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 »

February 25, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on February 17th, 2016 with guests Gemma Files and Carola Dibbell.

Experimental Film by Gemma Files

Gemma Files

Born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada, Gemma Files has been a film critic, teacher, and screenwriter. Probably best known for her weird Western Hexslinger series (A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns, and A Tree of Bones), she has also published two short fiction collections, two speculative poetry chapbooks and a story-cycle (We Will All Go Down Together: Stories of the Five-Family Coven). Five of her stories were adapted as episodes of Showtime’s The Hunger, an erotic horror anthology series produced by Tony and Ridley Scott. Her latest novel is Experimental Film.  

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The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell

Carola Dibbell

The Only Ones, Carola Dibbell’s debut novel, was included by Nancy Hightower in the Washington Post’s top five science fiction and fantasy novels of 2015 and by NPR’s Jason Heller in his best books of 2015. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Black Clock, and Fence, and her rock criticism and other journalism mostly in the Village Voice.

   


February 25, 2016

Gemma Files and Carola Dibbell

Gemma Files and Carola Dibbell

On Wednesday, Gemma Files and Carola Dibbell read from recent novels and blew the house away. Subbing for Matt was Mercurio D. Rivera. Ellen’s Photos of the night can be found here.


January 29, 2016

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

Experimental Film by Gemma Files

Gemma Files

Born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada, Gemma Files has been a film critic, teacher, and screenwriter. Probably best known for her weird Western Hexslinger series (A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns, and A Tree of Bones), she has also published two short fiction collections, two speculative poetry chapbooks and a story-cycle (We Will All Go Down Together: Stories of the Five-Family Coven). Five of her stories were adapted as episodes of Showtime’s The Hunger, an erotic horror anthology series produced by Tony and Ridley Scott. Her latest novel is Experimental Film.  

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The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell

Carola Dibbell

The Only Ones, Carola Dibbell’s debut novel, was included by Nancy Hightower in the Washington Post’s top five science fiction and fantasy novels of 2015 and by NPR’s Jason Heller in his best books of 2015. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Black Clock, and Fence, and her rock criticism and other journalism mostly in the Village Voice.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 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.


January 27, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on January 20th, 2016, with guests Delia Sherman and Ilana C. Myer.

The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman

Delia Sherman

Delia Sherman’s writing habit has been the cause of numerous short stories and novels, the most recent of which is the Norton Award-winning The Freedom Maze. Her next middle grade novel, The Evil Wizard Smallbone, will be published by Candlewick Press in November 2016.  Her novella “The Great Detective” will be coming out from Tor.com early next year.  She is also working on the Serial Box serial Fierce Artifice about the women of the court of Charles II of England.   Her library and her art reside in New York full-time, but everything else important in her life is fully portable, including her indefatigable wife and sometime writing partner Ellen Kushner.

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Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer

Ilana C. Myer

Ilana C. Myer is the author of Last Song Before Night, an epic fantasy about poets and dark enchantments. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and the Huffington Post. Previously she was a journalist in Jerusalem. She lives in New York City.

 


January 22, 2016

Ilana C. Myer and Delia Sherman

Ilana C. Myer and Delia Sherman

On Wednesday we heard Ilana C. Myer read from Firedance, the sequel to Last Song Before Night, and Delia Sherman read part of her novella called “The Great Detective.” At the opening of the night, Ellen Datlow dedicated the readings to David Hartwell z”l, who has since passed away. Ellen’s photos of the night can be found here.  


January 1, 2016

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

The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman

Delia Sherman

Delia Sherman’s writing habit has been the cause of numerous short stories and novels, the most recent of which is the Norton Award-winning The Freedom Maze. Her next middle grade novel, The Evil Wizard Smallbone, will be published by Candlewick Press in November 2016.  Her novella “The Great Detective” will be coming out from Tor.com early next year.  She is also working on the Serial Box serial Fierce Artifice about the women of the court of Charles II of England.   Her library and her art reside in New York full-time, but everything else important in her life is fully portable, including her indefatigable wife and sometime writing partner Ellen Kushner.  

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Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer

Ilana C. Myer

Ilana C. Myer is the author of Last Song Before Night, an epic fantasy about poets and dark enchantments. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and the Huffington Post. Previously she was a journalist in Jerusalem. She lives in New York City.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, 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.


January 1, 2016

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar with guests Sarah McCarry & C.S.E. Cooney on December 16, 2015. Due to a technical glitch, C.S.E. Cooney’s intro and the first minute of her reading were lost. We are sorry for this!

Sarah McCarry

Sarah McCarry is the author of the novels All Our Pretty SongsDirty Wings, and About A Girl, and the editor and publisher of the chapbook series Guillotine. Her work has been nominated for the Norton Award and shortlisted for the Tiptree award, and she is the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. She has written for the New York Times Book ReviewGlamour, Book Riot, Tor.com, and elsewhere.  

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Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney is the author of Bone Swans: Stories, The Breaker QueenThe Two Paupers, and Jack o’ the Hills. She is an audiobook narrator for Tantor Media and the singer/songwriter Brimstone Rhine. She is a Rhysling Award-winning poet, and her short fiction can be found in Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Apex, GigaNotoSaurus, Clockwork Phoenix 3, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, and elsewhere.

         


January 1, 2016

Sarah McCarry & C.S.E. Cooney

Sarah McCarry & C.S.E. Cooney

On Wednesday Sarah McCarry & C.S.E. Cooney read wonderfully. Ellen’s photos of the night can be found here.


December 4, 2015

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

Sarah McCarry

Sarah McCarry is the author of the novels All Our Pretty SongsDirty Wings, and About A Girl, and the editor and publisher of the chapbook series Guillotine. Her work has been nominated for the Norton Award and shortlisted for the Tiptree award, and she is the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. She has written for the New York Times Book ReviewGlamour, Book Riot, Tor.com, and elsewhere.  

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Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney

C. S. E. Cooney is the author of Bone Swans: Stories, The Breaker QueenThe Two Paupers, and Jack o’ the Hills. She is an audiobook narrator for Tantor Media and the singer/songwriter Brimstone Rhine. She is a Rhysling Award-winning poet, and her short fiction can be found in Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Apex, GigaNotoSaurus, Clockwork Phoenix 3, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, and elsewhere.

Wednesday, December 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.


December 4, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on November 18th, 2015 with guests Kathe Koja & Robert Levy

The Bastards' Paradise by Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja’s 16 books include the Under the Poppy trilogy – Under the Poppy, The Mercury Waltz, and The Bastards’ Paradise – as well as The Cipher, Skin, and Kink; her young adult books include Buddha Boy, Talk, and Going Under. Her work has won multiple awards, and has been optioned for film and performance. She creates immersive performance events with her ensemble, nerve; Dracula is upcoming in January 2016.  

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The Glittering World by Robert Levy

Robert Levy

Robert Levy is an author of stories, screenplays and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist, his first novel, the contemporary dark fairy tale The Glittering World, was published worldwide in February by Gallery/Simon & Schuster. Shorter work has appeared in Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and the Harper Perennial anthology The Moment, among others. He is currently at work on his first television pilot, as well as a new novel.