Catching an internet meme with the End of the World and Mythos apocalypse – UTOC Public Safety Notice

A Yellow Dawn kind of Morning

Interesting morning.  Checked my blog traffic stats and saw a 700+ spike from last night and another 700+ so far this morning.  Everything feeding off this article I posted back in March 2012.

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Then I had a text from Ben Chapman, the artist I commissioned to create the poster for my RPG, Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur, way back in 2008. I wanted a poster to help catch eyeballs at a gaming / writer convention I was attending.  Ben did an excellent job. You can see it behind the Stormtrooper. Made a good T-shirt, too.

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David J Rodger and a new Imperial Fan

Yellow Dawn is basically the shared universe of my fiction novels twisted through an apocalyptic event; the result of machinations of the Cthulhu Mythos. You’ve got a new wilderness, like the badlands of Mad Max; infestations of non-human species and Great Old Ones taking a hold now that the majority of Earth has been left dead… or to the undead. Things that have been mistakenly described as zombies by survivors. And you’ve got survivors, living out in high-tech luxury within the Living Cities or slithering around in poverty and squalor (think D&D adventurers ripe for setting off on their first desperate adventure), forced to rely on crude weapons and old technology, scavenging in the ruins of a former glory or braving the mind-warping horror of the Dead Cities

Ben was super excited because he’d found the image trending on Imgur, with a lot of comments bubbling up on Reddit.  He sent me the links.

http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/1cxxgc/if_you_discover_a_dead_body/

and

http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/x385g/welcome_to_the_end/

It’s pleasing, flattering even, but more so it’s really interesting and rather exciting to see an idea take off on its own; other people, other minds taking it and doing their stuff with it. (Although a credit to Ben and myself is always appreciated).  A couple of very cool examples of this are below:

UTOC Warning Notice - If you discover a dead body - Zombie Apocalypse within Cthulhu Mythos Yellow Dawn Age of Hastur

UTOC Safety Notice – Copyright David J Rodger – Image taken by Oli Mortimer

Image source: Oli Mortimer, visit his website here.

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Warning Notice if you discover a dead body photo by Thomas Hiscox

Photo by Boothy – click for full size

Image Source: Boothy, view his photographic work here

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Dog Eat Dog - sci-fi dark fantasy novel set in the post-apocalyptic cthulhu mythos horror universe of Yellow Dawn

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DOG EAT DOG { novel } takes place in the near future, after the Earth has been devastated by a viral pathogen unleashed when a corporate cargo hauler crashed into the atmosphere; breaking up as a fireball across the sky, it showered Southern Europe and North Africa with a deadly rain of infected debris. Ten years later, over seventy percent of the human population is dead and only a handful of cities survive intact. So called ‘Living Cities’. The vast majority of human habitation is abandoned to the undying creatures left mutated through a brutal twist in the infection. Greed and corruption are left hovering over this bleak and brutalized domain and a cosmic horror is now free to infiltrate the remote abandoned corners of the Earth. Above this, the orbital colonies spin within artificial gravity wells, impartial observers, unaffected by the shocking events below. Within this mix the lives of two survivors collide: a renegade intelligence agent and a cold-blooded master of violence, shaping events with their virulent hunger for money and desire to carve their name onto this new world.

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Post-Apocalyptic Music Video by How to Destroy Angels: How Long? from Welcome Oblivion

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Trent Reznor, Mariqueen Maandig, Rob Sheridan, Atticus Ross - How to Destroy Angels - create post-apocalyptic music video for How Long

Mariqueen Maandig, Trent Reznor, Rob Sheridan, Atticus Ross

Former NIN frontman Trent Reznor has crafted a new album with the razor-edged talents of How To Destroy Angels; a collective that includes his wife and singer Mariqueen Maandig, art director Rob Sheridan and composer Atticus Ross. The album is called Welcome Oblivion, released this month, and includes the mournfully melodic track How Long.  Complete with Joy Division bass twangs and a slow-time beat and shuffle.  On its own the track is almost gentle, but combined with the video it packs a subtle punch with a simple message. How long do we have left?  Or How Long will the human race actually survive in the wake of the apocalyptic events that will eventually consume the current paradigm of the planet?

The video could initially be an observation of primitive man exploring the uncertain boundaries of a world that is dark and brimming with mystery.

But then it switches up a gear and you can see the aeon-old struggle about to be played out.  The strong survive and the weak are meat.

For me the video plunges deep into the heart of my vision of Yellow Dawn (The Age of Hastur). A post-apocalyptic universe for some of my novels and a setting for the role-playing game with the same title.  Out in the new Wilderness, survivors have reverted to primitive states of existence, their descent occasionally interrupted by the arrival of travellers who bring fragments of a former, high-tech world with them.

