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

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 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: 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: Links & Contact Information KGB Fantastic Fiction: Fantastic Fiction Kickstarter Fundraiser Page: 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