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David J Rodger is the acclaimed author of God Seed, Dante’s Fool, Iron Man Project, Edge, Living in Flames, Dog Eat Dog, The Black Lake, The Social Club and Oakfield. He is also the creator of the role-playing game Yellow Dawn - The Age of Hastur.

Atmospheric and Creepy

The Guardian
Crossover fiction, mainly thrillers with a science fiction and dark fantasy horror twist. Some of his work is post-apocalyptic, set in the world of Yellow Dawn.

Fans of Cyberpunk and H.P.Lovecraft's "Cthulhu Mythos" will love this work. There is new technology, brutal corporations and there are monsters.

He writes non-fiction for magazines such SFX and publishes short stories in UK, US, Canada and Japan.

Many fans consider his work to be amongst their best sci fi books.

The Guardian quote him as a self-published author and include his blog in articles alongside such names as William Gibson and the Neuromancer novel. The Guardian gave an excellent, critical review of Rodger's novel The Black Lake.

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Critics describe his work as character driven, richly plotted, delivering tension and drama with a strong narrative style.

Available as Lulu books and Kindle books, his writing has been compared to Ian Rankin, Colin Dexter, James Ellroy, Robert Ludlum, William Gibson, Robert Heinlein, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.

...the best Sci-Fi I've read in ten years

Floyd Hayes, former Creative Director of Cunning (US)
Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur has a deal on the table with game publishers Modiphius (Achtung! Cthulhu), under their license with Chaosium (Call of Cthulhu). To this end Rodger is writing a 3rd edition of Yellow Dawn, that maps it onto the RPG mechanics of CoC 7th edition, without losing any of YDs USPs or the remarkable atmosphere he has crafted into his post-apocalyptic world.

In a recent interview Rodger explained the move:
"I'm really keen to see Call of Cthulhu and Yellow Dawn work together seamlessly. It's a great opportunity to fuse action adventure, survival and scavenging into the Cthulhu Mythos mold. And it will allow players of Call of Cthulhu to drop into the world of my post-apocalypse novels. Cyberpunk energy and the horror of the Outer Chaos. The 3rd edition will radically improve the speed of play within Yellow Dawn, removing much of the dice-crunchy detail and embracing the narrative driven pace of the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition systems."

Following on the rising wave of success for Rodger's work, a Hollywood screenwriter made an approach to say the concept of Yellow Dawn would make a great movie. This has been scoped out and the movie is due to be written in 2015.

Yellow Dawn is a gold mine of material to port into your home campaign

Bobby Derie, The Unspeakable Oath
Rodger has also written and published Shadows of the Quantinex, a large-scale campaign expansion for the Yellow Dawn game.

I purchased [Yellow Dawn] simply because I love the setting

Michael Tresca, RPG Examiner
Cloudy Head is a children's story illustrated by Kenn-Ole Moen, and Murder at Sharky Point is a murder mystery game that can be printed out and played at dinner parties.

David J Rodger at Hayling Island

In 2012 Rodger put together a collection of his favourite short stories of the last 15 years in Songs of Spheres, including a brief intro about each story.

Career-wise, Rodger spent 8 years working for a non-departmental government agency, developing a virtual communications service within the IT Division, before moving into commercial project management for a UK media company. He now works when he chooses, enjoying the balance of corporate responsibility with creative output.

His presence on the Internet got him a place in the 90 minute BBC documentary "Through The Eyes of the Young", directed by Chris Terrill.

Rodger now lives in Bristol, England, with a Braun coffee-maker, writing from a house on a hill with a view of Earth's curve.

David J Rodger at Hayling Island

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New Novel Launched

Oakfield. There are monsters in the quiet places.

David_J_Rodger_holds_first_copy_of_Oakfield_a_Cthulhu_Mythos_Science_Fiction_novel I've previously published eight novels since 2007. But simmering away in the background for all that time, in fact, since 1989, was one novel I only finished writing last year: Oakfield. Which, I am pleased to announce the launch of this month. Download the Press Release PDF. And view PR images for circulation Click here. Alternatively, read post for The Culture Hour blog: Click here, or an insightful interview I did with Blog Critic read here.
UPDATE! Oakfield launches with 5-star reviews Learn more...

