About Us

Inside the KGB BarFantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly speculative-fiction reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel. Admission is always free.

Some of our past readers: Joyce Carol Oates, Joe Hill, Lucius Shepard, Jeffrey Ford, Scott Westerfeld, Kelly Link, China Miéville, Nancy Kress, Paul Tremblay, 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 smörgåsbord of other talented authors.

History: Terry Bisson and Alice K. Turner started the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series in the late 1990s, attempting to bring together mainstream writers with writers of speculative fiction in order to show, in Alice Turner’s words, “that at a certain level they were plowing exactly the same field.” In the spring of 2000 editor Ellen Datlow took over for Alice K. Turner and in August 2002 Gavin J. Grant, publisher of Small Beer Press, stepped in for Bisson when he moved to California. Multiple-Nebula Award-nominated Author Matthew Kressel stepped in for Gavin in April of 2008.

Time & Place: Every third Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the KGB Bar (website): 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave) New York, NY 10003 map

Contact: Please read our F.A.Q. before emailing us. You may email us at [info] [at] [kgbfantasticfiction] [dot] [org].

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Do you have transcripts or video from Joe Hill’s reading. If so, could you please post it?

Matt Kressel

Hi Alex,

No we do not provide transcripts or videos of the readings. Posting such things without the author’s explicit permission would be a violation of their copyright. Ellen always posts pictures of the evening on her Flickr account and you can always buy the authors’ books.

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