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 »

Archive for the ‘Audio Shmaudio’ Category

January 27, 2017

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on January 18, 2017 with guests Holly Black & Fran Wilde.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Holly Black

Holly Black is a writer of bestselling contemporary dark fantasy. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor.


Cloudbound by Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde writes science fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, Updraft, won the Andre Norton Award and the Compton Crook award, and was a Nebula nominee. Cloudbound, the second book in the Bone Universe series, came out in September 2016, and Horizon will appear in fall 2017. Her novella, “The Jewel and Her Lapidary,” was published by publishing in May 2016. Fran’s short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Uncanny Magazine,, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.




January 4, 2017

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on December 21st, 2016, with guests Livia Llewellyn & Sarah Pinsker.

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.


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.





December 1, 2016

The following audio was recorded on November 16, 2016 at the KGB Bar with guests John Langan & Matthew Kressel. Matthew Kressel’s audio is not included in this podcast.

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. 


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,, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies,, 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.




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.



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.



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.





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. 


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, among other venues.




September 1, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on August 17, 2016, with guests Leanna Renee Hieber and Theodora Goss. Only Leanna’s audio is included with this podcast.

Eterna and Omega by Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna Renee Hieber, a classically trained actress, has written nine Gothic Victorian Historical Fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her Strangely Beautiful saga hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists, won genre awards, and has been recently reissued in a new, revised edition from Tor. Her Gaslamp Fantasy series The Eterna Files and it’s sequel, Eterna & Omega is now available. She has been featured in numerous anthologies and her books have been translated into many languages. A proud member of performer unions Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, she’s been featured in film and in television on shows like Boardwalk Empire.


Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss’s publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting), a novella The Thorn and the Blossom, and the poetry collection Songs for Ophelia.  Her work has been translated into ten languages, including French, Japanese, and Turkish. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, Seiun, and Mythopoeic Awards, and on the Tiptree Award Honor List. Her short story “Singing of Mount Abora” won the World Fantasy Award. Her first novel will be out from Saga Press in 2017.





July 27, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on July 20th, 2016, with guests David Levine and Helen Marshall. Only David’s reading is included in this podcast.

David Levine

David D. Levine is the author of the novel Arabella of Mars and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF,, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.


Helen Marshall

Helen Marshall is a Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Her first collection of fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the Sydney J. Bounds Award in 2013, and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. She is currently editing The Year’s Best Weird Fiction to be released in 2017, and her debut novel Everything that is Born will be published by Random House Canada in 2018.



June 23, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar with guests Marc Laidlaw and Daniel Braum on June 15, 2016. Daniel Braum’s reading is not included on this recording.

White Spawn by Marc Laidlaw

Marc Laidlaw

Marc Laidlaw is the author of five novels, including Dad’s Nuke and The 37th Mandala, the latter of which won the International Horror Guild Award. He has been publishing short stories since 1977, appearing in most major genre venues, including Omni and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. From 1997 to 2016, he was a lead writer at Valve Software, where he helped create the blockbuster videogame series Half-Life and Dota 2. His latest book is a novella, White Spawn, from PS Publishing.


The Night Marchers by Daniel Braum

Daniel Braum

Daniel Braum is the author of the short story collection The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales which was published in May 2016 as an e-book from Cemetery Dance and in print from Grey Matter Press. Braum’s fiction blends fantasy, science fiction, mysticism and horror and over the last ten years has appeared in publications ranging from Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Electric Velocipede to Cemetery Dance Magazine. He lives and writes in New York.




May 25, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar with guest authors Victor LaValle and Damien Angelica Walters on May 18th, 2016.

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of three novels, a collection of stories and two novellas. His most recent novella The Ballad of Black Tom was recently published by Tor. He has won the Shirley Jackson Award and an American Book Award among other awards for his novel Big Machine. He teaches at Columbia University.


Paper Tigers by Damien Angelica Walters

Damien Angelica Walters

Damien Angelica Walters is the author of Paper Tigers, recently published, and Sing Me Your Scars. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and published in numerous anthologies and magazines. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls





April 25, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on April 20, 2016, with guests Elizabeth Bear & Scott Lynch. Scott Lynch’s reading is not included in this recording.

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author of 27 novels (The most recent is Karen Memory, a Weird West adventure from Tor) and over a hundred short stories.


The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch was born in Minnesota in 1978. He has been a World Fantasy Award, Campbell Award, and Locus Award nominee, and won a British Fantasy Award in 2008. His most recent novel, The Republic of Thieves, was a New York Times, Times of London, and USA Today best seller. His forthcoming novel, The Thorn of Emberlain, continues the story that began in 2006 with The Lies of Locke Lamora.