New Cthulhu Mythos fanzine due to launch in Japan

Hush! Hush! Top secret.  Currently corresponding with editor of a new Cthulhu Mythos fanzine who is based in Japan. No formal launch date yet. More info when available.  Just finished final proof of MS containing short story I submitted to him, featuring a new Great Old One and weaves together some of the underlying concepts of my bigger work.  Looking good.


Wrapping up Frome Festival With Some SciFi Dark Fantasy

I was a guest of honour at Frome’s SciFi Event

Fantasy reading room upstairs at the Three Swans in Frome - used by Sci-Fi Evening

Fantasy reading room, Three Swans, Frome

The week long Frome Festival, deep in the fertile, post-industrial landscape of South West England, came to an end yesterday.  Hugging the final few hours was the Frome Science Fiction & Fantasy event held at the fantastic upper room of the Three Swans. The room was crowded with objets d’art and eclectic furniture, including baroque pieces, skulls and a unicorn head mounted on the wall; it all resembled something out of a scene from the movie Sir Henry At Rawlinson End, or, more appropriately, the eccentric collection of a Mind from one of Ian M Banks’ great starships carefully rendered and put together for us fleshy creatures to savour.  There was certainly a buzz in the room.  The mood expanded and maintained by the tribal low res psychedelic trance  oozing through the speaker system.  Superbly well-organised and presented, with John Walton – blacksmith, shipmate, radio presenter and writer – doing a Stirling job of keeping the dialogue going.

Dante's Fool a crime thriller with occult horror twist by David J Rodger (2)

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Publisher says – reading The Black Lake was like finding undiscovered John Wyndham novel

New Praise for an Old Book

I released The Black Lake in 2012 and it quickly picked up interest, including a critical and very positive review by The Guardian.  It continues to sell at a steady pace as my role-playing game Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur gains further traction, generating crossover conversions from fans wanting to read novels set in this post-apocalyptic (and Cthulhu Mythos infected) world.  Here’s some feedback that came through recently on Facebook from a publisher – she has a first edition with the old, original cover:

Publisher says - reading The Black Lake by David J Rodger was like finding undiscovered John Wyndham novel

“like finding an undiscovered John Wyndham novel”


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




“Atmospheric and Creepy” – The Guardian


“The menace made me too tense to sleep” – Dan Dixon


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.

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




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