KGB Fantastic Fiction is a monthly reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. The reading series features luminaries and up-and-comers in speculative fiction. Admission is always free.

Some of our past readers:
Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, Jeffrey Ford, Scott Westerfeld, Kelly Link, China Miéville, Nancy Kress, Jack McDevitt, Stewart O.Nan, James Patrick Kelly, Barry N. Marlzberg, Samuel (Chip) Delany, Holly Black, Michael Swanwick, Kit Reed, Peter Straub, Andy Duncan, Richard Bowes, Catherynne Valente, Ellen Kushner, Jeff VanderMeer, Naomi Novik, Elizabeth Bear and a smorgasbord of other talented authors. read more »

September 29, 2014

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentin

Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine’s first novel, Mechanique, won the 2012 Crawford Award. Her second, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, has recently been published. Her short fiction has been published in various magazines, webzines, and anthologies. Her nonfiction has been published at AV Club, NPR.org, and L.A. Review of Books.

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Upgraded, edited by Neil Clarke

E. Lily Yu

E. Lily Yu received the 2012 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards, and her latest one appears in Upgraded, edited by Neil Clarke.

Wednesday, October 15th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

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Readings are always free.

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September 29, 2014
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Mary Robinette Kowal & Leanna Renee Hieber

Mary Robinette Kowal & Leanna Renee Hieber

It was a night of myriad voices, living and dead, but fully present and well acted by Mary Robinette Kowal and Leanna Renee Hieber. Mary read from the forthcoming final book of her Glamourist Histories, then teased us a bit with ghostly excerpts from a completely new novel. Leanna read from her forthcoming novel The Eterna Files, Book One.

Ellen’s photos of the night can be seen here.


September 12, 2014

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Glorious Plague by Karen Heuler Mary Robinette Kowal won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2003 and is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, and Valour and Vanity. Her short fiction, for which she has won two Hugo Awards, has been published in Clarkesworld, Cosmos, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and several year’s Best anthologies, as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories. Mary is also a professional puppeteer and voice actor.
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The Doll Collection by Ellen Datlow Leanna Renee Hieber is a professional stage and screen actress as well as the author of multiple Gaslamp Fantasy sagas, including the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and her upcoming Eterna Files saga with Tor. Her Strangely Beautiful saga will be re-issued by Tor next year. Leanna’s short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, Willful Impropriety, and The Mammoth Book of Gaslamp Romance. A proud SAG-AFTRA member, she works in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and the web-series Skye of the Damned.

Wednesday, September 17th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

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Readings are always free.

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September 10, 2014

The following audio was recorded on August 20th, 2014 at the KGB Bar in Manhattan with guests Karen Heuler and Veronica Schanoes.

Mercurio D. Rivera guest hosted, subbing for Matthew Kressel.

Glorious Plague by Karen Heuler Karen Heuler’s stories and novels have won an O. Henry award, been short-listed for the Bellwether, Shirley Jackson, Iowa short fiction award, and others. Her latest novel, Glorious Plague, was published in April.
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The Doll Collection by Ellen Datlow Veronica Schanoes‘s work has been finalists for the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award and she recently won the Shirley Jackson award for her novella “Burning Girls.” Her first book, an academic monograph on feminist revisions of fairy tales was released this summer. She is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Queens College – CUNY. Her next story is forthcoming in Ellen Datlow’s The Doll Collection.

 

 


September 10, 2014

The following audio was recorded on July 16th, 2014 at the KGB Bar in Manhattan with guests Victor LaValle and Sofia Samatar.

The Emperor of All Things by Paul Witcover Victor LaValle is the author of four books including Big Machine and The Devil in Silver. He has been a winner of a Shirley Jackson Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship among other awards. He wrote the foreword to the Penguin reissue of Shirley Jackson’s The Sundial. He lives in Washington Heights with his family.
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Questionable Practices by Eileen Gunn Sofia Samatar is the author of the 2014 Crawford Award-winning novel A Stranger in Olondria, and is currently working on its sequel, The Winged Histories. She is also the author of several short stories, poems, and reviews. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, Locus, and British Science Fiction Association Awards. She is a co-editor for Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts, and teaches literature and writing at California State University Channel Islands.

 

 


September 10, 2014

The following audio was recorded on June 18th, 2014 at the KGB Bar in Manhattan with guests Paul Witcover and Eileen Gunn.

The Emperor of All Things by Paul Witcover Paul Witcover, whose fiction has been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award, and short-listed for the James Tiptree award. His most recent novel is The Emperor of All Things. Forthcoming is its sequel, Eternity in Love. He lives in Brooklyn.
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Questionable Practices by Eileen Gunn Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer and editor. Questionable Practices, her most recent collection, was published in March. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award.

 

 


September 10, 2014

The following audio was recorded on May 15th, 2014 at the KGB Bar in Manhattan with guests Laird Barron and Paul Tremblay.

The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All by Laird Barron Laird Barron is the author of several books, including The Croning, Occultation, and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Fearful Symmetries and Lovecraft Unbound. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in Upstate New York
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Floating Boy, and The Girl Who Couldn't Fly by P.T. Jones Paul Tremblay is the author of five novels including The Little Sleep, Floating Boy, and The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (YA with Stephen Graham Jones, forthcoming October 2014), and A Head Full of Ghosts (forthcoming in 2015,). He’s the author of the short story collection In the Mean Time and has co-edited five anthologies, including Creatures: Thirty Years of Monster Stories (with John Langan). His fiction and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times and numerous year’s best anthologies.

 

 


September 4, 2014
Veronica Schanoes & Karen Heuler

Veronica Schanoes & Karen Heuler

Because was busy getting married, I could not attend this reading, but the magnificent Mercurio D. Rivera stepped up to sub for me.

From Ellen about the night: “Karen Heuler read part of her forthcoming novel and read a wonderfully creepy story about mothers and daughters. Veronica Schanoes read a brand new, powerful dark retold fairy tale.”

Ellen’s photos of the night can be seen here.


July 22, 2014

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Glorious Plague by Karen Heuler Karen Heuler’s stories and novels have won an O. Henry award, been short-listed for the Bellwether, Shirley Jackson, Iowa short fiction award, and others. Her latest novel, Glorious Plague, was published in April.
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The Doll Collection by Ellen Datlow Veronica Schanoes‘s work has been finalists for the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award and she recently won the Shirley Jackson award for her novella “Burning Girls.” Her first book, an academic monograph on feminist revisions of fairy tales was released this summer. She is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Queens College – CUNY. Her next story is forthcoming in Ellen Datlow’s The Doll Collection.

Wednesday, August 20th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.


July 22, 2014
Victor LaValle & Sofia Samatar

Victor LaValle & Sofia Samatar

It was a night from the margins of history as guests Victor LaValle and Sofia Samatar read excerpts from their stories in the anthology Long Hidden. Sofia described seven unusual ogres as she read from “Ogres of East Africa.” And Victor read excerpts from his creepy Western, “Lone Women.”

Ellen Datlow’s photos of the night can be viewed here.