Win a Copy of The Final Programme, the First Volume in Michael Moorcock’s Cornelius Quartet

Friday, February 12th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

The Final Programme-smallTitan Books has been doing something pretty marvelous for modern fantasy fans: they’ve been gradually reprinting Michael Moorcock’s fabulous back catalog, which includes some of the most fondly remembered fantasy of the 20th Century.

They began with his early steampunk trilogy Nomad of the Time Streams (which opened with The Warlord of the Air), and continued with the complete Chronicles of Corum (see our cover gallery from last May). In 2016, they’ve turned their attention to the Cornelius Quartet, starring the hippest adventurer in fantasy, scientist and rock star Jerry Cornelius.

Black Gate has copies of The Final Programme to give away to three lucky readers, compliments of Titan Books. How do you make one of them yours? Just send an e-mail to john@blackgate.com with the subject “The Final Programme,” and a one-sentence review of your favorite Michael Moorcock tale.

That’s all it takes. Three winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries, and we’ll reprint some of the best reviews when we announce the winners.

All entries become the property of New Epoch Press. No purchase necessary. Must be 12 or older. Decisions of the judges (capricious as they may be) are final. Not valid where prohibited by law, or anywhere postage for a trade paperback is more than, like, 10 bucks (practically, that means US and Canada).

The Final Programme was published by Titan Books on February 2, 2016. It is 255 pages, priced at $9.95 in trade paperback and $7.99 for the digital edition.


Announcing the Winner of an Autographed Copy of Brandon Sanderson’s The Bands of Mourning

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

The Bands of Mourning-smallBrandon Sanderson’s The Bands of Mourning, the latest novel in the Mistborn series, was published last week by Tor Books. To celebrate, Tor graciously made one autographed copy available to Black Gate, and we offered it to our readers in a contest.

All you had to do to enter was send us an e-mail with a one-sentence summary of why you’d like to read it. We were inundated with entries, and today we selected one winner at random, using the most reliable method of random number generation known to modern science — D&D dice.

As you can imagine, Black Gate readers were pretty creative in their responses. Here’s Andrew Meyer:

I think the evolution of the metallurgy magic mechanic into a industrial setting is fantastic.

Anna Raj took a romantic approach, with a run-on sentence:

My newly fiance is an avid Brandon Sanders reader, who cheats on me with mini dates of his books; going to the bathroom with the book tightly gripped inside his arms, going for midday coffee to the local bookstore sitting in the corner with another of his books and reading it over and over again as to where the pages are barely on the spine; I probably would be a part of ‘the band of the mourning’ when he comes across this book, but I love to see his smile.

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Win an Autographed Copy of Brandon Sanderson’s The Bands of Mourning

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

The Bands of Mourning-smallBrandon Sanderson’s The Bands of Mourning, the latest novel in the Mistborn series, was published today by Tor Books. To celebrate, Tor is making one autographed copy available to readers of Black Gate — and it could be yours.

How do you win? Just send an e-mail to john@blackgate.com with the subject “The Bands of Mourning,” and a one-sentence summary of why you’d like to read it, and we’ll enter you into the contest.

That’s it! That’s all it takes. One winner will be drawn at random from all entries, and we’ll announce the winner here.

No purchase necessary. Must be 12 or older. Not valid where prohibited by law, or anywhere postage for a hefty hardcover is more than, like, 10 bucks (practically, that means US and Canada).

The Bands of Mourning was published today by Tor Books. It is 448 pages, priced at $27.99 in hardcover, or $14.99 for the digital edition. The cover is by Chris McGrath.

Learn more about The Bands of Mourning, and the previous books in the Mistborn series, in our previous coverage here.


Announcing the Winners of This Gulf of Time and Stars by Julie Czerneda

Thursday, November 26th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

This Gulf of Time and Stars-smallWoo hoo! We have two winners!

Last week we invited you to enter a contest to win one of two copies of Julie Czerneda’s This Gulf of Time and Stars, the opening volume in a brand new adventure SF series from one of the most popular authors in the field. To enter, all you had to do was send us an e-mail with the subject “This Gulf of Time and Stars.”

