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Merry Christmas From All of Us at Black Gate

Monday, December 25th, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

Black Gate Christmas Tree-small

The Black Gate offices are dark and empty and, just like last Christmas, the only illumination is from the tiny tree the interns put on top of the filing cabinets during one of the brief moments Goth Chick wasn’t watching. Another year gone. Another 618 books and magazines discussed, 62 games reviewed, 29 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 only during moments like this that I can truly reflect on how we’ve grown over the last 17 years. When we’re busy chasing deadlines, sometimes it can seem that we’re just another genre site, one more stop on the Internet where people loudly promote their opinions. But if that were true, Black Gate would still just be me, toiling away in my basement in St. Charles in near-total obscurity. Instead, we have grown into 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 run the last few years —  an Alfie Award, a World Fantasy Award, and many other honors. The source of all that newfound fame has been you, the fans, who have helped spread the word and bring new traffic to our humble site.

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.

17 Comments »

  1. Merry Christmas to the whole Black Gate family of readers and contributors. It’s truly the best place on the internet. I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring!

    Comment by Thomas Parker - December 25, 2017 6:40 pm

  2. Merry Christmas! Blackgate is one of my favorite sites. A great mix of the old and new plus the unexpected.

    Comment by Charles_Martel - December 25, 2017 6:42 pm

  3. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the Black Gate krewe!

    Comment by ScottOden - December 25, 2017 8:56 pm

  4. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and keep fighting the good fight! Or grinding jeweled thrones beneath your sandaled feet. Whichever.

    Comment by Joe H. - December 25, 2017 11:31 pm

  5. Merry Christmas!

    Comment by rexbinary - December 25, 2017 11:44 pm

  6. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    Comment by Jeff Stehman - December 26, 2017 12:40 am

  7. Thanks all! I hope tonight that each and every one of you is snuggled by the fire, reading a thrilling book.

    Comment by John ONeill - December 26, 2017 1:00 am

  8. Happy Holidays to all of the Black Gate family!

    Comment by A. Walter - December 26, 2017 2:56 am

  9. Takes a moment to sneak a peak at his fellow bloggers, also chained to their cubicles, typing furiously away on their Commodore Vic 20s to feed content into the insatiable Black Gate machine. Quickly lowers head as “BYRNE!” echoes across the room in John’s stentorian voice…

    ‘Unruly’?

    Comment by Bob Byrne - December 26, 2017 7:42 am

  10. Byrne! Stop lazing around and run your copy over to the Metro section. And if you bend that floppy disc again, it’s coming out of your paycheck!

    Comment by John ONeill - December 26, 2017 12:09 pm

  11. Huh, I spent Christmas Eve watching a Godzilla film with my nephews ‘cuz that’s how I roll.

    Anyway, Merry Solstice Seasonal wishes to all and sundry.

    Comment by Ryan Harvey - December 26, 2017 2:16 pm

  12. “But…but….When I quit my weekly column, you took away my one floppy disk and I now have to use this worn out cassette drive. And the tape keeps breaking…”

    Comment by Bob Byrne - December 26, 2017 4:13 pm

  13. That’s it, Bob – keep agitating. Maybe one day we’ll get a dental plan…

    Comment by Thomas Parker - December 26, 2017 4:17 pm

  14. Punch cards for everybody!

    Comment by Joe H. - December 26, 2017 4:19 pm

  15. Let me tell you, Mr. Byrne, we got a brand new top-of-the-line tape drive for our Apple ][ supercomputer in 1986, and we were thrilled to have it. Thrilled I tell you!

    Comment by John ONeill - December 26, 2017 5:04 pm

  16. Dental plan? Good Lord, Thomas. Don’t dare utter the dreaded “U(nion)” word around here. I remember what happened when I asked for Saturdays off. (shudders)

    Comment by Bob Byrne - December 27, 2017 7:48 am

  17. I’m reminded of Acquisitions, Inc., when Patrick Rothfuss joined as an intern and started asking confusing questions about pay and benefits, with talk of negotiating as a group.

    Comment by Jeff Stehman - December 28, 2017 1:13 am


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