The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in January

The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in January

Black-Science-Volume-1-smallerWell, this is a little recursive. As I draft the list of Top Ten BG articles last month, I learn that our most posts in January were… Top Ten lists.

That includes Brandon Crilly’s Top Ten Books I Read in 2016, sitting right at the top of the heap, as well as GeekDad‘s Best Tabletop Games of 2016 (at #2), John DeNardo’s Best of the Best: The Definitive List of 2016’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy (#3), and even the Top 50 Black Gate Posts in December (#6).

What can I say? At the start of a new year, everybody seems to want to know what the heck they missed last year.

It wasn’t all about Top Ten lists last month, of course. Coming in at number 4 was Fletcher Vredenburgh’s review of Michael Crichton’s 1976 novel Eaters of the Dead (and the classic film derived from it, The 13th Warrior). Rounding out the Top 5 for the month was Ryan Harvey’s second installment in his survey of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Pellucidar Saga.

Also on the Top Ten list were Violette Malan’s essay “Retrofitting, And When It Doesn’t Work,” Bob Byrne’s look at a gorgeous new Solar Pons Omnibus, Bob’s affectionate examination of perhaps the finest D&D adventure ever made, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The Temple of Elemental Evil,” and Elizabeth Crowens’s Interview with a Brooklyn Vampire.

The complete list of Top Articles for January 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 January were:

  1. The Top Ten Books I Read in 2016
  2. Modular: GeekDad Selects the Best Tabletop Games of 2016
  3. John DeNardo on the Best of the Best: The Definitive List of 2016’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy
  4. Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton
  5. Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Pellucidar Saga: Pellucidar
  6. The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in December
  7. Retrofitting, And When It Doesn’t Work
  8. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes – A New Solar Pons Omnibus
  9. Modular: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The Temple of Elemental Evil
  10. The Poison Apple: Interview with a Brooklyn Vampire


  11. Modular: The New Mongoose Traveller RPG #0: Transported by Free Trader Beowulf!
  12. Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Selects the Best Horror Books of 2016
  13. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock is Back With “The Six Thatchers”
  14. The Killingest Book I Know: The Twelve Children of Paris by Tim Willocks
  15. Oz’s Bag of Holding: My Beef with Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
  16. The Complete Carpenter: Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
  17. Star Trek Movie Rewatch: Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  18. Andrew Liptak on 16 SF and Fantasy Novels You Don’t Want to Miss in January
  19. Modular: Three Viking Age Supplements and One Role-Playing Game
  20. Andrew Liptak Selects the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels of 2016


  21. December Short Story Roundup
  22. Goth Chick News: Get Ready, Here Comes Your 2017 Binge List…
  23. Jack Kirby’s Fourth World: 45 Years Later
  24. Goth Chick News: Game Over Man, Game Over
  25. Kirkus Selects the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016
  26. Things Your Writing Teacher Never Told You: I’d Rather Be a “Librarian” Than a Disney Princess
  27. Modular: Oz’s Bag of Holding: Breaking Out Basic D&D for the Next Generation
  28. The Poison Apple: The Paintbrush is as Mighty as the Sword — An Interview With Lissanne Lake
  29. Books and Craft: The Power of Point of View
  30. New Treasures: Lords of Dyscrasia by S.E. Lindberg


  31. Silent Screen Swashbucklers, Part 1 of 2: Zorro Makes his Mark!
  32. Peplum Populist: Perseus the Invincible (Perseus Against the Monsters)
  33. Writing Life: The Arrow Storm
  34. The Pastel City by M. John Harrison
  35. Visiting the Two Towers in Bologna
  36. Etruscan Treasures in Bologna
  37. You Live in Pellucidar: The Weird Inner World of Cyrus Teed and the Koreshan Unity
  38. on the Most Intriguing SF and Fantasy Books of 2017
  39. Publishers Weekly Selects the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels of 2016
  40. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: Let’s Talk About The Dying Detective


