We invited America into our home last month to sit down and talk about fantasy, and America showed up. It stuck around too, peeking under the couch cushions and rooting around in the back of the fridge. By the end of July, the Black Gate servers had racked up 1.1 million page views — a new record for us, and the first time we’ve ever crossed a million.
We’re celebrating a bit this month, but not too hard. Because America is still here, with an insatiable appetite for news and reviews on the latest in new and classic fantasy. And also for bean dip, which America eats in great quantity. Unfortunately, America ate all the chips and left the lid off the salsa, letting it dry overnight. We love you America, but come on. Don’t be a jerk.
The most popular article on the Black Gate blog last month was a forensic analysis of the brand new Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set by Andrew Zimmerman Jones. Interest in the re-launch of D&D — which officially kicked off this month with the release of the new Player’s Handbook — has been very strong.
Next on the list was Howard Andrew Jones’s conversation with author Mark Lawrence, on the occasion of the publication of his new novel Prince of Fools.
Third was “Reading the Entrails,” Matthew David Surridge’s lengthy analysis of 25 years of Locus magazine reader polls on the Best Fantasy Novels of All Time, and how the results have changed over the years — and surprisingly, how they’ve stayed the same.
Rounding out the Top Five were D.B. Jackson’s article, “The Life and Times of a Midlist Author,” and James Maliszewski’s nostalgic look back at previous editions of Dungeons and Dragons, “New Editions Past.”
The complete Top 50 Black Gate posts in July follow.
- Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set: A Forensic Analysis
- Mark Lawrence and the Prince of Fools
- Reading the Entrails
- The Life and Times of a Midlist Author
- New Editions Past
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: The International Exhibition of SH
- Fantasy and Roleplaying Games
- My Fantasia Festival, Day 1: Ghost in the Shell
- Too Grand a Vision: A Review of Jodorowsky’s Dune
- A Date with the Scorpion: The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Chapter Seven: Human Targets
- Secret Caverns and Death Traps: The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Chapter Nine: Dead Man’s Trap
- Welcome To The Commonwealth: John Myers Myers’ Silverlock
- The Original Bug-Eyed Monster: Astounding Stories, May 1931
- Original Fantasy? In a Video Game? It’s About Time
- Celtiberian Treasures at the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid
- Games Well Used
- Goth Chick News: Dracula Meets Game of Thrones
- Roman Mosaics at the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid
- Old Favorites: Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni
- The Family That Slays Dragons Together, Stays Together: Fantasy MMOs
- Confessions Of a Cormanite
- Afrofuturism and Empowerment
- My Fantasia Festival, Day Three (Part One): The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, Demon of the Lute, and Patch Town
- A Bomb on the Highway: The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Chapter Eight: Boomerang
- True North
- The Magic Gets Measured
- Blogging Sax Rohmer… in the Beginning, Part One
- The Godzilla Blu-ray Flood: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster)
- The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Is Coming Back – Good or Bad?
- Changa’s Safari: Volume 2 by Milton Davis
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Copyrighted Detective
- Art of the Genre: Gandalf, Conan, and Gray Mouser review Tales from the Emerald Serpent II…
- The New York Times on How Dungeons & Dragons Influenced a Generation of Writers
- The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: The Sorcerer’s Ship by Hannes Bok
- Balance of Power
- Watch The First Full-Length Trailer for The Boxtrolls
- Kirkus Looks at The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volumes I – IV
- How to Slay a Dragon, Realistically
- Goth Chick News: The United States of Horror: There Is No Escape
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Murder By Decree
- Vintage Treasures: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space
- A Saxon Tower in Oxford
- A Fantasist Not On the Fantasy Shelf: Italo Calvino
- The 2014 World Fantasy Awards Ballot
- Support The Collectors Book of Virgil Finlay Kickstarter
- Ancient Worlds: If Your Family Tree Doesn’t Branch…
- The Start Of A Grand Adventure: Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton
- June Short Story Roundup
- Not A Visit From The Suck Fairy