What do you get when you cross a scientific expedition to the Arctic, a mysterious creature trapped in the ice of an ancient glacier, the Coast Guard, and a few assorted boatloads of drunken fishermen and Frenchmen? According to Bryan Dunn, Santa Barbara native and author of Thaw, the answer is horror, drama, and hijinks on the ice. I caught up with Dunn recently for a chat about his first novel.
What inspired you to write this book? Is this a story you’ve had in mind for a while? Thaw is a “what if” and “suppose” story. I thought, “What if a creature that had been buried for thousands of years in an iceberg was discovered as it drifted into the shipping lanes? And suppose it came back to life!” The story started as a screenplay that I then reverse-engineered into a novel. It’s very plot-driven. And it has all the elements of a good script-a monster, a little romance, a lot of action. It’d be a very fun film.
- When: Thursday, June 28, 2007, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Where: Derfs, 2000 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: Not available
The end of the story seemed to leave room for a sequel, too. Do you have any plans to turn it into a film? I’d love to see Thaw become a movie, although that would be ironic; I wrote the novel because, although the screenplay was optioned briefly, it became a very expensive proposition due to the large special-effects budget. And yes, there’s definitely room for sequels, which works in both media. I wanted to leave my readers wanting more of the story!