Speculative Fiction Author
How To Run a (Successful) Reading Series

Over at Tor.com, they’ve posted my piece on “How to Run a (Successful) Reading Series.”

So you want to run a reading series, do you? That’s fantastic news! The more places authors have to showcase their work, the better. But while running a reading series may seem like a cakewalk to the casual outside observer, there are many things you must consider to make sure your series is successful.

I’ve been co-hosting the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan alongside Ellen Datlow for over eight years (the series itself has been running since the late 90s), and in that time I’ve learned many things about how to run a successful reading series, some of which I’ll share with you here.

You can read the full piece here.

Reading tonight at KGB Bar with John Langan

I’ll be reading tonight, November 16th, at the KGB Bar with John Langan for the Fantastic Fiction reading series. I’ve been co-hosting with Ellen Datlow for eight years so I’m excited to finally have a chance to read there myself. Mercurio D. Rivera will be taking my place as co-host. I’ve also been a fan of John Langan’s fiction for a really long time, back since I started attending the series over a decade ago. Since then John continues to astound me with the work he produces, so I’m really looking forward to tonight, and I hope you can make it too.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7pm at KGB Bar,
85 East 4th Street, New York.
(just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

More details can be found here.

Cyber World Launch Event at Lovecraft Bar, Nov 29, with E. Lily Yu, Matthew Kressel, Alyssa Wong, & Josh Viola

cover_cyber-worldCyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow

An anthology of new cyberpunk, forward by Richard Kadrey

Where: Lovecraft Bar, 50 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
When: November 29, 2016, at 7pm
Who: E. Lily Yu, Matthew Kressel, Alyssa Wong, Josh Viola

E. Lily Yu received the 2012 John W. Campbell Aware for Best New Writer. Her stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards and can be found in a variety of publications,from Clarkesword to McSweeny’s Quarterly. Recent works appear in F&SF and Uncanny.

Matthew Kressel is the author of the novels King of Shards and the forthcoming Queen of Static. His short fiction has been twice nominated for a Nebula Award and has or will appear in such publications as Lightspeed, Nightmare, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, io9.com, Apex Magazine, Interzone, and the anthologies After, Naked City, The People of the Book. He co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series with Ellen Datlow and is a member of the Altered Fluid writing group.

Alyssa Wong is a Nebula-, Shirley Jackson-, and World Fantasy Award-nominated author, shark afficionado, and a 2013 graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and Black Static, among others. She is an MFA candidate at North Carolina State University and a member of the Manhattan-based writers group Altered Fluid.

Josh Viola is an author, artist, and former video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs, TARGET: Terror). In addition to creating a transmedia franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a tie-in novel based on the discography of Celldweller. His debut horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, was a Denver Post number one bestseller. His short fiction has appeared in Nightmares Unhinged and The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Found anthology. He lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is chief editor and owner of Hex Publishers.

Some early reviews of Cyber World

“This is the upgrade: the new, real sound of diverse futures, mad and magnificent, the world on a wire. Essential.”
–Warren Ellis, author of Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan

 “This is old-school cyberpunk written by new-school talent–the caliber of writers found in this book is a dream-team of storytellers ready to hack into your skull and implant their tales into your brain-meats. Cyberpunk gives the cyberpunk genre a much-needed reboot.”
–Chuck Wendig, New York Times Bestselling Author of Star Wars: Aftermath and Zeroes

Edited by Hugo Award-winner Jason Heller, and Joshua Viola, and available November 8, 2016, the book stars foundational cyberpunk authors, and new voices in the genre. The table of contents features Isabel Yap, Nisi Shawl, Saladin Ahmed, Alyssa Wong, Paolo Bacigalupi, Minister Faust, Mario Acevedo, Warren Hammond, Cat Rambo, Matthew Kressel, Madeline Ashby, Paul Graham Raven, Chinelo Onwualu, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Angie Hodapp, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Ferrell, E. Lily Yu, Stephen Graham Jones, and Darin Bradley, with a forward by Richard Kadrey.

