Spotlight: Living in Flames shows brilliant characters caught in the unrelenting horror of David J Rodger’s flavour of Cthulhu Mythos

Science Fiction Dark Fantasy Author David J Rodger Highlights His Sixth Novel

Living in Flames a science fiction dark fantasy novel set in Bristol expanding the cosmic horror of the Cthulhu Mythos by David J Rodger

Available in paperback and Kindle format

Living in Flames

By David J Rodger


A fast-paced British sci-fi horror in the very near future




“Atmospheric and Creepy” – The Guardian on The Black Lake


“…the best Sci-Fi horror I’ve read in ten years” – Floyd Hayes, Creative Director of World’s Fastest Agency on Dog Eat Dog


David J Rodger’s successful blend of gritty near future fiction and blunt, remorseless horror, continues with Living in Flames – following on the back of the smash hits Dante’s Fool; Iron Man Project, Edge and God Seed.  All five books are separate and unrelated stories that occupy a single shared universe.

Living in Flames carries a chaotic mix of big characters through the meat-grinder fury of the Cthulhu Mythos. This is H.P.Lovecraft for the 21st century.  Even if you don’t know what the Cthulhu (quote – how do you say that word?) Mythos is; if you enjoy the idea of an unconventional terror that flows down through the bloodlines of ancestry  then this book will provide the required spine-convulsing chill.

The ex-marine, selling drugs for a crime-syndicate psychopath whilst desperately seeking any way out.  The deal-maker, running from a violent past and who just needs one final big score before retiring to sunshine and sangria.  The once privileged daughter, rejected by her  wealthy merchant family as a child, now grown-up and struggling to come to terms with the shocking legacy of her heritage.    And a multitude of vibrant, secondary characters.   These are the people who fight to survive as an ancient abomination surges out of history to flow into the dark spaces beneath the city.

David J. Rodger is a British author of science fiction dark fantasy with eight novels under his belt. He is also the creator of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur, an RPG that blends Cthulhu Mythos and Cyberpunk themes into a post-apocalyptic setting. His books are often described as intense, character driven, near-future thrillers. Compared to Ian Rankin / Colin Dexter and James Ellroy with a dose of Stephen King darkness, Rodger’s work crosses many boundaries to deliver a new and exciting fusion of ideas and genres. You never quite know what waits around the next corner. All his books are stand-alone but support each other as part of a consistent shared universe allowing you to build a deeper knowledge with every story.

Compared to “Shallow Grave meets Reservoir Dogs with razor-sharp teeth”, Living in Flames shines an uncomfortable light on the secret history of a now global corporate family, the Carthews:  a gruesome truth that snakes back three-hundred years to a time when ships carried human cargo, and the repulsive cult that rode the 18th  century seas with it.  Living in Flames introduces a new monster into the pantheon of cosmic horror from beyond the stars in the form of a new Great Old One, and the deviant, twisted human beings who worship it.

This is a fast-moving, intelligent horror story that ends in absolute carnage.



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