John Klima on Swords and Sorcery

John Klima on Swords and Sorcery

torOver at, John Klima, editor of the ubercool magazine Electric Velocipede, reflects on a year filled with Swords and Sorcery — including Black Gate magazine:

Everywhere I looked I saw sword-and-sorcery, sort of a mini renaissance of the genre. Now, maybe this was a weird confluence of circumstance on my part. I did meet three people this year who I feel are players in this renaissance.

First, I met John O’Neill, editor of the fantastic Black Gate magazine, who published a gigantic, 384-page issue this year. Black Gate has been one of the few consistent places over the past several years to find good, quality fantasy short fiction. And even rarer, a place to find straightforward sword-and-sorcery action.

Aw, shucks.  Thanks for the kind words, John.  It was a pleasure to meet you at Odyssey Con 2010 as well (it was the best Indian food I had all year, too).

The man who introduced us, Jason M. Waltz of Rogue Blades Entertainment, also makes the honor roll of S&S renaissance men.  The third is Scott H. Andrews, editor of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which John calls “probably my favorite new magazine.”

You can read the complete article here.

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Scott Taylor

OMG, John, I had no idea you were a fan of Indian food! I mean really, how many more things can we have in common? If I’m ever in your neck of the woods we’ll have to find a place to eat!

What, too many links to RBE’s site in the Black Gate annals? 😉

Glad to share S&S accolades with you and Scott, John! Way to welcome 2011, eh?

OH! OMG, John!

Don’t know really what made me pop over to Klima’s full article again, but I just did, and just read your outrageously glowing comments! Nothing like putting the pressure on, especially timed so closely to the “State of RBE 2010” post that just appeared within the hour on the RBE site! 🙂

C.S.E. Cooney

Look at you, John, all growed up and being mentioned on and everything!

Well done, Renaissance Man! And HURRAY BLACK GATE!!!

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