The Black Gate Opens (a Little)

It’s been a long wait, but the preview for Black Gate issue 10 is up. The magazine itself is due out in March.

As always, I’m impressed by Chuck Lukacs’ take on Morlock. Also, I wonder what the horse is thinking about the titular book, which was not something I gave any thought to before I saw Chuck’s art.

I’m looking forward to this issue for a lot of reasons, though: the Harry James Connolly story looks like a riot; there’s a new Judith Berman story set in the fascinating world of her earlier “The Poison Well”; and Howard Jones is pitching in with one of his Dabir and Asim stories: I’ve read three of these so far, and they’ve all been great historical fantasy.

Rich Horton’s column this issue is about sf/f magazines in the 1970s which was not, as we know, the Golden Age of Science Fiction, but it was the decade when I was a teenager, just discovering the genre magazines, so the column should be a fun read.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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7 Responses to The Black Gate Opens (a Little)

  1. sartorias says:

    It looks like such a great issue–I can hardly wait!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I may just go out and wait by the mailbox. This one looks damned fine to me.

    — Steve

  3. Anonymous says:

    I will resist reading the partial story…
    I will resist reading the partial story…
    I will resist reading the partial story…

    …At least until I hear confirmation the issue has been mailed.

    I’ve aways loved Lukacs’ illustrations for your stories.

    Great news that issue #11 might only be a couple of months behind #10. Morlock is in that one too, right?

    –Jeff Stehman

    • JE says:

      I will resist reading the partial story…

      I know what you mean: the samples are so generous it almost becomes like a serial, with the first installment electronic. Which is okay, but there’s only so long one can stand to wait between installments.

      Great news that issue #11 might only be a couple of months behind #10. Morlock is in that one too, right?

      I think so. The next one in the queue is the longest story yet, a novella that clocked in at nearly 20 K. A couple more like that and I’ll have something of booklength.

  4. I’m looking forward to it!

    Not to sound like a screaming fanboy or anything, but when will we see Morlock in book form? I’d be the first to shell out for a collection, even if it was mostly composed of reprints. A novel would be even better.

    • JE says:

      Thanks for the kind words. I’ve actually got a Morlock novel I’m trying to pitch to agents (and publishers who’ll take unagented queries). I’ll let you know (in fact, the world will know, probably by direct vocal contact) when I succeed.

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