The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in October

The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in October

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Sword and Sorcery dominated the stage at Black Gate last month. The most popular topic in October was the new S&S magazine from industry pioneers Joseph Goodman and Howard Andrew Jones, Tales From the Magician’s Skull, which showed up twice in the Top Ten, first with a far-ranging interview with Joseph and Howard (and their undead overlord, the Talking Skull), followed by a report on the blockbuster Kickstarter that funded the first two issues.

Gaming and game news were definitely popular as well. The #1 article for the month was M. Harold Page’s review of Starfinder Alien Archive, followed by our look at the top-sellers at the semi-annual Games Plus auction in Mount Prospect. Goth Chick came in third with her trip report on the Cedar Point HalloWeekends event, featuring Midnight Syndicate’s 20th anniversary concert. Rounding out the Top Five were Elizabeth Crowens’ interview with horror master Nancy Kilpatrick, and M. Harold Page’s advance peek at the Elite Dangerous Role Playing Game.

Coming in at #7 for the month was Fletcher Vredenburgh’s touching reminiscence of his long-time gaming circle, “The Past Remembered.” Ninth was our feature on the very first piece of Greyhawk fiction, Gygax’s 1974 article “The Expedition Into the Black Reservoir: A Dungeon Adventure at Greyhawk Castle.” And closing out the Top Ten was our look at the popular Corpse-Rat King novels by Lee Battersby

The complete list of Top Articles for October 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 October were:

  1. Modular: Starfinder Alien Archive — Clark Ashton Smith meets Douglas Adams (with visuals by Ray Harryhausen)
  2. The Subtle Art of Game Speculation
  3. Goth Chick News: That Time We Drove 350 Miles for Haunted Houses and Gothic Music
  4. The Poison Apple: The Lure of the Vampire, an Interview with Author Nancy Kilpatrick
  5. Modular: A First Look at Elite Dangerous Role Playing Game
  6. In Search of a new Weird Tales: An Interview with Joseph Goodman, Howard Andrew Jones, and the Talking Skull!
  7. The Past Remembered
  8. Support an Exciting New Magazine of Sword & Sorcery: Tales From the Magician’s Skull
  9. The Expedition Into the Black Reservoir: A Dungeon Adventure at Greyhawk Castle by Gary Gygax
  10. Battlefield Looters in the Kingdom of the Dead: The Corpse-Rat King Novels by Lee Battersby


  11. Another View: The Difficult Experiment of Scott Oden’s A Gathering of Ravens
  12. Tempus Takes Manhattan: Janet and Chris Morris’ Tempus Unbound
  13. Future Treasures: The Book of Swords, edited by Gardner Dozois
  14. New Treasures: Swords Against Darkness edited by Paula Guran
  15. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November 1969: A Retro-Review
  16. A Tale Most Gruesome and Bonkers: Dark Ventures by T.C. Rypel
  17. October Is Hammer Country: The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)
  18. Nothing To Be Afraid Of
  19. New Treasures: Blackwater: The Complete Saga by Michael McDowell
  20. RBE returns with a WWE-style SmackDown: Challenge! Discovery


  21. October Short Story Roundup
  22. Keep Up With the Latest Releases from Black Gate Authors — October Edition
  23. 1970s Horror Comics, Old and New: Eerie and Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror
  24. October Is Hammer Country: The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
  25. Questing in New York! New York ComicCon 2017/
  26. Fantastic Stories of Imagination, January and February 1964: A Retro-Review
  27. Check out the Table of Contents for The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume Four, edited by Helen Marshall and Michael Kelly
  28. In 500 Words or Less: An Advance Review of the The Nine by Tracy Townsend
  29. Three Fifths of a Great Horror Movie: Dead of Night
  30. Future Treasures: The Art of the Pulps edited by Douglas Ellis, Ed Hulse and Robert Weinberg


  31. A Mutiny in Space, and an Emperor of the Stars: High Adventure #153: Classic Stories from Wonder Stories
  32. October Is Hammer Country: The Gorgon (1964)
  33. Literary Wonder & Adventure Podcast: Halloween Special 2017
  34. Hit That Word Count! Reading The Fiction Factory by William Wallace Cook
  35. Old School Steampunk: Reading The Steam Man of the Plains (1883)
  36. Future Treasures: Vallista by Steven Brust
  37. Strolling through Medieval Segovia, Spain
  38. Invasion Fleets and Rogue Stars: Rich Horton on Who Speaks of Conquest by Lan Wright & The Earth in Peril, edited by Donald A. Wollheim
  39. Avalon Hill Tries a D&D Boardgame: Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate
  40. Check out the Table of Contents for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, edited by Charles Yu and John Joseph Adams


  41. A Tale of Three Covers: The Mammoth Book of Dracula / In the Footsteps of Dracula, edited by Stephen Jones
  42. New Treasures: The Gates of Tagmeth by P. C. Hodgell
  43. Vintage Treasures: The Sword of Winter by Marta Randall
  44. September/October Analog Now on Sale
  45. Modular: Tabletop Terror in the Tomb of Annihilation
  46. Self-published Book Review: A History of Magic by Scott Robinson
  47. Undead Emperors and Cybernetic Rebels: The Succession Novels by Scott Westerfeld
  48. October Is Hammer Country: Twins of Evil (1971)
  49. The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in September
  50. The October Fantasy Magazine Rack

