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The Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series needs your help to continue running for another two years.

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Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the KGB Bar, 85 East Fourth Street in New York City.

Series co-founders Alice K. Turner & Terry Bisson
Series co-founders Alice K. Turner & Terry Bisson

The series was founded in the late 1990s by author Terry Bisson and editor Alice K. Turner. Currently hosted by Ellen Datlow, multi-award winning editor of more than fifty science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies and Matt Kressel, World Fantasy Award-nominated editor of Sybil’s Garage and author of more than twenty short stories, the series serves as a speculative fiction salon, featuring both luminaries and up-and-coming writers specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and more.

Current hosts Matthew Kressel & Ellen Datlow
Current hosts Matthew Kressel & Ellen Datlow

Admission to the readings is free. Readers are given a modest honorarium, plus free drinks and dinner at a local restaurant afterward. And our hard-working bartenders are given a small gratuity at the end of the readings. In the past, generous donations from Cemetery Dance Publications and raffle fundraisers have helped keep the series going. Now, your support can ensure that Fantastic Fiction at KGB continues to allow writers, editors, literary agents, and fans to meet and mingle each month in a friendly and casual atmosphere.

Our goal is to raise $3,000, enough to pay the reading series’ expenses for the next two years.

We’ve assembled a wonderful collection of rewards, generously donated by our friends in the spec-fic family. They include Tuckerizations and book grab bags, original illustrations, fiction critiques and more. Backer’s names will be prominently displayed on the KGB website, where you can also find the schedule of upcoming readers:www.kgbfantasticfiction.org.

The KGB crowd
The KGB crowd

The Fantastic Fiction series at KGB represents a place of fellowship and community, where fans of speculative fiction can share their love of the genre. With your help, we can keep this important tradition going strong.

Fans of the reading series
Fans of the reading series

We thank you for your help, and invite you to join us, every third Wednesday, on Manhattan’s East 4th street.

Risks and challenges

As Ellen and Matt described in the November 2012 issue of Locus, running Fantastic Fiction is not without its difficulties. But they have been running a successful, well-attended series for many years, and they hope to continue doing so in the future with help from the community.

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    From Fantastic Fiction Series host and publisher Matthew Kressel, an ebook edition of the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology PAPER CITIES: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia and featuring stories by Cat Rambo, Jay Lake, Catherynne M. Valente and others. Publisher's Weekly called PAPER CITIES "(an) ambitious and entertaining anthology."

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    From John Klima, publisher of many former Fantastic Fiction readers: 1 Electric Velocipede mouse pad, 1 copy each of Electric Velocipede 15/16,17/18, 19, and 20 print issues
    1 copy each of Electric Velocipede 15/16, 17/18, 19, 20, 21/22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 electronic copies, and 1 Electric Velocipede t-shirt"

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    Donated by Tachyon Books, the ebook of former Fantastic Fiction reader Carol Emshwiller's collection, I LIVE WITH YOU,described as "Lyrical and resonant" by Publishers' Weekly. Carol is the author of CARMEN DOG and THE MOUNT. Donated by Tachyon Publications.

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    Tachyon Books is offering the e-book of HAUNTINGS, the big reprint anthology of ghost stories & other hauntings edited by Fantastic Ficton host Ellen Datlow. With stories by Peter Straub, Joyce Carol Oates, David Morrell, Neil Gaiman, & others

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    From Tor Books, the e-book of QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS, edited by Fantastic Fiction host Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling.

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    From Fantastic Fiction reading series host Ellen Datlow, one-of-a-kind 11” x17” full color poster of the cover of QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling created for display at Book Expo. On heavy paper. Suitable for display (with four Velcro squares on the back corners).

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    From PS Publishing, publisher of many writers who have read at KGB, the ebook of Lavie Tidhar's OSAMA, the World Fantasy Award-winning novel.

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    From PS Publishing, publisher of many writers who have read at the Fantastic Fiction reading, an ebook of WAKE UP AND DREAM by Ian R. MacLeod, a dazzling sf/fantasy novel about 1940s Hollywood.

