The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in August

The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in August

george-rr-martin-awards-and-alfie-award-to-john-oneill-of-black-gate-smallFollowing on our record 1.26 million page views in July, Black Gate had an even more incredible August. There were lots of small triumphs, but the big one was receiving an Alfie Award from George R.R. Martin at Worldcon (at right). In his blog post explaining this year’s awards, George wrote:

One of my special ‘committee awards’ went to Black Gate, which had 461 nominations in the Fanzine category, second among all nominees and good for a place on the ballot. But Black Gate turned down the nomination, just as they did last year, to disassociate themselves from the slates. Turning down one Hugo nomination is hard, turning down two must be agony. Integrity like that deserves recognition, as does Black Gate itself. Editor John O’Neill was on hand to accept the Alfie.

Our top article last month was my report on the Alfie Awards, with pics from the associated Hugo Losers party. Second was M Harold Page’s study on how to capture the magic of a great dungeon crawl in fiction. And third was our look at Michael McDowell’s classic horror novel Cold Moon Over Babylon.

Rounding out the Top Five were William Patrick Maynard’s review of The Midnight Guardian (“a hardboiled pulp yarn that is so good, it immediately makes you set the author to one side with a handful of other standouts”), and Neil Baker’s gaming piece, “How No Man’s Sky Has Reinvigorated a Gaming Generation (No, Not That One).”

Also in the Top Ten were our report on the 2016 Hugo Award Winners, Parts One and Two of Fletcher Vredenburgh’s Summer Short Story Roundup, our summary of the Top 50 Black Gate Posts in July, and Bob Byrne’s detailed history of the TSR classic Dungeon!

The complete list of Top Articles for August 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 August were:

  1. Black Gate Receives an Alfie Award from George R.R. Martin
  2. How to Write a Dungeon Crawl (in Actual Fiction and Not a Tabletop Game!)
  3. A Southern Tale of Spectral Revenge: Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell
  4. Enter: The Midnight Guardian
  5. How No Man’s Sky Has Reinvigorated a Gaming Generation (No, Not That One)
  6. The 2016 Hugo Award Winners
  7. Summer Short Story Roundup: Part One
  8. The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in July
  9. Summer Short Story Roundup: Part Two
  10. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Dungeon! – A New Kind of Board Game


  11. An Epic Finale for Ancient Opar
  12. The Women of Andre Norton’s Witch World
  13. Dark Lords Through History: Waller Newell’s Tyrants
  14. Goth Chick News: Our New Netflix Obsession – Stranger Things
  15. The Flaw in Everything: Warren Ellis’ Karnak the Shatterer
  16. The Shannara Chronicles Will Be Back (Though Amber will Not…)
  17. Blogging Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu, Part Two
  18. Beau Geste: Myth vs. Reality
  19. Learning the Uncanny Arts: The Secrets of the Uncanny Magazine Covers
  20. Straight On Till Morning


  21. Forbes on the World’s Highest-Paid Authors in 2016
  22. GenCon Update: Day 1, Part 1 – New Games
  23. Goth Chick News: More Stranger Things – Yes Please!
  24. Need Some Cthulhu?
  25. GenCon: The Pathfinder Post (featuring Starfinder)
  26. I Want to Believe: A Review of A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson & Jeff Rovin
  27. #rurallife or Can You Hear Me Now?
  28. The Groundbreaking SF Anthologies of Athena Andreadis
  29. Pathfinder Meets Lovecraft: Starspawn by Wendy N. Wagner
  30. A Hard-boiled Private Eye Who Becomes a Wizard’s Henchman: A Wizard’s Henchman by Matthew Hughes


  31. Fantastic, August and September 1964: A Retro-Review
  32. Two Interesting Roleplaying Kickstarters!
  33. New Treasures: Ann and Jeff Vandermeer’s The Big Book of Science Fiction
  34. Proceeding in the Pulp Tradition by Writing Five Novels a Year: A Conversation With Guy Haley
  35. When Men Were Men and Aliens Were Green and Up to No Good: The Pulp Tales of Robert Silverberg
  36. Fantasia 2016, Day 2: Some Monsterism (Guillermo del Toro press conference and master class, The Dark Side of the Moon, Creature Designers — The Frankenstein Complex, and Rupture)
  37. I Am Not a Serial Killer Film Drops (Someplaces) Tomorrow
  38. Alaric’s Biggest Secret: “The Desert of Vanished Dreams” by Phyllis Eisenstein
  39. Andrew Liptak on All the Best SF and Fantasy You Missed in August
  40. Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Q29 Now Available


