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

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.


January 1, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar with guests Sarah McCarry & C.S.E. Cooney on December 16, 2015. Due to a technical glitch, C.S.E. Cooney’s intro and the first minute of her reading were lost. We are sorry for this!

Sarah McCarry

Sarah McCarry is the author of the novels All Our Pretty SongsDirty Wings, and About A Girl, and the editor and publisher of the chapbook series Guillotine. Her work has been nominated for the Norton Award and shortlisted for the Tiptree award, and she is the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. She has written for the New York Times Book ReviewGlamour, Book Riot,, and elsewhere.  


Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney is the author of Bone Swans: Stories, The Breaker QueenThe Two Paupers, and Jack o’ the Hills. She is an audiobook narrator for Tantor Media and the singer/songwriter Brimstone Rhine. She is a Rhysling Award-winning poet, and her short fiction can be found in Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Apex, GigaNotoSaurus, Clockwork Phoenix 3, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, and elsewhere.


December 4, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on November 18th, 2015 with guests Kathe Koja & Robert Levy

The Bastards' Paradise by Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja’s 16 books include the Under the Poppy trilogy – Under the Poppy, The Mercury Waltz, and The Bastards’ Paradise – as well as The Cipher, Skin, and Kink; her young adult books include Buddha Boy, Talk, and Going Under. Her work has won multiple awards, and has been optioned for film and performance. She creates immersive performance events with her ensemble, nerve; Dracula is upcoming in January 2016.  


The Glittering World by Robert Levy

Robert Levy

Robert Levy is an author of stories, screenplays and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist, his first novel, the contemporary dark fairy tale The Glittering World, was published worldwide in February by Gallery/Simon & Schuster. Shorter work has appeared in Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and the Harper Perennial anthology The Moment, among others. He is currently at work on his first television pilot, as well as a new novel.


October 27, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on October 21, 2015 with guests Nathan Ballingrud & Fran Wilde.

The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud

Nathan Ballingrud

Nathan Ballingrud is a two-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, most recently for his short story collection North American Lake Monsters. The collection was also shortlisted for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards. His stories have appeared in multiple year’s best volumes, including the current editions of The Best Horror of the Year, Best New Horror,Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and the inaugural Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year. His most recent work is The Visible Filth, a novella from This Is Horror.  


Updraft by Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde, whose first novel, Updraft recently published by Tor is a Library Journal Debut of the Month and a Publishers’ Weekly Fall 2015 Top 10 Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror book.  Fran’s poetry has been published in The Marlboro Review and; her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature Magazine. Her novella, “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” will be published by in spring 2016. Cloudbound, the next novel in the bone universe, takes wing in fall 2016.


September 22, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on September 16, 2015, with guests Tom Monteleone & Lawrence C. Connolly.

Borderlands 5

Tom Monteleone

Tom Monteleone sold his first short story in 1972. Since then, there have been more than a hundred others in magazines and anthologies. He’s written 30 novels including the NY Times bestseller The Blood of the Lamb; edited the award-winning Borderlands anthology series; won the Bram Stoker Award 4 times in 4 different categories; founded and helms the Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp; loves to read his work to people like you. Despite being dragged kicking and screaming into his 60’s and losing his hair, he still thinks he is dashingly handsome. Humor him.  



Lawrence C. Connolly

Lawrence C. Connolly’s books include the novels Veins and Vipers, the first two books of the Veins Cycle. Vortex, the third book in the series, was released late last year. Three collections of his short stories have been published: Visions, This Way to Egress, and Voices. Voices was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.


August 27, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on August 19, 2015 with guests N.K. Jemisin and A.C. Wise, with guest host Mercurio D. Rivera subbing for Matt Kressel. Note: N.K. Jemisin’s reading is not featured on this recording.  

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been multiply nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her speculative works range from fantasy to science fiction to the undefinable; her themes include resistance to oppression, the inseverability of the liminal, and the coolness of Stuff Blowing Up. Her sixth novel, The Fifth Season, will be out from Orbit Books this month.


The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again by A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise’s short fiction appears in Apex, Uncanny, Shimmer, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2015. She also co-edits Unlikely Story. Her collection, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, will be published by Lethe Press in 2015.