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 »

April 23, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on April 15, 2015, with guests James Morrow and Ken Liu. As always, thanks to Gordon Linzner and Rajan Khanna for the production of this recording.

Galapagos Regained by James Morrow

James Morrow

James Morrow, who according to the New York Times, is “a wildly imaginative and generous novelist who plays hilarious games with grand ideas.” His latest effort, Galápagos Regained, follows in this brainteasing tradition, as did its predecessors, The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice. A two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Nebula awards, Morrow is presently working on a loopy historical epic in which Lazarus time-travels to A.D. 325 intending to sway the outcome of the Council of Nicaea.

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The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. His novel The Grace of Kings is out in April from Saga Press.

 

 


April 17, 2015
James Morrow & Ken Liu

James Morrow & Ken Liu

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed two esteemed writers to our midst this past Wednesday. James Morrow read excerpt from his new novel Galápagos Regained, and Ken Liu read from his recently released The Grace of Kings. The house was full and enthusiastic. Ellen Datlow was busy traveling in China, so the magesterial Mercurio D. Rivera subbed for her.

Photos from the night can be viewed here.


March 30, 2015

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

Galapagos Regained by James Morrow

James Morrow

James Morrow, who according to the New York Times, is “a wildly imaginative and generous novelist who plays hilarious games with grand ideas.” His latest effort, Galápagos Regained, follows in this brainteasing tradition, as did its predecessors, The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice. A two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Nebula awards, Morrow is presently working on a loopy historical epic in which Lazarus time-travels to A.D. 325 intending to sway the outcome of the Council of Nicaea.

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The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. His novel The Grace of Kings is out in April from Saga Press.

Wednesday, April 15th, 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.


March 30, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on March 18, 2015 with guests Caitlín R. Kiernan and Lisa Mannetti.

Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume Two) (preorder) by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan was recently described by the New York Times as “one of our essential writers of dark fiction,” and is a two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards. Her novels include The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, and her short fiction has, to date, been collected in twelve volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder, The Ammonite Violin & Others, and The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories. In 2015, Subterranean Press will release Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume 2).

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Deathwatch by Lisa Mannetti

Lisa Mannetti

Lisa Mannetti’s first novel, The Gentling Box, won the Bram Stoker Award and her work has been nominated for the Stoker multiple times. Her novella, The Box Jumper, about Houdini, will be out this year, and she is currently working on a new novel, tentatively titled Radium Girl. Her Bram Stoker-nominated novella, Dissolution, is soon to be a feature length film directed by Paul Leyden.

 

 

 


March 20, 2015
Lisa Mannetti & Caitlín R. Kiernan

Lisa Mannetti & Caitlín R. Kiernan

Wednesday we were visited by two wonderful writers, Caitlín R. Kiernan and Lisa Mannetti, inside the packed KGB bar. Both read from forthcoming works. Ellen Datlow was away, so Mercurio D. Rivera subbed for her.

Matt’s photos of the evening can be viewed here.


February 27, 2015

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

Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume Two) (preorder) by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan was recently described by the New York Times as “one of our essential writers of dark fiction,” and is a two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards. Her novels include The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, and her short fiction has, to date, been collected in twelve volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder, The Ammonite Violin & Others, and The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories. In 2015, Subterranean Press will release Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume 2).

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Deathwatch by Lisa Mannetti

Lisa Mannetti

Lisa Mannetti’s first novel, The Gentling Box, won the Bram Stoker Award and her work has been nominated for the Stoker multiple times. Her novella, The Box Jumper, about Houdini, will be out this year, and she is currently working on a new novel, tentatively titled Radium Girl. Her Bram Stoker-nominated novella, Dissolution, is soon to be a feature length film directed by Paul Leyden.

Wednesday, March 18th, 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.


February 26, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on February 18, 2015, with guests Ben Loory and Mike Allen.

Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory

Ben Loory

Ben is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus His fables and tales have been heard on the radio on NPR’s This American Life and Selected Shorts, performed by WordTheatre in London and Los Angeles, and published in The New Yorker, Fairy Tale Review, Weekly Reader’s READ Magazine, and more. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

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Uneaming by Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike’s first collection of short stories, Unseaming, debuted in October to starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. His horror tale “The Button Bin” was a Nebula Award finalist in 2009, and he’s won the Rhysling Award for poetry three times. He’s also editor of the digital journal Mythic Delirium and the critically acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix anthology series; Kickstarter backers willing, he plans to publish Clockwork Phoenix 5 in late 2015. His newest fiction project is a novel with the working title These Bloody Filaments, which he describes as “Breaking Bad written by H.P. Lovecraft.”.

 

 


February 25, 2015
Ben Loory & Mike Allen

Ben Loory & Mike Allen

On Wednesday we were joined by authors Ben Loory & Mike Allen. Matt was away on vacation, so Mercurio David Rivera subbed for him.

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

 


February 1, 2015

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

Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory

Ben Loory

Ben is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus His fables and tales have been heard on the radio on NPR’s This American Life and Selected Shorts, performed by WordTheatre in London and Los Angeles, and published in The New Yorker, Fairy Tale Review, Weekly Reader’s READ Magazine, and more. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

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Uneaming by Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Mike’s first collection of short stories, Unseaming, debuted in October to starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. His horror tale “The Button Bin” was a Nebula Award finalist in 2009, and he’s won the Rhysling Award for poetry three times. He’s also editor of the digital journal Mythic Delirium and the critically acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix anthology series; Kickstarter backers willing, he plans to publish Clockwork Phoenix 5 in late 2015. His newest fiction project is a novel with the working title These Bloody Filaments, which he describes as “Breaking Bad written by H.P. Lovecraft.”.

Wednesday,February 18th, 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 30, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on January 21, 2015, with guests Gregory Frost and Andy Duncan

Out of Tune edited by Jonathan Maberry

Gregory Frost

Gregory is the author of eight novels (including Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, Fitcher’s Brides) and over fifty short stories of the fantastic. His novelette “No Others are Genuine” was a 2014 “Long Fiction” finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. His most recent stories are in Out of Tune, an anthology of ballad-stories, edited by Jonathan Maberry; and in Jet-Pack Adventures, commemorating the work of the late Dave Stevens (Rocketeer)

By now he may finally have finished his current novel project.

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The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories by Andy Duncan

Andy Duncan

Andy’s short fiction has won a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and three World Fantasy Awards, the most recent in 2014 for “Wakulla Springs,” a Tor.com novella co-written with Ellen Klages. Also in 2014, Andy co-taught the Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in SF Criticism, held at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London. This spring, he is on sabbatical from Frostburg State University in Maryland, where he is a tenured associate professor of English.