Sunday, April 19, 2020

Dan Stout's "Titan’s Day"

Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about fever dreams and half-glimpsed shapes in the shadows. His prize-winning fiction draws on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller.

Here Stout dreamcasts an adaptation of his new novel, Titan’s Day:
I admit that I'm not one for knowing actors and casting, but if there was going to be a Titan's Day movie, there is one element that I definitely have a feel for: the cinematography. Titan's Day (and the Carter Archives series) is a blend of noir fantasy, set in a world with 1970s-era technology. That means disco glam and narrow, cobblestone streets, contrasts of dark and light, and a feeling that the killers lurking in the shadows might only be matched by the secrets held in people's hearts. I try to put that feeling on each page, entwined inextricably with the story itself. A great source of inspiration are the directors of photography who helped shape classic noir.

The visual language of film doesn't translate directly to the page, but as I write these books, I'm often thinking of the way great noir imagery makes me feel. Films like Night of the Hunter (DP: Stanley Cortez), The Third Man (DP: Robert Krasker), Chinatown (DP: John Alonzo, who replaced Stanley Cortez), and Out of the Past (DP: Nicolas Musuraca). The powerful visuals of those creators, combined with the deft editing of Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, Cape Fear) would make fore a pretty great translation for Carter, Ajax, and the rest of the residents of Titanshade.
Visit Dan Stout's website.

My Book, The Movie: Titanshade.

The Page 69 Test: Titan's Day.

--Marshal Zeringue