Post- Apocalypse Scavenger illustration by Axel Torvenius for Yellow Dawn 3rd Edition

CRC Roamer or High-Tech Militia

If you’re not aware about YELLOW DAWN – The Age of Hastur and what’s happening with it, then check out this informative post here.

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CRC Roamer (Scavenger) – Yellow Dawn – All Rights Reserved

This is another illustration to come through from Axel Torvenius for the coming new edition of the RPG rulebook (3rd edition). It shows a CRC Roamer taking a nervous break from the tension of the job.

“A good way to introduce a new group to YELLOW DAWN and create an instantly plausible reason for a bunch of disparate characters to come together into a team, is to sign them up with the City Recovery Corps (CRC); saddle-up into a truck and send them out on a Dead City Run (scavenging for resources). They start as individuals but rapidly have to learn to work together. It gives them immediate exposure to the horror of the Infected (what most survivors called zombies) and the surreal, nerve-jangling tension of entering a Dead City. It can also give them a boost to depleted finances; you always want to start your character groups broke and hungry; desperate for money and resources.”


The CRC represent a key USP of the Yellow Dawn world (both the role-playing game and the novels) – and has attracted the attention of a publishing deal for the game, and a potential Hollywood movie. This is the kind of character encountered in Living Cities hanging out in bars and clubs with their Hog, decompressing and spending their coin, or out in the surrounding Dead Zone or the deep Wilderness on long-range scavenging hauls. Read Dog Eat Dog for example of a CRC team going into a Dead Zone.

The image highlights the broad depth of scenario styles possible within the Yellow Dawn setting.

“The CRC is always expanding its operations, pushing deeper into the Wilderness, setting up staging depots that shuttle accumulated resources back to the nearest Living City where it’s needed most; this could be hundreds if not thousands of miles away. The CRC teams that operate this far into the Wilderness tend to be rough and tumble types, who take what they want, live with the arrogance of their connection to ‘real world’. Many of them treat survivors with respect, but a minority have created a reputation for treating small settlements like nothing more than a hotel or toilet – even stealing resources to reduce the amount of time they need to spend in a Dead City to meet their quota.”


The City Recovery Corps began as a charity organisation that helped out with large ‘urban decommission’ projects in degenerated locations such as New Orleans, Detroit and with populated areas struck by natural disaster where massive structural damage required clearing up (California, Asia, New Zealand).  They brought in armies of volunteers who were able to strip out and recycle large quantities of materials.  They fitted perfectly into the role required in the aftermath of the event known as Yellow Dawn.

The City Recovery Corps is now a large global franchise.  It runs licensed and organised groups of scavengers that feed the consumer needs and resource-demands of Living Cities.  Teams are called Hogs with typically 4 or 5 Roamers.  The CRC run operations deep into the Wilderness and have depots and storage hubs linking right back to the nearest Living City.  They are sometime disliked by survivors in the Wilderness (considered thugs and thieves) but welcomed by the Rural Support Zones and Living Cities.

A Good Book To Read

Dog Eat Dog is a post-apocalyptic crime thriller set in the shared universe of David J Rodger after the event called Yellow Dawn

Available in paperback and Kindle formats

Dog Eat Dog

By David J Rodger


A monster of a book! Packed with action, compelling in its attention to detail and pace, and horror scenes that will leave your heart pounding




“Atmospheric and Creepy” – The Guardian on The Black Lake


“…a modern noir style mixed in with a heavy dose of brutal action adventure!” – Reflexiones Finales on Dog Eat Dog


David J Rodger’s vision of a post-apocalyptic world was given an opening on an epic scale with the hugely popular hit Dog Eat Dog. It is the first of three separate and unrelated books that occupy the shared universe of Yellow Dawn, sitting alongside successful, eerily haunting The Black Lake and the tense, slow-burning thriller of The Social Club.

In the wake of a cataclysmic event ten years ago (Yellow Dawn), Mikhail Drobná and Carlos Revira are two survivors, both hungry for money and power, and fuelled by a desire to carve their names onto this new world. One provides services of violence and protection for powerful corporate criminals in the Living City of New York; the other is a renegade intelligence agent forever running from the demons of his past. Both men are strangers until events bring them face to face in a bloody confrontation.

