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 »

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.)

http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:

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Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.


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.)

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.


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.)

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 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.


July 29, 2013
Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud

Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud

Another fantabulous night at Fantastic Fiction with Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud.

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


July 14, 2013

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

Oz Reimagined: City So Bright by Dale Bailey Dale Bailey has published three novels, The Fallen, House of Bones, and Sleeping Policemen (with Jack Slay, Jr.). He won the International Horror Guild Award for “Death and Suffrage” which is in his collection, The Resurrection Man’s Legacy and Other Stories. His short fiction will shortly be published at Tor.com, and has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Oz Reimagined, and Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells.
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North American Lake Monsters by Dale Ballingrud Nathan Ballingrud is the author of North American Lake Monsters, from Small Beer Press. His stories have appeared in places like Inferno: New Tales of Terror, Teeth: Vampire Tales, and Lovecraft Unbound, as well as in several year’s best anthologies. He won the Shirley Jackson Award for his story “The Monsters of Heaven.”

Wednesday, July 17th, 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 3, 2013

Hello Fans & Friends of Fantastic Fiction at KGB,

We hope you are well.  If you haven’t already heard, Fantastic Fiction at KGB is holding a fundraiser through Kickstarter to keep our series going for another two or more years.

You likely already know about the popular reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the KGB Bar, 85 East Fourth Street in New York City.

Fantastic Fiction was founded in the late 1990s by author Terry Bisson and editor Alice K. Turner. Currently hosted by Ellen Datlow, multi-award winning editor of more than fifty science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies and myself, Matt Kressel, World Fantasy Award-nominated editor of Sybil’s Garage and author of more than twenty short stories, the series serves as a speculative fiction salon, featuring both luminaries and up-and-coming writers specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and more.

Admission to the readings is *always* free. Readers are given a modest honorarium, plus free drinks and dinner at a local restaurant afterward. And our hard-working bartenders are given a small gratuity at the end of the readings. In the past, generous donations from Cemetery Dance Publications and raffle fundraisers have helped keep the series going. Now, your support can ensure that Fantastic Fiction at KGB continues to allow writers, editors, literary agents, and fans to meet and mingle each month in a friendly and casual atmosphere.

We’ve reached our primary goal of $3000, which will fund the series for two more years.  But we’d like to fund the series for longer without having to appeal again to the community. Each additional $1500 we receive will fund the series for another year.  Here is a breakdown of the amount donated and the length of time we will remain in funds:

$3000 – Until July 2015 (Goal met!)
$4500 – Until July 2016
$6000 – Until July 2017
$7500 – Until July 2018

We’d love to hit the second marker ($4500), but just reaching $3000 so early in the Kickstarter has made us all so very happy and grateful to have the support of the community.

We’ve assembled a wonderful collection of rewards, generously donated by our friends in the spec-fic family. They include Tuckerizations and book grab bags, original illustrations, fiction critiques and more. Backer’s names will be prominently displayed on the KGB website, where you can also find the schedule of upcoming readers:www.kgbfantasticfiction.org.

We’ll also be posting new rewards soon, and some are so tasty I wish I could say more.  Okay, I’ll give you a hint: we will soon be announcing rewards from Roger Zelazny (donated by Trent), Peter Straub, Cat Valente, Solaris Books, Ysabeau Wilce, Ben Loory, and more.

The Fantastic Fiction series at KGB represents a place of fellowship and community, where fans of speculative fiction can share their love of the genre. With your help, we can keep this important tradition going strong for many more years to come.

We thank you for your help, and invite you to join us, every third Wednesday, on Manhattan’s East 4th street.

Link to our Kickstarter page:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kgbfantasticfiction/fantastic-fiction-at-kgb-fundraiser

Link to our press release:
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/fundraiser/

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

Thank you!

Best,
Matthew Kressel


June 26, 2013

Fantastic Fiction at KGB
2013 Kickstarter Fundraiser

Press Release
For Immediate Release

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

 

The Hosts of Fantastic Fiction at KGB will be holding a fundraiser to support the reading series for several more years, using the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

The event will take place from June 26, 2013 until July 26, 2013.

More information can be found at http://kgbfantasticfiction.org/fundraiser/

New York, NY (June 2013) – Fantastic Fiction at KGB hopes to raise a minimum of $3000, which will keep the reading series funded for two more years.

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 Need Your Help:

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.

Alas, our coffers are almost empty, so we are appealing to the public for help maintaining this bright light in the speculative fiction community. $3000 will keep us in funds for two more years.

Any donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated!

 

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.

Of his most recent story, “The Sounds of Old Earth,” in Lightspeed Joyce Carol Oates said, “This is a powerful story that is both tragic & hopeful–unexpectedly. And beautifully written.”

He is currently putting the finishing touches on his first novel, an epic fantasy based on the Jewish myth of the Lamed Vav.

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