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    From PS Publishing, publisher of many writers who have read at the Fantastic Fiction reading, an ebook of BLACK WINGS II, New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, edited by S.T. Joshi

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From the publisher of many readers at Fantastic Fiction, Solaris Books e-books of: "THE FICTIONAL MAN - by Al Ewing;
    BESIEGED, EXILE, & SANCTUARY (The Outcast Chronicles by Rowena Cory Daniells; THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE INFERNAL by Guy Adams; AGE OF VOODOO by James Lovegrove; THE NOISE WITHIN by Ian Whates

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From publisher, editor and Fantastic Fiction host Matthew Kressel, the complete ebook series -- all seven issues -- of SYBIL'S GARAGE, the 'zine that "delved unabashedly into those strange, surreal, and aberrant places that fall between the cracks of standard genre fiction." Fiction from Richard Bowes, Genevieve Valentine, Hal Duncan, M.K. Hobson and many more.

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    From artist & illustrator and long time KGB reading supporter Lissanne Lake, three photo prints. Each approx 81/2" x 11" size, signed by the artist. "Trouble in the Ruins" and "Merlin" have been used on covers and other places. "Reanimator" is a commission piece.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction supporter Paul Fry of SST Publications, a one year print subscriptions to his new horror fiction & dark art magazine, BEWARE THE DARK. There will be three issues per year and the first issue will be published this Aug/Sept. Regular columns by Ray Garton, Nancy Kilpatrick, Robert Morrish & Ty Schwamberger.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction supporter Lori Datlow, a matted photo from her set of "Creepy Dolls" (1 of 4) Image:

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Reading Series reader Catherynne M. Valente, MYTHS OF ORIGIN: Four Short Novels (Wyrm Books, 2011) Trade paperback contains Catherynne M. Valente's early books, THE LABYRINTH, THE BOOK OF DREAMS, THE GRASS-CUTTING SWORD, and UNDER THE MERE, inscribed to the backer.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Fantastic Fiction reader Catherynne M. Valente, THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING, THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH FAIRYLAND AND LED THE REVELS THERE, THE GIRL WHO SOARED OVER FAIRYLAND AND CUT THE MOON IN TWO. Hardcovers, inscribed by the author to the backer. PLEASE NOTE: the third volume of the series will be published in October, 2013, backer will receive their prize then.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction supporter Rob Killheffer, former editor of Century Magazine: CENTURY #5 signed by: Robert Killheffer (editor), F. Brett Cox, Ben Miller, J. R. Dunn, Dave Hoing, Karen Jordan Allen, Greer Gilman and CENTURY #6 signed by Robert Killheffer (editor), Michael Bishop, Stewart O’Nan, Robert Reed, Ian R. MacLeod, and Michael Kandel, Kathe Koja, Carter Scholz, Terri Windling

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    For Doctor Who fans. The Sonic Screwdriver Projector with 15 different Doctor Who character images that can be projected onto a wall. Donated by Terence Taylor, former reader at KGB, former children's tv writer and author of Bite Marks and Blood Pressure.

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    Donated by Fantastic Fiction series reader Ellen Kushner, a rare cover flat of Tom Canty’s art for Ellen Kushner’s chapbook, "The Man with the Knives" published by Temporary Culture in 2010

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Alaya Dawn Johnson, a signed copy of her first young adult novel, THE SUMMER PRINCE, "A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil."

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Ben Loory, a signed copy of his recent trade paperback collection STORIES FOR THE NIGHTTIME AND SOME FOR THE DAY (Penguin), "wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables...populated by people--and monsters and trees and jocular octopi--who are motivated by the same fears and desires that isolate and unite us all."

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    Donated by the author and Tor Books: Tina Connolly's Nebula-nominated novel, IRONSKIN, hardcover, PLUS the arc of the sequel, COPPERHEAD--both signed by the author. Here's your chance to own a signed copy of the novel RT Times calls, "“A lyrical, beautifully crafted debut."

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    Donated by the editor, and including several former readers for the KGB series: THE MAD SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION, edited by J. J. Adams, signed by the editor. "A no-holds-barred collection. ... Brilliant ... insightful ... demonstrate[s] the seductive power of the 'bad guy.' [...]" -- Library Journal

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Elizabeth Bear, a signed copy of an advanced review copy of STELES OF THE SKY, the thrilling conclusion to her epic fantasy Eternal Sky series.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. Former Fantastic Fiction reader Paul Witcover is donating one copy of his novel THE EMPEROR OF ALL THINGS –trade paperback inscribed to the backer. SFF World says: "An excitingly and brilliantly realised, poetically written tale of magic, subterfuge and intrigue. Not to mention clocks."

