The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in May

The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in May

The Hugo Award-smallBlack Gate had 1.16 million page views in May, slightly more than our monthly average last year. We’ve gotten used to significant traffic increases year after year, so it’s actually something of a relief to have traffic stabilize for a bit. Nonetheless, we’re grateful to you, our readers, for all the time you spend with us each month, and we hope we keep things interesting for you.

How did we keep things interesting last month? Our top story for May was Black Gate‘s second Hugo nomination… which we declined (again). The brief statement announcing our decision was read 8,200 times, making it our number one post for the month. It was followed by an article questioning whether Weird Tales had quietly folded, and Rich Horton’s analysis of the 2016 Hugo situation.

Rounding out the Top Five for May were Martin Page, with his thoughtful piece on the 80’s moral panic surrounding Dungeons & Dragons, and Bill Maynard’s examination of the Abuses of Public Domain Fiction.

Coming in at number 6 for the month was our report on the launch of one of the most exciting magazines of the past decade, Skelos, followed by our photo-essay on the 2016 Nebula Awards weekend. Peadar Ó Guilín clocked in at #8 with his detailed review of Michael Swanwick’s modern classic The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, followed by our announcement that SF Signal was shutting down.

Closing out the Top Ten for last month was Thomas Parker’s thoughtful and frequently hilarious review of Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes remake, titled Shut Up, You Freak!

The complete list of Top Articles for May follows. Below that, I’ve also broken out the most popular overall articles, online fiction, and blog categories for the month.

The Top 50 Black Gate posts in May were:

  1. Black Gate Declines Hugo Nomination
  2. Is Weird Tales Dead… Again?
  3. The Hugo Nominations, 2016; or, Sigh …
  4. Joseph P Laycock’s Dangerous Games: Revisiting the “Moral” Panic Around D&D (and You Thought the ‘Pups Were Bad).
  5. The Abuses of Public Domain Fiction
  6. Support the Launch of Skelos, a New Magazine of the Weird
  7. A Weekend With the Greatest Talents in Science Fiction: Report on the 2016 Nebula Awards
  8. The Iron Dragon’s Daughter: A Wholly Biased Review
  9. SF Signal Goes Dark
  10. Shut Up, You Freak!!


  11. Ancient Planets and Treachery at Every Turn: Rich Horton on The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett.
  12. The Birth of the Novel
  13. Once More Into the Primal Land: Tarra Khash: Hrossak! by Brian Lumley
  14. Vintage Trash: Producers Releasing Corporation, the Poorest of Hollywood’s Poverty Row
  15. The Granddaughter of Fu Manchu
  16. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Austin’s Jack the Ripper
  17. Beneath the Shining Jewel by Balogun Ojetade
  18. More Metal on Metal: Swords of Steel II edited by D.M. Ritzlin
  19. Superheroes in Prose: A City-Smashing Interview with the Editors of the New Anthology Tesseracts Nineteen
  20. Future Treasures: The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 1, edited by Neil Clarke


  21. The Arms and Armor Collection of the Museo Cerralbo, Madrid
  22. The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in April
  23. The 2016 Nebula Award Winners
  24. (1) Weird Trick To A Dragon’s Hoard
  25. Interview With James Stoddard: To Tour Evenmere, The Night Land, and Other Exotic Locales
  26. The 2016 Locus Award Finalists
  27. Science Fiction Stories, January 1955: A Retro-Review
  28. Future Treasures: The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu edited by Paula Guran
  29. Hope, Heroism, and Ideals Worth Fighting For: Darwyn Cooke, November 16, 1962 – May 14, 2016
  30. We Are a Romance of the Machine: An Hour With CJ Cherryh, SF’s Newest Grandmaster


  31. Please Welcome Lady Business to the Hugo Ballot!
  32. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: Going to the Nebulas
  33. April Short Story Roundup
  34. Vintage Treasures: Green Magic: The Fantasy Realms of Jack Vance
  35. After the Twilight: Walt Simonson’s Ragnarök
  36. Cast Your Spell on a Medieval Town in The Village Crone
  37. Star Trek After All: The New Trailer for Star Trek Beyond
  38. Goth Chick News: This Will Not End Well…
  39. Rick Riordan Brings the Lightning to Rosarium Publishing
  40. Future Treasures: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Ten, edited by Jonathan Strahan


  41. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: The Key West Private Eye – Gideon Lowry
  42. Future Treasures: War Factory by Neal Asher
  43. The SFWA Bulletin #208, the 2016 Nebula Awards Special Issue, is Now Available
  44. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: The Nebulas and the College 7
  45. The Series Series: Guile by Constance Cooper
  46. Goth Chick News: Is There Anything Creepier Than a Doll? Let’s Help John Find Out…
  47. Goth Chick News: A (Sort of) Jaws Prequel With a Whole Lot of Whaaaat?
  48. Beneath Ceaseless Skies 199 Now Available
  49. One More Time(Piece)
  50. Table of Contents for Mysterion

