A little about the author

David J. Rodger is author of numerous Science Fiction Thrillers set in the dark near future. Excellent reviews. Creator of Yellow Dawn - The Age of Hastur RPG. Has written for SFX. Short stories published in UK, US, Canada and Japan. Supported by Bristol Fantasy & Science Fiction Society. Represented by Floyd Hayes.

A Universe Twisted into Two

The majority of my novels occupy a similar time period (in the near future). This period is cut short by the apocalyptic event known as Yellow Dawn. Yellow Dawn acts as a dividing line and any book set after Yellow Dawn can be considered post-apocalyptic in nature. They still occupy the same universe, but readers can see it warped through a different lens. Here is a quick list to show you which novels come before and after Yellow Dawn:

BEFORE YELLOW DAWN: THE NEAR FUTURE AFTER YELLOW DAWN: POST-APOCALYPTIC

David J Rodger in his Rocket

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

Michael Tresca, RPG Examiner

Which Book Should I Read First?

This is really down to you. There are currently no serials. Each book is a separate story. You can start with any book. If you would like to know a little more detail about each novel, read the spotlights below, or jump straight to the books.

SPOTLIGHTS! BEFORE YELLOW DAWN: NEAR FUTURE SPOTLIGHTS! AFTER YELLOW DAWN: POST-APOCALYPTIC

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

Floyd Hayes, former Creative Director of Cunning (US)

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The Books

God Seed

An epic action adventure that spans the globe and beyond 1996

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God Seed { novel } For acclaimed documentary film-maker, Adam Kyle, this was going to be another feather in his cap. Embedded within a team of highly-trained corporate mercenaries, he was covering the start of an operation in England. But when the operation goes terribly wrong, Kyle finds himself battling for his life, his sanity, and maybe even his very soul as a new and dramatic story unfolds, dragging him across the globe...and beyond. It isn't just his documentary that is at stake, but the fate of every living thing in the Universe. David J Rodger delivers a gut-wrenching and epic journey in a novel that plunges deep into the crawling chaos and takes you to the edge of the membrane of human existence.

H.P. Lovecraft brought screaming and thrashing into the 21st Century. This is very evocative of Gibson but with an undertoneof creeping horror that builds towards a brutal climax. Fantastic! I want more!

S.R.Pyne

Dante's Fool

The investigations of a tough London cop brings him agonisingly close to the Sub-Prince of Hell 1999

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Dante's Fool { novel } Detective Sergeant Louis Cloud is a tough London cop hungry for power and promotion, and he'll do anything to get it. When two investigations cross each other around a mysterious deep space mining corporation he quickly learns there are other forces out there - and things from other planes of reality - that will also stop at nothing to get what they want. With his life thrown into turmoil, Cloud struggles to keep his career and his sanity intact as he plunges towards a terrifying confrontation with one of the sub-princes of Hell. Hurled into this violent mix of corruption and demonism is Natalya Dorganskya; previously the adorable daughter of a deceased global movie-star, she now uses her skills as a world-class pilot in bold criminal raids. A path that quickly brings her head to head with DS Cloud and the non-human things that have come stalking through time and space to take back what she has stolen. David J Rodger delivers a dark and edgy vision of the near-future in a novel that reveals the boundaries between the Satanism and the Cthulhu Mythos.

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. I’ll be reading more of David’s books, and will definitely be looking out for the sequel to this one!

Susan Pay

Iron Man Project

Corporate conflict from street gangs in Marseille to the top CEOs in Boardrooms across UTOC 2005

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Iron Man Project { novel } Former special-forces operative, Vincent Brent, is tough, ruthless and highly trained. Now he’s using his skills for whoever will pay him without cashing in the bounty on his head. In this world of the near future, the UN has failed. Wars are fought in boardrooms through attorneys and politics, and on our streets with private armies of military and criminal assets. In Sicily, Jean-Luc Korda, Chief of Security for a powerful corporate alliance wields one such army - a potent mercenary force - in the fight against kidnap, extortion, blackmail and sabotage. But unseen enemies plot to use his position against him. In England a young woman must die. Her life, or death, will decide the fate of both men. In the cross-hairs of powerful adversaries, Korda and Brent must both make decisions in a choice between command and conscience. David J Rodger delivers a palm-sweating ride in a compelling novel that will keep you turning pages until the brutal end.

