The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in August

The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in August

Guardians of the Galaxy poster-smallAh, August. We miss you already. The nights were warmer, the kids hadn’t started school, and Alice still hadn’t discovered those new paperback collections I tried to hide in the garage. It was a simpler time, a happier time. A time when I didn’t have to sleep on the couch.

Black Gate bloggers were busy in August, too. We posted 105 new articles last month, and our faithful servers in the back room worked overtime delivering 1.28 million pages views… a new record. That’s a page every two seconds, 24 hours a day. Don’t you people ever sleep?

The most popular article last month was Nick Ozment’s review of the blockbuster film The Guardians of the Galaxy. No surprise — it’s well on its way to becoming the biggest film of the year. It’s a terrific science fantasy that could well become this generation’s Star Wars.

Second on the list was Robert J Howe’s reminiscence of his time in various writer’s groups, Writer’s Workshops: Under the Black Flag. Third was Lou Anders’ article on his breakout middle grade fantasy Thrones & Bones: Why I Write What I Write How I Write it.

Fourth on the list was Matthew David Surridge’s report from the fabulous Montreal film festival, My Fantasia Festival, Day 10: Once Upon a Time in Shanghai and Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. Rounding out the Top Five was Connor Gormley’s feature review of Karl Edward Wagner’s sword & sorcery classic Dark Crusade.

For this month, I tried something a little different by also including the top Categories. The biggest surprise was that one of the top items on the list (at #4, higher than any of the categories except New Treasures and Books) was the RSS feed for our Tuesday blogger James Maliszewski. Way to bring in the crowds, James!

The complete Top 50 Black Gate posts and categories in August were:

  1. New Treasures
  2. Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy is Space Opera at its Best
  3. Category/Books
  4. James Maliszewski/feed
  5. Category/Blog entry
  6. Writer’s Workshops: Under the Black Flag
  7. Lou Anders: Why I Write What I Write How I Write it
  8. Category/Reviews
  9. My Fantasia Festival, Day 10: Once Upon a Time in Shanghai and Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
  10. Bloody Battles, Espionage, Dark and Beautiful Prose, & Lovecraftian Horror: A Review of Karl Edward Wagner’s Dark Crusade


  11. My Fantasia Festival — Tales From the Screening Room: Real, Black Butler, and The One I Love
  12. Diversity in Fandom: Lessons from Worldcon
  13. Art of the Genre: When an Old School Mind Learns How to Play D&D 5th Edition
  14. 25 Ways to Support (Indie) Authors
  15. Category/Fiction
  16. Category/Editor’s Blog
  17. Category/Game Reviews
  18. The Scorpion Revealed: The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Chapter Twelve: Captain Marvel’s Secret
  19. GenCon 2014 – Part 3: Pathfinder, Pathfinder, and More Pathfinder
  20. Playing in Laird Barron’s Sandbox: The Children of Old Leech


  21. What Would it Look Like to Pull a Watchmen on Planetary Romance? Part I
  22. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: RPGing with a board — Runebound
  23. My Inspiration: Black Canaan
  24. Writing a Fantasy Series
  25. The Series Series: Sword of the Bright Lady by M.C. Planck
  26. Collecting Lovecraft
  27. New Treasures: Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, Volume One, Adapted by P. Craig Russell
  28. Category/Art of the Genre
  29. The Powerful Geek
  30. Category/Movie


  31. The Top 20 Black Gate Fiction Posts in July
  32. Category/Comics
  33. Category/News
  34. Lord Dunsany and the Billiards Club
  35. GenCon 2014 – Part 1: Boosting the Signal
  36. LonCon 3 Report: Attending the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention
  37. My Fantasia Festival, Day 11 (part 2): To Be Takei and The Creeping Garden
  38. The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series: Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
  39. Celebrating 1 Million Page Views: The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in July
  40. Category/Art


  41. Ancient Worlds: Everything You Learned About the Epic of Gilgamesh – and Promptly Forgot
  42. The Huffington Post on Fantasy Series Better Than Harry Potter
  43. Category/Conan
  44. Category/Interviews
  45. Category/Convention Report
  46. Category/Magazines
  47. My Fantasia Festival Wrap-up
  48. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Those Sweet Silver Blues: Garrett, PI
  49. Category/Contest
  50. Experience the Second Era of Space with Mindjammer

The Top 5o Black Gate blog posts in July are here and you can see all 105 posts we made in the month of August here.

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