Feast your eyes on this!

Yellow Dawn RPG article grabs headline in latest issue of Forever Folio

cover of Forever Folio issue #3 FOREVER FOLIO 3 July 2015. Ezine for the indy RPG publisher Forever People. I’m very pleased by this. A lengthy and in-depth article that includes artwork, background details on the world of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur and a full interview with me by Dave Sharrock. Take a peek. Download Now.

Revealed: 5 short pieces of fiction for Future Way project

A slice of Bristol in the near and far future

Earlier this year I was commissioned by Future Way project to write 5 short pieces. Redcliffe Requiem was my submission and is now available to read for the first time without QR codesRead more...

Dang! Hollywood knocking on my door about the world of Yellow Dawn

Yellow Dawn – The Movie: could we see a Cthulhu Mythos apocalypse unleashed on mainstream?

A Hollywood screenwriter has approached me with the idea of writing a movie set in my post-apocalyptic world of Yellow Dawn. Read more...

Chaosium Give Green Light for Yellow Dawn Publishing Deal

RPG Yellow Dawn - The Age of Hastur heading towards 3rd Edition

Chaosium have come back to me regarding my role-playing game "Yellow Dawn - The Age of Hastur" with thumbs-up for a proposed deal involving a UK game publisher. The deal will include Yellow Dawn moving to a 3rd Edition and adapting to the 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu system - allowing CoC players to drop their scenarios into the post-apocalyptic horror and action adventures of my novels and game-world. Follow my blog for updates.

Dark Tales Anthology

Press Release – Modiphius to launch Dark Tales anthology Winter ’14/15

Achtung! Cthulhu Press Release featuring short story of Cthulhu Fiction by David J Rodger Modiphius, publishers of Achtung! Cthulhu, have put out a press release for the forthcoming launch of their greatly anticipated Dark Tales anthology. The book will contain the short story "Shadow of the Black Sun"I was commissioned to write for the collection. Read Press Release.

Japanese Lovecraft Fanzine

I'm commissioned to create an original Cthulhu Mythos piece

I was approached by the editor of a Japanese fanzine to create a piece of original fiction set within H.P.Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. He wanted it to contain at least one established Lovecraftian reference but was also keen to see me create some new Mythos memes and a new Great Old One. UPDATE: I've subsequently completed and submitted; the editor got back to me with big thumbs-up. Due for release Spring 2015.

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Guest of Honour at Frome SciFi Evening

Wrapping up Frome Festival With Some SciFi Dark Fantasy

England. 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. I was privileged to be invited as a guest of honour. Fantastic venue and well-organised... Learn more.
Fantasy reading room - Frome

Book Launch

Oakfield is my 9th novel and took 25 years to write

Bristol. Introduced by Gothic horror writer Thomas David Parker I did a short reading from the new novel, followed by some Q+A plus signing copies of the book. Venue: Brigstow Lounge @7pm See photos of event.


Dec 6th for Dragonmeet Fantasy and RPG convention at the Ibis Hotel Earls Court, London

I’ll be there along with Steve Jackson, Ian Livingstone and many other amazing guests, including John Houlihan and a posse of writers and the publisher involved in the upcoming Dark Tales anthology, a collection of short stories that expand and define the universe of Achtung! Cthulhu. Should be a bloody good gig. Room 2 at 12 noon! Learn more.

Small Stories

December 1st performing Cloudy Head at Small Stories, 7.30pm, Bristol

Small stories is a monthly event. Lots of little tales, live illustration and an evening with other creative types. Superbly organised and very supportive of Bristol's writing talent.
In NOVEMBER I performed Arnos Vale a tale of grave robbing and nocturnal terror based on the cemetery of the same name. It is featured in my anthology of short stories: Songs of Spheres. You can see a write-up of the night with photos and videos, just click here.
David J Rodger performs Arnos Vale a tale of grave robbing - Small Stories, Bristol

Let Me Tell You a Story Jack!

