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The Top 20 Black Gate Fiction Posts in May

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

The Sealord's Successor Part OneAaron Bradford Starr’s latest tale of Gallery Hunters Gloren Avericci and Yr Neh — the 35,000-word epic fantasy mystery “The Sealord’s Successor,” which Louis West at Tangent Online called “A gripping tale of fantasy, mystery, murder and intrigue. A must read!” — was our top fiction post last month.

Coming in a close second was Robert Rhodes’s story of a time-traveling swordsman, “Devotion,” followed by Vera Nazarian’s tale of armies, gods and a city on the brink of collapse, “Niola’s Last Stand.” Also making the list were terrific stories by Michael Penkas, Howard Andrew Jones, Mary Catelli, Judith Berman, Joe Bonadonna, Jason E. Thummel, and many others.

If you haven’t sampled the adventure fantasy stories offered through our new Black Gate Online Fiction line, you’re missing out. Every week, we present an original short story or novella from the best writers in the industry, all completely free. Here are the Top Twenty most read stories in May:

  1. The Sealord’s Successor,” by Aaron Bradford Starr
  2. Devotion,” by Robert Rhodes
  3. Niola’s Last Stand,” by Vera Nazarian
  4. The Worst Was Yet to Come,” by Michael Penkas
  5. An excerpt from The Bones of the Old Ones, by Howard Andrew Jones
  6. The Turtle in the Sea of Sand,” by Mary Catelli
  7. The Poison Well,” by Judith Berman
  8. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum,” by Joe Bonadonna
  9. Assault and Battery,” by Jason E. Thummel
  10. An excerpt from The Waters of Darkness, by David C. Smith and Joe Bonadonna


  11. Disciple,” by Emily Mah
  12. The Terror in the Vale,” by E.E. Knight
  13. The Pit Slave,” by Vaughn Heppner
  14. The Cremators Tale,” by Steven H Silver
  15. Awakening,” by Judith Berman
  16. The Sorrowless Thief,” by Ryan Harvey
  17. The Duelist,” by Jason E. Thummel
  18. Truck Stop Luck,” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  19. Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns, Chapter One, by Dave Gross
  20. The Whoremaster of Pald,” by Harry Connolly

The complete catalog of Black Gate Online Fiction, including stories by Martha Wells, Michael Penkas, Vera Nazarian, Ryan Harvey, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, E.E. Knight, C.S.E. Cooney, Howard Andrew Jones, Harry Connolly, and many others, is here. The Top fiction from April is here.

We’ve got plenty more in the coming months — including the last section of Martha Wells’ novel The Death of the Nercomancer, a new Gallery Hunter tale from Aaron Bradford Starr, and new fiction from Mark Rigney, Jason E. Thummel, and many others — so stay tuned!


  1. Wow — after 2 years, “Moonstones” is still up there! And now, the chapter excerpt from Waters of Darkness, as well? I want to thank everyone for making this happen, for making this such a great experience for me.

    Comment by Joe Bonadonna - June 29, 2013 12:55 pm

  2. Congratulations Joe! Can fame and fortune be far behind??

    Comment by John ONeill - June 29, 2013 1:47 pm

  3. […] The complete catalog of Black Gate Online Fiction, including stories by Jamie McEwan, C.S.E. Cooney, John R. Fultz, Mark Rigney, Harry Connolly, Sean McLachlan, David Evan Harris, Gregory Bierly, Donald S. Crankshaw, and many others, is here.. The Top fiction from May is here. […]

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