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 ‘Monthly Readings’ Category

January 29, 2016

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

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.

 

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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.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 7pm at

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January 1, 2016

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

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 Tor.com 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.

 

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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.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, 7pm at

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December 4, 2015

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

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, Tor.com, and elsewhere.

 

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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.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 7pm at

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October 27, 2015

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

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.

 

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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.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, 7pm at

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September 22, 2015

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

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.

 

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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 Tor.com; 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 Tor.com in spring 2016. Cloudbound, the next novel in the bone universe, takes wing in fall 2016.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 7pm at

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August 31, 2015

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

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.

 

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Vortex

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.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 7pm at

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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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