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

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.




March 25, 2016

The following audio was recorded live on March 16, 2016 at the KGB Bar with guest readers Rio Youers and David Nickle. Mercurio D. Rivera subbed for Ellen Datlow.

Point Hollow by Rio Youers

Rio Youers

Rio Youers is the British Fantasy Award–nominated author of End Times and Point Hollow. His short fiction has been published in many notable anthologies, and his novel, Westlake Soul, was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Sunburst Award. His latest novel, Remember Me, will be released by MacMillan/Thomas Dunne Books in early 2017. Rio lives in southwestern Ontario with his wife, Emily, and their children, Lily and Charlie.  


Knife Fight and Other Struggles by David Nickle

David Nickle

David Nickle is an author and journalist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His stories have appeared on, in various year’s-best anthologies and in two collections, Monstrous Affections and Knife Fight and Other Struggles. He is the author of the novels Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, Rasputin’s Bastards, The ‘Geisters, and (with Karl Schroeder) The Claus Effect. He and his wife, author Madeline Ashby, co-edited an anthology of James Bond stories, License Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond. He is the past winner of the Aurora, Bram Stoker, and Black Quill Awards.


February 25, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on February 17th, 2016 with guests Gemma Files and Carola Dibbell.

Experimental Film by Gemma Files

Gemma Files

Born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada, Gemma Files has been a film critic, teacher, and screenwriter. Probably best known for her weird Western Hexslinger series (A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns, and A Tree of Bones), she has also published two short fiction collections, two speculative poetry chapbooks and a story-cycle (We Will All Go Down Together: Stories of the Five-Family Coven). Five of her stories were adapted as episodes of Showtime’s The Hunger, an erotic horror anthology series produced by Tony and Ridley Scott. Her latest novel is Experimental Film.  


The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell

Carola Dibbell

The Only Ones, Carola Dibbell’s debut novel, was included by Nancy Hightower in the Washington Post’s top five science fiction and fantasy novels of 2015 and by NPR’s Jason Heller in his best books of 2015. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Black Clock, and Fence, and her rock criticism and other journalism mostly in the Village Voice.


January 27, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on January 20th, 2016, with guests Delia Sherman and Ilana C. Myer.

The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman

Delia Sherman

Delia Sherman’s writing habit has been the cause of numerous short stories and novels, the most recent of which is the Norton Award-winning The Freedom Maze. Her next middle grade novel, The Evil Wizard Smallbone, will be published by Candlewick Press in November 2016.  Her novella “The Great Detective” will be coming out from early next year.  She is also working on the Serial Box serial Fierce Artifice about the women of the court of Charles II of England.   Her library and her art reside in New York full-time, but everything else important in her life is fully portable, including her indefatigable wife and sometime writing partner Ellen Kushner.


Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer

Ilana C. Myer

Ilana C. Myer is the author of Last Song Before Night, an epic fantasy about poets and dark enchantments. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and the Huffington Post. Previously she was a journalist in Jerusalem. She lives in New York City.