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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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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October 18, 2013

Michael Cisco & Caitlín R. Kiernan

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.

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


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September 28, 2013
Catherynne M. Valente and Christopher Barzak

Catherynne M. Valente and Christopher Barzak

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.


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September 8, 2013
Libba Bray & Nova Ren Suma

Libba Bray & Nova Ren Suma

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.


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July 29, 2013
Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud

Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud

Another fantabulous night at Fantastic Fiction with Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud.

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


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