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The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in March

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 | Posted by John ONeill

Pictures for Sad ChildrenYou Black Gate peeps sure are a reliable bunch. You love vintage fantasy paperbacks, 80s horror movies, and gaming news, and with a noble passion. But you know what you really crave? Tales of People Behaving Badly, that’s what. Figures.

And thus we find that the #1 article on the Black Gate blog last month was our report on John Campbell’s ugly KickStarter implosion, a sad tale of comics, hubris, and book-burning. (It was my favorite, too. I’m not throwing stones.)

Things got a little more wholesome (sort of) with our #2 article, M. Harold Page’s “What’s the Point of Steampunk?” (You remember. The one with the line, “WHAT WAS THAT, SIR? I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF MY ZEPPELIN ENGINES.”)

Moving on, we find that Derek Kunsken’s interview with comic wunderkind’s Mirror Comics was the third most-read post for the month, followed by Bob Byrne’s opening post in his popular new blog series, The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes. Rounding out the Top Five was Fletcher Vredenburgh’s look at a forgotten Lin Carter novel, Kellory the Warlock (forgotten by everyone but Black Gate readers, apparently).

The complete Top 50 Black Gate posts in March were:

  1. Another Crowdfunding Fail: John Campbell Self-Destructs on Kickstarter
  2. What’s the Point of Steampunk?
  3. Rising Star Indie Publisher Mirror Comics on their Weird Western Mission Arizona
  4. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes
  5. His Name is Vengeance: Kellory the Warlock by Lin Carter
  6. Art of the Genre: David Trampier, 1954 – 2014
  7. Swords and Edgar Rice Burroughs
  8. Why Amazon Lists Books For Over $20 Million
  9. Michael Shea, July 3, 1946 – February 16, 2014
  10. The Games Plus 2013 Spring Auction


  11. Vintage and New: Revisiting The Night Land with James Stoddard
  12. Review of Pathfinder Tales: Stalking the Beast by Howard Andrew Jones
  13. Adventure On the Page: Genre Fiction vs. Joyce Carol Oates
  14. Software Review (kind of): Fantasy Map Making with Hexographer
  15. Tough Urban Fantasy Women and Cloak-guys, You’ve Overstayed Your Welcome
  16. Politics and Fantasy Make Strange Bedfellows
  17. Is the Original SF and Fantasy Paperback Anthology Series Dead?
  18. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Lord of Misrule
  19. Conan in Manhattan: The Relationship Between Urban Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery
  20. Confessions of a Reluctant Self-Publisher — Now with extra Giveaways!


  21. Mindjammer RPG: Transhuman Sci-Fi Adventure in the Second Age of Space
  22. Goth Chick News: For Love or Money? Anne Rice Resurrects the Vampire Lestat
  23. The Novels of Michael Shea: In Yana, The Touch of Undying
  24. Why We Keep Weaving These Webs
  25. Vintage Treasures: Ring Around the Sun by Clifford D. Simak / Cosmic Manhunt by L. Sprague de Camp
  26. The Future of the Magazine of the Future: On the Return of the SFWA Bulletin
  27. Galaxy Science Fiction, September 1951: A Retro-Review
  28. Firefly, A Retrospective — Part 4 
  29. Vintage Treasures: The Dunwich Horror and Others by H.P. Lovecraft
  30. The Eucatastrophic Gesta Romanorum


  31. The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris
  32. Goth Chick News: Coveting Bram Stoker – 2013 Award Nominees Announced
  33. New Treasures: The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies by Clark Ashton Smith
  34. Caught Between Rebels and the Empire’s Blackest Magic: Beyond the Veil: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  35. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Short-Lived Holmes
  36. Hurry Up With That Doctor Strange Movie, Marvel
  37. John W. Campbell on Tolkien, Conan, and Sword & Sorcery
  38. The Top Five Differences Between Game of Thrones and A Game of Thrones
  39. Do You Have the Time?
  40. The Novels of Michael Shea: The Mines of Behemoth


  41. Vintage Treasures: Rogers’ Rangers by John Silbersack
  42. Monthly Short Story Roundup – February
  43. Goth Chick News: Walker Stalker Con Drags into Chicago
  44. Future Treasures: Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume One, edited by Laird Barron
  45. Amos Tutuola, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
  46. The Novels of Michael Shea: A Quest for Simbilis
  47. Expand Your Digital Library with 300 Kindle Books for $3.99 or Less
  48. Firefly, A Retrospective — Part 7 
  49. Lucius Shepard, August 21, 1947 – March 18, 2014
  50. Year of the Unicorn by Andre Norton

The Top 5o Black Gate blog posts in February are here, and you can see all 115 posts we made in the month of March here.


  1. You guys haven’t given the boot to that Byrne guy yet? I mean, what’s with the ‘Bogart as a raised from the dead vampire’ stuff???

    Comment by Bob Byrne - April 30, 2014 9:45 am

  2. He has his charms. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - April 30, 2014 10:36 am

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