel of a Sergio Leone film with the above-mentioned plot, I will be your #1 fan. If you don’t, I’ll still buy the book, but I might be your #2 fan.

    September 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    • alanmclark

      Vincenzo, don’t buy it expecting that. This is nothing like a spaghetti western. In fact it’s not much like most westerns. This is such an early western, there was little known of much of the territory west of the Mississippi at the time. If you look at the weapons in the illustration, you’ll notice they’re single shot flintlock pistols.

      It is an intense and violent story.

      September 17, 2013 at 12:49 am

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