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 »

November 24, 2013

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

The Blood of the Lamb by Thomas F. Monteleone Thomas F. Monteleone has published more than 100 short stories, 4 collections, 7 anthologies, and 27 novels including the bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning The Blood of the Lamb. He’s also written scripts for stage, screen, and TV. His short story collection, Fearful Symmetries, won the Bram Stoker Award. His omnibus collection of Cemetery Dance columns about writing, genre publishing, television, film, and popular culture entitled The Mothers And Fathers Italian Association won a Stoker for non-fiction. With Elizabeth Monteleone, he is co-editor of the anthology series of imaginative fiction, Borderlands — of which, Volume 5 also won a Bram Stoker Award. He’s also the author of the bestselling The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel. Despite being dragged kicking and screaming into his sixties and losing most of his hair, he still thinks he is dashingly handsome — humor him.
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Salsa Nocturna by Daniel José Older Daniel José Older is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and composer. Salsa Nocturna, his debut ghost noir collection, was hailed as “striking and original” by Publishers Weekly. He has facilitated workshops on storytelling, music, and anti-oppression organizing at public schools, religious houses, universities, and prisons.  His short stories and essays have appeared in The New Haven Review, Tor.com, PANK, Strange Horizons, and Crossed Genres among other publications. He’s co-editing the anthology, Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From The Margins Of History and his forthcoming urban fantasy novel The Half Resurrection Blues will be released by Ace Books.

Wednesday, December 18th, 7pm at

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

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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.


October 24, 2013

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

Digital Rapture edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages In 2012 he co-edited two anthologies with John Kessel, Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology and Nebula Awards Showcase 2012. In 2013 he has published stories in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He writes a column about the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.
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Across the Event Horizon by Mercurio D. Rivera Mercurio D. Rivera’s short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Interzone, Nature, Black Static, Solaris Rising 2, Year’s Best SF 17, Unplugged: The Web’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and is a winner of Interzone’s annual readers’ poll. His collection Across the Event Horizon has been called “weird and wonderful,” with “dizzying switchbacks,” “a revelation” with “twists followed by more twists heightening a powerful sense of alienation and menace.” He is a born and bred Bronxite who loves playing paddleball on weekends.

Wednesday, November 20th, 7pm at

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

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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.


September 28, 2013

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

The Ape's Wife and Other Stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan Caitlín R. Kiernan‘s most recent novel, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, has received the Bram Stoker and James Tiptree, Jr. awards, as well as nominations for the Nebula, British Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Locus, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson awards. Her short fiction has been collected in numerous volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder, A is for Alien, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, and The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories. In 2011, Subterranean Press released Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume One). Born in Ireland, raised in the Deep South, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Member by Michael Cisco Michael Cisco is the author of numerous novels including The Divinity Student (winner of the International Horror Writers Guild Award for Best First Novel), The Tyrant, and The Great Lover. His short fiction has been published in The Thackery T. Lambshead Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases and Thackery T. Lambshead’s Cabinet of Curiosities, Lovecraft Unbound, Blood and Other Cravings, Black Wings, Weird Fiction Review, and most recently in The Grimscribe’s Puppets and Shadow’s Edge anthologies. He has also published critical essays on Lovecraft, William S. Burroughs, Iranian author Sadegh Hedayat, and Gilles Deleuze. His latest novel, entitled Member, is about to be published by Chomu Press.

Wednesday, October 16th, 7pm at

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

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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.


September 8, 2013

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

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente Catherynne M. Valente is the bestselling author of more than twenty works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales duology, Deathless, and middle grade series The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, and Hugo awards. Her newest adult novel Radiance will be released in the summer of 2014, and the latest installment in the Fairyland series, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two will be published on October 1st. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small menagerie.
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Before and Afterlives by Christopher Barzak Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Fantasy Award winning novel, One for Sorrowwhich is being made into the feature film “Jamie Marks is Dead”. His second book, The Love We Share Without Knowing, was a finalist for the Nebula and Tiptree Awards. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Asimov’s Science FictionRealms of FantasyStrange HorizonsLady Churchill’s Rosebud WristletThe Year’s Best Fantasy and HorrorThe Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. His most recent books are Birds and Birthdays, a collection of surrealist fantasy stories, and Before and Afterlives, a collection of supernatural fantasies. He teaches fiction writing in the Northeast Ohio MFA program at Youngstown State University.

Wednesday, September 18th, 7pm at

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

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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.


August 1, 2013

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

The Diviners by Libba Bray Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing), the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, the Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, Beauty Queens, and the recent 1920’s supernatural fantasy, The Diviners, as well as several short stories and plays. When Libba is not inventing excuses for missing various deadlines, she sings in the all-YA author rock band, Tiger Beat, and has considered selling Poetry Tampons(TM) on Etsy
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17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma Nova Ren Suma is the author of the young adult novels Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone. Her next novel, a ghost story called The Walls Around Us, is forthcoming from Algonquin Young Readers. Her short stories have appeared in Gulf Coast, Orchid, Small Spiral Notebook, New York Stories, and other literary journals.