Iron Man Project has it all, fast pacing, action and drama. There is no Black and White, only shades of Grey. A large and well thought out universe which gives the story a credible background and makes you yearn to get to know more. Thumbs-up for this book!

Alexander Siegelin

EDGE

Industrial espionage and insiduous Evil creeping through a remote ski resort in New Zealand 2008

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EDGE { novel } Ethan Carmichael is a global superstar in the world of tech. His revolutionary developments push the boundaries of electronics and science. But close to total burn out he presses eject on the stress to take time out. A luxury snowboarding resort in New Zealand seems like the perfect place. But the volcanic mountain is a gateway to something not of this world, or even this Universe. For centuries it has been absent. The Maori spoke of it only in nightmares. Now it is returning, slowly yet inexorably, with monstrous consequences for those in the resort as madness takes hold, and then the murders start to happen. On the other side of the world, Halo Santana, an unscrupulous concept scout scrambles onto the trail of a new technology that has vanished from a corporate R&D lab. Quickly out of his depth, he enters a frantic race to track down the missing components before his buyers have him killed. Both men find their fates tangled in a deadly web of lies, treachery and alien horror. David J Rodger delivers relentless narrative pace in a tense action-packed novel.

Edge is a great book. It’s got an epic mountain setting and brings strong characters with interesting back-stories together to face some very bad things. The sci-fi aspects are blended into everyday use with the exception of a technology that an unscrupulous and delightful maggot of a man is trying to get his hands on. People die. Some die much worse than others. There is genuine creeping horror. Something is bad on that mountain and I highly recommend you find out what!

Dr Andrew Collins

Living in Flames

A fast and brutal journey into the heart of a darkness that has been lurking beneath the streets for 300 years 2012

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Living in Flames { novel } For Dex Raškovic, Bristol was supposed to be a place to get his life back together. Bounced out of the marines on a dishonourable discharge ticket, he's ended up working for a violent criminal family; running a nightclub, selling genetically modified drugs and looking for the next side-angle to skim some profit. Still, he's got girls and he's got money. Things are looking up. But then he finds a carved African idol clutched in the hands of a dead man who is barely human. It's a discovery that changes his world forever. The consequences shred through everything and everyone he's come to know in the city. Whilst the bruised history of Bristol is pulled into sharp media focus, the tendrils of an ancient merchant family reach out to destroy their enemies. And a carrion God, lying dormant for three hundred years, slowly unfolds within the dark spaces beneath the streets.

Rips forward at a frenetic pace, barely lets up. Like a Guy Ritchie movie with H.P. Lovecraft and William Gibson. The tight cast of characters play off each other well, strong dialogue and surprising twists with the interpersonal dynamics keeps the reader turning the pages. I devoured this book in two days, staying way past my bed time in my eagerness to uncover the dark secrets and how it would all play out. A thrilling read and recommended to anyone.

Madison Cooper

Dog Eat Dog

Crime, politics and murder. An epic struggle between two survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. This is a monster of a book. 2010

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Dog Eat Dog { novel } The Earth has suffered a cataclysmic event. London survives, but only just, through the authority of the Group that took control nearly ten years ago. When the naked body of a man washes up on the banks of the Thames, the regime in charge tries to dismiss the death as another suicide. Senior Verifier Jadon Purgo has other ideas and as he digs through layers of deceit a gruesome truth begins to emerge... David J Rodger has crafted a claustrophobic vision of survivalism. The horrors of the world after Yellow Dawn are kept at bay through corruption and the idealism of rewarding success. But the real horror is what lies at the heart of this new London. This is a thriller you will not be able to put down or forget.

One of the most engaging stories I’ve ever read.

Samantha Rule

Without a doubt David J Rodger’s best work to date.

Simon Pyne

An exceptionally well written page-turner.

Sergio Castenares

The Black Lake

An eerie and haunting tale of isolation in remote island waters, of madness, supernatural horror and death 2012

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The Black Lake { novel } 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 glide 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 delivers 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 hungrily cluster just beyond the threshold of our fragile, human existence.

The story riffs thematically on Lovecraft classic "The Mountains of Madness" and you get a real sense of a hopeful expedition turning slowly sour and then disastrous but with fresh ideas and new angles. I absolutely love horror where the scares are well thought out with a lurking growing terror steadily increasing in volume. This book took me away for a creepy and satisfying afternoon and you should get it!

