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The Top 20 Black Gate Fiction Posts in September

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 | Posted by John ONeill

The Black Fire Concerto-smallThe top fiction posts at Black Gate last month both come from writers who recently released popular new books.

Mike Allen returns to the top of our charts with the exclusive excerpt from his first novel, the dark fantasy The Black Fire Concerto. Not too surprising, given that Mike has received a lot of attention recently, chiefly as a result of his breakout collection, Unseaming, released on October 1st from Antimatter Press. Check it out here.

Knocked out of the top slot last month was “The Find,” Part II of The Tales of Gemen by Mark Rigney. “The Trade” and “The Keystone,” Parts I and III respectively, also made the list. Check out Mark’s first novel, the popular Check-Out Time, released on October 7 from Samhain Publishing.

The #3 and #4 fiction posts in September were from a couple who have become very acquainted with the top of our fiction charts: Janet Morris and Chris Morris. They claimed the #3 slot with an excerpt from their heroic fantasy novel, The Sacred Band, and #4 with “Seven Against Hell,” an exclusive sample from their new anthology, Poets in Hell.

Rounding out the Top Five was Joe Bonadonna’s exciting sword & sorcery tale featuring his popular hero Dorgo the Dowser, “The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum.”

Also making the list were exciting stories by Ryan Harvey, Michael Shea, Howard Andrew Jones, E.E. Knight, John C. Hocking, Aaron Bradford Starr, Harry Connolly, David C. Smith, Sean McLachlan, Steven H Silver, Jason E. Thummel, Peter Cakebread, and Martha Wells.

If you haven’t sampled the free adventure fantasy stories offered through our Black Gate Online Fiction line, you’re missing out. Here are the Top Twenty most-read stories in September.

  1. An excerpt from The Black Fire Concerto, by Mike Allen
  2. The Find,” Part II of The Tales of Gemen, by Mark Rigney
  3. An excerpt from The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  4. Seven Against Hell” by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  5. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum,” by Joe Bonadonna
  6. The Sorrowless Thief” by Ryan Harvey
  7. Tsathoggua,” by Michael Shea
  8. An excerpt from The Bones of the Old Ones, by Howard Andrew Jones
  9. The Trade,” Part I of The Tales of Gemen, by Mark Rigney
  10. The Terror in the Vale,” by E.E. Knight
  11. Vestments of Pestilence,” by John C. Hocking
  12. The Sealord’s Successor,” by Aaron Bradford Starr
  13. The Whoremaster of Pald,” by Harry Connolly
  14. The Shadow of Dia-Sust” by David C. Smith
  15. The Keystone,” Part III of The Tales of Gemen, by Mark Rigney
  16. The Quintessence of Absence,” by Sean McLachlan
  17. The Cremator’s Tale” by Steven H Silver
  18. The Duelist” by Jason E. Thummel
  19. An excerpt from The Alchemists Revenge by Peter Cakebread
  20. The Death of the Necromancer, a complete novel by Martha Wells

The complete catalog of Black Gate Online Fiction, including novel excerpts from John R. Fultz, Jon Sprunk, Dave Gross, David C. Smith, and Joe Bonadonna, as well as new stories by Peadar Ó Guilín, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Vera Nazarian, David Evan Harris, C.S.E. Cooney, Vaughn Heppner, and many others, is here.

The top fiction from August is here.


  1. What a cool surprise! Thanks, John, and thanks, y’all who’ve been reading!

    Comment by Mike Allen - October 12, 2014 2:58 pm

  2. Congratulations to everyone! This is awesome. Thank you to all the Black Gate fans and readers who keep tuning in. Blessings to you all!

    Comment by Joe Bonadonna - October 12, 2014 7:17 pm

  3. > What a cool surprise! Thanks, John, and thanks, y’all who’ve been reading!

    Congrats Mike! Looking forward to reading Unseaming next. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - October 12, 2014 8:51 pm

  4. > Congratulations to everyone! This is awesome.

    And congratulations to you, Joe. “The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” hasn’t budged from the top of the charts since we published it here almost three years ago!

    Comment by John ONeill - October 12, 2014 8:52 pm

  5. Freddie Mercury’s advice: Keep good company, and I must say, I’m very pleased with the company I’m keeping here.

    Also, as Joe said, thanks especially to the readers. You rock.

    : )

    Comment by markrigney - October 13, 2014 2:19 pm

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