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 »

May 28, 2014

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

The Emperor of All Things by Paul Witcover Paul Witcover, whose fiction has been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award, and short-listed for the James Tiptree award. His most recent novel is The Emperor of All Things. Forthcoming is its sequel, Eternity in Love. He lives in Brooklyn.
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Questionable Practices by Eileen Gunn Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer and editor. Questionable Practices, her most recent collection, was published in March. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award.

Wednesday, June 18th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

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Readings are always free.

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May 28, 2014
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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.


April 24, 2014

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

The Beautiful Thing that Awaits Us All by Laird Barron Laird Barron is the author of several books, including The Croning, Occultation, and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Fearful Symmetries and Lovecraft Unbound. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in Upstate New York
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Floating Boy, and The Girl Who Couldn't Fly by P.T. Jones Paul Tremblay is the author of five novels including The Little Sleep, Floating Boy, and The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (YA with Stephen Graham Jones, forthcoming October 2014), and A Head Full of Ghosts (forthcoming in 2015,). He’s the author of the short story collection In the Mean Time and has co-edited five anthologies, including Creatures: Thirty Years of Monster Stories (with John Langan). His fiction and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times and numerous year’s best anthologies.

Wednesday, May 21st, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

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Readings are always free.

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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.


March 31, 2014

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

Neverland by Doug Clegg Douglas Clegg is the award-winning author of more than 25 books and 50 short stories, including Neverland and The Machinery of Night. For the past five years, he’s worked on a new novel and several novellas and stories. He will read from one of these as-yet secret fictions.

Clegg lives on the coast of Connecticut with his husband, Raul, in a house called Villa Diodati.

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The Wide Carnivorous Sky by John Langan John Langan‘s latest collection, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies was called “a must-read” by Publishers Weekly, He is the author of a previous collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, and a novel, House of Windows. His recent stories have appeared in Ellen Datlow’s Lovecraft’s Monsters and Joseph Pulver’s The Grimscribe’s Puppets.

He lives in upstate New York with his wife, younger son, dogs, cats, rats, fish, hermit crabs, and a honey badger–really, it’s a zoo.

Wednesday, April 16th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

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Readings are always free.

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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.


February 23, 2014

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

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner Ellen Kushner‘s cult classic novel Swordspoint introduced readers to the setting to which she’s since returned in The Privilege of the Sword, The Fall of the Kings (written with Delia Sherman), and a growing handful of related short stories.  She has recorded all three novels as audiobooks, and Swordspoint won an Audie and Audiofile Earphones Award.

Ellen was also the longtime host of the national public radio show Sound & Spirit, for which she created several one-woman shows.  She is currently working on new novel in the “Swordspoint” series.  She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman, and travels a lot. Her website is www.EllenKushner.com.

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The Mad Scientists Guide to World Domination by John Joseph Adams David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in magazines including Asimov’s, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon and co-edits the fanzine Bento with his wife Kate Yule. His web page is www.daviddlevine.com.

Wednesday, March 19th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

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Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.


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.


January 24, 2014

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

The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman Felix Gilman has published four novels, and short fiction in a variety of places including Weird Tales and Tor.com. His recent duology The Half-Made World and The Rise of Ransom City has been described as “a sepia-toned panorama of eccentric and moving Western characters” by Salon. His next book, The Revolutions, is a story of Victorian occultism and spiritual space travel; it comes out in April from Tor.
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Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, now living in New York. She has been widely published in such anthologies as the Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, and Colonize This!, as well as in Essence, Utne Reader, and Ms. magazines. Her short story collection Ancient, Ancient won the 2012 James Tiptree, Jr. award, and contains sensual tales of the fantastic, the dark, and the magical. Her micro-essays on writing can be found at www.kiiniibura.com.

Wednesday, February 19th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

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Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.


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.