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.” Continue reading


Oakfield Review: Jaw dropping moments, big twists, a quick page turner and stunning final act

R.A.Kennedy delivers his verdict on Oakfield

“Cornwall has always been a great setting for the spooky and mysterious. David J. Rodger taps into the beauty of the county and unleashes it’s darker side.  Oakfield is a contemporary SF/Horror that is reminiscent of Doctor Who, and Stephen King whilst still standing out in its originality.  Jaw dropping moments, big twists, all make for a quick page turner and a stunning final act.  What ever you do, do not open the basement.”

– R. A. Kennedy

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Oakfield is a new science fiction horror novel and good book to read by David J Rodger

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Fan Feedback: Review of The Social Club by Paul Turner

The Social Club – an Orwellian Detective Story in a Post-Apocalyptic London

first class review of The Social Club  by sci-fi dark fantasy author David J Rodger - an Orwellian detective story set in a post-apocalyptic London

David J Rodger – Infection Boundary

This is a transcript of an email exchange I’ve just had with somebody who has recently discovered my work. My most recent novel The Social Club. Very pleasing (warts and all). For completeness I’ve included my response to some of the points he raised; all of which are very valid and highlight the perils of being a one-man-band indie author.

I have removed all spoilers or personal information with XXXX and […].

Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:25:41 +0100
Subject: The Social Club

Hi David,

Hope you are keeping well.

Just a quick note to say I have now started reading your book (a little belated, sorry). I am about a third way through and finding it absolutely gripping.

I’ll give you the full verdict in a few weeks (I am not the fastest of readers) but I am pretty sure it’s going to be worth waiting for!

All the best.

Mr Gravitas ;-)

Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:43:22 +0100
Subject: Re: The Social Club

Hello David,

Hope you had a good time in Malta / Gozo.

Well it’s only 2 weeks since I last wrote and I said I thought it would take a few weeks to complete my reading of The Social Club. Well obviously it didn’t and that, I can assure you, is a really good sign.  I rarely ever give up on a book but sometimes they can take ages to finish. So, finishing yours ahead of schedule meant I was speeding up as the story became more and more enthralling. Continue reading

Feedback on The Black Lake: an eerie post-apocalyptic island haunted by Cthulhu Mythos

Quick Review: Compared to The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham

The_Black_Lake_a post-apocalyptic island haunted by the Cthulhu Mythos by David J Rodger compared to Kraken Wakes

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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. Incidentally, this month sees the release of  The Social Club.  All three books are separate and unrelated stories that occupy the shared universe of Yellow Dawn.  The Guardian described The Black Lake as “Atmospheric & Creepy”.  Ade Couper devoured his copy of The Black Lake and posted this on Twitter. I dutifully took a screen grab to share the love here (I’m deeply flattered by his comparison):


The Black Lake - a post-apocalyptic island haunted by Cthulhu Mythos gets nice mention on Twitter compared to The Kraken Wakes science fiction novel by John Wyndham

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Dog Eat Dog: feedback on the first of the post-apocalyptic “Yellow Dawn” novels


Dog Eat Dog - a post-apocalyptic thriller with zombies and cthulhu mythos

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In my opinion, an exceptionally well written page-turner. Packed with action that I found compelling in its attention to detail and pace, and horror scenes that had my heart pounding, the post-apocalyptic future is immersive and dystopian. If zombies are the plat du jour at the moment then Rodger is the Michelin Star chef!  –




I always capture feedback. Positive (to promote my work) and negative (to fix where I may have gone wrong). This is a review of the novel Dog Eat Dog. It’s my fifth novel, but the first to be placed in the post-apocalyptic twist on my shared universe – set ten years after the Earth is trashed by a catastrophic event called “Yellow Dawn”.  Dog Eat Dog did phenomenally well, generated  a lot of great reviews and has been followed by the greatly enjoyed and eerily haunting tale of The Black Lake.  Incidentally, this month sees the release of  The Social Club.  All three books are separate and unrelated stories that occupy the shared universe of Yellow Dawn.

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Feedback on The Social Club: a new science fiction thriller

Quick Review

The_Social_Club_a_science_fiction_dark_fantasy_novel_set_in_post_apocalyptic_LondonDavid J Rodger’s vision of a post-apocalyptic world continues to expand with The Social Club – following the success of the action-packed Dog Eat Dog and eerily haunting tale of The Black Lake.  All three books are separate and unrelated stories that occupy the shared universe of Yellow Dawn.

Chris Halliday has chomped enthusiastically through his copy of the book and posted up these thoughts on Facebook. So I’m sharing the love.

The Social Club a science fiction thriller by David J Rodger - quick review from Chris Halliday.