Black Gate

From my previous blog:

My latest discovery is a fantasy fiction magazine called “Black Gate” (ISSN 1531-7854). It is published ‘semi-quarterly’ (as in, “we try to do this quarterly, but don’t expect it to be on time”). I’ve just finished my second issue (Issue 11). So far they have been chock-full of fantasy fiction goodness. Each issue weighs in at over 200 pages with nice glossy covers. The interior is black and white, with some full-page art introducing the stories.

So far, there seems to be a willingness to published serialized stories…or at least sequels to previous stories that have appeared in previous issues. I’ve been following three stories with recurring characters, which is a lot of fun. They also include lots of articles on the history of adventure fantasy fiction, gaming reviews, and the official Knights of the Dinner Table spin-off comic “Java Joint”. Apparently, David Kenzer (of Kenzerco, publisher of KODT) helped in investing in this project when it started seven years ago. Pretty kewl.

Their website is pretty interesting as well. It has apparently been featuring articles about Clark Ashton Smith, a very interesting writer in H.P. Lovecraft’s circle of writer friends. I’ve interlibrary loaned his stuff before (very hard to get ahold of). Very dark, dream-like fantasy of the apocalyptic variety. Beautiful stuff.

Anyway, if you like fantasy adventure fiction, then it is definitely worth your time to give it a shot.

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About Shedrick

I am a professional librarian and a part-time writer that's working to do that the other way around. I currently live in North Texas in the lovely city of Denton (“The Home of Happiness“) with my lovely wife and the obligatory demon-spawn cats. When not writing, gaming, or watching cheezy kung-fu flicks, I can sometimes be found in a pub (or the American equivalent) enjoying a fine brew.
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3 Responses to Black Gate

  1. Brian B. says:

    I picked up a copy of this at Hastings not long ago, I believe. I like it a lot.

    • dentonwriter says:

      I’ve really enjoyed the Morlock stories and the Martha Wells series. Her concept of the role of priests in a fantasy setting is very intriguing to me. I was fortunate enough to see her in a panel discussion at ConDFW this year and she’s a very interesting author.

  2. matt says:

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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