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 »

October 27, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on October 21, 2015 with guests Nathan Ballingrud & Fran Wilde.

The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud

Nathan Ballingrud

Nathan Ballingrud is a two-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, most recently for his short story collection North American Lake Monsters. The collection was also shortlisted for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards. His stories have appeared in multiple year’s best volumes, including the current editions of The Best Horror of the Year, Best New Horror,Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and the inaugural Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year. His most recent work is The Visible Filth, a novella from This Is Horror.

 

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Updraft by Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde, whose first novel, Updraft recently published by Tor is a Library Journal Debut of the Month and a Publishers’ Weekly Fall 2015 Top 10 Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror book.  Fran’s poetry has been published in The Marlboro Review and Tor.com; her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature Magazine. Her novella, “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” will be published by Tor.com in spring 2016. Cloudbound, the next novel in the bone universe, takes wing in fall 2016.

 


October 27, 2015
Nathan Ballingrud & Fran Wilde

Nathan Ballingrud & Fran Wilde

To a house packed with faces familiar and strange, guests Nathan Ballingrud and Fran Wilde enchanted and amazed, while the sirens outside and the band upstairs did their Manhattan best to distract us. Fran read excerpt from her novel Updraft, and Nathan read pieces from his story story “The Atlas of Hell.”

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


September 22, 2015

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

The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud

Nathan Ballingrud

Nathan Ballingrud is a two-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, most recently for his short story collection North American Lake Monsters. The collection was also shortlisted for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards. His stories have appeared in multiple year’s best volumes, including the current editions of The Best Horror of the Year, Best New Horror,Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and the inaugural Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year. His most recent work is The Visible Filth, a novella from This Is Horror.

 

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Updraft by Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde, whose first novel, Updraft recently published by Tor is a Library Journal Debut of the Month and a Publishers’ Weekly Fall 2015 Top 10 Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror book.  Fran’s poetry has been published in The Marlboro Review and Tor.com; her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature Magazine. Her novella, “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” will be published by Tor.com in spring 2016. Cloudbound, the next novel in the bone universe, takes wing in fall 2016.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 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.


September 22, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on September 16, 2015, with guests Tom Monteleone & Lawrence C. Connolly.

Borderlands 5

Tom Monteleone

Tom Monteleone sold his first short story in 1972. Since then, there have been more than a hundred others in magazines and anthologies. He’s written 30 novels including the NY Times bestseller The Blood of the Lamb; edited the award-winning Borderlands anthology series; won the Bram Stoker Award 4 times in 4 different categories; founded and helms the Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp; loves to read his work to people like you. Despite being dragged kicking and screaming into his 60’s and losing his hair, he still thinks he is dashingly handsome. Humor him.

 

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Vortex

Lawrence C. Connolly

Lawrence C. Connolly’s books include the novels Veins and Vipers, the first two books of the Veins Cycle. Vortex, the third book in the series, was released late last year. Three collections of his short stories have been published: Visions, This Way to Egress, and Voices. Voices was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

 


September 22, 2015
Tom Monteleone & Lawrence C. Connolly

Tom Monteleone & Lawrence C. Connolly

On Wednesday, we got to hear two talented authors perform their works for the audience. And perform is the opportune word. Lawrence Connolly led off with “Beneath, Between,” a story about a man who discovers a book that shouldn’t exist and goes on a quest to determine its origin. And he performed the entire piece from memory with no notes. Tom Monteleone read “Horn a Plenty,” about a Jazz pianist and a cursed trumpet.

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


August 31, 2015

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

Borderlands 5

Tom Monteleone

Tom Monteleone sold his first short story in 1972. Since then, there have been more than a hundred others in magazines and anthologies. He’s written 30 novels including the NY Times bestseller The Blood of the Lamb; edited the award-winning Borderlands anthology series; won the Bram Stoker Award 4 times in 4 different categories; founded and helms the Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp; loves to read his work to people like you. Despite being dragged kicking and screaming into his 60’s and losing his hair, he still thinks he is dashingly handsome. Humor him.

 

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Vortex

Lawrence C. Connolly

Lawrence C. Connolly’s books include the novels Veins and Vipers, the first two books of the Veins Cycle. Vortex, the third book in the series, was released late last year. Three collections of his short stories have been published: Visions, This Way to Egress, and Voices. Voices was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.


August 27, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on August 19, 2015 with guests N.K. Jemisin and A.C. Wise, with guest host Mercurio D. Rivera subbing for Matt Kressel. Note: N.K. Jemisin’s reading is not featured on this recording.

 

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been multiply nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her speculative works range from fantasy to science fiction to the undefinable; her themes include resistance to oppression, the inseverability of the liminal, and the coolness of Stuff Blowing Up. Her sixth novel, The Fifth Season, will be out from Orbit Books this month.

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The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again by A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise’s short fiction appears in Apex, Uncanny, Shimmer, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2015. She also co-edits Unlikely Story. Her collection, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, will be published by Lethe Press in 2015.

 

 


August 27, 2015
A.C. Wise & N.K. Jemisin

A.C. Wise & N.K. Jemisin

On August 19th, we were gifted with two talented authors, A.C. Wise and N.K. Jemisin. Matt was on vacation so the magnificent Mercurio D. Rivera subbed for him.

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


July 23, 2015

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

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been multiply nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her speculative works range from fantasy to science fiction to the undefinable; her themes include resistance to oppression, the inseverability of the liminal, and the coolness of Stuff Blowing Up. Her sixth novel, The Fifth Season, will be out from Orbit Books this month.

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The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again by A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise’s short fiction appears in Apex, Uncanny, Shimmer, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2015. She also co-edits Unlikely Story. Her collection, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, will be published by Lethe Press in 2015.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.


July 23, 2015

The following audio was recorded live, July 15, 2015 at the KGB Bar with guests Jeffrey Ford and David Edison. Jeffrey Ford’s reading is not included in this podcast.

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

Crackpot Palace by Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels, The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Shadow Year, and The Cosmology of the Wider World.  His story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, and Crackpot Palace. He has a new story collection coming in 2016, A Natural History of Autumn, from Small Beer Press. His fiction has won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Nebula, the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire.

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The Waking Engine by David Edison

David Edison

David Edison’s decade-long series of journalistic gigs was eaten by the internet. His first novel, The Waking Engine, was published by Tor in 2014, and earned Debut of the Month from the Library Journal.  His next novel, The Noonday Plague, will be published in 2016.  He makes his home in San Francisco, but his heart beats East Village blood.