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

  1. Death Knight Love Story: WMA meets WTF
  2. “Are You Not Still Entertained?”: Gladiator’s 10-Year Oscar Anniversary
  3. Goth Chick News: Samuel L. Jackson Takes On Japanese OVA – Hold On To Your Butts…
  4. Solitaire Adventure with Victory Point Games
  5. Fantasia Diary 2015, Day 5: Teana: 10000 Years Later, Crimson Whale, and The Shamer’s Daughter
  6. My Fantasia Festival, Days 5 to 7: Cold in July, The Fatal Encounter, and Huntresses
  7. The Return of the King (1980)
  8. Living it Large: How Larger Than Life Characters Work
  9. Blowing the Doors Off the Barn: Expanding the Iron Fist Mythos
  10. Adventures on Stage: Fantasy Literature’s Missing Link
  11. The Series Series: Shieldwall: Barbarians! by M. Harold Page
  12. New Treasures: The Library of America Publishes Elmore Leonard
  13. Eccentric in Retrospect: Helen Simpson’s The Woman on the Beast
  14. Haunt the House: The Music and Art of Will Houlihan
  15. Heroic Fantasy with the Sharp Edge of Reality: The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  16. Goth Chick News: If You Like Your Horror Victorian Style…
  17. Adventures In Gaming: The Temple Of the Sea Gods
  18. Return to Thieves World in Beyond Sanctuary: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  19. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: The Skeleton Matters (Or, Why It’s Not OK to Skip Scenes in Your Third Act)
  20. Battles with Blades and Bows, and Creatures Charming and Terrifying: Journeys, edited by Teresa Edgerton
  21. Tribulations Herculean and Tragic: Beyond Wizardwall by Janet Morris
  22. Why isn’t Conan a Mary Sue?
  23. Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Desperate Hours – A One-Two Combo
  24. The IX by Andrew P. Weston
  25. Caught Between Rebels and the Empire’s Blackest Magic: Beyond the Veil: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris

The Top Black Gate Online Fiction features were:

  1. An excerpt from The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  2. An Excerpt from The Power of the Sapphire Wand by Erika M Szabo and Joe Bonadonna
  3. Seven Against Hell” by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  4. Tempus Unbound, edited by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  5. An excerpt from Pirates in Hell, edited by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  6. Goat-Beard the Pirate, Part 2: Evil Angel,” by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  7. Iron Joan” by ElizaBeth Gilligan
  8. An excerpt from Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder by Roy A. Mauritsen
  9. An excerpt from Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  10. An excerpt from Mouth of the Dragon by Tom Barczak
  11. The Trade” by Mark Rigney
  12. An excerpt from The Black Fire Concerto by Mike Allen
  13. The first chapter of The Wreck of the Marissa by M Harold Page
  14. Stand at Duben-Geb” by Ryan Harvey
  15. The Cremator’s Tale” by Steven H Silver
  16. Fiction Excerpt: “Tumithak of the Corridors” by Charles R. Tanner
  17. The Renunciation of the Crimes of Gharad the Undying” by Alex Kreis
  18. Awakening” by Judith Berman
  19. The Sorrowless Thief” by Ryan Harvey
  20. An Excerpt from Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin by Erika M Szabo and Joe Bonadonna
  21. Vestments of Pestilence” by John C. Hocking
  22. Nero Wolfe – Stamped for Murder” by Bob Byrne
  23. An excerpt from “The Hand That Binds” by Michael Livingston
  24. The Whoremaster of Pald” by Harry Connolly
  25. Tsathoggua” by Michael Shea
  26. An excerpt from Soleri by Michael Johnston
  27. An Excerpt from Souldrifter by Garrett Calcaterra
  28. An excerpt from Mad Shadows II by Joe Bonadonna
  29. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” by Joe Bonadonna

The top categories last month were:

  1. Editor’s Blog
  2. Interviews
  3. Vintage Treasures
  4. Comics
  5. Blog Entry
  6. Art of the Genre
  7. Books
  8. Magazines
  9. Art
  10. Conan
  11. BG Staff
  12. Game Reviews
  13. Reviews
  14. Black Gate Goes to Summer Movies
  15. Fiction
  16. Future Treasures
  17. Role Playing Games
  18. New Treasures
  19. Discovering Robert E. Howard
  20. Contest
  21. Obituary
  22. Goth Chick
  23. Movies & TV
  24. Convention Report
  25. News
  26. Pulp
  27. Essays
  28. Series Fantasy
  29. Weird Western
  30. Paranormal Romance
  31. Rich Horton
  32. Writing
  33. Fashion
  34. Solitaire Game Reviews

The Top 50 Black Gate blog posts in September are here, and you can see all 77 posts we made in the month of October here.

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