We have two versions to give away — a copy of the hardcover, and an audiobook. Our lucky winners were selected from the pool of eligible entries by the most reliable method known to modern science: D&D dice. The winner of the hardcover is:

Paul Lipps

And our audiobook winner is:

Derek A. Neve

Congratulations all! Once again, we’d like to thank DAW Books and Audible.com for providing the prizes and making the contest possible. Read Julie’s interview with Allyson Johnson, the voice of the audible.com edition of This Gulf of Time and Starsright here at Black Gate.

This Gulf of Time and Stars was published by DAW Books on November 3, 2015. It is 464 pages, priced at $25.95 in hardcover, and $12.99 for the digital edition.


Announcing the Winners of Danie Ware’s Ecko Endgame from Titan Books

Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

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Break out the party hats! We have three winners!

Last week we invited you to enter a contest to win one of three copies of Ecko Endgame, the latest book in one of the most talked-about series on the market, which James Lovegrove calls “The Matrix meets Game of Thrones.” To enter, all you had to do was send us an e-mail with the subject “Ecko Endgame.” As you can imagine, we were swamped with entries, so this turned into one of our shorter contests. Three winners were selected from the pool of eligible entries by the most reliable method known to modern science: D&D dice. The winners are:

Alan Phillips
Pamela Crowley-Evans
Jeff Zahnen

Congratulations all! Once again, we’d like to thank Titan Books for providing the prizes and making the contest possible. If you entered and didn’t win, our condolences — but there’s still time to enter to win Julie Czerneda’s brand new hardcover This Gulf of Time and Stars!

Ecko Endgame was published by Titan Books on November 10, 2015. It is 528 pages, priced at $14.95 in trade paperback, and $3.99 for the digital edition. The cover was designed by Amazing15.


Win a Copy of This Gulf of Time and Stars by Julie Czerneda

Sunday, November 15th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

This Gulf of Time and Stars-smallOn Oct. 29 author Julie Czerneda and Allyson Johnson, the voice of the audible.com audiobook edition of This Gulf of Time and Stars, had a delightful conversation right here at Black Gate.

Now DAW Books has offered us one copy of the hardcover edition This Gulf of Time and Stars, and Audible Studios has offered one copy of the audiobook, to give away to you, our readers.

How do you make one of them yours? Just send an e-mail to john@blackgate.com with the subject “This Gulf of Time and Stars,” and we’ll enter you into the contest.

That’s it! That’s all it takes. Two winners will be drawn at random from all entries, and we’ll announce the winners here. No purchase necessary. Must be 12 or older. Decisions of the judges (capricious as they may be) are final. Not valid where prohibited by law, or anywhere postage for a heavy hardcover is more than, like, 10 bucks (practically, that means US and Canada).

This Gulf of Time and Stars was published by DAW Books on November 3, 2015. It is 464 pages, priced at $25.95 in hardcover, and $12.99 for the digital edition.


Win a Copy of Ecko Endgame by Danie Ware from Titan Books

Thursday, November 12th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

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Danie Ware’s Ecko series is one of the most talked-about on the market. James Lovegrove calls it “The Matrix meets Game of Thrones,” and Lavie Tidhar noted the opening volume “explodes onto the page with the manic energy of Richard Morgan’s cyberpunk novels, before taking a surprise turn into Thomas Covenant territory.” Now Titan Books has offered us three copies of the latest book, Ecko Endgame, to give away to you, our readers. How do you make one of them yours? Just send an e-mail to john@blackgate.com with the subject “Ecko Endgame,” and we’ll enter you into the contest.

That’s it! That’s all it takes. Three winners will be drawn at random from all entries, and we’ll announce the winners here. No purchase necessary. Must be 12 or older. Decisions of the judges (capricious as they may be) are final. Not valid where prohibited by law, or anywhere postage for a hefty trade paperback is more than, like, 10 bucks (practically, that means US and Canada).

Ecko Endgame was published by Titan Books on November 10, 2015. It is 528 pages, priced at $14.95 in trade paperback, and $3.99 for the digital edition. The cover was designed by Amazing15.


