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 »

February 27, 2015

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

Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume Two) (preorder) by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan was recently described by the New York Times as “one of our essential writers of dark fiction,” and is a two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards. Her novels include The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, and her short fiction has, to date, been collected in twelve volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder, The Ammonite Violin & Others, and The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories. In 2015, Subterranean Press will release Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume 2).

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Deathwatch by Lisa Mannetti

Lisa Mannetti

Lisa Mannetti’s first novel, The Gentling Box, won the Bram Stoker Award and her work has been nominated for the Stoker multiple times. Her novella, The Box Jumper, about Houdini, will be out this year, and she is currently working on a new novel, tentatively titled Radium Girl. Her Bram Stoker-nominated novella, Dissolution, is soon to be a feature length film directed by Paul Leyden.

Wednesday, March 18th, 7pm at

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

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February 26, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on February 18, 2015, with guests Ben Loory and Mike Allen.

Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory

Ben Loory

Ben is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus His fables and tales have been heard on the radio on NPR’s This American Life and Selected Shorts, performed by WordTheatre in London and Los Angeles, and published in The New Yorker, Fairy Tale Review, Weekly Reader’s READ Magazine, and more. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

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Uneaming by Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike’s first collection of short stories, Unseaming, debuted in October to starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. His horror tale “The Button Bin” was a Nebula Award finalist in 2009, and he’s won the Rhysling Award for poetry three times. He’s also editor of the digital journal Mythic Delirium and the critically acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix anthology series; Kickstarter backers willing, he plans to publish Clockwork Phoenix 5 in late 2015. His newest fiction project is a novel with the working title These Bloody Filaments, which he describes as “Breaking Bad written by H.P. Lovecraft.”.

 

 


February 25, 2015
Ben Loory & Mike Allen

Ben Loory & Mike Allen

On Wednesday we were joined by authors Ben Loory & Mike Allen. Matt was away on vacation, so Mercurio David Rivera subbed for him.

Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.

 


February 1, 2015

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

Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory

Ben Loory

Ben is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus His fables and tales have been heard on the radio on NPR’s This American Life and Selected Shorts, performed by WordTheatre in London and Los Angeles, and published in The New Yorker, Fairy Tale Review, Weekly Reader’s READ Magazine, and more. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

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Uneaming by Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike’s first collection of short stories, Unseaming, debuted in October to starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. His horror tale “The Button Bin” was a Nebula Award finalist in 2009, and he’s won the Rhysling Award for poetry three times. He’s also editor of the digital journal Mythic Delirium and the critically acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix anthology series; Kickstarter backers willing, he plans to publish Clockwork Phoenix 5 in late 2015. His newest fiction project is a novel with the working title These Bloody Filaments, which he describes as “Breaking Bad written by H.P. Lovecraft.”.

Wednesday,February 18th, 7pm at

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

http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:

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Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.


January 30, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on January 21, 2015, with guests Gregory Frost and Andy Duncan

Out of Tune edited by Jonathan Maberry

Gregory Frost

Gregory is the author of eight novels (including Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, Fitcher’s Brides) and over fifty short stories of the fantastic. His novelette “No Others are Genuine” was a 2014 “Long Fiction” finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. His most recent stories are in Out of Tune, an anthology of ballad-stories, edited by Jonathan Maberry; and in Jet-Pack Adventures, commemorating the work of the late Dave Stevens (Rocketeer)

By now he may finally have finished his current novel project.

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The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories by Andy Duncan

Andy Duncan

Andy’s short fiction has won a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and three World Fantasy Awards, the most recent in 2014 for “Wakulla Springs,” a Tor.com novella co-written with Ellen Klages. Also in 2014, Andy co-taught the Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in SF Criticism, held at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London. This spring, he is on sabbatical from Frostburg State University in Maryland, where he is a tenured associate professor of English.

 

 


January 30, 2015
Gregory Frost & Andy Duncan

Gregory Frost & Andy Duncan

An all around divinely inspired night with Gregory Frost reading”Touring Jesus World” followed by Andy Duncan reading an excerpt from his novel-in-progress, tentatively titled “The Man Who Rode the Mule Around the World.” The stories had overlapping themes about satire and religion — synchronicity, conspiracy, or divine intervention?

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


January 3, 2015

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

Out of Tune edited by Jonathan Maberry

Gregory Frost

Gregory is the author of eight novels (including Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, Fitcher’s Brides) and over fifty short stories of the fantastic. His novelette “No Others are Genuine” was a 2014 “Long Fiction” finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. His most recent stories are in Out of Tune, an anthology of ballad-stories, edited by Jonathan Maberry; and in Jet-Pack Adventures, commemorating the work of the late Dave Stevens (Rocketeer)

By now he may finally have finished his current novel project.

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The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories by Andy Duncan

Andy Duncan

Andy’s short fiction has won a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and three World Fantasy Awards, the most recent in 2014 for “Wakulla Springs,” a Tor.com novella co-written with Ellen Klages. Also in 2014, Andy co-taught the Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in SF Criticism, held at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London. This spring, he is on sabbatical from Frostburg State University in Maryland, where he is a tenured associate professor of English.

Wednesday, January 21st, 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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December 21, 2014

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar, December 17th, 2014, with guests Steven Gould & Rajan Khanna.

Exo by Steven Gould

Steven Gould

Steven is the author of 10 science fiction novels including Jumper, source material for the 2008 movie of the same name. His fiction has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Compton Crook, Locus, and Prometheus awards and the recipient of the Hal Clement award for YA SF. His latest novel is Exo, fourth book in the Jumper series.

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Are You There and Other Stories by Jack Skillingstead

Rajan Khanna

Rajan’s first novel, Falling Sky, was released in October. His short fiction has been published in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and several anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com, and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed.

 

 


December 21, 2014
Rajan Khanna & Steven Gould

Rajan Khanna & Steven Gould

It was an evening spent above the Earth, first in the airships above a near-future virus-ravaged landscape in Rajan Khanna’s Falling Sky, then in a solo-human spacecraft in Steven Gould’s Exo. A full house crowded the toasty bar for an excellent end to this year’s Fantastic Fiction reading series. Thank you to all our readers for this year and to all our guests and fans who keep Fantastic Fiction lively and fun. Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season and all the best in the new year!

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


December 10, 2014

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

Exo by Steven Gould

Steven Gould

Steven is the author of 10 science fiction novels including Jumper, source material for the 2008 movie of the same name. His fiction has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Compton Crook, Locus, and Prometheus awards and the recipient of the Hal Clement award for YA SF. His latest novel is Exo, fourth book in the Jumper series.

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Are You There and Other Stories by Jack Skillingstead

Rajan Khanna

Rajan’s first novel, Falling Sky, was released in October. His short fiction has been published in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and several anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com, and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed.

Wednesday, December 17th, 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.