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 »

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.

     


December 4, 2015

Robert Levy & Kathe Koja

Robert Levy & Kathe Koja

Another great night with authors Kathe Koja and Robert Levy, who both read performed brilliantly. Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.


October 27, 2015

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

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.

Wednesday, November 18th, 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.


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