Alan M. Clark grew up in Tennessee in a house full of bones and old medical books. He has created illustrations for hundreds of books, including works of fiction of various genres, nonfiction, textbooks, young adult fiction, and children’s books. Awards for his illustration work include the World Fantasy Award and four Chesley Awards. He is the author of 14 books, including eight novels, a lavishly illustrated novella, four collections of fiction, and a nonfiction full-color book of his artwork. His latest novel, SAY ANYTHING BUT YOUR PRAYERS, was released by Lazy Fascist Press in August, 2014. He is an Associate Editor for Broken River Books, a Portland, Oregon publisher of crime fiction. Mr. Clark's company, IFD Publishing, has released 6 traditional books and 25 ebooks by such authors as F. Paul Wilson, Elizabeth Engstrom, and Jeremy Robert Johnson. Alan M. Clark and his wife, Melody, live in Oregon. www.alanmclark.com
This series of exciting biographical fiction books explore the lives of Jack the Ripper's known victims. Deep research and dramatic power bring to life an era when women were often considered disposable and their struggles were powerful, daily battles against culture, family, and internalized societal assumptions.
In 1884 London, 12-year-old Albert Gladwyck must decide whether to follow his generous heart or learn to harden it in the harsh world in which he lives. This lavishly illustrated novelette gives a glimpse into a time when the pauper child was ubiquitous in the city. It is the fanciful tale about the choices a desperate child might make in such an environment to survive.
With A Brutal Chill in August, Alan M. Clark gives readers an uncompromising and terrifying look at the nearly forgotten human story behind one of the most sensational crimes in history. This is horror that happened.
A novel that beats back our assumptions about the time of Jack the Ripper. A tale of Mary Jane Kelly, a woman alive with all the emotional complexity of women today. Running from a man and her past, she must recover a valuable necklace and sell it to escape London. Driven by powerful, conflicting emotions, she tries to sneak past the deadly menace that bars her exit.
Two novels—The Assassin’s Coin, by John Linwood Grant, and The Prostitute’s Price by Alan M. Clark. Intertwined here, they share a single timeline and a single purpose – to lead you to 13 Miller’s Court, the room made infamous during the Autumn of Terror.
Annie Chapman led a hard, lower class life in filthy 19th century London. Late in life, circumstances and her choices led her to earn her crust by solicitation. After a bruising brawl with another woman over money and a man, she lost her lodgings and found herself sleeping rough. That dangerous turn of events delivered her into the hands of notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper.
An imaginative reconstruction of the life of Elizabeth Stride, the third victim of Jack the Ripper. The beast of poverty and disease had stalked Elizabeth all her life, waiting for the right moment to take her down. To survive, she listened to the two extremes within herself--Bess, the innocent child of hope, and Liza, the cynical, hardbitten opportunist.
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. The stories explore the hopes and regrets of these women, and what decisions they made that might have delivered them into the bloody hands of the Ripper.
D.D. Murphry, Secret Policeman, fights the crimes nobody else can see or believe. Despite the daily perils and without praise, he lives a hard life on the street as a homeless man while pursuing the most dangerous criminals. Ordinary people sleep secure in their beds never knowing they owe their happiness to the one man who stands alone against hidden evildoers: D. D. Murphry, Secret Policeman.
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.
THE BLOOD OF FATHER TIME, Book 1, The New Cut is a time-travel fantasy inspired by actual historical events and the outlaw clans of early eighteen-hundreds Tennessee. It’s a coming-of-age story, an epic adventure, and a rich historical drama.
World Fantasy Award-winner Alan M. Clark brings you “Brittle Bones and old Rope,” the the story of a child’s search for meaning and personal worth. Little Dylan died when he was five years old, too early to have made any sense out of life and his place in it, and now he must come to terms with what little existence he’s had before passing on to whatever lies beyond death.
Jack the Ripper Victims Series: Of Thimble and Threat is a historical fiction novel inspired by the life of Catherine Eddowes, believed to be the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper. It is the story of a common woman with uncommon aspirations, a mother willing to sacrifice everything for her children, her addiction and abuse, her life choices, both good and bad, that led to a tragic end.