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274 pages (November 2004); 12.0MB downloadInsomniac Press
; ISBN: 9781897415719
Riddled with tales of obsession, drugs, rock and roll, copy cats and scapegoats, Fatal Distraction is a play on Fatal Attraction, a Hollywood movie from the mid-eighties about female obsession and gender stereotypes. With explorations into how some of us distract ourselves from the horrors of the world and our very own lives, the dark themes in the novel are tempered by naivete and a dry, subtle humour sometimes disguised by lovely images of totem creatures and pretty girls. In a 250-odd-page graphic novel, Ahlers' stories are told in shades and fleeting micro images. Combining fragments of text, drawing and collage, Fatal Distraction, the follow-up to the groundbreaking Temper, Temper (Insomniac Press, 1998), is a truthful, disrupted narrative which fuses the worlds of literature and art.