Science Fiction Dark Fantasy Author David J Rodger Highlights His Seventh Novel
The Black Lake
By David J Rodger
A remote island haunted by the consequences of a terrible act that has brought new monsters into our world
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“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 vision of a post-apocalyptic world was given a spooky twist last year in The Black Lake, after the action-packed hit Dog Eat Dog and alongside the tense, slow-burning thriller of recently released The Social Club.
In the wake of a cataclysmic event ten years ago (Yellow Dawn), survivors are still struggling to understand what has happened to the Earth – and make sense of the alien, sometimes surreal, consequences that now dominate so much of daily life across the planet.
Five men leave their survivor fortress in Malta on a sea-expedition to the sub-Arctic waters above Scotland. They intend to undertake scientific observations of violent and fascinating meteorological phenomenon that takes place there – considered the focus point of some kind of singularity. What they find is a cosmic horror that seethes amongst the shadows of this darkened world. It is a story of escape and wonder, of madness and terror.
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.
One fan recently compared the style of writing in The Black Lake to John Wyndham’s novel “The Kraken Wakes”. It is a quick read and takes you directly into the heart of the Yellow Dawn mystery. A glimpse of the source, if you like. There are flavours of H.P.Lovecraft’s classic novella “At The Mountains of Madness” and the early movies of John Carpenter. The Black Lake also introduces the concept of Nanomech and the influence of the potent energies of the Mythos on technology, a concept applauded by Dr Andrew Collins, Industrial Research Fellow at the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials after reading the book.
This is a haunting with teeth and claws.
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