Announcing the Winners of Carter & Lovecraft

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

Carter & Lovecraft-smallEarlier this month we invited Black Gate readers to enter to win one of two pre-release copies of Jonathan L. Howard’s new novel of Lovecraftian mystery, Carter & Lovecraft, on sale this month from Thomas Dunne Books. To enter, all you had to do was submit a one-sentence suggestion for the ideal Lovecraft team-up — and what dark horrors your dream team should investigate.

We don’t have room to present all the entries here, but we can offer up some of the better ones. The very first one we received was from Jeff Lowrey, with this remarkably concise suggestion:

Gilligan and Agent 99

The mind boggles. Next up is John T. Curtis, who reaches deep into pulp history for his suggestion:

Seabury Quinn’s character Jules de Grandin and Sax Rohmer’s character Moris Klaw should team up to investigate the disappearance of Harley Warren, as related in Lovecraft’s tale “The Statement of Randolph Carter.”

Sounds like an epic TV mini-series to me. John Burt suggests something a little more modern:

A Constantine – Lovecraft teamup, where they determine whether nicotine or depression is worse.

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Last Chance to Win a Copy of Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

Carter & Lovecraft-smallLast week, we told you that you had a chance to win one of two pre-release copies of Jonathan L. Howard’s upcoming novel of Lovecraftian mystery, Carter & Lovecraft, on sale later this month from Thomas Dunne Books.

How do you enter? Just send an e-mail to john@blackgate.com with the subject “Carter & Lovecraft” and a one-sentence suggestion for the ideal Lovecraft team-up — and what dark horrors your dream team should investigate. That’s it; that’s all that stands between you and a copy of one of the most anticipated fantasy novels of the year. Two winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries and we’ll announce the winners here on the Black Gate blog the week before the novel is released. What could possibly be easier? But time is running out — the contest closes shortly. Here’s the book blurb:

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case — the hunt for a serial killer — went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he’s a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he’s never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn’t want a new boss. She’s Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man. Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn’t want to be involved, but he’s beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As he reluctantly investigates, he discovers that Lovecraft’s tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected, and far more unwanted inheritance.

No purchase necessary. Must be 12 or older. Decisions of the judges (capricious as they may be) are final. Not valid where prohibited by law. Eat your vegetables. Carter & Lovecraft will be published by Thomas Dunne Books on October 20, 2015. It is 320 pages, priced at $25.99 in hardcover and $12.99 for the digital edition. See more details at Jonathan’s website.


Win a Copy of Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard

Sunday, October 4th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

Carter & Lovecraft-smallJonathan L. Howard, author of the Kyth stories (BG 13 and 15) and the Johannes Cabal novels, is well know to Black Gate readers. We gave you a peek at his upcoming dark fantasy novel Carter and Lovecraft a few months ago.

Daniel Carter, ex-homicide detective, teams up with Emily Lovecraft, last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, to investigate a series of impossible deaths — and discovers the truth behind Lovecraft’s fiction, and horrors that make the terrible things he witnessed chasing a serial killer years ago seem very tame, indeed.

Now, with the generous support of the book’s publisher, Thomas Dunne Books, we’d like to offer you a lot more than just a peek at Carter & Lovecraft. We have a pair of advance review copies to give away to two lucky readers.

How do you enter? Just send an e-mail to john@blackgate.com with the subject “Carter & Lovecraft,” and a one-sentence suggestion for the ideal Lovecraft team-up — and what dark horrors your dream team should investigate. We’ll announce the winners the week before the novel is released, and present some of the best entries here.

Two winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries. All entries become the property of New Epoch Press. No purchase necessary. Must be 12 or older. Decisions of the judges (capricious as they may be) are final. Not valid where prohibited by law, or anywhere postage for a hefty trade paperback is more than, like, 10 bucks (practically, that means US and Canada).

Carter & Lovecraft will be published by Thomas Dunne Books on October 20, 2015. It is 320 pages, priced at $25.99 in hardcover and $12.99 for the digital edition.


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