Well, September may have been brief, but it was action packed. We published 108 blog entries, celebrating neglected fantasy of all kinds — old, new, and in between. We explained why humorous fantasy isn’t popular, examined the iconic beauty of Princess Leia, revealed the lost Sherlock Holmes story, and highlighted a great many new releases and vintage paperbacks. I’m still catching up on all the great stuff we covered, and it’s halfway through October already.
Our most popular article last month was Scott Taylor’s list of the Top 10 TSR Cover Paintings of All Time, a nostalgic look at the finest artwork from the Golden Age of roleplaying. If you played RPGs at all last century, Scott’s piece will bring back some great memories.
Second on the list was Part I of Patty Templeton’s Self-Publishing Checklist, an item-by-item catalog of the essential steps to getting your self-published novel into the hands of readers. Patty’s own book, There is no Lovely End, exploded onto the scene in July and has already become one of the hottest self-published horror titles of the year.
The third most popular article in September was 10 Acclaimed Historical Fantasy Novels You Need to Read, a list of the most exciting new releases in the hottest new sub-genre in fantasy. Compiled by our editorial staff, this list will point you to some of the best reading of the year.
Fourth was our Vintage Treasures article on Andre Norton’s classic The Beast Master, one of her most successful novels. And rounding out the Top Five was James Maliszewski’s fond look back at RPGs of the mid-80s, The Golden Age.
After the list of top articles for September, I’ve also broken out the most popular blog categories for the month.
The complete Top 50 Black Gate posts in September were:
- Art of the Genre: The Top 10 TSR Cover Paintings of All Time
- Self-Publishing Checklist: The Random No One Tells You, Part I
- 10 Acclaimed Historical Fantasy Novels You Need to Read
- Vintage Treasures: The Beast Master and Lord of Thunder by Andre Norton
- The Golden Age
- Self-Publishing Checklist: The Random No One Tells You, Part II
- What Did That Say? Or, When is a Subtitle not a Subtitle?
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: The “Lost” Holmes Story
- Why Humorous Fantasy Isn’t Popular
- Art of the Genre: The Art of Selling your Past
- An Interview with Emmy Jackson, Author of Empty Cradle: The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson
- Walter Booth: Pioneer of British Science Fiction Film
- Art of the Genre: Art of the Iconic Female #5: Princess Leia
- Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King Hits Half the Mark
- Living Outside Society’s Rules: Blackguards
- The Swordfolk Among Us
- What Would it Look Like to Pull a Watchmen on Planetary Romance? Part III
- The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: Land of Unreason by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp
- Hell to Pay: The Devil and Daniel Webster in Print and on Film
- Vintage Treasures: Cemetery World by Clifford D. Simak
- Kirby McCauley, September 11, 1941 — August 30, 2014
- A Mining Colony, a Blind Date, and a Ghostly Alien Hand: A Review of Outpassage by Janet Morris & Chris Morris
- The Top 20 Black Gate Fiction Posts in August
- These Robots Are Revolting: Magnus, Robot Fighter 4000 A.D.
- Self-Publishing Checklist: The Random No One Tells You, Part III
- Vintage Treasures: The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A. E. van Vogt
- Dueling Rakes, Mysterious Women, and the Goblin Aristocracy: The Queen’s Necklace by Teresa Edgerton
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Doyle in The Resident Patient?
- Future Treasures: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures edited by Sean Wallace
- Vintage Treasures: Orlando Furioso, the First Big Fat Fantasy Ever?
- New Treasures: Sword & Mythos, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles
- Meet The Mad Mummy
- Eugie Foster, December 30, 1971 – September 27, 2014
- What Would it Look Like to Pull a Watchmen on Planetary Romance? Part IV – The Conclusion
- Vintage Treasures: The Best of Murray Leinster, edited by Brian Davis
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Reggie Owens’ A Study in Scarlet
- Art of the Genre: How Paizo Continues on Where Others Have Failed, a Review of Skull & Shackles Base Set
- Is Size Important? Or, The Short Story Anthology Examined
- Record of Lodoss War and Subtle Subversions
- New Treasures: The Casebook of Sexton Blake, edited by David Stuart Davies
- Alan Moore Completes 1 Million+ Word Historical Fantasy Novel, Jerusalem
- Self-Published Book Review: Malarat by Jessica Rydill
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: An Index (So Far)
- Goth Chick News: Chicago Comic Con 2014 – Hold Onto Your Spandex… (Part 2)
- Vintage Treasures: Night Fear by Frank Belknap Long
- Pillboxes: England’s Unused Defenses Against Hitler
- The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in August
- Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1966: A Retro Review
- Blogging Sapper’s Bulldog Drummond, Part Six – The Female of the Species
- The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: The Great Profile (Barrymore) Plays the Great Profile
The top categories last month were:
- New Treasures
- Blog Entry
- Vintage Treasures
- Editors Blog
- Game Reviews
- Art of the Genre
- Future Treasures
- BG staff