November 12th another chance to see me perform Arnos Vale, 7.00 pm, Crofter Rights, Bristol

Come along to Bristol's best variety storytelling evening for some silly songs, powerful poems, terrific tales and cringe-worthy confessions from Bristol’s best raconteurs, and nicest audience. If you missed me reading Arnos Vale at Small Stories at the start of November, here's your chance to see this talked-about performance. For event details, just click here.

Shadow of the Black Sun

Reading new short for Achtung! Cthulhu at BristolCon Fringe

I'm booked to read "Shadow of the Black Sun", which is a World War II Cthulhu Mythos story I wrote, commissioned by the folks at Achtung!Cthulhu for their Dark Tales anthology due for commercial release in December 2014. Learn more.


I was invited to sit on a panel discussing Routes to Publication.

The organisers of BristolCon asked me to sit alongside mainstream publishers to provide an an indie self-published point-of-view into the mix. Very well received and nice to see folks tweeting some of the points I made.

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Reviews & Interviews

Links to collateral about the work of David J Rodger


  • The exclusive boutique experience of Talliston House & Gardens ran my murder mystery game "At Sharky Point" at a private dinner event. Short and wonderful testimonial here.
  • GIZMODO give a nod to my work in their article: Cthulhu- The Beginner's Guide read article.
  • GOD SEED gets a 5* review by horror author and private defence contractor Lincoln Farish read review.
  • Feast your eyes on this – Yellow Dawn RPG article grabs headline in issue #3 of Forever Folio Download Now.
  • Cover of Forever Folio Issue 3
  • The menace made me too tense to sleep: review of The Black Lake by New Zealander, Dan Dixon: read review.
  • RPG author releases ninth novel - Bristol 24/7 interview me in advance of my launch of Oakfield: read interview.
  • "An amazing and engrossing read" - Review of Oakfield by Angela Brooks: read review.
  • Insightful interview with Blog Critics about why my 9th novel Oakfield took 25 years to write, and a glimpse into my art of writing: read interview.
  • Five star reason why Science Fiction fans will go orbital for this Cyberpunk novel {God Seed}: read review.
  • Gothic horror writer Thomas David Parker puts down a few words about me and my work: click to read his post.
  • Infographic Interview: Matt Mayevsky -Analyst, Economist and Author – creates an infographic to reveal incredible insight into my writing click to view infographic article.
  • Article I wrote for Peter Sutton's book blog about Writing the Cthulhu Mythos Into The Future.
  • Interview in the Examiner about my current work and capitalising on renaissance in Cthulhu Mythos (June 2014) Click to read.
  • Cover for cthulhu dark fantasy horror gothic dreams written by gordon kerr
  • Review of my RPG Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur by Role Play Craft.
  • Great reference to my work in Cthulhu (Gothic Dreams).
  • League of Cthulhu #1 – In conversation with David J Rodger Interviewed by John Houlihan.
  • Killer Review by Reflexiones Finales of my novel "Dog Eat Dog": a cyperpunk, post-apocalyptic, cthulhu mythos mash-up.
  • Alison Flood, of The Guardian (UK) writes a review of the Yellow Dawn novel "The Black Lake".
  • Fantastic moment for me as pedigree Mythos digest The Unspeakable Oath include a review of my role-playing game "Yellow Dawn - The Age of Hastur".
  • Cover for Issue 23 of The Unspeakable Oath A Digest of Arcane Lore for Cthulhu Mythos Roleplaying Game
  • Read the interview of me by Toronto based writer of Dark Fiction, Mary Rajotte: History of a self-published writer.
  • Interview with SFX Magazine (talking about Edge and Yellow Dawn)
  • Article about Yellow Dawn on German Call of Cthulhu website (Yellow Dawn as a CoC setting): click to read
  • Got Kindle? article about my entrance into the Amazon Kindle market (June'11)
  • Sushi Feeds the Brain
  • Pub Story Evenings Cash Hope (top advertising guru uses God Seed in literacy campaign)
  • Norwegian newspaper article (interview with Kenn-Ole Moen, illustrator for Cloudy Head)
  • Interview in Examiner about first launch of Yellow Dawn: click to read

