Black Gate to Publish Online Fiction Starting Sunday, September 30

Black Gate to Publish Online Fiction Starting Sunday, September 30

black-gate-4-smallWe are very pleased to announce that Black Gate magazine, your home for the finest in adventure fantasy, will begin publishing original online fiction starting Sunday, September 30.

Holy crap, that’s tomorrow.

Wow. Uh, well, into the breach. Best way to do this is to jump right in, and figure it out as we go.

New fiction will be published right here on our website every Sunday, starting tomorrow. Here’s what’s coming in the next two months:

  • “The Duelist,” by Jason Thummel
  • “The Quintessence of Absence,” by Sean McLachlan
  • “The Daughter’s Dowry,” by Aaron Bradford Starr
  • “A Phoenix in Darkness,” by Donald S. Crankshaw
  • Novel excerpt: Queen of Thorns, by Dave Gross
  • “Godmother Lizard,” by C.S.E. Cooney
  • “The Poison Well” by Judith Berman
  • Novel excerpt: Bones of the Old Ones, by Howard Andrew Jones
  • Novel excerpt: The Black Fire Concerto, by Mike Allen

What can you expect from online fiction at Black Gate? We will be presenting original fiction from some of our most popular contributors, as well as exciting new authors and many of the best writers in the industry. All stories are presented completely free of charge.

We will be offering fiction at all lengths, including short stories, novellas, and novel excerpts. It’s just like reading an issue of Black Gate, except you can do it from the comfort of your couch. Or that uncomfortable chair in front of the computer, whatever.

Join us tomorrow as Jason Thummel brings us a riveting tale of a talented swordsman who finds himself caught up in a web of deceit and far-reaching ambition in a fast-paced tale of action in a violent city, “The Duelist.”

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Donald Crankshaw

I’m looking forward to it.

Dave T

Will the stories be posted in a “stable” location, or will they quickly scroll off if it’s a busy blog day?


This is great news. I wish you guys the best of luck with this.

John R. Fultz

Great news! BG is reborn!

You can’t keep a good mag down.

Douglas Cohen

Hi John,

Congrats on the transition. I’ll be curious to see where this all goes. Good luck!


Fantastic. Wish I found out about this SOONER! Thanks John. 🙂


I’m one of those people who hates reading fiction sitting at my computer screen.

Are there plans to also release this material in some ebook form?

And, as a second question… I’m assuming this is from the previously-planned inventory for BG16 and onwards, but I dont like making assumptions… especially when I’m potentially one of the authors being published… do I take it that’s the intention? To run through the story stock you’ve currently got under acceptance?

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This is great news! But I have a problem with this plan. It means I have to wait WAY TOO LONG to get an excerpt of HAJ’s “Bones of the Old Ones.”
Mid-November by my calculations…

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Patrick S. McGinnity

That’s great news, John. I look forward to some great fiction, and to the opportunity to submit to one of my favorite magazines again sometime soon. FYI, I’ve featured your announcement today at my blog (, and I’ll be reviewing Jason E. Thummel’s piece their soon too. Thanks for all the years of great reading!

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