science fiction & dark fantasy

Shared Universe

All of my books share a common universe and can be read in any order. Each is a separate and stand-alone story, but if you read through more than one you'll start to see numerous common threads interweaving the fabric of the various plots. I grew up on the arcane and cosmic horror of H P Lovecraft and the tense thrillers of Robert Ludlum; later I absorbed the visionary worlds of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Philip K Dick, William Gibson, Iain M Banks and Richard Morgan. I also adore the corporate politics of John Grisham and the blunt violence of James Ellroy and Andy McNab. These are my touchstones when it comes to influence but I think you'll be pleased to discover that my work has a unique and distinctive flavour all of its own. I hope you enjoy what you find here. - David J Rodger

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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.

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Lovecraft brought screaming and thrashing into the 21st Century, by S. R. Pyne (Bristol, UK): David Rodger has created a World where Lovecraft’s mythos enters the near future. This, one of [...] novels that he has set in a Gibsonesque environ, is a fulfilling piece of sci-fi horror, something that he evokes well. You can see the inspiration of Alien, beefed up with some Andy McNab-style action. The narrative sometimes sacrifices depth for pace, but is ultimately a fulfilling read. If you like Philip K Dick, or indeed William Gibson, and enjoyed some of Lovecraft’s genre, this will definitely appeal.

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Cover for The Black Lake - a ghost story within the Cthulhu Mythos by British Sci-Fi & Dark Fantasy Author David J Rodger

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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.


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I read this in one sitting. I tend to only write a review if I think something deserves 5 stars. I read The Black Lake on my Kindle sat in a hammock in my back garden and I did not move until I had finished. I gave Edge five stars but I think this book was even better and has to be my favorite of Davids books to date. 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!

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. A good read and crying out for a sequel.

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.

The 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.

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Cover for Dante's Fool, new fiction for cyberpunk horror written by David J Rodger

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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.


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Comparable to Ian Rankin / Colin Dexter: "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!"

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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.


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Really engaging characters and plenty of pace. 'Unputdownable' is such an overused phrase, but this is in that category.

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Cover for Edge, cyberpunk horror in a snowboard ski resort written by David J Rodger

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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.


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The main characters are wonderfully described and you really get under their skin. It's a wonderful story with the typical unexpected turns. It's not the usual pulpy Mythos story either, it's subtle and mature affair. I can really recommend this book for everyone, especially Stephen King, Cthulhu and cyberpunk fans.

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

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Dog Eat Dog { novel } Ten years after the Earth has been devastated by a viral pathogen seventy per cent of the population is dead and only a handful of cities survive intact. The majority of urban spaces have been abandoned to the Infected. Whilst above, the orbital colonies spin within their artificial gravity wells, helpless observers to the shocking events below. Mikhail Drobná and Carlos Revira. 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. Strangers, until events bring them face to face in a bloody confrontation. Complex politics, private armies, corruption and murder on a shocking scale. Both men seek to sieze their opportunity at whatever cost. But a cosmic Evil has infiltrated the remote corners of these brutalised lands and it has its own plans for this world. Will these men work as one to defeat it or will their bitter rivalry bring about their destruction? In the end, who will devour who? David J Rodger delivers a novel of epic vision, character depth and nerve-popping tension.


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The best Sci Fi horror 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, he makes Mad Max look like Stephen Fry.

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!

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Cover for Living in Flames is a Bristol horror story by British sci-fi dark fantasy author David J Rodger themes of Cthulhu Mythos and Cyberpunk

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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.


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Sharp tech ideas, (in)human fury, revenge, ancient bloodlines and chilling supernatural horror. The tale rips forward at a frenetic pace, barely lets up. The overall flavor feels like a Guy Ritchie movie as inspired by H.P. Lovecraft by way of early Gibson. This is not to say it’s derivative in any way. The universe he has built is his own and with each book the lore gets rich, deeper and more compelling. 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, even readers new to DJR’s world.

Cover for The Social Club by David J Rodger - a thriller set within post-apocalyptic London

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The Social Club { 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.


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Blimey! 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...

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!

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

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Songs of Spheres { short story collection } 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.

 

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Unsettling, unpredictable cthulhu-esque stuff.


Short Stories

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The first set of stories are now available bundled together in a collection called "Songs of Spheres" available in paperback or Kindle. If you scroll down there are also stories available to download free. If you enjoy them then do please spread the word. All the best. Djr.

Arnos Vale : 3,900 words, full of dread and menace, set within the centuries old cemetery of Arnos Vale in Bristol, England. Arnos Vale is a portal to a world of mist and shadows, where the foolish can stumble upon terrors that should not be and glimpse Nature's cruel and despicable secrets.

Cloudy Head : 5,000 words, illustrated (black & white). A fabulous tale of two-worlds co-existing and overlapping in secret, special places; populated with mysteries and dangerous entities that exist to help or hinder new dreamers crossing over normally unseen boundaries. Hauntingly engaging, spooky and intriguing, Cloudy Head will stay with you for days.

Corrupt Moon : ( Yellow Dawn ) 4,200 words. A survivor becomes obsessed by a church tower on a distant hill leading him to an mind-shattering encounter with the Outer Chaos of the Cthulhu Mythos.

