Shedrick Pittman-Hassett’s Serial Distractions has reviewed our latest issue. Here’s an excerpt:
I have treasured Black Gate ever since I first discovered Issue 10. I had dropped my charter subscription to another fantasy magazine a couple of years before because I wasn’t finding what I was looking for: old-fashioned, but highly imaginative, adventure fantasy. Black Gate delivers this in spades and the latest issue is no exception.
The Evil Eater by Peadar Ó Guilín
A horror story about the price of deception…especially self-deception. Toby, a somewhat-aspiring actor and his scheming girlfriend Marie walk into a world of ancient terrors while attending an exclusive restaurant on a “borrowed” invitation. In the Lovecraftian horror of Ahriman’s kitchen Toby learns to see the truths of his life and the deceptions that have brought him to his current state.
Return of the Quill by John R. Fultz
The conquered city of Narr is ruled by a council of Sorcerer Kings. The darkest of these is Grimsort, who resides in the crypts and animates the ancient dead to protect the city from threats without and rebellion within. His loyalties are soon put to the test as he begins to see the city as it once was and what it probably should be. This powerhouse story aptly shows that rebellion does not live in riots, screeds, or demonstrations but in the desires inherent in all people. This is probably my favorite story in this issue.
The complete review is here.