There were plenty of older articles popular last month as well. The 25 most popular blog posts written before May were:

  1. A Detailed Explanation
  2. Heroic Fantasy with the Sharp Edge of Reality: A Review of The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  3. New Treasures: The Library of America Publishes Elmore Leonard
  4. The IX by Andrew P. Weston
  5. Vintage Trash: Reel Wild Cinema Free Online (and Legal!)
  6. Pirates, Weather Sorcery, and Desperate Nautical Adventure: The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster
  7. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: The Skeleton Matters (Or, Why It’s Not OK to Skip Scenes in Your Third Act)
  8. Tribulations Herculean and Tragic: Beyond Wizardwall by Janet Morris
  9. Art of the Genre: Top 10 Fantasy Artists of the Past 100 Years
  10. Return to Thieves World in Beyond Sanctuary: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  11. Caught Between Rebels and the Empire’s Blackest Magic: Beyond the Veil: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  12. Goth Chick News: Close Encounters – The Week We Made Contact
  13. How to Worldbuild a Good Sandbox: Four Rules from the 40K Universe
  14. Vintage Treasures: The Silistra Quartet by Janet Morris
  15. Part Gothic, Part Sword and Sorcery, and Part Horror: Andrew P. Weston’s Hell Bound
  16. Black Gate Nominated For a Hugo Award
  17. Register Your Interest, Copyright for Paper and E-Books
  18. Love in War and Realms Beyond Imagining: A Review of The Fish, the Fighters and the Song Girl by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  19. A Review of Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  20. Black Gate Withdraws From Hugo Consideration
  21. Nazi Film Review: Hitlerjunge Quex
  22. The Great Savage Sword Re-Read: Vol. 2
  23. Vintage Treasures: The Elsewhere Anthologies, edited by Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold
  24. “A Great Place to let Your Imagination Run Wild:” Joe Bonadonna Reviews Rogues in Hell
  25. Art of the Genre: Art of Dungeon Maps

The Top Black Gate Online Fiction features were:

  1. An Excerpt from The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  2. Seven Against Hell” by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  3. An Excerpt from Souldrifter” by Garrett Calcaterra
  4. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” by Joe Bonadonna
  5. The Pit Slave” by Vaughn Heppner
  6. The Weird of Ironspell” by John R. Fultz
  7. Awakening” by Judith Berman
  8. Assault and Battery” by Jason E. Thummel
  9. The Trade,” Part One of The Tales of Gemen, by Mark Rigney
  10. A Phoenix in Darkness” by Donald S. Crankshaw

The top categories last month were:

  1. News
  2. Vintage Treasures
  3. Magazines
  4. Books
  5. Blog entry
  6. Reviews
  7. Fiction
  8. Art-of-the-genre
  9. Game reviews
  10. New Treasures
  11. Future Treasures
  12. Comics
  13. Interviews
  14. Art
  15. Editors blog
  16. Goth Chick
  17. Essays
  18. Conan
  19. Discovering Robert E. Howard
  20. Series Fantasy

The Top 5o Black Gate blog posts in April are here, and you can see all 111 posts we made in the month of May here.

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Amy Bisson

Thanks for publishing these each month. Although I check the website daily, I still occasionally miss an interesting article and this list is a great way to find those.

Joe Bonadonna

Wow — my “The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” is still up there! And to see some of my articles/reviews still hanging in there . . . awesome! Thank you, John O’Neill and all the readers of Black Gate!!!

Joe Bonadonna

Thank you, John. I just sent you an “introductory” review to a series of New Pulp novels. I have a few more lying around, too.


We’re honored, delighted, and impressed that so many of the articles and reviews written by Joe Bonadonna about the Sacred Band of Stepsons series and other Perseid Press books have shown so well and with so much longevity on Black Gate. We were even more thrilled to see our newest Author’s Cut project, The Silsitra Quartet, showing at #14 this month, and Andrew P. Weston’s Perseid Press books, Hell Bound and The IX, our impertinent recent releases, both charting well. All the Sacred Band Beyonds have been perennially popular here, and I want to thank John and Joe again for that. And I want to thank the Black Gate fiction readers, of whom many chose to read both The Sacred Band novel excerpt and one of my favorite Hell stories, Seven Against Hell. As someone who is more than anything a writer, nothing could please me more than when those fiction pieces are read. As the Sacred Band would say, Life to you, John, and everlasting glory. — JEM

Joe Bonadonna

Thank you for you kind words, JEM. My pleasure to read and write a review, and while I may not read and review everything, I do my best!

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