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Black Gate to Publish Online Fiction Starting Sunday, September 30

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 | Posted by John ONeill

black-gate-4-smallWe are very pleased to announce that Black Gate magazine, your home for the finest in adventure fantasy, will begin publishing original online fiction starting Sunday, September 30.

Holy crap, that’s tomorrow.

Wow. Uh, well, into the breach. Best way to do this is to jump right in, and figure it out as we go.

New fiction will be published right here on our website every Sunday, starting tomorrow. Here’s what’s coming in the next two months:

  • “The Duelist,” by Jason Thummel
  • “The Quintessence of Absence,” by Sean McLachlan
  • “The Daughter’s Dowry,” by Aaron Bradford Starr
  • “A Phoenix in Darkness,” by Donald S. Crankshaw
  • Novel excerpt: Queen of Thorns, by Dave Gross
  • “Godmother Lizard,” by C.S.E. Cooney
  • “The Poison Well” by Judith Berman
  • Novel excerpt: Bones of the Old Ones, by Howard Andrew Jones
  • Novel excerpt: The Black Fire Concerto, by Mike Allen

What can you expect from online fiction at Black Gate? We will be presenting original fiction from some of our most popular contributors, as well as exciting new authors and many of the best writers in the industry. All stories are presented completely free of charge.

We will be offering fiction at all lengths, including short stories, novellas, and novel excerpts. It’s just like reading an issue of Black Gate, except you can do it from the comfort of your couch. Or that uncomfortable chair in front of the computer, whatever.

Join us tomorrow as Jason Thummel brings us a riveting tale of a talented swordsman who finds himself caught up in a web of deceit and far-reaching ambition in a fast-paced tale of action in a violent city, “The Duelist.”

25 Comments »

  1. I’m looking forward to it.

    Comment by DSCrankshaw - September 29, 2012 9:35 pm

  2. Will the stories be posted in a “stable” location, or will they quickly scroll off if it’s a busy blog day?

    Comment by Dave T - September 29, 2012 10:02 pm

  3. Donald,

    So are we. It’s been a long time coming.

    Comment by John ONeill - September 30, 2012 12:26 am

  4. Dave,

    The stories will be published in the Fiction section of Black Gate, here:

    http://www.blackgate.com/category/fiction/

    Each one will have an announcement on the blog, that will eventually scroll off. But you can visit the Fiction section at any time to see the latest, and the complete list of all of our online fiction.

    Comment by John ONeill - September 30, 2012 12:47 am

  5. This is great news. I wish you guys the best of luck with this.

    Comment by Glenn - September 30, 2012 11:16 am

  6. Thanks Glenn! Stay tuned — we have some great fiction in the pipeline.

    Comment by John ONeill - September 30, 2012 12:58 pm

  7. Great news! BG is reborn!

    You can’t keep a good mag down.

    Comment by John R. Fultz - September 30, 2012 5:13 pm

  8. Thanks John! :)

    Comment by John ONeill - September 30, 2012 6:41 pm

  9. Hi John,

    Congrats on the transition. I’ll be curious to see where this all goes. Good luck!

    Comment by Douglas Cohen - September 30, 2012 7:27 pm

  10. Thanks Douglas! We miss your work on Realms of Fantasy. :(

    Comment by John ONeill - September 30, 2012 7:42 pm

  11. Fantastic. Wish I found out about this SOONER! Thanks John. :)

    Comment by RaptorBunny - September 30, 2012 11:38 pm

  12. It’s never too late, RaptorBunny. Besides, wasn’t it YOUR IDEA??

    Comment by John ONeill - September 30, 2012 11:47 pm

  13. I’m one of those people who hates reading fiction sitting at my computer screen.

    Are there plans to also release this material in some ebook form?

    And, as a second question… I’m assuming this is from the previously-planned inventory for BG16 and onwards, but I dont like making assumptions… especially when I’m potentially one of the authors being published… do I take it that’s the intention? To run through the story stock you’ve currently got under acceptance?

    Comment by tchernabyelo - October 1, 2012 11:56 am

  14. Hi tchernabyelo,

    > Are there plans to also release this material in some ebook form?

    We certainly haven’t ruled that out. We’d love to have the stories collected in a digital volume, perhaps every six months. But we haven’t finalized those plans yet.

    > I’m assuming this is from the previously-planned inventory for BG16 and onwards

    Many of the stories are exactly that — pieces we’ve had in inventory for a long time. But we also have several new stories from some of our regulars, novel excerpts, and a few surprises coming up.

    > but I dont like making assumptions… especially when I’m potentially one of the authors being published…
    > do I take it that’s the intention? To run through the story stock you’ve currently got under acceptance?

    Yes, we hope to publish every story we still have in inventory eventually. It’s a substantial inventory, so it could take a while.

    We’re contacting authors now, but drop me an e-mail and I’d be glad to give you all the details.

    Comment by John ONeill - October 2, 2012 12:31 pm

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  16. This is great news! But I have a problem with this plan. It means I have to wait WAY TOO LONG to get an excerpt of HAJ’s “Bones of the Old Ones.”
    Mid-November by my calculations…

    Comment by thehessiangoeshome - October 4, 2012 11:56 am

  17. Hessian,

    True, true. But I guarantee you, the wait will be worth it.

    Comment by John ONeill - October 4, 2012 4:35 pm

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  19. That’s great news, John. I look forward to some great fiction, and to the opportunity to submit to one of my favorite magazines again sometime soon. FYI, I’ve featured your announcement today at my blog (http://keltickarnival.blogspot.com/), and I’ll be reviewing Jason E. Thummel’s piece their soon too. Thanks for all the years of great reading!

    Comment by Patrick S. McGinnity - October 6, 2012 5:31 pm

  20. Thanks for the review Patrick!

    Comment by John ONeill - October 8, 2012 10:41 pm

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