February 22nd, 2007


Fantastic Fiction at the KGB Bar

Very fun evening tonight at the Fantastic Fiction Reading Series. I usually work Wednesday nights, so it's rare I get to go these days. It was great to see people I don't get to see very often anymore, like Kris Dikeman, Adam Pepper, F. Paul Wilson, Peter Straub, ktempest, Gordon Linzner, Linda Addison and Gerard Houarner. And you haven't truly experienced a reading at the KGB Bar until Kelly Laymon, soused on exactly two glasses of sparkling wine, falls alseep on you. I mean literally on you, like please don't vomit on me or drool on my shoulder. I love her to death, but the girl needs to pace herself.

The readers were P.D. Cacek and Tom Monteleone. Trish read a truncated version of her story in the forthcoming ellen_datlow anthology Inferno. Its title eludes me now, but it was a pretty good story involving shared dreams and the Holocaust. Tom read "Horn of Plenty" and I had the distinct impression I was the only one in the room who hadn't heard him read it before. Everyone told me Tom's a great reader, and it's true. I tend to zone out at readings if the author isn't dynamic enough to keep my attention, but Tom puts a lot of energy into it, and as a result the audience is energized too. It also helps that "Horn of Plenty" is a really good story.

Then came the traditional Chinese feast at the usual restaurant on St. Mark's Place. I really can't get enough of their orange beef. Fried meat with candy flavoring!

Then, at 10:30 PM, I turned 38 years old, and hair immediately started growing out of my ears.