How Long, indeed?

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THE BLACK LAKE: The Earth has been ravaged by an event known as Yellow Dawn. Ten years later, survivors are putting lives back together and probing the frontiers of a new Wilderness; whilst overhead the orbital colonies slide across the sky, removed and unaffected. Five men leave the fortress island of Malta on an expedition to the sub-Arctic waters above Scotland. They intend to undertake scientific observations of an alien meteorological phenomenon that has followed the apocalyptic event. What they find is a cosmic horror that seethes amongst the shadows of a shattered Earth. It is a story of escape and wonder, of madness and terror. David J Rodger’s trademark unforgiving rendering of harsh reality, and relentless narrative pace, are here in palm-sweating abundance, delivered in a novel that tears open a rent in the boundary of reality, providing a nerve-jarring glimpse of the Outer Chaos and the horrors that lurk just beyond the threshold of our fragile, human existence.

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Under the World – Sci-Fi Apocalyptic #wallpaper – open to interpretation

Under the World

Under the World - Sci-Fi Apocalyptic Wallpaper - open to interpretation

Under the World – Image by The Saladman – All Rights Reserved – Click Full Size

Part of a series of images from the liquid metal, carbo-plastic, hydrogel and permacrete core of visual creators on the Internet.  Images that stir my senses and evoke plots and concepts for what I’d like to see (or fear) in the future.

This is a great image composite by TheSaladMan. In one respect, pretty wallpaper good enough for a large format screen. In another respect, open to some interpretation. The vibe for me is that this is the view from a man-made habitat (or part of the Borgendrill Corporation machine colony) about to depart the orbit of a doomed planet Earth. The moon – in the background – has become stained red through the cosmic upheavals, of a biblical proportion, in the process of taking place.

Or is it the Sun in the final phase before swelling to consume all inner planets? If so then not sure how to interpret the lens flare – maybe a Zubrin mirror array or part of a now defunct orbital solar energy grid.  Or reflected flight coming off another habitat.

This is the last glimpse any Earth-born will have of the planet that formed them – from which dust and minerals they were created.

Like a futuristic Ark, perhaps? Everything organic or mechanoid or data-centric has been gathered together for preservation.

Or just a pretty wallpaper image…
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Dog Eat Dog - sci-fi dark fantasy novel set in the post-apocalyptic cthulhu mythos horror universe of Yellow Dawn

Available in paperback or Kindle

Paperback : from LULU & kindle: US ($), UK (£), DE (Euro)

DOG EAT DOG { novel } takes place in the near future, after the Earth has been devastated by a viral pathogen unleashed when a corporate cargo hauler crashed into the atmosphere; breaking up as a fireball across the sky, it showered Southern Europe and North Africa with a deadly rain of infected debris. Ten years later, over seventy percent of the human population is dead and only a handful of cities survive intact. So called ‘Living Cities’. The vast majority of human habitation is abandoned to the undying creatures left mutated through a brutal twist in the infection. Greed and corruption are left hovering over this bleak and brutalized domain and a cosmic horror is now free to infiltrate the remote abandoned corners of the Earth. Above this, the orbital colonies spin within artificial gravity wells, impartial observers, unaffected by the shocking events below. Within this mix the lives of two survivors collide: a renegade intelligence agent and a cold-blooded master of violence, shaping events with their virulent hunger for money and desire to carve their name onto this new world.
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Photography: harbinger of the apocalypse, calcified caped dove by Nick Brandt.

photograph of Calcified Caped Dove Lake Natron Africa  Copyright Nick Brandt 2010

Icon of a dead planet. Image: Nick Brandt - All Rights Reserved

Nick Brandt  is probably best known for his wonderfully developed photographs of the wild animals of Africa caught in a state of existence (rather than action shots of them splashing through water or diving dramatically through the sky).

However this image struck me as iconic of something beyond wildlife photography.  It could be an icon of a dead planet.  The final curtain call of environmental change or the consequences of something catastrophic like Yellow Dawn: the image would not be out-of-place in a Mad Max movie. Those who have survived would walk past things like this every day, but sometimes, they are going to encounter sights that will punch through their brain-shocked desensitivity. And make them stop. And stare. And remember.

I think Brandt has captured this raw, gut-wrenching emotion of the absolute end of things.

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If you like his work, check out Nick Brandt’s website.

He also has a stunning hardback book available:

On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
Photographs by Nick Brandt
Big Life Editions, 2010. 192 pp., 90 illustrations, 13¼x15½”.

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2010 by:

  • Anne Kelly
  • Elizabeth Avedon

View here: http://www.photoeye.com/bookstore/citation.cfm?Catalog=ze223

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