The menace made me too tense to sleep: review of The Black Lake by New Zealander, Dan Dixon

The Black Lake is a Cthulhu Mythos horror story set in post-apocalyptic world of Yellow Dawn

Dan Dixon is a former Senior Lecturer for a large university and previously worked for the BBC.  This is what he had to say about the novel, The Black Lake.

“I finished reading Blake Lake. Really good, I loved it. The description of Lomen and the weather were great. A mix of stark, harsh and the sublime. Definitely your use of weather stuck with me.  That is the defining point of the book.

The looming menace is also well paced.  Growing as the book progresses.  I found that I couldn’t read it at night after about half way through.  Partly through it being a bit creepy, but mostly due to the general menace making me too tense to go to sleep.”


Dan Dixon review of The Black Lake - a Cthulhu Mythos horror story set in post-apocalyptic world of Yellow Dawn by David J Rodger

The Black Lake by David J Rodger a science fiction dark fantasy horror story that blends post-apocalypse with Cthulhu Mythos

Available in paperback and Kindle formats


A remote island haunted by the consequences of a terrible act that has brought new monsters into our world




“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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