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The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in February

Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

2000AD Free Comic Day-smallBack in December, Derek Kunsken’s enthusiastic review of Star Wars: Rogue One, “I Am One With the Force and the Force Is With Me,” shot up to #2 on our monthly traffic chart. Last month he claimed the #1 slot, and he didn’t need a blockbuster film to make it happen — he did it the old fashioned way, with a book review. The book in question was Thrill-Power Overload: A History of the British Comic 2000 AD, a detailed history of the legendary comic that launched Judge Dredd, Alan Moore’s D.R. and Quinch, Sláine, Rogue Trooper, Strontium Dog and countless others. Check it out.

Number 2 on the list for February was Mark Finn’s report on the Kickstarter for the first Skelos Press anthology, Chicken Fried Cthulhu, followed by Violette Malan’s survey of My Top Five Sword-Fight Movies, our obituary for GDW founder Loren Wiseman, and Andrew Zimmerman Jones’ interview with Paizo mastermind and Creative Director of their new Starfinder RPG, James L. Sutter.

Howard Andrew Jones’ review of one of his favorite recent games, the solitaire-suitable WWII simulation Heroes of Normandy, came in at #6 for February. At #7 was our report on the new Literary Wonder & Adventure Podcast from Robert Zoltan and his talking raven — featuring a lengthy interview with Black Gate‘s own Ryan Harvey on one of his favorite topics, Edgar Rice Burroughs. And close on its heels was our announcement of the 2017 Nebula Award Nominations.

Rounding out the Top Ten were Steven Brust’s summary of Five Roger Zelazny Books that Changed His Life, and Fletcher Vredenburgh’s January Short Story Roundup.

The complete list of Top Articles for February 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 February were:

  1. Thrill-Power Overload: A History of the British Comic 2000 AD
  2. Dark Dreams in Red Dirt
  3. My Top Five Sword-Fight Movies
  4. GDW Co-Founder and Game Designer Loren Wiseman Has Died
  5. Modular: James Sutter Fields Some Starfinder RPG Questions
  6. Lock ‘n Load Tactical: Heroes of Normandy
  7. Literary Wonder & Adventure Podcast Presents: Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Conversation with Ryan Harvey
  8. SFWA Announces the 2017 Nebula Award Nominations
  9. Steven Brust’s Five Roger Zelazny Books that Changed His Life
  10. January Short Story Roundup

     

  11. Hugo Nomination Thoughts, 2017
  12. Occult Detective Quarterly #1 Now Available
  13. What Black Sabbath Can Teach Us About Writing
  14. Modular: Who Would Win? John McClane and James Bond versus a Tribe of D&D Goblins
  15. Vintage Treasures: Some Classic Science Fiction Hardcovers
  16. Modular: Rethinking the OSR through Modiphius’s Conan – Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of
  17. Tea and Sympathy with the Paranormal: An interview with Steampunk Goddess Gail Carriger
  18. Get Reacquainted with the Gentlemen Bastards in Scotty Lynch’s The Bastards and the Knives
  19. Battles with Blades and Bows, and Creatures Charming and Terrifying: Journeys, edited by Teresa Edgerton
  20. One Million Years B.C. on Blu-Ray—Because You Love Dinosaurs Too

     

  21. The Complete Carpenter: Halloween (1978)
  22. In the Hot Seat: The Reviewer Gets Grilled: An Interview with Fletcher Vredenburgh
  23. Vintage Treasures: The Novels of Lawrence Watt-Evans
  24. Why Must Han Solo Die? Revisited
  25. Dorgo’s Dozen Questions: Getting Grilled by Joe Bonadonna
  26. Modular: Dungeon Delving Tips – Part I
  27. Andrew Liptak on 33 SF and Fantasy Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2017
  28. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: Researching the Tropes
  29. Making Lovecraft Look Quaint: Swift to Chase by Laird Barron
  30. Some Historical Novels for Readers and Writers of Fantasy and Science Fiction

     