  41. Take a Crash Course in the History of Computer Role Playing in The Ultimate RPG Handbook
  42. Check Out the Serial Box Omnibus Collections from Saga Press
  43. Modular: How to Introduce Kids to Tabletop Role-Playing #2: Actually GMing Kids
  44. Generation Ships and Martian Rebels: Rich Horton on 200 Years to Christmas by J. T. McIntosh and Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles L. Fontenay
  45. January 2017 Apex Magazine Now Available
  46. Beneath Ceaseless Skies 215 Now Available
  47. Star Wars Comic Spin-Offs: Poe Dameron and Doctor Aphra
  48. The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes: George Mann’s Holmes
  49. Coming Soon: The Jurassic Chronicles
  50. Mad Shadows II: Dorgo the Dowser and The Order of the Serpent by Joe Bonadonna

There were plenty of older articles popular last month as well. The 25 most popular blog posts written before January were:

  1. Death Knight Love Story: WMA meets WTF
  2. The Scariest Hour in TV History: Space 1999: “Dragon’s Domain”
  3. New Treasures: The Library of America Publishes Elmore Leonard
  4. Heroic Fantasy with the Sharp Edge of Reality: A Review of The Sacred Band by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  5. Fantasia Diary 2015, Day 5: Teana: 10000 Years Later, Crimson Whale, and The Shamer’s Daughter
  6. “Are You Not Still Entertained?”: Gladiator’s 10-Year Oscar Anniversary
  7. My Fantasia Festival, Days 5 to 7: Cold in July, The Fatal Encounter, and Huntresses
  8. Goth Chick News: Samuel L. Jackson Takes On Japanese OVA – Hold On To Your Butts…
  9. The Return of the King (1980)
  10. Eccentric in Retrospect: Helen Simpson’s The Woman on the Beast
  11. Adventures on Stage: Fantasy Literature’s Missing Link
  12. Solitaire Adventure with Victory Point Games
  13. The IX by Andrew P. Weston
  14. Return to Thieves World in Beyond Sanctuary: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  15. Tribulations Herculean and Tragic: Beyond Wizardwall by Janet Morris
  16. Living it Large: How Larger Than Life Characters Work
  17. Adventures In Gaming: The Temple Of the Sea Gods
  18. Blowing the Doors Off the Barn: Expanding the Iron Fist Mythos
  19. Haunt the House: The Music and Art of Will Houlihan
  20. The Series Series: Shieldwall: Barbarians! by M. Harold Page
  21. Part Gothic, Part Sword and Sorcery, and Part Horror: Andrew P. Weston’s Hell Bound
  22. The IX: Exordium of Tears by Andrew P. Weston
  23. Caught Between Rebels and the Empire’s Blackest Magic: Beyond the Veil: The Revised and Expanded Author’s Cut by Janet Morris
  24. Vintage Treasures: The Silistra Quartet by Janet Morris
  25. Pellucidar on Screen: At the Earth’s Core… The Movie

The Sacred Band-smallThe 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. An excerpt from “Mad Shadows II” by Joe Bonadonna
  4. In the Wake Of Sister Blue” by Mark Rigney
  5. An Excerpt from Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  6. Iron Joan” by ElizaBeth Gilligan
  7. A Holmes Christmas Carol” by Bob Byrne
  8. The Weird of Ironspell” by John R. Fultz
  9. The Moonstones of Sor Lunarum” by Joe Bonadonna
  10. Awakening” by Judith Berman
  11. An excerpt from “The Naturalist: Going to Applewash” by Mark Sumner
  12. An Excerpt from The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
  13. Tsathoggua” by Michael Shea
  14. Godmother Lizard” by C.S.E. Cooney
  15. Queen of Toads” by Joe Bonadonna

The top categories last month were:

  1. Editor’s Blog
  2. Art of the Genre
  3. Books
  4. Vintage Treasures
  5. Magazines
  6. Art
  7. Conan
  8. Blog Entry
  9. Game Reviews
  10. New Treasures
  11. Comics
  12. Role Playing Games
  13. Pulp
  14. Future Treasures
  15. Reviews
  16. BG Staff
  17. Series Fantasy
  18. Goth Chick
  19. Essays
  20. Fiction

The Top 50 Black Gate blog posts in December are here, and you can see all 97 posts we made in the month of January here.

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[…] (which I can’t talk about until the TOC is released) and, to my amazement, finding out that one of my Black Gate posts was the most read post for January. Anytime I get news like that, I do a little dance (usually in my mind), blast a little celebratory […]

Joe Bonadonna

I cannot believe I’m still “in the running,” so to speak, lol! Thank you, everybody — and congratulations to the Black Gate Gang!

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