The Top 20 Black Gate Fiction Posts in November

The Top 20 Black Gate Fiction Posts in November

The Black Fire Concerto-smallFor the second month in a row, our exclusive excerpt from Mike Allen’s dark fantasy novel The Black Fire Concerto tops our fiction charts. Those interested in more from the book can listen to our own C.S.E. Cooney read from Chapter One, in a lengthy podcast at

Last month’s third place holder, Dave Gross’ Pathfinder Tales: King of Chaos, moved on up into second place this month. You folks certainly enjoy novel excerpts.

In third place was Mark Rigney’s “The Find,” part of his perennially popular Tales of Gemen series; fourth was E.E. Knight’s “The Terror in the Vale,” his second tale of The Blue Pilgrim, following “That of the Pit.”

Rounding out the Top Five was Vaughn Heppner’s brand new Lod story, “Draugr Stonemaker,” the sequel to “The Oracle of Gog” (Black Gate 15), “The Pit Slave,” and “The Serpent of Thep.”

Also making the list were exciting stories by Joe Bonadonna, John C. Hocking, Martha Wells, Alex Kreis, David C. Smith, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Howard Andrew Jones, Aaron Bradford Starr, Jamie McEwan, Michael Shea,  Peadar Ó Guilín, Janet Morris and Chris Morris, and David Evan Harris.

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

  1. An excerpt from The Black Fire Concerto, by Mike Allen
  2. An excerpt from Pathfinder Tales: King of Chaos, by Dave Gross
  3. The Find,,” Part II of The Tales of Gemen, by Mark Rigney
  4. The Terror in the Vale,” by E.E. Knight
  5. Draugr Stonemaker,” by Vaughn Heppner
  6. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum,” by Joe Bonadonna
  7. An excerpt from Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns, by Dave Gross
  8. Vestments of Pestilence,” by John C. Hocking
  9. The Death of the Necromancer, a complete novel by Martha Wells
  10. The Renunciation of the Crimes of Gharad the Undying,” by Alex Kreis


  11. An excerpt from Dark Muse, by David C. Smith
  12. Truck Stop Luck,” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  13. An excerpt from The Bones of the Old Ones, by Howard Andrew Jones
  14. The Sealord’s Successor,” by Aaron Bradford Starr
  15. The Serpent of Thep,” by Vaughn Heppner
  16. Falling Castles,” by Jamie McEwan
  17. Tsathoggua,” by Michael Shea
  18. The Dowry,” by Peadar Ó Guilín
  19. The Sacred Band“ by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  20. The Gentle Sleeper“ by David Evan Harris

The complete catalog of Black Gate Online Fiction, including new stories by Ryan Harvey, John R. Fultz, Gregory Bierly, Vera Nazarian, C.S.E. Cooney, Jason E. Thummel, Judith Berman, Harry Connolly, and many others, is here.

The Top fiction from October is here.

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Mike Allen

Whoa! Just saw this! What an awesome Christmas Eve present.

So…one must ask…is the well of new fiction appearing on BLACK GATE dried up?

(Delete or edit this as you desire, but it’s the quickest, surest way to continue this thread 😉

Would continuing to post excerpts of new releases be something of interest to BG…? Of course, the titles in question must be appropriate for BG, but it seems win-win with no expenditure 🙂

how about the opening 2? 3? chapters of RBE’s latest, SWORD SISTERS? 🙂

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