Travel Video: Fortica Španjola, Hvar town, Croatia

Quick video of the place I spent every morning, for a string of days I stayed on Hvar. Photos and words here: or read a sneak peek of the 1st chapter I wrote whilst up here:

Soundtrack from the surprise cult thriller, Cold in July (2014)

Travel: Essex – April 2015

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, Mundon, Essex, The oak forest in Mundon is first mentioned in the Domesday book - photo David J Rodger

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