Black Gate (magazine)

Black Gate was a glossy fantasy magazine and published by New Epoch Press. Using the slogan "Adventures in Fantasy Literature," Black Gate primarily featured original short fiction up to novella length.

In addition to fiction, Black Gate also featured reviews of fantasy novels, graphic novels, and role playing game products. This was supplemented by columns and articles reflecting on fantasy literature's past as well as the occasional interview. Every issue contained the comic Knights of the Dinner Table: Java Joint by Kenzer & Company of Knights of the Dinner Table fame.

Much of the fiction was by lesser known or new authors, but noted contributors have included Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Charles de Lint and Cory Doctorow. As a semi-regular feature, Black Gate reprinted rare adventure stories from earlier decades or work from more recent years that the editors feel has been neglected. For instance, issues featured serialized Tumithak novels from Charles R. Tanner.

While officially a quarterly publication, it was never produced on a reliable schedule. Its 15th and (to date) final issue was published in 2011.[1]

Black Gate
BlackGateMagazineCover Issue1 2
Black Gate, vol 1, issue 2
PublisherNew Epoch Press
Year founded2000
First issueNovember 2000
Final issue
April 2011
15; Vol 3 No 3

Critical response

On its debut, Black Gate received strong reviews in Locus and elsewhere, many citing the sheer size of the issues (usually 200+ pages) and the high production values.[2][3][4][5][6] This has proved quite ambitious, though. Various production problems have led to publication less frequent than the intended quarterly schedule. Nevertheless, John O'Neill has made a public commitment to readers and advertisers to get production back on track and more frequent publication of the recent issues tend to support that claim.

In 2008, Judith Berman's story "Awakening" in Black Gate #10 was a finalist for the Nebula Award.[7]


  • John O'Neill, 2000 to present
  • Howard Andrew Jones, 2006 to present


  1. ^ "Black Gate 15 Complete Table of Contents".
  2. ^ "Reviews of Black Gate Magazine". Black Gate. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  3. ^ Rodger Turner, Webmaster. "SF Site Featured Review Black Gate #3, Winter 2002". Sfsite. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  4. ^ SF Site Featured Review Black Gate #9
  5. ^ SF Site Featured Review Black Gate #13, Spring 2009
  6. ^ "Lois Tilton Reviews Short Fiction Late April 2010". Locusmag. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  7. ^ "Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees". Locusmag. Retrieved 2011-11-09.

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Black Gate

Black Gate or Blackgate may refer to:

Black Gate (capacitor), a brand of capacitor

Black Gate (magazine), a fantasy and science fiction magazine

Blackgate Penitentiary, a fictional prison in the DC Comics universe

The Black Gate (The Castle, Newcastle), a building at the archeological site The Castle, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Ultima VII: The Black Gate, Part I of the computer game Ultima VII

Black Gate or Morannon in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, an entrance to Mordor

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a 2013 video game

Black Gate (manga), a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Yukiko Sumiyoshi

The Black Gate (1919 film) produced by Vitagraph and starring Ruth Clifford

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John O'Neill (editor)

John O'Neill is an Ottawa, Ontario, Canada writer, founder, editor and publisher of Black Gate magazine, a quarterly fantasy magazine first published in 2000. O'Neill holds a doctorate in Chemical Engineering and continued to work in the high technology area. He developed a passion for science fiction and fantasy at an early age and has continued to actively promote this literature genre. He was one of the founders of SF Site, a popular science fiction webzine, before leaving to found New Epoch Press in 2000. New Epoch Press publishes the fantasy adventure magazine Black Gate.

Maria V. Snyder

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and earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly magazine. The next two books in the series are Magic Study and Fire Study, which continued to follow the adventures of Yelena and Valek. Snyder then released another trilogy of books, the Glass Series. following the character Opal Cowan from the Study Series. The books in the series are Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass respectively. Many of the characters from the Study series are also involved in the Glass books.

For this series, Snyder enjoyed using her Meteorology degree to create magicians called Stormdancers who can harvest energy from storms.

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