  41. Future Treasures: The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
  42. Fantasia 2016, Day 5: Bewitched and Bewailing (The Love Witch and The Wailing)
  43. Check Out the Recent Fiction at
  44. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Vincent Starrett on the Great Detective
  45. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Western Noir – Hell on Wheels
  46. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Arsenic and Old Lace
  47. A Scare You Straight Post-Apocalyptic Nightmare: B.C. Bell’s Bipolar Express
  48. New Treasures: The Greatship by Robert Reed
  49. GenCon Update: Day 1, Part 2 – Gaming Sequels and Expansions
  50. Fantasia 2016, Day 4: Questioning Genre (Beware the Slenderman, In a Valley of Violence, and The Unseen)

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

  1. A Tremendously Disappointing Re-Read: The Soaked-in Misogyny of Piers Anthony’s Xanth
  2. The IX by Andrew P. Weston
  3. Heroic Fantasy with the Sharp Edge of Reality: A Review of The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  4. New Treasures: The Library of America Publishes Elmore Leonard
  5. A Detailed Explanation
  6. Why I Created Labyrinth Lord
  7. Part Gothic, Part Sword and Sorcery, and Part Horror: Andrew P. Weston’s Hell Bound
  8. Art of the Genre: Top 10 Fantasy Artists of the Past 100 Years
  9. Vintage Treasures: The Silistra Quartet by Janet Morris
  10. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: The Skeleton Matters (Or, Why It’s Not OK to Skip Scenes in Your Third Act)
  11. Tribulations Herculean and Tragic: Beyond Wizardwall by Janet Morris
  12. Star Trek Movie Rewatch: Star Trek V – The Final Frontier (1989)
  13. Return to Thieves World in Beyond Sanctuary: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  14. Caught Between Rebels and the Empire’s Blackest Magic: Beyond the Veil: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  15. Haunted Bushes, Serial Killers, and Mysterious Strangers: Algernon Blackwood’s The Listener and Other Stories
  16. Love in War and Realms Beyond Imagining: A Review of The Fish, the Fighters and the Song Girl by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  17. “A Great Place to let Your Imagination Run Wild:” Joe Bonadonna Reviews Rogues in Hell
  18. The Devil in the Details: A Review of Lawyers in Hell
  19. I, The Sun by Janet Morris
  20. The Perfect Prescription for Perdition: Doctors in Hell, edited by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  21. July 2016 Locus Now on Sale
  22. Giving the Devil His Due: A Review of Dreamers in Hell
  23. Art of the Genre: Art of Dungeon Maps
  24. The Return of the King (1980)
  25. An Open Letter to Dave Truesdale

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 Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  4. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” by Joe Bonadonna
  5. Grady Spades Second Opinion” by Levi Black
  6. An Excerpt from “The Dark Muse” by Karl Edward Wagner
  7. Awakening” by Judith Berman
  8. Godmother Lizard” by C.S.E. Cooney
  9. The Renunciation of the Crimes of Gharad the Undying” by Alex Kreis
  10. An Excerpt from Souldrifter by Garrett Calcaterra

The top categories last month were:

  1. Vintage Treasures
  2. Magazines
  3. Books
  4. Game Reviews
  5. New Treasures
  6. Comics
  7. Future Treasures
  8. Art of the Genre
  9. Blog entry
  10. Fiction
  11. Reviews
  12. Conan
  13. Series Fantasy
  14. Pulp
  15. Discovering Robert E. Howard
  16. Art
  17. Convention Report
  18. Contest
  19. BG Staff
  20. Editors Blog

The Top 50 Black Gate blog posts in July are here, and you can see all 98 posts we made in the month of August here.

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Joe Bonadonna

Congratulations to all my fellow Black Gate Back Porch contributors, and a big thank you to everyone, and special thanks to John O’Neil for bringing me and keeping me in the fold. My output may have dropped a bit, my energy level may have nose-dived, but I’ll do my best to keep contributing as much and as often as I can. And we at Perseid Press thank one and all for your support.

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