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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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
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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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June 24, 2013
Lawrence C. Connolly & Sarah Langan

Lawrence C. Connolly & Sarah Langan

This past Wednesday our readers delightfully frightened us. Lawrence C. Connolly read (well, technically he recited from memory) three short shorts. And Sarah Langan read from a novel-in-progress.  You can view Ellen’s photos of the night here.


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May 17, 2013

 

Daniel Rabuzzi & Kit Reed

Daniel Rabuzzi & Kit Reed

We had a blast Wednesday with Kit Reed & Daniel Rabuzzi.  Kit read from”The Legend of Troop 13″ about feral girl scouts in the woods, while Daniel read excerpts from The Indigo Pheasant and Choir Boats.  Ellen’s photos of the night can be viewed here.


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April 23, 2013
Richard Bowes & Alaya Dawn Johnson

Richard Bowes & Alaya Dawn Johnson

On Wednesday we had the pleasure of hearing two talented authors read for us.  Alaya Dawn Johnson read from her new YA novel, The Summer Prince. And Richard Bowed read “The Queen and the Cambion” from his new collection, The Queen, the Cambion, and Seven Others. Ellen’s photos can be seen here.


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March 21, 2013
Alethea Kontis, Matthew Kressel & Leanna Renee Hieber

Alethea Kontis, Matthew Kressel & Leanna Renee Hieber

Last night we were ensorcelled by two illuminating and sparkly readers, Leanna Renee Hieber & Alethea Kontis. Leanna read her story “Charged” from Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, and Aletha read various short shorts and one longer piece.

Ellen was away this month, so K. Tempest Bradford kindly stepped up to take photos of the evening. I’ve posted them to my G+ account here.


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