  • Articles of Interest

    Written by David J Rodger and expanding on his vision of the (near future) world

  • Welcome to the Sixth Age of Extinction - Are You Sitting Comfortably
  • When friends read your work, or choose not to
  • Drones Come To The High Seas
  • Biopunks, Grinders and Synthetic Biology
  • Article: The curious case of the sandstone wall (God Seed)
  • Cyberpunk today: two examples of immortality
  • Social trends and game play: pervasive gaming – the next techno bubble or just an emerging snowball from the 1980s?
  • The Ninth Gate: occult and tarot-like symbolism in the engravings by Aristide Torchia and Lucifer, plus wider meanings of the movie
  • Coffee for the mind, controversy, snobbery and espionage – freedom of thought. A blog post. Read here.
  • Archive

    Previous Updates

    An archive of previous news, updates and events

    david-j-rodger-playing-car-wars-by-steve-jackson-games June '15 Car Wars!I bought Car Wars by Steve Jackson Games and got to play this classic again after 30 years!

    June '15 Free Friday Giveaway Military veteran, private defense contractor and horror writer Lincoln Farish wins Free Friday Giveaway Read here

    Travel to Hvar June '15 Travel: Hvar Island – May 2015 A blissful return to Croatia: Read here

    June '15 Get your geek on // play games in public places Read here

    June '15 Sneak peek at the novelised version of Shadows of the Quantinex First chapter of the epic, globe-spanning post-apocalyptic story that reveals the truth behind Yellow Dawn Read here

    May '15 Cold in July (2014) Pulp thriller and true hidden gem of a movie that I only discovered by accident. A movie for gamers! Read here

    Marlon Brando as the iconic U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz May'15 A Heart of Darkness: Read here

    April'15: Oakfield launch goes well - Bristol 24/7 run an interview with me about the book and my work on Yellow Dawn RPG Read here; Oakfield launches with 5-star reviews Read here

    The Guardian approached me for a comment on an article about author earnings. Looks like I'm representing the face of self-published authors. Read Guardian article.

    Brilliant launch party for the new novel, Oakfield. Master of ceremonies was Gothic horror writer Thomas David Parker. I did a short reading followed by some Q+A plus signing copies of the book. See photos of event.

    Mar'15: Guest Posts about new novel Oakfield One for The Culture Hour Read here, and big thumbs-up from Sarah Eddy Read here

    This post-apocalyptic crime thriller keeps new fan awake Positive words about my novel Dog Eat Dog Read here.

    Feb'15: Insight into a Science Fiction Fan: Combat Vet and Post Apocalypse Guru Evan C Tells All It’s Not Writers Who Are Interesting: It’s the Fans Who Read Their Work: Click to see post.

    Feb'15: Nice mention of my writing ethic from Paul Cunliffe An article by one of the Dark Tales authors, Paul Cunliffe discusses the question - To self-publish, or not to self publish? Click to see post.

    Jan'15: Signals from Hong Kong – A Cyberpunk Style to Texting My friend Dan B has sent me these texts after arriving in Hong Kong: Click to see post.

    Dec'14: That was the year that was 2014. Extraordinary year – surviving deep project pressures at work, sabbatical, release from emotional ghosts of dead parents, refocus on writing, exciting uplift in my word work, travelling, new people, deal on the table for my RPG… plunging forward through waters of opportunity: Click to see post. David_J_Rodger_performs_Cloudy_Head_at_Bristol_story_telling_event - Small Stories, Bristol

    Dec'14: Small Stories Packs a Big Delivery with Tales for the Christmas Season. Photo of me performing spooky children's story - Cloudy Head - at Bristol’s Small Stories event. Short video of Chris Cutting with his smile-inducing “Ooo, I can see I’m not invited to tea!": Click to see post.

