Dahlia Book






In my re-telling of “The Black Dahlia”, I wanted to visually piece together the various viewpoints of the source story to create a grand narrative. I wanted to move the audience thematically and stylistically between these viewpoints, to experience the odd interstitial space between fictional and non-fictional worlds. I decided the story would be told by different narrators – and suspense would be derived from this shift in narratorial voice and tone. These speakers/perspectives would be; the detective Bucky Bleichert from Ellroy’s novel, the forensic evidence from the Liz Short murder, the Ann Sexton quote, and the voice of the author James Ellroy himself from radio interviews.

This book was a fascinating challenge to me in that I could really play with a way of re-telling, re-designing and actually re-writing this novel. Through my method of using multiple viewpoints that span the fictional and non-fictional worlds of this murder mystery – a new sense of depth of storytelling was achieved. This re-combination method created a new sort of poetry.The juxtaposition of different narrative lines allows readers to experience between odd interstitial space between fictional and non-fictional worlds. They bring the reader in and out of the official viewing frame – the novel before us. Ultimately, this is a chance also to explore how suspense can be created through the gradual build up of story and narrative clues.