Tonight at KGB

Tonight at KGB, Michael Shea and my friend and fellow Altered Fluid member N.K. Jemisin…

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

The Extra Michael Shea is the multi-award-winning author of such books as A Quest For Simbilis, Nifft The Lean, and Polyphemus. His most recent publications are The Extra from Tor, Copping Squid from Perilous Press, and The Autopsy And Other Tales from Centipede Press.
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N. K. Jemisin, whose first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms — first of the Inheritance Trilogy — is out now from Orbit Books. A local writer with the “Altered Fluid” writing group, her short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Postscripts (forthcoming), and Strange Horizons among other print, online, and audio markets. Her short story, “Non-Zero Probability,” was recently nominated for a Nebula Award.

Wednesday March 17th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

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Readings are always free.

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Peter Straub & Daryl Gregory this Wednesday at KGB

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

A Dark Matter Peter Straub, the multi award winning writer of such novels as Ghost Story, Koko, Mr X, and In the Night Room. His most recent novel is A Dark Matter, published by Doubleday this month. He is also the editor the recent Library of America American Fantastic Tales
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The Devil's Alphabet Daryl Gregory, whose first novel, Pandemonium, won the 2009 Crawford Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. His second novel, The Devil’s Alphabet, was recently named a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. He’s currently working on a contemporary fantasy novel unrelated to either of the first two books.

Wednesday February 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.

Peter Straub & Daryl Gregory, February 17th at KGB

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

A Dark Matter Peter Straub, the multi award winning writer of such novels as Ghost Story, Koko, Mr X, and In the Night Room. His most recent novel is A Dark Matter, published by Doubleday this month. He is also the editor the recent Library of America American Fantastic Tales
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The Devil's Alphabet Daryl Gregory, whose first novel, Pandemonium, won the 2009 Crawford Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. His second novel, The Devil’s Alphabet, was recently named a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. He’s currently working on a contemporary fantasy novel unrelated to either of the first two books.

Wednesday February 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.

Updates & Such

What a great inspiration for a short story: a mysterious visitor who leaves roses and a bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave every year on the author’s birthday failed to show up today.  It could be because there were, you know, dozens of people watching.  But if the mysterious visitor has been doing this for sixty years, maybe he died — or did something more sinister happen?

And Sybil’s!  We opened on Friday to submissions and have already received about 100.  And, wow, some excellent stories already.  Were you guys saving them for us?  We are flattered.

Altered Fluid appeared on Hour of the Wolf on Saturday, where Paul Berger read a new story which we critiqued.  Listen to it here.

Tomorrow at Fantastic Fiction at KGB, authors David Anthony Durham and Lev Grossman read.  Should be a fun night.

Interview at Bibliophile Stalker

Charles Tan over at Bibliophile Stalker interviews me about Sybil’s Garage, KGB, Senses Five Press, and my own fiction.  Here’s a little clip:

CT: What made you decide to include those cryptic marginalia, or music suggestions under each story/poem? (And wouldn’t it be cool if one day each magazine came packaged with a soundtrack?)

MK: For the latest issue, I created an iTunes playlist (http://www.sensesfive.com/2009/05/30/sybils-garage-no-6-playlist/), which is about 95% accurate to what appears in the magazine. I know iTunes isn’t available or convenient for parts of the world, but it’s a start.

For the musical suggestions, it’s simply because I love music. Music has always been very inspirational for me, and I thought it would be a fun way to see what others were listening to and inspired by. Kind of like peeking into someone’s record collection. Crap, I just dated myself. I should say “mp3 collection.”

For the marginalia, I’m not sure I can answer that simply. I think part of the reason I pepper it throughout the pages has to do with my obsession with detail, a desire to fill in every nook and cranny. I also think it has to do with the joy I’ve felt in finding similar cryptic messages or imagery in song lyrics, album art, comics, books, films, and other media. And then, as I dig in further, discovering what they mean. I’m purposely trying to invoke that in Sybil’s, that unexpected frisson when you suddenly discover three quarters of the way through the magazine that there’s a story written in the margins, for example. It’s no secret that my favorite film is Blade Runner, and I’ve always admired Ridley Scott’s obsessive attention to detail, the intense layering of objects, so I guess in a way I’m emulating that too.

But yeah, a Sybil’s Garage soundtrack would be brilliant. I’m actually working on something related to that, interestingly enough.

You can read the full interview here.