Artist: 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, and has been a freelance illustrator since 1984, a freelance writer since 1995.

As an illustrator, he has produced artwork in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery for publishers of fiction, and cellular and molecular biology for college text books. He has also produced artwork for young adult publications and children’s 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.

Three anthologies, The Imagination Fully Dilated series, have been published of stories 

based on his artwork, written by such authors as Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, Charles De Lint, Ramsey Campbell, Allen Steele, Jeff VanderMeer and Poppy Z. Brite.  

He has sold short fiction to the anthologies, Tales of Jack the Ripper, 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.  Three collections of his fiction have been published. 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 by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2009.  Lazy Fascist Press released his novels, Of Thimble and Threat: The Life of a Ripper Victim (2011), A Parliament of Crows (2012). The Door That Faced West and Say Anything But Your Prayers (2014).

Mr. Clark's publishing company, IFD Publishing, has released 25 ebooks and 6 traditional books, the most recent of which is a full color book of his artwork, The Paint in My Blood.

He is an Associate Editor for Broken River Books, a Portland, Oregon publisher of crime fiction.     

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

For more information, visit his website: www.alanmclark.com