Andrew Hardy

The Social Club

A classic detective story set in an Orwellian world; London, after the apocalypse 2013

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The Social Club { novel } London survives the event known as Yellow Dawn, but only just; through the authority of the Group that took control nearly ten years ago. When the naked body of a man washes up on the banks of the Thames, the regime in charge tries to dismiss the death as another suicide. Senior Verifier Jadon Purgo has other ideas and as he digs through layers of deceit a gruesome truth begins to emerge... David J Rodger has crafted a claustrophobic vision of survivalism. The horrors of the world after Yellow Dawn are kept at bay through corruption and the idealism of rewarding success. But the real horror is what lies at the heart of this new London. This is a thriller you will not be able to put down or forget.

Just finished David J Rodger's The Social Club. It's a superb mystery that builds and builds until, by the end, you can't turn pages fast enough because your heart is thumping so hard it makes your hands shake...

Jake Gillam

Songs of Spheres

A collection of science fiction and dark fantasy short stories 2012

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Songs of Spheres { short stories } 15 short stories hand-picked by the author as his personal favourites and presented with a brief introduction to each story. There are monsters that squirm and slither through the dark spaces beneath our feet, our dead are like carrion to them; and us, the living, are often victims of their hunger for violence and their taste in blood and terror. There are men and women who prey on the predators - a rough justice or karma in action. Technology carries information beyond the wires but what else can ride the electromagnetic waves? Demonic forces that infiltrate the mind through the new technology implants of the cyberpunk era. In dream-like realms, brave souls adventure deep into the strange worlds conjured by far flung minds. What mysteries do they discover and what secrets do they bring back with them into physical flesh and the reality of Humankind? The King in Yellow regards Earth from behind a pallid mask of silk; reposed on a throne of madness, corruption and decay within the black tower that stands beyond Carcosa. Hastur - the Great Old One that must not be named - the bearer of the Yellow Sign, has been brought forth. In tales of Yellow Dawn the consequences are here for those who dare to see. WARNING: some of these stories contain scenes of a disturbing and sexual nature.

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.

Sammi Rule

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Client Testimonials

  • I raced through Black Lake and didn't want it to end. The detailed descriptions of the locations and unique weather conditions all add to the dark atmosphere. You feel you're there - experiencing the slowly building suspense, dread and fear along with the main character Quint - as the secret of the Black Lake is finally revealed.

    Emma Hurst
  • Well-written, parts of the descriptive prose reminding me of John Wyndham. Quint- the main character- is well-defined,& his reactions to situations completely out of his experience is believable. I liked the touched of Lovecraftian lore which permeate this story too. Worthy of your attention.

    Ade Cooper
  • The best Sci Fi I've read in ten years. I can't think of anything that beats it in terms of action, the innovative ideas per page quota is off the chain, the characters are deep and real. Drobna is the best anti-hero in the genre. A total bad ass

    Floyd Hayes
  • 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.

    Cedric Patton
  • Fantastic! I’ve just finished reading ‘The Social Club’. Fantastic! I hadn’t read a novel for over 20 years at least and I had to ‘learn’ how to read a novel all over again. But it was worth it! The last forty pages (I won’t give the game away!) were a bitingly tense roller-coaster ride and the ending a real ‘gasp’ moment!

    Chris Waller
  • A real gem! And a solid addition to a growing collection of books set in a consistent, well-constructed and interestingly portrayed dark future.

    Dr Rob Curtis
  • This is one of the most engaging stories I’ve read in a long while that I couldn’t predict what was coming next. Intricately woven together and so deftly pulled apart by the shocking end as the story is unfolded. Dog Eat Dog is unlike anything I have read before and does an amazing job of immersing you into the dichotomy of the universe. The reader is pulled into two worlds: one of the technologically driven and seemingly untouchable powers that can afford to not get their hands dirty, and the other the grimy and terrifying existence of reality outside the safety of walled cities. The atmosphere of this story sticks with you long after you’ve put it down, the world is fully fleshed out and tangible and the characters even more so. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoy fast-paced action, intelligent intrigue, and relentless in-your-face storytelling.

    Samantha Rule
  • 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.

    Hagen Landsem
  • I finished Dog Eat Dog. The last section was amazing, really ramped up and already ramped up ramping. At one point when I got off the subway I had to sit on the horrid wooden seats to continue reading, despite being on my way to work…

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

    Simon Pyne
  • …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 totally enjoy your writing and it should be spread to all the readers in the world!

    @GameWriter
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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