    Nov'14: Grave Robbing, Slutty Girls and Baking. Small stories is a monthly event, superbly organised and very supportive of Bristol's writing talent. A great night with excellent stories from the authors who took part and a wonderful audience reaction. I read Arnos Vale in the oral tradition rather than just read from a page of text. Went down exceptionally well - great to see the eyes of the people you're talking directly to. Arnos is a tale of grave robbing and nocturnal terror based on the cemetery of the same name. It is featured in my anthology of short stories: Songs of Spheres. You can see a write-up of the night with photos and videos, just click here.

    Nov '14: In the footlights of William Gibson My blog gets referenced in Guardian article about cyberpunk 30 years since publication of Neuromancer. Learn more...

    David J Rodger as Killer Clown 2014

    Oct '14: Dead + Infected mob Bristol streets in night of madness…time enough for a drink Halloween on the streets of Bristol See pics + videos

    October '14: A couple of email messages with positive words. Of interest if you're looking at buying either of these two books: Dog Eat Dog, or The Black Lake David J Rodger with new novel covers

    October '14: Ben from London design duo The Sprezz delivers total revamp of all my novel covers - science fiction thrillers, dark fantasy horror with cyberpunk, Cthulhu Mythos and post-apocalyptic themes. Total genre mash-up: see them all here...

    October '14: took my first flying lesson. Amazing experience. Especially the sense of total freedom. Point the machine and go. Instructor took me up, flew me out over the sea where I could fly along following the coastline and got to really play with the controls. Even landed it. Instructor adjusted my trim and flaps and talked me through the approach and touchdown. Incredible and quite surreal. David J Rodger at controls of Cessna 152

    Pubilsher falls in love with main character from The Social Club {novel}. I had to share this. High praise considering the fan is a publisher within a UK media company. Click to read her comments.

    September'14: Impromptu Book Signing Not so much news as just sharing a little moment of pleasure that links back to 1996 and an experience following the completion of my first novel, God Seed. If you've ever written a book you should relate to this. Read more.

    September was all about travelling. Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Sicily, and then back to Malta and Amsterdam. I've come away with a stack of new short story ideas, many of them to be set in some of these areas. Once I write them up, and place them alongside the 14 shorts I wrote this time last year (in 6 weeks) I should have enough material to launch a new anthology.

    July 2014. Just got back from 10 days bouncing between Bristol, Amsterdam, and Malta. Soaking up inspiration and decompressing. Recently invited to attend 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). Had pleasure of reading alongside Peter Sutton (separately), who asked if I would like to put together an article about my genre for his blog. You can read it here: Writing the Cthulhu Mythos Into The Future.

    David J Rodger at PLLEK, NDSM Werf Amsterdam Great interview by Michael Tresca which he posted up on Examiner - covering current work in progress. Read interview here. Also had notice from editor about upcoming appearance I've been scheduled for. Keep Dec 6th/13th 2014 (not sure which date is confirmed yet) free in your diary for the next Dragonmeet Fantasy and RPG convention at the Novatel in Hammersmith, London. I’ll be there with a posse of writers and the publisher involved in the upcoming Dark Tales anthology, a collection of short stories that expand and define the universe of Achtung! Cthulhu. Should be a bloody good gig.

    It's been a few months of flying below-the-radar. Working on four new novels. Making good progress. Expected to finish Oakfield this summer with a launch ready for autumn 2014. Meanwhile Broken Fury and Sunder Gloom tick along at a comfortable pace. This year is all about balance between writing and living (and work). So these two books are more about having fun with writing; rather than feeling like a chore. The fourth book, Rise of the Iconoclast is currently on a slow simmer.

    Sneak preview of new cover designs by The Sprezz Spring this year I commissioned an illustrator / designer to come up with 12 novel covers for me. I've approved the initial concept. Very excited by what he's come up with. Expect them to be finished this summer. The plan is to relaunch the existing 8 books with a consitent brand, and then drip-feed the other four as each novel is finished.

    I had to interrupt the novel writing to switch to coming up with an original piece of short fiction for Achtung! Cthulhu. It's an RPG setting, Mythos horror in the frame of World War 2. The editor approached me a few weeks ago to commision to me write them something, as part of an anthology of shorts to expand and pad out the universe. The deadline loomed out of nowhere but I managed to nail it: 6,000 words in 3 days. Very pleased. More info....

