The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in February

The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in February


January sure was popular with readers. The most popular article at Black Gate last month was… our summary of the most popular articles at Black Gate the previous month. If that patterns hold, this will be the most popular article on the blog in March. To guarantee that, I’ve put a big picture of Godzilla at the top. You’re welcome.

Getting back to more regular fare, the second most popular post on the blog last month was Elizabeth Crowens’ epic interview with Buffy the Vampire Slayer author author Nancy Holder. Third on the list was a Vintage Treasures feature on Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane 1: Skulls in the Stars (which just proves Bob Byrne’s thesis that REH is a sure ticket into the Top Ten). Rounding out the Top Five were our look at a much more recent book, the new Looming Low anthology from Justin Steele and Sam Cowan, and my salute to a vanished book imprint, A Farewell to Roc Books.

As always, games were well represented in the Top Ten. Andrew Zimmerman Jones scored the #6 slot with his feature review of the new RPG Tales from the Loop, and M Harold Page entertained us with his report on I Love the Corps, which was good enough for #7. No Top Ten list would be complete without Ryan Harvey, and he made his appearance at #8 with the latest installment of The Complete Carpenter, this time featuring Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Wrapping things up was our look at Unbound Worlds on A Century of Sword and Planet, and the debut effort of new BG blogger David Neil Lee, with his review of Kong – Skull Island.

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. The Top Black Gate Posts in January
  2. The Poison Apple: Remember Buffy? An Interview with Tie-in Author Nancy Holder
  3. Vintage Treasures: Solomon Kane 1: Skulls in the Stars by Robert E. Howard
  4. New Treasures: Looming Low edited by Justin Steele and Sam Cowan
  5. A Farewell to Roc Books
  6. Modular: Trouble in the ’80’s with Tales from the Loop
  7. Modular: First Time Out With I Love the Corps
  8. The Complete Carpenter: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
  9. Unbound Worlds on a Century of Sword and Planet
  10. Deep Pockets, Abyssal Regions: Kong – Skull Island (2017)


  11. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
  12. The Return of OMNI Magazine
  13. Taking the Prize for Strange Worldbuilding: Jon Sprunk’s Book of the Black Earth
  14. Gods, Mortals, Sons, and Daughters: Storm Seed by Janet and Chris Morris
  15. Vintage Treasures: The Long Way Home by Poul Anderson
  16. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  17. Vintage Treasures: The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
  18. Goth Chick News Anniversary Interview: Aliens Carrie Henn
  19. Bridging the Cultural Gap between Canada and the USA
  20. The Time of Woe is Upon Us: Chaos in the Old World


  21. Criminals, Invading Armies, and a Dragon Hoard: The Six Kingdoms Novels by Bruce Fergusson
  22. The Last Dragon (1985): My Big Trouble in Little China or Black Panther Double Feature Pick
  23. The Black Panther’s Magical World of Wakanda
  24. Larque Press on Genre Magazine Sales in 2017
  25. Plants as Protagonists: An Interview with Semiosis author Sue Burke
  26. Incendiary Conspiracy Theory Suggests Possible Collusion Between She-Ra: Princess of Power and Hordak
  27. Birthday Reviews: Jack Dann’s “Rings Around the Moon”
  28. Future Treasures: Warhammer 40k: The Magos by Dan Abnett
  29. Shark Ships and Marching Morons: The Best of C. M. Kornbluth
  30. Vintage Treasures: The Snail on the Slope by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky


  31. The Silver Eggheads by Fritz Leiber
  32. Birthday Reviews: Richard A. Lupoff’s “Black Mist”
  33. Birthday Reviews: Gahan Wilson’s “The Sea Was Wet as Wet Can Be”
  34. Vintage Treasures: The Exile Waiting by Vonda N. McIntyre
  35. Amazing Stories, December 1961: A Retro-Review
  36. Birthday Reviews: August Derleth’s “The Return of Hastur”
  37. Birthday Review: Selina Rosen’s “Food Quart”
  38. Birthday Reviews: Iain M. Banks’s “A Gift from the Culture”
  39. I Need A Vacation – Or Is It A Holiday?
  40. Tell Me A Story: UnSpoiled


  41. Birthday Reviews: Richard Matheson’s “Third from the Sun”
  42. Tell Me A Story: Levar Burton Reads
  43. Birthday Reviews: J.T. McIntosh’s “Hermit”
  44. Birthday Reviews: Andre Norton’s “The Gifts of Asti”
  45. Heroic Fantasy Quarterly 35 Now Available
  46. Birthday Reviews: John Shirley’s “Occurrence at Owl Street Ridge”
  47. Birthday Reviews: Theodore Sturgeon’s “The Girl Had Guts”
  48. Reading The Lost Oases by Ahmed Hassanein Bey
  49. Birthday Reviews: Daniel F. Galouye’s “Sitting Duck”
  50. Beowulf: A New Telling — Almost Forgotten Childhood Classic

