James Enge’s Morlock stories have been some of the most popular fiction we’ve published in Black Gate. His first Morlock novel, Blood of Ambrose, published by Pyr in April, was very warmly received, and described as “A future classic… this novel succeeds beautifully” (The Great Geek Manual) and “Like Conan as written by Raymond Chandler” (Paul Cornell).
The second volume, This Crooked Way, went on sale October 6th. More than just a collection of previously published Morlock fiction, This Crooked Way has 15 chapters, only 5 of which have previously appeared. We’ve received a small number of advance copies, and we want to give them to you.
We’ve asked James Enge to compile a list of questions, the answers to which lie in the five Morlock stories that have appeared in Black Gate. The first five readers to fill out and submit the quiz below with the correct answers will receive a copy of This Crooked Way, compliments of Black Gate, James Enge, and Pyr.
The usual legal disclaimers apply: Offer void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Judges decisions are final. Postage costs outside the US are the responsibility of the winner. Additional disclaimers apply as we think of them. Eat your vegetables.
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Fourth Edition Dungeons and Dragons has been with us for about a year now; long enough for the gaming community to get a pretty good taste of it. I’ve been hearing various reports from gamer friends about the system, and opinions of it have fallen across a roughly tripartite spectrum, from favorable to neutral to negative. Among these views, though, there is agreement that this isn’t the same old Dungeons and Dragons. Fans of Fourth Edition sometimes call it a “transformation,” or point out, “This time around they didn’t have any sacred cows. They were ready to change anything.” Critics have generally agreed that “It might be a game some people like, but it’s no longer D&D.”
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What awaits you in the latest issue of Black Gate, the finest adventure fantasy magazine on the planet? Gunslinger Charles Duke (Black Gate 4) returns in a weird western tale featuring gods, demons – and a sorcerer who drives a hard bargain indeed. A resourceful thief uncovers a most unexpected surprise deep in a deadly tomb… Grimsort the necromancer learns just how dangerous it is to court a beautiful ghost in the treacherous city of Narr… a small band of soldiers finds they are the last hope in a river battle against alien bonesetters… and the desperate survivors of the Selvanos colony retreat before the advancing horror of the antriders to make a last stand in St. George. Featuring John C. Hocking, L.E. Modesitt, Peadar Ó Guilín, John R. Fultz, David Wesley Hill, and the conclusion of Mark’s Sumner riveting novel The Naturalist. All this plus our Letters column, book and game reviews, and a brand new Knights of the Dinner Table strip! At $9.95 for 224 big pages, it’s the best bargain in fantasy reading.
Check out the Issue 13 preview page.
Black Gate 13 is already off to the printers and will be out soon. We’re excited about another great issue, packed with the fantastic fiction and non-fiction you’ve come to expect! For more information on what you can expect, check out our Preview page for Issue 13.
The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Tall Tales on the Iron Horse
Reviewed by David Soyka
Well, here we are again with another short fiction collection with a dumb and unoriginal title –
The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy is the latest entrant in a long line of insipidly titled collections that have contributed their small part towards the ghettoization of the genre. Presumably this is not editor Ellen Datlow’s fault, but rather that of some marketing department genius. You might think that a publishing house with a pedigree like Del Rey Books could actually use some imagination when titling works of the imagination.
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