Quick video of the place I spent every morning, for a string of days I stayed on Hvar. Photos and words here: https://davidjrodger.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/travel-hvar-island-may-2015/ or read a sneak peek of the 1st chapter I wrote whilst up here: https://davidjrodger.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/wip-sneak-peak-at-the-novelised-version-of-shadows-of-the-quantinex/
Soundtrack from the surprise cult thriller, Cold in July (2014)
Tracking down the Gavigan Estate – potent location in the classic Call of Cthulhu campaign Masks of Nyarlathotep
March last year I was in Morocco with my lady, Miss G: visiting Marrakech, Essaouira and Atlas Mountains. Whilst there we made friends with another couple. They were from Essex and told me about a place there called the Dengie. It includes a petrified forest dating back to the time of the Doomsday book. They invited us over to visit. Lots of things appealed to me about this trip. For one, I used the word Dengie for the name of a synthetic bio-engineered bodyguard (monster) used in the novel Broken Fury (work-in-progress). It has a creepy connotation. Also, the idea of seeing trees that had stood through so much of English history. I wanted to see them. And finally, this part of Essex, a stone’s throw from the location of the Gavigan Estate – used in a CoC campaign that is very dear to my heart, the epic, world-spanning Masks of Nyarlathotep. Here’s a few images from the trip. Starting with one of the petrified Oak trees that was mentioned in 1086! It boggles the mind.
Petrified oak tree / part of the Dengie / David J Rodger
Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall. Our friends took us to a remote stretch of landscape. A moderate walk along an lonely dust road. There, on a windswept bluff of grassy land was a solitary structure. This is the Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall. The tree above was documented in 1086, 20 years after the Norman conquest of England. This chapel was built in AD 654! Continue reading