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Reading at New York’s KGB Bar on June 20

June 11th, 2018

A line stretches around the block outside a bar in New York’s East Village, but the crowd hasn’t gathered to hear a band. Instead, they’ve come to attend a fiction reading at the place New York Magazine has called “the best literary venue in New York” — the fabled KGB Bar.

You’ve got to love it when a fiction reading packs them in.

The image above is from James Ponsoldt film The End of the Tour (2015), based on the David Lipsky book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself (2010). In the film, David Foster Wallace is about to deliver a reading from his novel Infinite JestDescribing the actual event (which took place in 1996), New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote:

Wallace steps inside to find a narrow staircase mobbed with people. They are merely the spillover. The real crowd waits in a room at the top.

Of course, every writer isn’t going to command a spillover crowd down E. 4th Street to 2nd Avenue, but every reading I’ve seen or heard about at KGB has been SRO, and I’m hoping to see the same when I return there for a reading with Mary Robinette Kowal on June 20.

It’s going to be a special night, taking place a few weeks before the premiere of Nightmare Cinema and on the same date that Fantasist Enterprises will be releasing the ebook edition of Voices: Tales of Horror. The collection first appeared in print in 2011, but until now it has not been available in digital format. And to make the release even more special, Fantasist will be including some bonus features unique to the ebook.

I’ll be sharing more about the ebook’s bonus content in an upcoming post.

Until then, save the date … and scop on!


Crowd outside KGB Bar from The end of the Tour.
Voices: Tales of Horror, cover art by Jason Zerrillo. 

Hearing Voices:
The Sound of Fantastic Fiction at KGB

September 27th, 2015

voicesTime travel is possible.

Thanks to Gordon Linzner and Rajan Khanna, you can attend a growing list of past performances at Fantastic Fiction at KGB. The reading series is hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, and since the 1990s it has featured readings by some of the top writers in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.

gordon l audiojpgLinzner (right) and Khanna can’t take you all the way back to the beginning, but their podcasts at the Fantastic Fiction audio site can easily transport you back to the beginning of this year for readings by Andy Duncan and Gregory Frost or to early 2014 to catch Laird Byron and Paul Tremblay. In between, you can listen to the likes of James Morrow, Wesley Chu, Lisa Manetti, Ellen Gunn, Nancy Kress, and others. It’s all free and only a click or two away. Reliving the past has never been easier.

KGB sign1And yes . . . if you missed this month’s session — during which Tom Monteleone and I joined forces — you can catch that one too. Pour a drink, click play, and it will be almost like being there.  You can get all of the available Fantastic Fiction audio by clicking here. A shortcut to my September 16 performance with Tom is available here or by clicking the graphic below.

Go ahead. Click the link . . . and I’ll meet you on the other side. Scop on!


Detail from the cover of Voices, Fantasist Enterprises. Artwork by Jason Zerrillo.
Gordon Linzner records at Fantastic Fiction. Photo copyright © 2013 by Ellen Datlow .
The sign above KGB, 85 E. 4th Street. NYC.
Voices: Tales of Horror from Fantasist Enterprises.
Dark Voices Volume 1: Horn of Plenty from Borderlands Press.