Complex politics, private armies, corruption and murder on a shocking scale this book spins from the ruins of Europe to the desperate heartland of a fragmented America. The size of the story is vast but the focus is tightly entwined around the raging emotions of these two men. Will they work together or will bitter rivalry lead to their destruction? Meanwhile something terrible has stepped into the new shadows of the darkened Earth. A chilling horror from beyond the stars and it has its own plans for Mikhail Drobná and Carlos Revira.



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Top 10 blog posts of 2014 from Sci-fi, Dark Fantasy, Cyberpunk and Cthulhu Mythos Horror

My most popular blog posts in 2014

This is a place where I can pin-up the things I find online, or post promotional offers on my products or scribble down thoughts and ideas. This blog gone from a few hundred visitors rocking up every month to 10,000 uniques a month. Very pleasing.

Here’s a countdown of the top ten ranking articles as viewed by you, from sci-fi and dark fantasy, cyberpunk, and the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Starting at 10 and working down to the number one post – keep scrolling… Continue reading

Brilliant feedback on Lovecraftian horror novel: The Black Lake

L  D Simpson Writes his Views on my novel The Black Lake

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I have just finished reading The Black Lake and felt a compulsion to write and tell you how good it was.  I personally think you captured the mythos perfectly and Lovecraft would have been either proud or slightly jealous :) although old Howard would have had M_____ find [….]  dead with a just a journal as testament to what went on but if I’m honest I preferred your […] ending as I sometimes find Lovecraft’s tales unfinished.  
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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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You can read a spotlight on The Black Lake here (click to read). Don’t forget that LULU are offering 15% discount on this book – and all my other work – today and tomorrow (31st Oct) with coupon code HALLOWEEN at checkout.
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Photolog: Magical Vistas of Jesus Mound

And my 28 year friendship with a tree…

Dark Fantasy author David J Rodger in Jesmond Dene

David J Rodger…and friend

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE: Walk down into the depths of the Dene and then clamber up to the far side, where various ridges provide panoramic views – and sometimes glimpses of Jesus Mound. Large houses set in their own islands of greenery.  The magnificent church tower of St George’s that has always held such fascination and appeal to me, and which I used in the Hasturian weird tale “The Corrupt Moon“.

Walk along one of the many paths up there and you’ll find my tree. A tree I have been coming to ever since I was 16. Just to stand there and place a hand on its surface and feel like maybe it was aware of me. Good energy. Beautiful. And all these years later, I am still coming to Newcastle, and I still take the time to go there in times of happiness and times of strife and grief. A good place to be.

If you know some of the long abandoned historical structures of the Dene you might recognise some of the inspiration the artist Kenn-Ole Moen had for the front cover of the RPG Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur. With its deep glens, dense forest foliage and spooky quarries the Dene is also the inspiration for my addition to H.P.Lovecraft’s Dreamlands – Jarlequin Mound, used in the Cthulhu for Kids illustrated short – “Cloudy Head”,  a story I read to about 20 adults one New Year’s eve, and had the delightful experience of each of them coming downstairs the next morning to excitedly tell me they had dreamt of Cloudy Head.

The Corrupt Moon & Cloudy Head

 The Corrupt Moon and Cloudy head are both available within the short story anthology Songs of Spheres –

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You Can Read My Article on Peter Sutton’s Blog: Writing the Cthulhu Mythos into the Future

David J Rodger features on BRSBKBLOG

BRSBKBLOG describes itself as  “Adventures in Publishing – a blog about books, books and more books”

The blog is run by Bristol author Peter Sutton, who I had the pleasure of reading alongside (separately) at the recent BristonCon Fringe event, where I gave a sneak preview of the new short story I was commissioned to write for the Achtung! Cthulhu anthology – Dark Tales (due for commercial release in December’14).

He and I got to talk shop and he invited me to put together an article about my genre for his blog. You can read it here: Writing the Cthulhu Mythos Into The Future.

Peter Sutton is one of the organisers of Bristol festival of literature and has had stories published on 1000 words, and Hodderscape.  His story Artifice Perdu appears in the anthology Airship Shape and Bristol fashion published by Wizards Tower Press. He is a contributor to the Naked Guide of Bristol and an event organiser for Vala publishing. You can follow him on Twitter at @suttope .

Learn more about Peter Sutton and read my article on his blog here.

British Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy author David J Rodger has a cosmic Cthulhu Mythos encounter in Roman spa Bath

David J Rodger – Writing the Cthulhu Mythos into the Future


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