Merry Christmas From All of Us at Black Gate
The Black Gate offices are empty, the lights are off, and the only illumination is from the tiny tree the interns put on top of the filing cabinets during the Christmas party. Another year gone. Another 780 books discussed, 112 games reviewed, 84 comics examined, and numerous issues of critical importance to the genre fiercely debated. The staff are all at home with their loved ones, sleeping the sleep of the just (and the exhausted), and the office is strangely quiet.
It’s during the few times the office is like this — and not filled with raucous debate, and the never-ending tension of the nearly-blown deadline — that I can really remember what Black Gate is all about. Sometimes, when we’re busiest, it seems that we’re just a website, just another stop on the Internet where people promote their opinions.
But if that were true, Black Gate would still just be Howard Andrew Jones and me, working away in near-total obscurity. Instead, Black Gate has become a thriving and growing collective of writers and artists who care about fantasy. We work together to promote forgotten classics and celebrate overlooked modern writers. And to help each other.
We have some of the finest writers in the industry and they work tirelessly week after week to keep you informed on a genre with hidden depths and constant surprises. It’s been an incredible year and traffic to the site has nearly doubled in just the last 12 months. The real engine of that growth has been you, the fans, who have helped spread the word, telling others about us.
So thank you once again, from the bottom of our hearts. On behalf of the vast and unruly collective that is Black Gate, I would like to wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Continue being excellent — it’s what you’re good at.
Merry Christmas to all you at Black Gate, you have certainty entertained us in MMXIV
Merry Christmas, John!
Merry Christmas! And here’s to another great year!
Thanks Welleran! Same to you.
Thank you, Tiberius. Looking forward to another record year in MMXV!
Thanks Matt — and thank you for all those great Galaxy articles. It was great seeing you again at the World Fantasy Convention!
Merry Christmas, John, and a happy new year to everyone at BG!
Merry Christmas, John, to you and your family and all the Black Gate bloggers.
Merry Christmas to all!
John, Merry Christmas and thanks for hosting all of us!
Merry Christmas to you John, all my fellow bloggers, and especially all the readers!
Yeah, merry christmas and stuff, try not to get depressed when its all over, which it sort of is at this point.
Thanks for tolerating us, john! 😀
Thanks Thomas — it was great to have you join us this year. You’ve accomplished a lot since your first post in April… 22 posts in the last nine months. Keep up the great work!
Speaking of productive… congratulations on having one of the Top 5 most-read articles last month, James. Merry Christmas right back at you!
Thanks Keith! And congratulations to you on completing a full year as a new Black Gate blogger. We’re delighted to have you.
Joe – thanks for the link. I’m not familiar with the singer Kate Rusby, but Good Lord… what a magnificent voice she has. I’ll be playing this a few times. 🙂 Does she have any albums available in the US?
You’re most welcome, Matthew. You’re one of our most prolific bloggers — 223 posts over the past four years! — and a big chunk of our current success can be laid at your feet. Thanks for your tireless efforts over the past 4.5 years, and Merry Christmas to you!
Thanks Fletcher! And congratulations on your first one and a half years as a BG blogger. With 59 posts, you’re one of our most reliable writers we’ve had in the past 1.5 years… and congrats on having the #2 most popular post last month! Your work is deeply appreciated.
> Yeah, merry christmas and stuff, try not to get depressed when its all over, which it sort of is at this point.
Come on — there are 12 days of Christmas, after all. We’re not even half way through it yet! 🙂
Congratulations to you on all your success at Black Gate this past year. We’re delighted to have your perspective from across the pond.
Thank you for the merry wishes. The same to you guys. Thanks for an awesome site.
John — Glad you liked it! Yes, she’s been recording for 20+ years now, and has a number of albums available over here, including two albums of Christmas songs. I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them, but if I had to choose just one (or two), I’d say check out Underneath the Stars or Hourglass.
Woelf – thanks for the comment, and for being a loyal reader. We really appreciate your support.
Thanks Joe! And she doesn’t look old enough to have been recording for 20 years!