    The superbly put together gamer blog "Role Play Craft" posted a very flattering review of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur.

    Nice mention of my work in new realease "Cthulhu (Gothic Dreams) Dark Fantasy, Horror and Supernatural Movies" written by Gordon Kerr and foreword by John Harlacher (Weird Tales magazine) - it's a showcase of the best modern Mythos work out there, very flattering to be referenced within its pages.

    Boston (Greater Area) Cop Goes Back to Pick Through Body of my Work - nice glimpse of a fan looking for the interlinks between the different novels. Arizona girl posts picture of her favourite books… Forget selfies, shelfies are where it’s at! I got tagged on this via Facebook by a girl from Arizona. A real mix of old and new covers too. 6 years of history right there. Deeply flattering.

    New Year's Eve. My 2014 started with cocktails, fat-tunes and a big grin on my face. Harvey Nichols Cocktails and Alfresco Disco Secret Location.

    Leading up to the end of 2013 was an incredible few weeks. I completed the final edit of the new novel, The Social Club and just recently made the formal launch announcement. I've also rather wonderfully gained the support and backing of Bristol's Fantasy & Science Fiction Society. This culminated in the society arranging a launch party for the book. A wonderful day. Great mix of familiar and unfamiliar faces. Lots of mingling took place. Felt like a proper party. I read from The Social Club, did some Q+A plus selling and signing copies of the book. View full write-up and photos here.

    I also recently took part in this year's BristolCon - I was on the panel for "Routes to Publication" and read from The Social Club. View write-up about event.

    Photo of Dave Bradley and David J Rodger with a copy of The Social Club

    My plan was to take a month off from writing and then get back to novel number 9 and 10, Oakfield and Sunder Gloom, both of which I started this summer. But instead I started working through a stack of short story ideas I've had sitting around for about 11 years. The result is 14 new shorts in 6 weeks. I'm really pleased as it means I'm well on my way to having enough to put together a new collection, much like Songs of Spheres which I released in 2012.

    Photo of Arizona_fan_holding_advance_copy_of_The_Social_Club

    I've started to get some great feedback from advance copies of the new novel - The Social Club- that went out recently. Here's a fan in Arizona holding hers. Click the photo to learn more.

    I've done a couple of interviews. One was by John Houlihan, author of The Trellborg Monstrosities, a fantastic novella for Achtung! Cthulhu - you can read the interview on his website. The other interview was by Toronto based dark fiction writer, Mary Rajotte. Known for her atmospheric and creepy tales that explore myth, dream and nightmare, she very kindly took time out of her hectic schedule to run this with me. Read the interview on The Examiner website.

    Since getting back from the Arctic in June I had one month of finger-blurring progress with a new novel, Oakfield, before August's no-writing regime kicked in. It’s a cyberpunk / horror story set in the South West of England and is a direct prequel to the novel God Seed. I've been posting chapters as I finish them on my blog.

    So the plan for the rest of the year is to continue writing Oakfield - aim to have that finished by end of March 2014 After that I'll be turning my focus onto the novel I started writing in May - Sunder Gloom - which kind of struck me as a an idea whilst driving back to Bristol from Bath one sunny afternoon and I thought: it would be great to have a sequel to the Bristol based horror story called Living in Flames. It would be good to reveal the consequences of what happened at the end of that book.

    You can now buy all of my books from Amazon for Kindle. Click here to shop. Alternatively, you can buy them as iBooks via iTunes store. And of course, you can still get everything in paperback from LULU's online store

    You can follow updates on work in progress via my blog - click here to view

    Yellow Dawn - Post-apocalyptic wallpaper – UTOC Public Safety Notice from early days of Yellow Dawn – Infection Warning

    September 2013 @thesprezz - the designer behind the UTOC Public Safety Notice poster that he created for Yellow Dawn, and which became a bit of a viral meme several months ago, has created another lovely bit of artwork for me; this time a promotional poster for the business cult The Power of Eight Group. You can see the poster here. If you want to know more about the PO8 then I recommend you read Iron Man Project .