To find out more about this exciting new project, and the future of Hex Publishers, please visit the brand-new Hex website, http://hexpublishers.com. For more information, review requests, or interviews, please contact publicist Jaym Gates at jaym.gates@gmail.com.

My Readercon Schedule

I’ll be attending Readercon in Boston, MA this weekend, July 7-10. Here’s my schedule while I’m there. Hope to see you soon!

Friday July 08
4:00 PM B Reading: Matt Kressel. Matt Kressel. Matt Kressel reads a new short story, soon to be published in the Cyber World anthology, edited by Jason Heller and Josh Viola.

Saturday July 09
2:00 PM AT Autographs. LJ Cohen, Matt Kressel.

Sunday July 10
10:00 AM 5 Magic! In! Spaaace!. Chris Gerwel, Mikki Kendall, Matt Kressel, Sioban Krzywicki (leader), Bethany Powell. Magical fantasy is frequently set in the past or in worlds that look like our past. With the rise of urban fantasy, we’re seeing more and more stories with magic in the present day. What about magic in the future, or stories of space exploration using magic? Is this too many clashing elements at once, or could the right author reconcile what we love about futuristic SF with our favourite fantasy tropes?

Reading at the Bright Hill Literary Center

bright-hillNext Thursday, June 9th at 7pm, I’ll be reading at the Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell, New York alongside poet Kirby Olson. I’ll likely be reading from a new short story and/or an excerpt from the new novel Queen of Static. If you are in the area, I hope you will come by and say hello.


Bright Hill Press & Literary Center
94 Church Street
Treadwell, NY 13846

Date & Time:

Thursday, June 9th, 7pm.


My Arisia Schedule

colorlogoI’ll be at Arisia this weekend. I’ve never been to the con before, so I’m excited! Here’s my schedule:

Reading – Saturday, 10am, Hale, Writing Track, with Matthew Kressel, Shira Lipkin, Lauren M. Roy, Julia Rios

Panel – Sunday, 11:30am, Marina 2, Literature Track, with Ken Schneyer (moderator), B.A. Chepaitis, Matthew Kressel, Susan Weiner, N.S. Dolkart, MJ Cunniff.

Hope to see you there!

Back from the World Fantasy Convention
King of Shards in the dealer's room.

King of Shards in the dealer’s room.

The World Fantasy Convention this past weekend in Saratoga Springs was a smashing success. I hadn’t been in Saratoga Springs, New York since 2007, and back then I was publishing Sybil’s Garage and had just published Paper CitiesAn Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia, which went on to win the World Fantasy Award the following year. I always have a fantastic time at the World Fantasy Convention, and this was the first con I’ve attended since my first novel King of Shards debuted, so the place has always had a special meaning for me. It didn’t disappoint again this year.

Some of the highlights of the con for me, in no particular order:

  • Selling 18 copies of King of Shards at the con (both from my stash and from copies sold in the dealers’ room).
  • Reading from King of Shards to an appreciative audience.
  • Signing 8 copies of King of Shards in the mass autographing section, and someone whom I didn’t know telling me how he was reading the book and “loving it!”
  • A professor at Ithaca College asking me to sign my short story “The Great Game at the End of the World” in the anthology After, and telling me she will be teaching it in her class.
  • Meeting Walter Jon Williams and him asking me to inscribe King of Shards for him.
  • Throwing a book release party with Rajan Khanna and chatting with all the interesting people who wandered through.
  • Hanging out with all the folks from the “JJA Posse,” namely John Joseph Adams, Doug Cohen, Desirina Boskovich, & Chris Cevasco  (not present at con: David Barr Kirtley and Matt & Jordan London).
  • Talking with Derek Ford, an amazingly talented artist and Jeff Ford’s son. 
  • Meeting and speaking and hanging out with so many awesome and talented people, whose names are too numerous to list. You know who you are.

Here’s a link to some photos I took at the con!