A Parliament of Crows

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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. More

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Words: 60,660
Language: English
ISBN: 9780988776722
About Alan M. Clark

Alan M. Clark was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1957 and grew up in a home full of old bones, Indian relics and dusty medical books.

He graduated in 1979 from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He has been a freelance illustrator since 1984 and a freelance writer since 1995.

Although most known for his illustration, he has sold short fiction to the anthologies, The Walri Project, Last Drink Bird Head, The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases, Portents, Bedtime Stories to Darken Your Dreams, More Phobias, The Book of Dead Things, Dead on Demand, and Darkside, and to the magazines Midnight Hour, The Silver Web and the Magazine of Bizarro Fiction. Siren Promised, his Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, written with Jeremy Robert Johnson, was released in 2005. His two book series with Stephen Merritt and Lorelei Shannon, The Blood of Father Time, a dark time-travel fantasy, was released by Five Star Books in 2007. His novel, D.D. Murphry, Secret Policeman, written with Elizabeth Massie was released October 2009. Lazy Fascist Press released his novel, Of Thimble and Threat: The Life of a Ripper Victim, in October 2011.

Mr. Clark's publishing company, IFD Publishing, has released six traditional books, the most recent of which is a full color book of his artwork, The Paint in My Blood, and two ebooks.

As an illustrator, he has produced artwork ranging in subject from fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery for publishers of fiction, to cellular and molecular biology for college text books. He has also produced work for young adult publications and provided the artwork for two childrens books.

Clark has illustrated the writing of such authors as Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, George Orwell, Manly Wade Wellman, Greg Bear, Edward Lee, Peter Straub, and Lewis Shiner, as well as his own.

A major influence for his art comes from the Surrealists, particularly Max Ernst. He is fascinated with the use of what he calls "controlled accidents" and the possibility of "finding" images within the paint. A great advocate of collaboration, Clark has worked with many others in both literary and visual art.

His awards in the illustration field include, the World Fantasy Award and four Chesley Awards.

Currently, he and his wife Melody reside in Eugene Oregon.

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Review by: Brigid Nelson on June 16, 2013 : (no rating)
This is one of the most disturbing stories I've read in a long while, and one I won't soon forget. Inspired by true events, Mr Clark provides his fictional sisters with a backstory that helps to humanize the characters while in no way excusing their monstrous behavior. A gripping read I couldn't put down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: tom smith on June 15, 2013 : (no rating)
If you know Alan M. Clark only as an artist, then you are missing the full picture, and in A Parliament of Crows, the reasons becomes obvious. The story of the Mortlow sisters (inspired by three historical figures) is a dark and complex story, and in other hands it could have become little more than an exercise in excess. But Clark shows the same subtlety of shading and texture in this work of fiction that he does in his paintings. and that means this is a tale not to be missed.
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