Work in Progress
I’m pretty darn pleased. In May this year, getting back to the UK from Malta I sat down that night and started bashing keys to follow an idea I’d had for a novel whilst out there. Next thing I knew I’m in full flow. Now, seven weeks later, it’s finished.
Here’s the back cover blurb (draft):
The Black Lake
A post-apocalyptic ghost story
The Earth has been ravaged by an event known as Yellow Dawn. Ten years later, survivors are putting lives back together and probing the frontiers of a new Wilderness, whilst overhead the orbital colonies slide across the sky, removed and unaffected.
A consortium of private businesses put together an expedition to a remote Scottish island in the sub-Arctic. Five survivors leave the fortress island of Malta to undertake scientific observations of a strange and alien meteorological phenomenon that followed the apocalyptic event. It’s a story of escape, wonder and terror.
David J Rodger’s trademark unforgiving rendering of harsh reality, and relentless narrative pace, are here in palm-sweating abundance, delivered in a novel that tears open a rent in the boundary of reality, providing a nerve-jarring glimpse of the Outer Chaos and the horrors that lurk just beyond the threshold of our fragile, human existence.
Now begins the eye-droopingly tedious process of proofing the damned thing. Hey-ho, needs must. I’m super excited about getting this one out as it has a great sense of claustrophobia about it – everything focussed on a few characters in one isolated location. Plus the ending is has a heavy Cthulhu Mythos flavour.
The Black Lake represent just one of the six novel concepts that have been coming together since March. I’m thinking of tackling Rise of the Iconoclast next. Watch this space for progress – and updates on the release of The Black Lake. If you’re a fan of Cthulhu Mythos influenced fiction then I’d like to recommend you check out the previews of the novels, God Seed; Edge, Living in Flames, Dog Eat Dog, and the collection of short stories: Songs of Spheres.