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Merry Christmas from Black Gate

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

Black Gate Christmas Tree 2013-smallIt always gets quiet around the Black Gate offices at Christmas time. It’s a good time to let go of the daily hustle and bustle of running an online magazine, and reflect on the really important things.

People frequently ask me what Black Gate is all about. There’s so much to the story — fifteen issues of a terrific print magazine, hundreds of original stories, the new writers we’ve discovered, nearly 4,000 blog-posts since 2007 — but none of that really tells the story. No, I always say the same thing when people ask.

Black Gate? We’re a loose collective of writers and artists who care about fantasy. We work together to promote forgotten classics, and celebrate overlooked modern writers. And especially, to promote each other. Black Gate has helped launch the careers of some very talented writers, and that hasn’t changed since we switched to an online venue. Drop by if you’re interested in discovering some of the very best new and classic fantasy. I guarantee you, we’ll point you towards something that will delight you.

I’ve been running Black Gate since 2000, and I’ve never been prouder of the team who write, edit, and produce the magazine. We have some of the finest writers in the industry, and they work tirelessly week after week to keep you informed on a genre with hidden depths and constant surprises.

It’s been an incredible year for us. For a second year in a row, traffic has very nearly doubled. While we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished, we know that the real engine of our growth has been you . You’ve been enormously supportive — with your comments, letters, and especially by spreading the word, and telling others about us.

So thank you once again, from the bottom of our hearts. On behalf of the vast and unruly collective that is Black Gate, I would like to wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Continue being excellent — it’s what you’re good at.


  1. And a Merry Christmas back to everyone at Black Gate. I should say it more often, but I’m thankful for all the talented bloggers here. I only wish I had more time to read all the excellent fantasy being written, recommended, and discussed.

    Comment by rrm - December 25, 2013 9:52 pm

  2. Thanks, rrm. And don’t feel bad — I don’t have time to read even half the fantasy being discussed here every day myself!

    Comment by John ONeill - December 26, 2013 1:38 am

  3. I have found that this website mirrors my own tastes and I’ve loaded up on the games and books suggested. I’ve come to the point where if John recommended a new BBQ sauce or a buntcake recipe I’d probably buy it. Merry Christmas to you all as well.

    Comment by Wild Ape - December 26, 2013 9:08 am

  4. I hope the BG offices weren’t too quiet! At least let the Wild Party happen New Year’s Eve, John!

    My great appreciation to all that is BG, beginning with you John, and extending to every contributor, blogger, writer, poster, sharer, reviewer, artist, supporter, fan, reader!

    May 2014 be splendid for all!

    Comment by Jason M 'RBE' Waltz - December 26, 2013 2:44 pm

  5. Ape,

    The day I recommend a buntcake recipe, it’s probably time to unplug the life support. I make chocolate drop cookies when my kids beg me, but that’s about the extent of my culinary skills.

    But I appreciate the sentiment. I’m glad to find we have similar tastes. I’ll keep recommending books if you keep trying ‘em!

    Comment by John ONeill - December 26, 2013 2:55 pm

  6. Same to you, Mr. Waltz! Glad to see Rogue Blades Entertainment rise from the ashes this year, like a muscular phoenix. May 2014 be your year!

    Comment by John ONeill - December 26, 2013 2:56 pm

  7. Thanks for all of the content and opportunities to contribute. After the dissertation, hopefully I can be more involved!

    Comment by James McGlothlin - December 27, 2013 2:13 am

  8. I hope so too, James. And good luck with your dissertation, and your thesis defense!

    Remember to bring your mother, like I did. She glared at my committee, so much so that one gave up after asking only one question. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - December 27, 2013 6:20 pm

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