Letters: Fan feedback on The Black Lake – best yet

This email is about my latest novel The Black Lake.  Always nice to get words like this. I’ve removed SPOILERS by overwriting them with XXX.

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> Subject: The Black Lake
> From: xxxx@floydhayes.com
> Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:14:53 -0400
> To: xxxxxx@xxxxx.com
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> Hi David,
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> As usual when I finish one of your books, I think, “this is his best yet .”
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> I read TBL up at the house in the Catskills over a 3 day period, alone. A Hudson valley bourbon by my side, the environment is pretty creepy on your own – the silence, the massive ancient mountains. The woods. Not only that but I had an infestation of “stink bugs” – harmless but quite unnerving – like little brown crickets. Maybe 20 or so in any given room. Easy to catch in a jar, but they buzz when they fly…
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> That’s the setting.
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> I loved the book. It was your most “horror” to date, in some ways…there were some well trodden horror tropes here but felt stronger in your hands – im thinking of when the XXXXX is seen in the lightning when our man had presumed it was tarp….
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> I wrote a few comments as I went through.
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> Some great one liners in here, “it was August and there was ice in the sea”
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> The checklist of equipment, I thought was smart as it underlined the fact this was a proper expedition, not a boys own adventure….

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> Giggledust really did it for me – brilliantly described and an amazing piece of SCI Fi thinking. Absolutely loved this character/tech.
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> The chill vortex – shudder – fantastic idea….reminiscent of Frank Herbert.
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> You deftly got round the whole “why don’t you tell your comrades about the XXXXX?”  Very human and keeps the isolation going…isolation being a good psych button throughout.
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> Tornado description properly scared me…
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> The tatters XXXXXwas horrid. Kudos for that one.
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> Nice breather when he XXXXXXX  – needed a little reprise from the mare and it was well-timed here.
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> Fantastic description of XXXX losing the plot, “like a simple mind seeing something it wanted but could not articulate the desire ”
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> Sundown and time running out worked so well man….”the darkness ruled his life”
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> Very good man. Gripping and horrible.
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> F.
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Available in paperback or Kindle

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THE BLACK LAKE: 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. Five men leave the fortress island of Malta on an expedition to the sub-Arctic waters above Scotland. They intend to undertake scientific observations of an alien meteorological phenomenon that has followed the apocalyptic event. What they find is a cosmic horror that seethes amongst the shadows of a shattered Earth. It is a story of escape and wonder, of madness 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.

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