ALAN M CLARK.COM & IFD PUBLISHING.COM

Welcome to the website of artist and writer Alan M. Clark, and the home of IFD Publishing.* Come in and bring your imagination with you. Use the navigation panel above to peruse the site and online store, The Imagination Aperture.

Film Gallery

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.


Visit the Alan M. Clark German Fan Page, designed and built by Dieter Annecke

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 amazon.com- $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.


Make your purchase or get a free sample at any of the links below or through several other services not listed here.


Kindle  /  Barnes & Noble Nook  /  Smashwords—scroll down for Epub, LRF, PDB.


"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

        Expiration Date


"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

The Door That Faced West, an Early Western novel by Alan M. Clark, is now an audio book, available from Amazon and Audible.com. The novel is read by Charles Hinkley.

Make your purchase at:

Audible.com   or    Amazon                       Click image at right to hear a sample


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. Watch the book trailer.


"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

Jack the Ripper Victims Series: Of Thimble and Threat

Make your purchase at:

Audible.com   or   Amazon                       Click image at right to hear a sample


In Of Thimble and Threat, Alan M. Clark tells the heartbreaking story of Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper, explaining the origin and acquisition of the items found with her at the time of her death, chronicling her life from childhood to adulthood, motherhood, her descent into alcoholism, and finally her death. Of Thimble and Threat is a story of the intense love between a mother and a child, a story of poverty and loss, fierce independence, and unconquerable will. It is the devastating portrayal of a self-perpetuated descent into Hell, a lucid view into the darkest parts of the human heart.


Of Thimble and Threat is the unexpected tale of an ordinary woman, told by an extraordinary writer.”

—Elizabeth Engstrom, author of Lizzie Borden and York’s Moon


Jack the Ripper Victims Series: Say Anything But Your Prayers

Make your purchase at:                           

Audible.com   or   Amazon                        Click image at right to hear a sample


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



Get both novels in one volume in


Jack the Ripper Victims Series: The Double Event

Make your purchase at:

Audible.com   or   Amazon                       Click image at right to hear a sample


Jack the Ripper Victims Series: The Double Event features two novels in one volume.

On the night of September 30, 1888, Jack the Ripper took two lives in the Whitechapel district of London. Elizabeth Stride was killed at about 1 a.m. A 10-minute walk away, and less than an hour later, Catherine Eddowes was killed. The next day, a letter known as the Saucy Jacky postcard was received at the Central News Agency. The message was meant to taunt the police and perhaps the entire city. The writer, who signed the postcard Jack the Ripper, referred to the killings of the night before as "the double event." Watch the book trailer.

"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

        Expiration Date


Jack the Ripper Victims Series novels by Alan M. Clark

now available as audio books, read by Alicia Rose.

The Surgeon's Mate: A Dismemoir a novel by Alan M. Clark

Paperback:

Purchase the paperback - $12.95 - from  amazon.com, barnes and noble.com or get it from THE IMAGINATION APERTURE OF ALAN M. CLARK and request a signature, personalization or add a remarque.

eBook:

Make your purchase--$6.95-- or get a free sample at any of the links below or through several other services not listed here.  KindleSmashwords—scroll down for Epub, LRF, PDB.

    

A story that illuminates the dark corners of creative endeavor in which inspiration, no longer an elusive, spritely muse, turns deadly and begins stalking the artist.


In this gritty, yet poignant novel, the life of an alcoholic artist and author crashes headlong with that of a serial murderer. Aiden is desperately trying to survive a serious brain infection, while simultaneously hiding his addictions. When Frederick comes into his life, bringing a horrific desire to dismantle young women, Aiden’s world careens out of control, toward pure terror.


“Alan M. Clark’s fiction beautifully merges wild flights of the imagination with deeply insightful human detail. His works might evoke galaxy-sized spectacle one moment and dangerously acute heartbreak in the next. The result is that any encounter with Alan on the written page—whether real or surreal, alien or human, playful or deadly serious—is bound to be thrilling. Alan’s art, on canvas or in print, is a testament to the strange dark wonder of our existence.”

—Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City and We Live Inside You


"In a publishing landscape where everything has been done...to death, comes something marvelous, frightening, and new--The Surgeon's Mate: A Dismemoir. Alan M. Clark has birthed a masterpiece that oscillates between bone-deep confessional and hide-your-eyes-horror.”

—Charles Atkins author of The Prodigy


"The Surgeon's Mate: A Dismemoir is a masterpiece. This novel has plot that bobs and weaves like a boxer, when that punch finally comes you will have trouble staying on your feet.”

— David Agranoff the Wonderland award nominated author of Amazing Punk Stories.


A Parliament of Crows, an audio book novel by Alan M. Clark. Narrated by Laura Jennings. 

Make your purchase at:

Audible.com   or   Amazon                 Click image at right to hear a sample


A Parliament of Crows is about three women in black. Always in mourning clothes—secretive, devious and deadly—they might at first 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 three sisters from history who were anything but humorous. The story of their lives and their crimes is the very definition of Southern Gothic.


"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

“Holy hell! The end of that book! I mean, I was really enjoying it all throughout, and then BAM BAM BAM at the end, nicely done.  How horrifying. Wow. It's perfect. Jeez! I was literally open-mouthed at the end.  Two thumbs way up!”

—Molly Tanzer, author of A Pretty Mouth

Coming in August from Word Horde


A Brutal Chill in August

a novel by Alan M. Clark about the life of Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols

Jack the Ripper's first victim

Click here to watch the book trailer.

Click here to see the music video of the Bonehill Ghost's song from the book.