Cypher : History has taught us the secrets of the past. But when an object is about to be unearthed after 4,000 years of silence, the revelations it threatens to unleash bring such risk as to draw the most ominous powers from the shadows to try and stop it. Powers that influence the very forces that govern our mundane lives. Cypher is a fast and brutal journey into a heart of darkness.

Dilemma : 6,700 words. Science fiction. A tense and fast-paced plot that plunges into the heart of our fear of the ‘monsters' we make to serve us. Biological intolerance clashes with the vain attempt to rationalise cold-blooded murder.

Devil's Spring : 5,000 words. A group of BASE jumpers travel to a remote rural location to enjoy an illicit exit-point; but the area cossets the corruptive remains of a site of worship, where an abominable entity fell from the Stars millennia ago and infected the earth, air and water. Ignoring the warnings, a swift and brutal tale of cosmic horror unfolds.

Flinch : 5,800 words. Scifi & dark fantasy. Working as a ‘door skimmer' for the best and most exclusive night clubs in the city has its perks and everyone, it seems, wants a piece of Raymond. Surgical implants give him an edge in the game of privacy and discretion; but not all new technology, he discovers, is designed to be good for the human soul. Flinch – would you let it inside your head?

House of Heavenly Light ( Yellow Dawn) : 2,000 words, explores the influence of Hastur on the world of Yellow Dawn through the zombie infection.

Killing Candy : 4,500 words. Cyberpunk horror. It's not strangers you should worry about. It's their friends.

Masters of Chaos : 3,800 words, Speculative fiction with Cthulhu Mythos undertone. A man contemplates the world around him, taking seemingly meticulous notes of certain random but repeating events. Can he influence the world through such observations? And to what end? When unseen things are scratching at the doors of perception.

Merchant of Oropas : 4,000 words. Science Fiction & Fantasy. In certain cultures, the possession of an object during magical ceremony can infuse it with qualities that cannot be measured or monitored by scientific means. They are said to become like beacons, within the Astral Planes, guiding or warding other worldly spirits with no restrictions of time, or space.

Oracle : 4,300 words. Cyberpunk Horror. A corporate head hunter plans a lucrative extraction job, assisted by an mysterious neural implant he has no memory of receiving. Meanwhile another kind of hunt is taking place – where a man acts upon a violent and disturbing urge. Somewhere, within this fusion of damaged synapses and scarred nerve endings, there is a link. Oracle knows. Oracle sees. Oracle is the question mark and the key.

Pain : 5,400 words. Sci-fi & dark fantasy. A former military PARC pilot is suffering psychological trauma of flashbacks, relentless physical agony and symptoms associated with PTSD. A pariah since media coverage of an atrocity he was involved within, the man's only salvation is a mysterious Mr Sovitch who wants to exonerate him and prove he is the victim of experiemental combat drugs. Although he's aware of another agenda being played out the promise of the pain ending acts like a carrot on a stick.

Sim : 5,100 words. Sci-fi & dark fantasy. Sim-weave is a bioware implant that allows users to record, playback or share their own sim-stims. But what happens if you find one downloaded into your brain that has shocking scenes within it … and what if it's been made to look like you did these things? Guilt and conscience collide with the horror of what lurks in the shadows of sick mind.

The Tainted Moor : ( Yellow Dawn ): 6,700 words. In the North East of England is a place where something so terrible has occurred, that the locals dare only to speak of it as a warning to survivors thinking of going there. The Tainted Moor. Man has tried to penetrate the chaos of the Infection and brought such calamity upon the battered Earth that even the Angels weep in despair. An indelible stain upon the bruised flesh of Mother Nature.



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Particle Storm : Cyberpunk. It takes courage to seek the things science cannot explain.

Syndicate, Zendori! : Sci-fi. Corporate Greed Takes on a New Twist.

Fast Love Die : Cyberpunk Mythos. Because time means nothing when love defies the gods.

Pulsar : Cthulhu Mythos. What light shines bright and brings foul demons into your unwelcome sight.

Head in a Box : The traveller suffers in the tangled fabric of alien space.

The Doom Ship : Sci-fi Mythos. Alone and on the edge of Space one Man faces the limitless terror of the Outer Chaos.

Hokan : Sci-fi Mythos. From the shadows of human origin there is an eternal Light. One who spears the destiny of the traveller and wars with the forces of the Night.

Skim : Sci-fi Mythos. Technology has the potential to bring us face to face with the ultimate horrors that fester in the spaces between the Stars and the Outer Void. Turn away quick enough and you can consider it a lucky escape. A brushing encounter with a risk worse than death.

The Grove : Mythos. The sins of the past are not always forgotten and never are they forgiven.

Joseph Flavell Carbon Copy : Mythos. The spark of life is a tenacious thing but must always be treated with respect.

Thermonuclear Jell-O Pop : Sci-fi Fantasy. Not all mysteries of the Universe are there to be discovered – some are to be avoided at all costs.

Jentog Ma'nes : Cyberpunk Mythos. Many Masters hold the undying loyalty of their beasts even after death. Some beasts are more loyal than others and even after death some Masters can still command.