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Visit the Alan M. Clark film gallery where you'll find animations of some of his paintings and film by Ryan Duncan about the artist's work.

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Of Thimble and Threat: The Life of a Ripper Victim

A historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark, released by Lazy Fascist Press.  The story is inspired by the life of Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper. Available in paperback - $10.95 - and all ebook formats - $7.95

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OF THIMBLE AND THREAT is an wonderful little novel that conjures up the real Victorian London. No gleaming steampunk set-pieces are found within its pages, no storylines glorifying well-dressed gentlefolk with their brushed suits, parlor drama, and manicured carriages. Instead, OF THIMBLE AND THREAT unflinchingly depicts what life was like for the poor and forgettable in filthy post-Industrial Revolution London, a heartbreaking backdrop indeed for the story of Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper.

Clark recreates Eddowes' life in stunning detail, and the detail is not always pretty. The real Eddowes was not, of course, the plucky heroine of a novel, and to his credit, Clark does not try to make her into one. Instead he gives us a real person, a woman with flaws, whose wants that aren't always wise or sensible; whose actions are not always admirable. Because Clark gives us such an honest portrait of her, her life, and inevitable death, are that much more tragic: When she dies, it is no stage death. Catherine Eddowes was real, and Clark masterfully brings her back--only to snatch her away again.

—Molly Tanzer, Managing Editor of Lightspeed and Fantasy Magazine.

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Boneyard Babies

A fiction collection by Alan M. Clark released by Lazy Fascist Press.

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A review of Boneyard Babies by Jeffrey Thomas

D.D. Murphry, Secret Policeman

The novel by Alan M. Clark and Elizabeth Massie, released by Raw Dog

Screaming Press.  Available in paperback - $14.95 - and hardcover - $29.95 - at

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New Portrait Painting Service from Alan M. Clark

Choose a photograph of yourself (or that of someone - human or otherwise - you love) for Alan M. Clark to use as reference in producing a controlled accident portrait. For technical reasons, the photo must be approved by Mr. Clark before he begins the portrait. Photograph must belong to you, or the photographer must give written permission to Alan M. Clark to use the photo as reference for the portrait.

“Controlled Accident” is Alan M. Clark’s term for spontaneous image-generating techniques in painting. For a further explanation of the process, go to Controlled Accident Painting. A controlled accident portrait begins with a background of this type and as the portrait figure is developed on top of that, the spontaneously generated images are allowed to show through the figure, giving extra life to the portrait. See the images of the artist on this page as examples.

Since portraiture is not a science, portraits are not always an exact likeness, but every effort is made by the artist to create an excellent representation.

If you have questions about this process, write to Alan M. Clark.

A Parliament of Crows

A historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark.

From Lazy Fascist Press in paperback - $10.95

From IFD Publishing in all ebook formats - $6.95

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A Parliament of Crows is the story of three women in black.  Always in mourning clothes, creepy and secretive, devious and deadly, they might at first blush appear to be long lost members of the Addams Family or characters drawn by Edward Gorey.  But the women in this novel are inspired by the Wardlaw sisters, three women from history who were anything but humorous.  The story of their lives and their crimes is the very definition of Southern Gothic, and the perfect fodder for this historical fiction.

In A Parliament of Crows, the three Mortlow sisters are prominent American educators of the nineteenth century, considered authorities in teaching social graces to young women.  They also pursue a career of fraud and murder.  Their loyalty to one another and their need to keep their secrets is a bond that tightens with each crime, forcing them closer together and isolating them from the outside world.  Their ever tightening triangle suffers from madness, religious zealotry and a sense of duty warped by trauma they experienced as teenagers in Georgia during Sherman’s March to the Sea.  As their crimes come back to haunt them and a long history of resentments toward each other boils to the surface, their bond of loyalty begins to fray.  Will duty to family hold or will they turn on each other like ravening crows?

"Crime and horror wrapped in a wondrous symmetry, made all the more terrifying by its factual basis, A Parliament of Crows has it all. Read it!"

—F.Paul Wilson, author of Cold City

"Anyone who liked Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City' will love this book.  Full of ghoulish characters straight out of Charles Adams, it paints a portrait that screams the very essence of Southern Gothic."

—Al Sarrantonio, author of Skeletons and Halloweenland.

In the beginning of the nineteenth century, the two murderous Harpe brothers, loyal to one another but violently at odds, go on a year-long killing spree in the American frontier, dragging with them the three wives they share between them; women who form a triangle of dependency, loyalty, jealousy, hatred, betrayal, and love.

"It is not hyperbole to say that Alan M. Clark's THE DOOR THAT FACED WEST left me absolutely stunned. A thoughtfully haunting blend of historical fiction and thriller, this is one of Clark's best works to date, across any medium. Simply amazing, and undoubtedly one of the best books you'll read this year.”

—Brian Keene, bestselling author of The Rising and Ghoul

Say Anything But Your Prayers

The historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark, published by Lazy Fascist Press

Paperback at $12.95

In the pursuit of something better, nothing is sacred. The story of Elizabeth Stride, the third victim of Jack the Ripper. Book 2 in the Jack the Ripper Victims series

"With Say Anything But Your Prayers, Clark proves himself to be the ultimate double-threat,his prose every bit as evocative and compelling as his art. Steeped in Victoriana Say Anything is a worthy addition to Ripperology.”

—Steven Savile, author of Silver and London Macabre

"A moving account of an unfortunate life. Clark imbues Stride’s character with a delicate amount of hope and innocence, which makes reading about her struggles and heartaches—and ultimately her death—all the more affecting."

—Brett McBean, Saucy Jacky website

Jack the Ripper Victims Series: The Double Event, an illustrated two novel ebook volume by Alan M. Clark.  

Ebook Price (all formats): $6.95 USD. 102,020 words. The two novels within this volume, Say Anything But Your Prayers, about the life of Elizabeth Stride, and Of Thimble and Threat, about the life of Catherine Eddowes, give a view of life and the struggles of women in Victorian London. Since the murderer was never caught, fascination with the unsolved mystery has been widespread and enduring. But what of the women? Who were they? What was life like for them in London of the time period? What were their struggles, their hopes, their regrets? What of the decisions they made in life might have delivered them into the bloody hands of the Ripper? The two novels within this volume  give possible answers to these questions.

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"Beguiling, suspenseful and often truly nightmarish, Jack the Ripper Victims Series: The Double Event comprises a pair of impeccably researched and absorbing novels that draw the reader into a completely believable depiction of 19th Century London."

—Simon Clark, author of Darkness Demands and Blood Crazy

"In Jack the Ripper Victim Series: The Double Event, Clark’s attention to details of the era reveals a class system where a poor woman alone is all but doomed to an early grave.  Readers will come away touched by these profound portraits of desperate women and shocked by not just the crimes which ended in their demise, but the greater crimes of a society that offered them no hope. This book is a must-read; be prepared to be horrified."

—Nancy Kilpatrick

Author: The Power of the Blood series

Editor:  Danse Macabre

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"In charting the slow descent of two unfortunate women into the bloody hands of history, Clark has created a rich and powerful tapestry of love, pain, sex and death in the latter half of the nineteenth century."

—Brett McBean, Saucy Jacky website

Starting March 4, Alan M. Clark will be teaching painting and drawing, and creating new artwork at the Emerald Art Center for 3 hours each Wednesday from 1 to 4 PM. Come and join him and bring your own artistic goals with you. For information regarding the fee, contact the Emerald Art Center​ via phone - (541)726-8595 or email -