Wednesday, August 21st, 7pm at

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

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July 30, 2013

The Fantastic Fiction at KGB Kickstarter is a Success

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Contacts:
Ellen Datlow, datlow [at] datlow [dot] com,
Matthew Kressel, matt [at] sensesfive [dot] com

The Fantastic Fiction at KGB Kickstarter was a huge success, providing funds to keep the series running for five more years.

New York, NY (July 2013) – Fantastic Fiction at KGB ran a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign from June 26 to July 26, 2013 and raised $8,035*, enough to fund the New York-based reading series for at least five more years.

More than seventy different rewards were chosen by 164 different backers.  Hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel are especially grateful to everyone for the generous support.  But our Kickstarter campaign would not have been possible without the help of the following people:

Kris Dikeman, who did an enormous amount of work behind the scenes on tasks too numerous to list.  We owe her our first-born child.

Cesar Bustamante, who filmed our promo video footage inside the KGB Bar and who is in no way responsible for how ridiculously unprepared we were.

E.C. Myers, who edited our “hot mess” of our promo video reel into a near work of art.

Because of the generous help from the community, Fantastic Fiction at KGB, a bright light in the New York speculative fiction scene, will continue for many more years to come.  On behalf of all of us, THANK YOU!

We hope you will join us at the KGB Bar on Wednesday, August 21st at 7pm with guests Libba Bray and Nova Ren Suma.

About the Series:

Fantastic Fiction is a monthly reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. The series is curated by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel and features luminaries and up-and-comers in speculative fiction and horror. Admission to the readings is free.

The Fantastic Fiction series, started by Terry Bisson & Alice K. Turner in the late 90s, has been going strong for over a decade. The readings bring together the greater New York community of Spec Fic writers, editors publishers, agents, and fans to one location every month. It’s a great place to hear and meet talented new and veteran authors, as well as make valuable connections and make new friends.

Some of Our Past Readers:

Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, Terri Windling, Jeffrey Ford, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Delia Sherman, Scott Westerfeld, Kelly Link, China Miéville, Nancy Kress, Stewart O’Nan, James Patrick Kelly, Samuel (Chip) Delany, Holly Black, Michael Swanwick, Kit Reed, Peter Straub, Andy Duncan, Richard Bowes, Catherynne Valente, Joe Hill, Ellen Kushner, Jeff VanderMeer, Naomi Novik, Elizabeth Bear, and many other talented authors.

Why We Needed Funds:

Each month we give the readers a stipend, tip the bartenders (who never charge our guest readers for drinks), and take the readers out to dinner.  Previous fundraisers, along with several generous donations from Cemetery Dance Publications have helped us keep the series running without the need to charge a fee to our audience. But we have recently run out of funds.

About the Hosts:

Ellen Datlow
Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty years. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and is currently a consulting editor for Tor.com. She has edited more than fifty anthologies, including the annual series The Best Horror of the Year, Alien Sex, The Dark, Inferno, Naked City, and with Terri Windling, Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, the six volume adult retold fairy tale series beginning with Snow White, Blood Red, the four volume young adult mythic series beginning with The Green Man, Teeth, and After.

Ellen is currently tied with frequent co-editor Terri Windling as the winner of the most World Fantasy Awards in the organization’s history (nine). She has also won five Hugo Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, eight Locus Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, two Shirley Jackson Awards, the Karl Edward Wagner Award given by the British Fantasy Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Horror Writers Association.

Learn more at: http://www.datlow.com/

Matthew Kressel
Matthew Kressel is a World Fantasy Award-nominated writer, publisher and editor. His short fiction has appeared in such publications as Lightspeed, Clarkesworld Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Electric Velocipede, Apex Magazine, and the anthologies Naked City, After, The People of the Book, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, as well as other markets.

In 2003 he started the speculative fiction magazine Sybil’s Garage, and the stories and poetry therein have received multiple honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror.  With Senses Five Press, Matthew published Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, which won the 2009 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. In 2011 Matthew was nominated for World Fantasy Award in the category of Special Award, Non-Professional for his work with Sybil’s Garage and Senses Five Press.

When he’s not writing, Matthew works in IT, designing websites for Columbia University, Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other organizations. He is a long-time member of Altered Fluid, a Manhattan-based writing group, and is obsessed with the film Blade Runner.

Learn more at: http://www.matthewkressel.net/

Links & Contact Information

KGB Fantastic Fiction:
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org

Fantastic Fiction Kickstarter Fundraiser Page:
https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/kgbfantasticfiction

Ellen Datlow: datlow [at] datlow [dot] com,
Matthew Kressel: matt [at] sensesfive [dot] com

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests for interviews.

Best,
Ellen Datlow & Matthew Kressel

* After Amazon and Kickstarter take their fees, we are left with approximately $7,275.