    Power of Eight Group - PO8 - Business Cult from the cyberpunk novel Iron Man Project by David J Rodger

    August 2013 Fantastic review of "Songs of Spheres", my collection of short stories. This is on the back of a spate of really positive reviews about other pieces of my work. My cyberpunk crime thriller "Dante's Fool" was compared by a fan to Ian Rankin / Colin Dexter- which made me go wow, bloody hell. The big site Reflexiones Finales did a killer review of my novel "Dog Eat Dog": a cyperpunk, post-apocalyptic, cthulhu mythos mash-up. And The Unspeakable Oath - A Digest of Arcane Lore for Cthulhu Mythos Roleplaying Games - has included a review of my role-playing game "Yellow Dawn - The Age of Hastur" within their hallowed pages. I wrote all this goodness up as a press release, which you can download here. Do please share it.

    travel photograph Henningsvaer arctic circle norway copyright-david-j-rodger

    June 2013 Mostly taken up with travelling. I did a rather fantastic road trip around the Arctic: read blog and see pics here.

    September - December 2012 Burn out and life issues. I took a break from writing. Went to Sicily and New York. Sicily was very special for me as I finally got to see where Jean-Luc Korda and the Carthew Trust have their HQ in the novel Iron Man Project). And New York, is, well... New York. *beams a smile* Fun hang out with my publicist (and partner in crime over there) who shares my love of The Inn Ear - on Spring Street - real ale and whiskey chasers. Check out his most recent business creation: World's Fastest Agency.

    David J Rodger on summit of Mount Etna in Sicily

    August 2012 Magical medieval city of Krakow - including the jaw-dropping salt mines and the harrowing murder camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau.

    July 2012 My Yellow Dawn player group completed a chilling year-long campaign; the epic and potent Chaosium product - Horror on the Orient Express. It was a definitive proof of concept, the flexibility of Yellow Dawn: being able to absorb a major story from another system into it. Read session notes here.

    June 2012 I locked myself away in a remote cottage in the isolated West Pembrokeshire for a week; lighthouses, storms and writing. Bliss.

    Strumble Head Lighthouse overlooking remote cottage where David J Rodger wrote The Black Lake

    May 2012 I was in the incredible island nation of Malta, one of the most incredible places on Earth - left a deep lingering impression on my brain that led to me coming back and writing a novel in 7 weeks (The Black Lake - due for release August 2012).

    April 2012 saw me riding the Orient Express (Pullman).

    March 2012 I relaunched the epic, plot-rich, globe-spanning campaign Shadows of the Quantinex, a vast investigation that allows characters to uncover the truth behind what caused the apocalyptic event known as Yellow Dawn and join a race against time to stop the architects of that cataclysm from doing it again. In the same month I launched my 7th book,Songs of Spheres, a collection of my favourite hand-picked short stories in one book; press release.

    Interior of Simplon Orient Express British Pullman Photo by David J Rodger

    February 2012 Completed a year of work updating my RPG Yellow Dawn - The Age of Hastur (2.5). (press release); accompanied by a hardback version. In the same month I launched 6th novel, Living in Flames, which is a near-future (cyberpunk) horror story set in Bristol, England (download press release). Read a review of Living in Flames.

    January 2012, 2011 was certainly an interesting year for me - you can read my highlights of 2011 here.

    November '11, Great News: I scored a five star review on Amazon for my novel, Edge; very pleased it and weaves into the overwhelmingly positive feedback I've been gaining for other work: makes all the effort worthwhile.

    October '11, I wrote a free scenario called Kingdom of Shadows: based on Roman Polanski's classic occult thriller – The Ninth Gates; it can be used for Yellow Dawn, Call of Cthulhu or any RPG system that handles the supernatural.

    August '11, I took a step away from the brain-breaking task of reworking Yellow Dawn to put together a little study of the occult symbolism and meanings behind my favourite Polanksi film, The Ninth Gate.


    July '11, I penned a little article about the "Curious Case of the Sandstone Wall".

