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 »

December 5, 2016

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

Furnace by Livia Llewellyn

Livia Llewellyn

Livia Llewellyn is a writer of dark fantasy, horror, and erotica, whose short fiction has appeared in over forty anthologies and magazines and has been reprinted in multiple best-of anthologies, including The Best Horror of the Year series, Years Best Weird Fiction, and The Mammoth Book of Best Erotica. Her first collection, Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors received two Shirley Jackson Award nominations, for Best Collection, and for Best Novelette (for “Omphalos”). Her story “Furnace” received a 2013 Shirley Jackson Award nomination for Best Short Story. Her second collection, Furnace was published this year.

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Uncanny Magazine Sep/Oct 2016

Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the Nebula Award winning novelette “Our Lady of the Open Road” and the Sturgeon Award winning “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind.” Her fiction has appeared in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Uncanny, among others, and numerous anthologies and year’s bests. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her wife, dog, and a yard full of sentient vines.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 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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November 28, 2016
Matthew Kressel & John Langan

Matthew Kressel & John Langan

On Wednesday to a packed house we heard guests John Langan and Matthew Kressel (yours truly) read from their work. Matt read “In Memory of a Summer’s Day,” forthcoming in an Alice in Wonderland-themed anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. And John read an excerpt from “Hunger,” to appear in a Lovecraftian anthology.

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


October 25, 2016

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

The Fisherman by John Langan

John Langan

John Langan is author of two novels, The Fisherman and House of Windows.  He’s also published two collections, The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies and Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters.  With Paul Tremblay, he co-edited Creatures:  Thirty Years of Monsters.  He is one of the founders of the Shirley Jackson Awards and he currently reviews horror and dark fantasy for Locus magazine.

New and forthcoming are stories in Children of Lovecraft, The Madness of Dr. Caligari, The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu, Swords v. Cthulhu, and Children of Gla’aki.  In February of 2017, his third collection of stories, Sefira and Other Betrayals, will be published by Hippocampus Press.

John Langan lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and teaches classes in creative writing and Gothic literature at SUNY New Paltz.  With his younger son, he’s studying for his black belt in Tang Soo Do. 

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Matthew Kressel

Matthew Kressel is the author of the novels King of Shards and the forthcoming Queen of Static. His short fiction has been twice nominated for a Nebula Award and has or will soon appear in such markets as Lightspeed, Nightmare, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, io9.com, Apex Magazine, Interzone, and the anthologies Cyber World, After, Naked City, The People of the Book.

From 2003-2010 he published and edited Sybil’s Garage, an acclaimed SF magazine. He also published the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Paper Cities and for his publishing work, received a World Fantasy Award nomination for Special Award Non-Professional. He co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series alongside Ellen Datlow. When not writing fiction he codes software for companies large and small, studies Yiddish (Nu?), and recites Blade Runner in its entirety from memory.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 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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October 24, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on October 19, 2016 with guests Jack Ketchum & Caitlín R. Kiernan. Only Jack Ketchum’s audio is included in this podcast.

 

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Jack Ketchum

Jack Ketchum is the author of thirty books — novels, novellas, collections, nonfiction and poetry — his most recent being the novel The Secret Life of Souls, written with director Lucky McKee, and the collection Gorilla in My Room, both due out this winter. Five of his novels have been filmed: The Lost, Red, The Girl Next Door, Offspring, and The Woman, the latter also written with Lucky McKee.  He is the five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, most recently for Lifetime Achievement.  He lives in New York City.

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Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan’s novels include The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, and her short fiction has been collected in such volumes as A is for Alien, The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, and the forthcoming Dear Sweet Filthy World. In February 2017, Tor will be releasing her SF spy-noir novella, Agents of Dreamland. She is a two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker award and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

 

 

 


October 24, 2016
Caitlín R. Kiernan & Jack Ketchum

Caitlín R. Kiernan & Jack Ketchum

On Wednesday, Caitlín read from her upcoming Tor.com novella “Agents of Dreamland,” and Jack read from a new short story. Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.


October 6, 2016

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

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Jack Ketchum

Jack Ketchum is the author of thirty books — novels, novellas, collections, nonfiction and poetry — his most recent being the novel The Secret Life of Souls, written with director Lucky McKee, and the collection Gorilla in My Room, both due out this winter. Five of his novels have been filmed: The Lost, Red, The Girl Next Door, Offspring, and The Woman, the latter also written with Lucky McKee.  He is the five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, most recently for Lifetime Achievement.  He lives in New York City.

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Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan’s novels include The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, and her short fiction has been collected in such volumes as A is for Alien, The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, and the forthcoming Dear Sweet Filthy World. In February 2017, Tor will be releasing her SF spy-noir novella, Agents of Dreamland. She is a two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker award and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 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.


September 28, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on September 21st, 2016 with guests Laird Barron and Alyssa Wong. Alyssa’s audio is not included on this podcast.

Laird Barron

Laird Barron spent his early years in Alaska, where he raced the Iditarod three times during the early 1990s and worked in the fishing and construction industries. He is the author of several books, including X’s for Eyes, The Imago Sequence, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, and the forthcoming Swift to Chase. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Barron currently resides in the Hudson Valley writing stories about the evil that men do. 

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Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC. Her story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and her work has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. Her stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among other venues.

 

 

 


September 26, 2016

Alyssa Wong & Laird Barron

Alyssa Wong & Laird Barron

On Wednesday we welcomed Laird Barron, who read a short story for a Bond-themed anthology called “The Cyclorama,” and Alyssa Wong, who read a short story called “A Clamor of Bones.” Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.


September 9, 2016

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

Laird Barron

Laird Barron spent his early years in Alaska, where he raced the Iditarod three times during the early 1990s and worked in the fishing and construction industries. He is the author of several books, including X’s for Eyes, The Imago Sequence, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, and the forthcoming Swift to Chase. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Barron currently resides in the Hudson Valley writing stories about the evil that men do. 

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Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC. Her story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and her work has been shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. Her stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Tor.com, among other venues.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 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.


September 6, 2016

Here are the photos from the August 17, 2016 Fantastic Fiction reading with Leanna Renee Hieber & Theodora Goss, both reading from their forthcoming works.  Ellen Datlow was at WorldCon so Matt and Mercurio D. Rivera stepped in to take unflattering photos of people, and Mercurio did his best Ellen imitation.

A fun night was had by all. The full album can be found here.

Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss

Matthew Kressel & Leanna Renee Hieber

Matthew Kressel & Leanna Renee Hieber