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 »

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


June 24, 2013
Lawrence C. Connolly & Sarah Langan

Lawrence C. Connolly & Sarah Langan

This past Wednesday our readers delightfully frightened us. Lawrence C. Connolly read (well, technically he recited from memory) three short shorts. And Sarah Langan read from a novel-in-progress.  You can view Ellen’s photos of the night here.


May 23, 2013

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

Nightmare Magazine February 2013 Sarah Langan is the author of the novels The Keeper, The Missing, and Audrey’s Door. Her short fiction has most recently appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, The Mammoth Book of Horror by Women, and F&SF. Her novels have won Bram Stoker Awards, and made many best of the year lists.
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Voices by Lawrence C. Connolly Lawrence C. Connolly is a writer, musician, and educator. His collections Visions, This Way to Egress, and Voices collect his favorite stories from Amazing, Cemetery Dance, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Twilight Zone, and other top sf/f/h publications. His novel Vortex – the third installment in the Veins Cycle – will be released later this year.

Wednesday, June 19th, 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.


May 17, 2013

 

Daniel Rabuzzi & Kit Reed

Daniel Rabuzzi & Kit Reed

We had a blast Wednesday with Kit Reed & Daniel Rabuzzi.  Kit read from”The Legend of Troop 13″ about feral girl scouts in the woods, while Daniel read excerpts from The Indigo Pheasant and Choir Boats.  Ellen’s photos of the night can be viewed here.


April 23, 2013

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

Son of Destruction by Kit Reed Kit Reed has two new books this season: Son of Destruction, her spontaneous human combustion novel, and a “best of” collection from the Wesleyan University Press: The Story Until NowA Great Big Book of Stories, 35 short stories ranging from her first published short story to six new and previously uncollected stories from the 2000. Her collection, What Wolves Know, was a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award nominee
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The Indigo Pheasant by Daniel Rabuzzi Daniel A. Rabuzzi is the author of The Longing For Yount series: The Choir Boats and The Indigo Pheasant. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in Sybil’s Garage, Shimmer, ChiZine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Abyss & Apex, Goblin Fruit, Mannequin Envy, Bull Spec, Kaleidotrope, and Scheherezade’s Bequest.

Wednesday, May 15th, 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.


April 23, 2013
Richard Bowes & Alaya Dawn Johnson

Richard Bowes & Alaya Dawn Johnson

On Wednesday we had the pleasure of hearing two talented authors read for us.  Alaya Dawn Johnson read from her new YA novel, The Summer Prince. And Richard Bowed read “The Queen and the Cambion” from his new collection, The Queen, the Cambion, and Seven Others. Ellen’s photos can be seen here.


April 1, 2013

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

Minions of the Moon by Richard Bowes Richard Bowes is the winner of two World Fantasy Awards, an International Horror Guild, and a Million Writer Award. Recent and forthcoming short story appearances include: F&SF, Icarus, Lightspeed and the anthologies, Ghost’s: Recent Hauntings, Handsome Devil, Hauntings, Where Thy Dark Eye Glances, and Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations. His new novel Dust Devil on a Quiet Street will be published on Mayday from Lethe Press which also just reissued his Lambda Award winning novel Minions of the Moon. Also out this year will be two short story collections: The Queen, the Cambion and Seven Others and If Angels Fight.
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The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of the Spirit Binders series (Racing the Dark and The Burning City) and the Zephyr Hollis novels (Moonshine and Wicked City). The Summer Prince is her official YA debut, which Kirkus has called “luminous” in a starred review. She is currently working on her follow-up YA novel, set in an elite DC private school during a flu pandemic.

Wednesday, April 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.