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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September 4, 2014
Veronica Schanoes & Karen Heuler

Veronica Schanoes & Karen Heuler

Because was busy getting married, I could not attend this reading, but the magnificent Mercurio D. Rivera stepped up to sub for me.

From Ellen about the night: “Karen Heuler read part of her forthcoming novel and read a wonderfully creepy story about mothers and daughters. Veronica Schanoes read a brand new, powerful dark retold fairy tale.”

Ellen’s photos of the night can be seen here.


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July 22, 2014
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Victor LaValle & Sofia Samatar

Victor LaValle & Sofia Samatar

It was a night from the margins of history as guests Victor LaValle and Sofia Samatar read excerpts from their stories in the anthology Long Hidden. Sofia described seven unusual ogres as she read from “Ogres of East Africa.” And Victor read excerpts from his creepy Western, “Lone Women.”

Ellen Datlow’s photos of the night can be viewed here.


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June 25, 2014
Paul Witcover & Eileen Gunn

Paul Witcover & Eileen Gunn

While the band played and stomped upstairs (what else is new) we heard from Eileen Gunn, reading “Up the Fire Road” about various, ahem, encounters with sasquatch. This was followed by Paul Witcover reading an excerpt from his upcoming novel, Eternity in Love. Lots of new faces in the crowd as well, which is always a pleasure to see!

Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.


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May 28, 2014
Laird Barron & Paul Tremblay

Laird Barron & Paul Tremblay

Laird Barron began the night with a heartfelt and somber toast to two lost colleagues and friends: Lucius Shepard and Michael Shea. Then he read his story “Slave Arm” to the packed house. Paul Tremblay followed with an excerpt from his forthcoming novel, A Head Full of Ghosts.

It might be said the night was great, but that has become cliche. So how do we describe the vibe we felt this evening? Something akin to the energy one feels in the deep woods in the summer time, just as the sun is going down, when the nightly insects begin their slow chirping and along with them something else begins to awaken and look around. You might be able to see some of that glimmer reflected in the audience’s eyes.

Ellen’s photos of the night can be found here.


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April 22, 2014
Douglas Clegg & John Langan

Douglas Clegg & John Langan

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.

Ellen’s photos of the night can be found here.


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March 21, 2014
Ellen Kushner & David D. Levine

Ellen Kushner & David D. Levine

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.


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February 23, 2014
Felix Gilman & Kiini Ibura Salaam

Felix Gilman & Kiini Ibura Salaam

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.


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January 24, 2014
Ennis Drake & Joe Hill

Ennis Drake & Joe Hill

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.

Ellen’s photos from the evening can be found here.


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January 2, 2014
Daniel José Older & Thomas F. Monteleone

Daniel José Older & Thomas F. Monteleone

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.


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November 23, 2013
James Patrick Kelly & Mercurio D. Rivera

James Patrick Kelly & Mercurio D. Rivera

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.


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