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C.S.E. Cooney promoted to Black Gate Website Editor

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 | Posted by John ONeill

claire-254Effective January 1st,  blogger and contributor C.S.E. Cooney has been promoted to Black Gate website editor.

C.S.E. (Claire) Cooney is one of the most talented new writers we’ve had the pleasure to be associated with. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Clockwork Phoenix 3, Book of Dead Things, Subterranean magazine, Goblin Fruit, Ideomancer, Doorways, Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, and Apex, among many others, and her novella The Big Bah-Ha was recently published by Drollerie Press.

She has sold several long connected pieces to Black Gate, the first of which, “Godmother Lizard,” will appear in BG 16. Her short story “Braiding the Ghosts” was selected for inclusion in Rich Horton’s upcoming The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011 Edition.

Claire’s first contribution to the BG blog was her review of Last of the Dragons in January, 2010. Since then her posts have been among the most popular features we’ve offered, including her 3-part examination of Fantasy in Metal, her detailed looks at Goblin Fruit and Ideomancer, and her lengthy interviews with S.J. Tucker, Gene Wolfe and Ysabeau Wilce.

For the last several months Claire has been coaxing and recruiting terrific new writers to the BG blog, including Mike Allen, Amal El-Mohtar, Magill Foote, Erik Amundsen, and others, and in October she assembled a crack team to create the first Epic Black Gate Trailer of AWESOMENESS! In between, she’s been editing behind the scenes, quietly helping other contributors get their articles posted, and generally cleaning up the place.

Claire’s enthusiasm and commitment have been infectious, and she’s brought a whole new level of energy to the Black Gate blog. We are pleased and extremely proud to have her as our new Website Editor.

For a complete list of the folks responsible for Black Gate, visit our Staff Page.


  1. Grats, CSE, that’s awesome!

    Comment by Scott Taylor - January 11, 2011 8:30 pm

  2. Congrats Claire! A grand decision all around I say. At this rate, this time next year you’ll be the editor of New Epoch Press and John will simply be the absent Chairman 😉

    Comment by Jason M. Waltz - January 11, 2011 9:12 pm

  3. Oh, and hey! As the website editor, would you Puh-leeze! get a comments subscription so I can keep up on all the conversations without having to search for them only to find out they’re over!

    Thank you!

    Comment by Jason M. Waltz - January 11, 2011 9:14 pm

  4. Thanks Scott!

    And, Jason, how interesting it would be to have the title “President” of something called “New Epoch Press.” But surely, if I am going for titles “God-Empress” would be better suited to my temperament, and the publication should be something more like “New Empire Press”?

    I’ll, er, look into the whole comments thing…

    *emails John O’Neill desperately*

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - January 11, 2011 9:24 pm

  5. Or even… “New Empire-Waisted Dress…” Now THERE’S something I could really get behind. Dampened muslin and dancing slippers…

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - January 11, 2011 9:25 pm

  6. A wise maneuver on Black Gates’ part!

    Congrats, Cooney.

    Comment by MikeAllen - January 15, 2011 4:01 pm

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