We presented nearly 100 new articles on the Black Gate blog last month, covering virtually every aspect of fantasy — from Kickstarter to Red Sonja , Space: 1999 to exotic food.
Why do we do it? Here’s a clue: it’s not the great pay, or the breezy offices of our rooftop headquarters here in downtown Chicago. It’s not the allure of maverick journalism, and the way publishers tremble when we walk into a room. It’s not the travel, or the lousy expense accounts, or the drunken nights playing poker with George R.R. Martin and Gordon van Gelder (man, that guy can bluff). It’s not the endless review copies of the latest fantasy releases, or the —
Hold up there, Sparky. Review copies? Ummm, those are pretty cool. Yeah, free books never get old. Forget what I just said. We pretty much do it for the freebies.
Plus, we do it for you, our fans. For the great letters to send us, and the thoughtful comments, and those books you mail us with sticky notes that say, “Just thought you’d like this!” Seriously, you guys rock. Also, free books. Those are great too.
Here’s what the Black Gate supercomputer tells us were the 50 most popular articles we published last month. Enjoy. And keep those comments and mail coming!
- Art of the Genre: The Joy and Pain of Kickstarter [and How Backed Projects Still Fail]
- An Open Letter from Jeremy Lassen at Night Shade Books
- Vintage Treasures: Chaosium’s Thieves World
- Red Sonja: The Novels
- Teaching and Fantasy Literature: Writing Fantasy Heroes
- Night Shade Attempts to Avoid Bankruptcy with a Sale to Skyhorse Publishing
- The Company That Time Will Never Forget: A Visit to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Incorporated
- Red Sonja: The Movie
- Are You Going to Eat That?
- Vintage Treasures: The People of the Black Circle by Robert E. Howard
- 2013 Hugo Award Nominees Announced
- Blue Sonja: The Last Red Sonja post
- What Makes a True Hero? Announcing the Winners of the Writing Fantasy Heroes Contest
- Teaching and Fantasy Literature: Is This Big Fat Fantasy Epic a Tax-Deductible Business Expense?
- Secret Identities and the Gothic: That Demmed, Elusive Pimpernel
- Vintage Bits: Sword of Aragon
- What About Second Breakfast?
- Michael Moorcock’s Von Bek: A Review
- Hammett Undone
- Romance and Revisions: The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- Last Chance to Win a copy of Writing Fantasy Heroes From Rogue Blades Entertainment
- Teaching and Fantasy Literature: More on Writing Fantasy Heroes
- Set Sail on the Waters of Darkness
- Teaching and Fantasy Literature: How to Rehabilitate a Readicidal Maniac
- The Fantasy of 47North
- An Interview with Mystery Writer Todd Robinson
- The Scariest Hour in TV history: Space: 1999 “Dragon’s Domain”
- New treasures: Dragonslayers From Beowulf to St. George, by Joseph A. McCullough
- Pass the Salt, Please
- Goth Chick News: Sookie soon to be Dead Ever After
- Martha Wells’ Emilie and the Hollow World on Sale Today
- Marvel Team Up 79
- The Resurrection of Dr. Phibes
- Adventure on Film: Westworld
- Skull Island eXpeditions is the New Fiction Imprint of Privateer Press
- Centurion on Kickstarter: After Action Report
- David W. Hill’s At Drake’s Command Available Free in Kindle Format
- Weird of Oz Reviews Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies
- Fantastic Science Fiction Stories December 1959: A Retro-Review
- Disney Shutters Lucasarts
- New Treasures: Dungeons of Dread
- Can You Hear Me Up There?
- Self-Published Book Review: Broken Shell Island by Dalya Moon
- Roger Ebert, June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013
- Marie Corelli and the Quality of Badness
- Dominate your Desktop with an Eye of Sauron Lamp
- Vintage Treasures: The Blind Spot by Austin Hall and and Homer Eon Flint
- Basil Copper, February 5, 1924 – April 4, 2013
- P G Sturges Delivers his Best Yet
- The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1961: A Retro-Review
The Top 5o Black Gate blog posts in March are here.