On Wednesday we were visited by two presumably friendly spirits, Douglas Clegg & John Langan. John read part of his novelette “The Revel” and Doug read an excerpt from his forthcoming novella. Faces were spotted in the crowd whom we haven’t seen in a long while, which was like a reunion of sorts. Time passes too quickly.
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The house and our cups overflowed this past Wednesday, as we were delighted by readers Ellen Kushner and David D. Levine. David read part of his story “The Wreck of the Mars Adventure” from the Old Mars anthology, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, about a mission to Mars using sailing vessels and balloons for lift. Ellen Kushner read an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, a new edition to the Swordspoint series. Fellow Altered-fluidian Mercurio D. Rivera subbed in for Ellen Datlow, who was away at ICFA. (Contrary to hopes, he did not wear a wig.) Meanwhile, I snapped photos of unsuspecting guests doing my best to imitate Ellen’s photographic style.
My photos of the night can be seen here.
Felix Gilman opened the night with a description of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a Victorian occult society who used various esoteric practices to mind travel to other planets. And thus a door into strange worlds was opened as he read from his soon-to-be-released novel Revolutions about a group of very odd mathematicians and madness. And travel became the theme of the night as Kiini Ibura Salaam read “Battle Royale” from her Tiptree award-winning collection Ancient, Ancient, where time travel becomes a form of punishment.
To time travel back to Wednesday, you may visit Ellen’s photos of the night here.
The room was full, the crowd tense with anticipation for the night’s readers. You wouldn’t know it, but when Ennis Drake read “The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker” from Tales of Jack the Ripper, it was his very first time reading to an audience. Joe Hill followed, reading from The Fireman (a work in progress) and a section from NOS4A2. Both men killed, pun intentional. If nights such as these are indicative of what’s to come, we’ve a great year ahead of us.
A magical evening to end the new year with Daniel José Older & Thomas F. Monteleone, synchronistically reading stories about New York City and the phantasms of the night that lurk in darkened subway tunnels or are summoned from the Outer Deep through something as prosaic as a Broadway show. Both readers didn’t just read, but performed their stories, so that in a way they too summoned something up from the winter’s dark.
Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.
In the fall in Manhattan, the sun sets too soon and the air nips with the sharpening teeth of the winter to come. Yet before we reach for that drink to put warmth in our bellies, we pause to consider the impetuous humans in Mercurio D. Rivera’s “Dance of the Kawkaroons,” who sneak onto an alien planet to steal “Inspiration” in the form of bird eggs to raise their spirits and intelligence. And now we are not so sure we want that drink.
And Mr. Kelly, after hearing him read “Soulcatcher,” a punishment device resembling a rug of flesh, where “Tangles of veins and arteries, bruise-blue and red, squiggle as blood surges; hairy bundles of ganglia connect the minds of the colony of the damned.” Shall we ever look at a Persian rug the same way again?
In case you wish to glimpse our delighted faces during that fun autumn evening, you might venture over to Ellen’s Flickr page and have a look.
The warm winds of summer would not let autumn arrive, even though we were only two weeks from Halloween, and the skies set each night in pumpkin orange. On this unseasonably warm night, Caitlín read from a short story and her novel, The Drowning Girl, and Michael read excerpts from his new novel, Member. There were many new faces in the crowd, drawn by the readers to this small dim bar, some from as far as two hours journey away. All in all a pleasant and entertaining evening.
On Wednesday of last week, Cat Valente read from her Six Gun Snow White, while Christopher Barzak read his story called “The Boy Who Was Born Wrapped in Barbed Wire.” The room overflowed into the hall, and the sound of our gathering drifted out into the cooling New York City air to weave itself into the ever-present spectral hum of the city.
Ellen’s photos can be seen here.
Both reading from their unpublished, forthcoming works, Libba Bray & Nova Ren Suma enthralled the audience. Definitely one of the more memorable nights at KGB. Ellen’s photos can be seen here.
Another fantabulous night at Fantastic Fiction with Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud.
Ellen’s photos of the night can be found here.