    June '11, article about my entrance into the Amazon Kindle market.

    May'11 I died 3 times in one night in the city-wide Zombie chase event, 2.8 hours later: pics & vids here.

    Feb'11 Meanwhile, it's been a great start to the year. In 41 days I wrote 14 short stories; suffered some serious eye-ball burn.

    Dec '10 I launched my 5th novel, Dog Eat Dog, the first to be set within this post-apocalyptic world of Yellow Dawn.

    SFX plug my work: Earth's greatest sci-fi magazine, SFX – plugs my novel Dog Eat Dog.

    Examiner.com runs an interview with me : written by Michael Tresca, a piece about Yellow Dawn, its origins and my plans for the future of the RPG. Read here .

    Fantastic fan review – Murder At Sharky Point : great response for the dinner party game & murder mystery download. Read…

    Science Fiction & Dark Fantasy

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    • Very Stephen King feel to it. Excellent story. Tightly written and fast-paced

      Simon Pyne
    • I’d not heard of David J. Rodger, being more of a Rankin/Dexter fan! But it was suggested that if I liked crime thrillers I try Dante’s Fool…I was hooked, really enjoyed it. Strong, believable characters and a storyline with the thought-provoking twist of the occult.

      Sue Pay
    • …having both a lot of science fictional and supernatural horror elements, it still manages to maintain a grittier realism then many less speculative tomes.

      Reflexiones Finales
    • I love this collection of short stories. There is a darkness that lingers with you afterwards, a darkness I enjoy going back to. For me it’s like Blade Runner met William Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy in a bar, and then H.P. Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones decided to camp out outside that bar and peer inside the windows.

      Sammy Rule
    • I totally enjoy your writing and it should be spread to all the readers in the world!

    • A compact grenade of sharp tech ideas, inhuman fury, revenge, ancient bloodlines and chilling supernatural horror.

      Dr Andy Collins
    • I read a lot of SF and Fantasy and I would say that Dog Eat Dog is definitely in the Top 10 percent of what I read.

      A. Sieglin
    • My copy of Dog Eat Dog arrived today. I sat down just to flick through it; next time I looked up I was 84 pages in! Utterly gripping, your best work yet.

      Connor Red
    • Without doubt David J Rodger's best to date; I've read Iron Man and God Seed and you can see a real maturity, a strong clear narrative that allows the post-apocalyptic zombie dystopia to bleed through. Some really chilling moments, some great action and a fully-realised and plausible shattered society. I cannot wait to see more novels set in the world of Yellow Dawn!

      Victoria Payne
    • A likeable and believable central character - Even though he is clearly a genius, he only sees his inadequacies; very human!

      Dominic M.
    • The Black Lake is your best novel to date. A solidly likeable and believable central character, an excellent portrayal of isolation and mental disintegration, and the horror elements were not clumsy or in-your-face, but fitted with the overall narrative like a glove.

      Irini Arkan
    • Genuinely scary stuff. There's some truly disturbing imagery and ideas here, executed with a deft hand. I love the echoes of Lovecraft's “The Colour Out Of Space” and “The Whisperer in Darkness”, and the greater inclusion of the Hastur mythology in the world of Yellow Dawn adds a wonderfully nightmarish aspect to an already chilling atmosphere.

      Chris Halliday
    • Really fantastic sci-fi/horror novel. Some genuinely terrifying zombies (infected) in it too!

      Adam Lee
    • I can't wait to put my hands on another of David's novels and same will happen to you if you give 'Edge' a well deserved chance.

      Sergio Castenares
    • 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.

      L D Simpson
    • David’s J Rodger’s writing is atmospheric, describes Cornwall with a brilliant dark narrative, and wonderful characters. I think this book is fantastic and a must read.

      Sarah Eddy
    • I became interested in your Yellow Dawn setting, and decided to purchase Dog Eat Dog. Just wanted to touch base and let you know that I thought it was a FANTASTIC read. I’m really looking forward to the Yellow Dawn setting book arriving in a couple of days, and giving the setting a run.

      Chris Taylor

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