My most popular blog posts in 2014
This is a place where I can pin-up the things I find online, or post promotional offers on my products or scribble down thoughts and ideas. This blog gone from a few hundred visitors rocking up every month to 10,000 uniques a month. Very pleasing.
Here’s a countdown of the top ten ranking articles as viewed by you, from sci-fi and dark fantasy, cyberpunk, and the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Starting at 10 and working down to the number one post – keep scrolling…
Super talented Shaun Gentry has applied his skills to craft this fantastic personification of Great Cthulhu.
Another simple yet striking image by Terrorcat. A fusion of industrial club culture and the daylight hours operator who wants to express guarded sexuality and “don’t fuck with me” attitude.
Hastur (The Unspeakable One, Him Who Is Not to be Named, Assatur, Xastur, or Kaiwan) is a fictional entity (Great Old One) of the Cthulhu Mythos. The King in Yellow is merely one of many aspects of this potent and truly amorphous denizen.
It is possibly one of the most written about and discussed Great Old Ones within this Mythos, and conversely, one of the least understood. This fuzzy, blurred and vague state of comprehension is exacerbated by a divide between literary fans of Hastur, and the RPG community. The fact Hastur is so hard to accurately quantify is no coincidence.
Random. A joke I posted up, which features double entendres around the names of English confectionary.
A name that can conjure a masochistic smile of gleeful horror on the lips of many – a part of the charm of the human aspect of this monstrous shape-shifting denizen; and a word that injects ice cold dread and paralysing terror into the veins of mortal men tainted with the knowledge of what this Thing truly is.
The Mi-go are highly intelligent and independent race, renowned for their worship of the Outer Gods: Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, and Shub-Niggurath.
Also known as The Fungi from Yuggoth, their first appearance in Lovecraft’s work was within the excellent and spine tingling tale The Whisperer in the Darkness, since then they’ve been brought in as “bugs” in CthulhuTech and given some decent exposition in Pagan Publishing’s sourcebook for CoC: Delta Green Eyes Only Volume One: Machinations of the Mi-Go.
Aigues-Mortes is a medieval crusader fort on the salt marsh shores of the South of France. I used this as the location for a bunch of new player characters in the role-playing game Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur. The RPG is set on Earth after humanity has been nearly wiped off the face of the planet by agents of the Cthulhu Mythos in an event known as “Yellow Dawn” – it features the Influence of Hastur but also opens up the Earth to the idea of a new wilderness populated by an encroaching invasion of Cthulhu Mythos badness. Brave characters can enjoy survival and adventure in these tough lands or play out high-tech corporate intrigues in the handful of Living Cities that still remain intact. This post is the notes for the first session of this new player group. Aigues-Mortes is one of my favourite spots in the South of France. I’ve been there many times, particularly during 2006 when I was mapping out the novel Dog Eat Dog, my fifth novel but the first to be set within the Yellow Dawn universe.
Yet another brilliant piece of digital art by Benedict Campbell. Sums up the nature of synthetic humanoids perfectly – and perhaps the darker aspect of male interest in the female form: an attractive woman with blank, almost submissive features lacking the “complication” of limbs? Or just a bit a cool cyber tech eye candy for your computer desktop.
There was an iconic moment in my life some time in the early 1980’s.
At the age of 11 or 12, it blew me away.
The Ninth Gate is probably one of my favourite movies of all time, as is the official soundtrack. A film by Roman Polanski, its stars Johnny Depp as the ambivalent protagonist, Lucas Corso; and features an incredible performance by Frank Langella as the brazen, smug and sinister collector of all things diabolical – Boris Balkan – a wealthy man where money and morals are no obstacle to acquiring books that deal with the Devil.
The film is an adaptation of The Dumas Club, a book written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
I’m a huge fan of H.P.Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos cycle of stories which provide unnerving glimpses of a pantheon of Outer Gods and their minions, writhing obscenely within alien vortices of inarticulate sounds and invisible light, sometimes only just beyond the perceptions of ordinary folk. The cosmic horror of the Mythos has nothing to do with this movie which limits itself to the spiritual, psychological and metaphysical menace of Evil, and all its many incarnations within the Quantisphere (the realm of Man, Spirits, Elementals and Angels & Demons).
That’s all folks. I hope you found something that ignited a spark of inspiration or stirred something deep inside your chest. This is all about sharing creativity and ideas. It’s also about me throwing out hooks to try to catch the interest of people who like reading sci-fi dark fantasy novels, who like fiction with cyberpunk and Cthulhu Mythos flavours – and of course, people who enjoy RPGs. If you’re one of those people then please take a moment to investigate my fiction writing (a new novel “Oakfield” due for release early 2015) and the Role-playing game: Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur.
Wishing you the best of dark dreams for 2015.
David J Rodger – Bristol, England
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