  31. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Thoughts on The Sussex Vampire
  32. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Mister Bean as Simeonon’s Maigret?
  33. Modular: How to Defeat an Ancient Red Dragon in D&D with a Low-Level Party
  34. Fantastic, June and July 1962: A Pair of Retro-Reviews
  35. Final Thoughts on Narnia. The Last Battle: A Criticism and a Defense
  36. Lawrence Ellsworth’s New Translation of Dumas’ The Red Sphinx
  37. Silent Screen Swashbucklers, Part 2 of 2: Black Pirates and Beloved Rogues
  38. Morbid Number Crunching: The Norman Bates Kill Tally
  39. Ed Bryant, August 27, 1945 – February 10, 2017
  40. B&N Blog on 96 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in 2017
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  42. New Treasures: Pathfinder Tales: Through The Gate in the Sea by Howard Andrew Jones
  43. Goth Chick News: Rare Footage of Steven Spielberg NOT Directing Poltergeist
  44. Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Pellucidar Saga: Tanar of Pellucidar
  45. Goth Chick News: A Penny for More Dreadfuls
  46. It’s A Group Effort
  47. The Arian Baptistry in Ravenna, Italy
  48. In Viriconium by M. John Harrison
  49. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Erle Stanley Gardner on Mysteries
  50. A Storm of Wings by M. John Harrison
  51. The February Fantasy Magazine Rack

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

  1. Death Knight Love Story: WMA meets WTF
  2. “Are You Not Still Entertained?”: Gladiator’s 10-Year Oscar Anniversary
  3. Fantasia Diary 2015, Day 5: Teana: 10000 Years Later, Crimson Whale, and The Shamer’s Daughter
  4. My Fantasia Festival, Days 5 to 7: Cold in July, The Fatal Encounter, and Huntresses
  5. Solitaire Adventure with Victory Point Games
  6. Goth Chick News: Samuel L. Jackson Takes On Japanese OVA – Hold On To Your Butts…
  7. Adventures on Stage: Fantasy Literature’s Missing Link
  8. Living it Large: How Larger Than Life Characters Work
  9. Haunt the House: The Music and Art of Will Houlihan
  10. Adventures In Gaming: The Temple Of the Sea Gods
  11. Eccentric in Retrospect: Helen Simpson’s The Woman on the Beast
  12. Blowing the Doors Off the Barn: Expanding the Iron Fist Mythos
  13. The Return of the King (1980)
  14. Heroic Fantasy with the Sharp Edge of Reality: A Review of The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  15. New Treasures: The Library of America Publishes Elmore Leonard
  16. Return to Thieves World in Beyond Sanctuary: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  17. Tribulations Herculean and Tragic: Beyond Wizardwall by Janet Morris
  18. The IX by Andrew P. Weston
  19. Vintage Treasures: The Silistra Quartet by Janet Morris
  20. Caught Between Rebels and the Empire’s Blackest Magic: Beyond the Veil: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  21. A Shaper of Myths: The Best of Cordwainer Smith
  22. I, The Sun by Janet Morris
  23. A Detailed Explanation
  24. The Series Series: Shieldwall: Barbarians! by M. Harold Page
  25. Part Gothic, Part Sword and Sorcery, and Part Horror: Andrew P. Weston’s Hell Bound

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. Nero Wolfe – Stamped for Murder” by Bob Byrne
  4. An Excerpt from Mouth of the Dragon by Tom Barczak
  5. An Exclusive Excerpt from Soleri by Michael Johnston
  6. An Excerpt from Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  7. In the Wake Of Sister Blue” by Mark Rigney
  8. An excerpt from Mad Shadows II by Joe Bonadonna
  9. Iron Joan” by ElizaBeth Gilligan
  10. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” by Joe Bonadonna
  11. A Holmes Christmas Carol” by Bob Byrne
  12. Fiction Excerpt: “The Beautiful Corridor” by Jonathan L. Howard
  13. The Renunciation of the Crimes of Gharad the Undying” by Alex Kreis
  14. Fiction Excerpt: “The Wizard’s Daily Horoscope” by Maria V. Snyder
  15. Queen of Toads” by Joe Bonadonna

The top categories last month were:

  1. Editor’s Blog
  2. Vintage Treasures
  3. Blog Entry
  4. Books
  5. Art
  6. BG Staff
  7. Art of the Genre
  8. News
  9. Interviews
  10. Fiction
  11. Magazines
  12. Future Treasures
  13. Games
  14. Reviews
  15. Role Playing Games
  16. New Treasures
  17. Series Fantasy
  18. Comics
  19. Goth Chick
  20. Conan

The Top 50 Black Gate blog posts in January are here, and you can see all 87 posts we made in the month of February here.

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