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 »

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July 23, 2015

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

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.

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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.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 7pm at

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June 23, 2015

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

Crackpot Palace by Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels, The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Shadow Year, and The Cosmology of the Wider World.  His story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, and Crackpot Palace. He has a new story collection coming in 2016, A Natural History of Autumn, from Small Beer Press. His fiction has won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Nebula, the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire.

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The Waking Engine by David Edison

David Edison

David Edison’s decade-long series of journalistic gigs was eaten by the internet. His first novel, The Waking Engine, was published by Tor in 2014, and earned Debut of the Month from the Library Journal.  His next novel, The Noonday Plague, will be published in 2016.  He makes his home in San Francisco, but his heart beats East Village blood.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 7pm at

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May 26, 2015

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

The End of the End of Everything by Dale Bailey

Dale Bailey

Dale Bailey’s new collection, The End of the End of Everything, came out in the spring.  A novel, The Subterranean Season, will follow this fall.  He has published three previous novels, The Fallen, House of Bones, and Sleeping Policemen (with Jack Slay, Jr.), and one previous collection of short fiction, The Resurrection Man’s Legacy and Other Stories.  His work has been a finalist for the Nebula Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Bram Stoker Award.  His International Horror Guild Award-winning novelette “Death and Suffrage” was adapted for Showtime Television’s Masters of Horror.

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Burnt Black Suns by Simon Strantzas

Simon Strantzas

Simon Strantzas is the author of four collections of strange and weird stories, including Burnt Black Suns. He is also the editor of Aickman’s Heirs and Shadows Edge , as well as guest co-editor of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3), His writing has been reprinted in numerous annual best-of anthologies; been translated into other languages; and been nominated for the British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 7pm at

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May 13, 2015

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

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu is the author of five novels and a 2015 nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His debut, The Lives of Tao, won the Young Adult Library Services Alex Award and was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction. His next series, Time Salvager, published by Tor books, is scheduled for release on July 7th, 2015. He hates long walks in the park and is terrified of heights.

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Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Nicole Kornher-Stace

Nicole Kornher-Stace’s writing has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Best American Fantasy, Clockwork Phoenix 3 and 4, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, Zombies: More Recent Dead, Apex, and Fantasy Magazine. She is the author of Archivist Wasp, Desideria, Demon Lovers and Other Difficulties, and The Winter Triptych.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 7pm at

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March 30, 2015

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

Galapagos Regained by James Morrow

James Morrow

James Morrow, who according to the New York Times, is “a wildly imaginative and generous novelist who plays hilarious games with grand ideas.” His latest effort, Galápagos Regained, follows in this brainteasing tradition, as did its predecessors, The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice. A two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Nebula awards, Morrow is presently working on a loopy historical epic in which Lazarus time-travels to A.D. 325 intending to sway the outcome of the Council of Nicaea.

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The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. His novel The Grace of Kings is out in April from Saga Press.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 7pm at

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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

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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

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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

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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

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October 28, 2014

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

Yesterday's Kin by Nancy kress

Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books, including twenty-six novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing.  Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Nancy’s most recent work is Yesterday’s Kin, about genetic inheritance.  In addition to writing, Kress often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig.

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Are You There and Other Stories by Jack Skillingstead

Jack Skillingstead

In 2001 Jack Skillingstead won Stephen King’s On Writing contest.  Not long afterward Jack began selling regularly to major science fiction and fantasy markets. To date he has published more than thirty stories in various magazines, Year’s Best volumes and original anthologies.  Much of his short work has been collected in Are You There and Other Stories. Jack’s novel, Life on the Preservation, was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.

Wednesday, November 19th, 7pm at

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