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. Goth Chick News: Samuel L. Jackson Takes On Japanese OVA – Hold On To Your Butts…
  3. AD&D Figurines: Youth In a Box?
  4. “Are You Not Still Entertained?”: Gladiator’s 10-Year Oscar Anniversary
  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. Eccentric in Retrospect: Helen Simpson’s The Woman on the Beast
  8. Solitaire Adventure with Victory Point Games
  9. Heroic Fantasy with the Sharp Edge of Reality: The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  10. The Return of the King (1980)
  11. Blowing the Doors Off the Barn: Expanding the Iron Fist Mythos
  12. Adventures on Stage: Fantasy Literature’s Missing Link
  13. Haunt the House: The Music and Art of Will Houlihan
  14. Andrew Liptak on 18 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read this January
  15. Adventures In Gaming: The Temple Of the Sea Gods
  16. Living it Large: How Larger Than Life Characters Work
  17. The IX by Andrew P. Weston
  18. New Treasures: The Library of America Publishes Elmore Leonard
  19. Return to Thieves World in Beyond Sanctuary: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  20. The Series Series: Shieldwall: Barbarians! by M. Harold Page
  21. Battles with Blades and Bows, and Creatures Charming and Terrifying: Journeys, edited by Teresa Edgerton
  22. Exploring the Subterranean
  23. Tribulations Herculean and Tragic: Beyond Wizardwall by Janet Morris
  24. Why I’m Here – Part Two: Some Thoughts on Old Books and Appendix N
  25. Enough, Part II
  26. In Alone Against the Flames You Face the Horror of Cthulhu the Way the Universe Intended: By Yourself

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. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” by Joe Bonadonna
  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. An excerpt from Waters of Darkness by David C. Smith and Joe Bonadonna
  7. Goat-Beard the Pirate, Part 2: Evil Angel,” by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  8. An excerpt from Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  9. An excerpt from Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder by Roy A. Mauritsen
  10. An excerpt from Mouth of the Dragon by Tom Barczak
  11. The Poison Well” by Judith Berman
  12. Queen of Toads” by Joe Bonadonna
  13. An excerpt from A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden
  14. Stand at Duben-Geb” by Ryan Harvey
  15. An excerpt from The Black Fire Concerto by Mike Allen
  16. The first chapter of The Wreck of the Marissa by M Harold Page
  17. The Sorrowless Thief” by Ryan Harvey
  18. Nero Wolfe – Stamped for Murder” by Bob Byrne
  19. An excerpt from The Power of the Sapphire Wand by Erika M Szabo and Joe Bonadonna
  20. Seeker of Fortune” by David Evan Harris
  21. An excerpt from “Night of Two Moons” by David B. Coe
  22. Niola’s Last Stand” by Vera Nazarian
  23. Disciple” by Emily Mah
  24. An excerpt from Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin by Erika M Szabo and Joe Bonadonna
  25. The Highwater Harbor,” by Aaron Bradford Starr
  26. An excerpt from “The Mudslinger” by David Evan Harris
  27. Disciple” by Emily Mah
  28. Vestments of Pestilence” by John C. Hocking
  29. Fiction Excerpt: “Tumithak of the Corridors” by Charles R. Tanner
  30. Iron Joan” by ElizaBeth Gilligan

The top categories last month were:

  1. Editor’s Blog
  2. Books
  3. Art of the Genre
  4. Blog Entry
  5. Conan
  6. Art
  7. Comics
  8. BG Staff
  9. Black Gate Goes to Summer Movies
  10. Convention Report
  11. Contest
  12. Vintage Treasures
  13. Discovering Robert E. Howard
  14. Reviews
  15. Pulp
  16. Magazines
  17. Music
  18. Future Treasures
  19. New Treasures
  20. Reviews of Black Gate
  21. Interviews
  22. Game Reviews
  23. Fiction
  24. Uncategorized
  25. Role Playing Games

The Top 50 Black Gate blog posts in January are here, and you can see all 104 posts we made in the month of February here.

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I can’t be the only one who thinks its funny that the top post in February is about the top posts in January.

Ryan Harvey

> It’s gotta be the Godzilla connection. Who doesn’t love Godzilla??

I’m about to test this, since I’m putting up a new post about Godzilla (oh, and it’s a weird, weird one) this Saturday, last day of March. Let’s see if it makes Top Ten for March posts. Call it my corollary to the Robert E. Howard Theory of Black Gate Top Ten Positions.

One day, Bob and I may co-write a post about Conan and Godzilla, despite having nothing to do with each other, purely as a gag to see what happens.

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