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    Donated by Fantastic Fiction reading series host Ellen Datlow, BLOOD AND OTHER CRAVINGS (Tor Books), advance reading copy (arc) & trade paperback copy, both signed by editor Ellen Datlow to donor.

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader E.C. Myers, a signed copy of his novel FAIR COIN, winner of the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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    From Small Beer Press, three paperbacks from Peter Dickinson, DEATH OF A UNICORN, EART AND AIR, and THE POISON ORACLE. Small Beer Press is owned and run by Gavin Grant, former host of the Fantastic Fiction series and former Fantastic FIction reader Kelly link,

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Fantastic Fiction reader Catherynne M. Valente, THE ORPHAN'S TALES: IN THE NIGHT GARDEN and THE ORPHAN'S TALES, CITY OF COIN AND SPICE trade paperback, inscribed to the backer.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction reader Catherynne M. Valente, THE SIX-GUN SNOW WHITE, Hardcover, inscribed by the author to the backer.

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    From publisher Scott H. Andrews, publisher of many former Fantastic Fiction reading authors, a one year (26-issue) ebook subscription to BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES, the online fantasy magazine dedicated to publishing the very best in literary adventure fantasy. E-subscribers receive the magazine before anyone else. Enjoy stories by authors such as Aliette de Bodard, Saladin Ahmed, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Genevieve Valentine.

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    From publisher Scott H. Andrews, publisher of many former Fantastic Fiction reading authors, a set of the four BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES ebook anthologies, Best of One, Two, Three, and Ceaseless Steam.

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    From Hugo award-winning editor Sheila Williams, editor of many former Reading Series authors, a one-year print subscription to Asimov's. Founded in 1977. Asimov’s Science Fiction is a home for exciting new science fiction from up and coming writers, as well as publishing some of the field’s best known authors. Stories from Asimov's have won 41 Hugos and 24 Nebula Awards.

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    From editor John Joseph Adams-publisher of many of the readers at KGB's Fantastic Fiction series: a one-year e-subscription to the Hugo- and Nebula-nominated NIGHTMARE and LIGHTSPEED magazines.

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    From Locus Magazine, frequent publicizer of the KGB Fantastic Fiction series, LOCUS MAGAZINE e-subscription. The multi-award winning industry magazine is offering a one-year e-subscription.

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    From Small Beer Press, a hardcover copy of the translated A STRANGER IN OLANDRIA by Sofia Samatar.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. Fantastic Fiction supporter Trent Zelazny is donating the Hardcover of Roger Zelazny’s science fiction novel ROADMARKS, published in 1979. Booklist says: "A mindbender of a book, and a treat for Zelazny fans."

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Gordon Van Gelder, editor and publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (F&SF), which has published many Fantastic Fiction readers, a signed copy of THE VERY BEST OF F&SF (2009) "For sheer reading pleasure, this anthology is unparalleled." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

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    Donated by professional tour guide and raconteur Gordon Linzner (assistant audio curator of the Fantastic Fiction reading series) : a private 2-hour walking tour of NYC, for up to four people.

    Gordon says, "I'm offering a tour of some of the more haunted sites in the Village, with tales of Grace Tredwell, last inhabitant of the Merchants House museum; Peter Stuyvesant at St. Marks on the Bowery, the potter's field that is now Washington Square Park, the mysterious figure at 12 Gay Street, Aaron Burr and his former carriage house, and more."

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction supporter Open Road Media, a set of three ebooks: ALIEN SEX, edited by Ellen Datlow OFF LIMITS, TALES OF ALIEN SEX, edited by Ellen Datlow and SIRENS AND OTHER DAEMON LOVERS, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

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    From Small Beer Press, a hardcover of NORTH AMERICAN LAKE MONSTERS by Nathan Ballingrud, the first collection by the lauded author.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Fantastic Fiction reader Ysabeau Wilce, the two-volume set of the Japanese edition of FLORA'S FURY. Gorgeous dust jackets, embossed front cover, illustrated frontispiece, and bookmark. Available only in Japan. Ysabeau herself only has six sets. Will sign to the backer if so desired. Image: http://tinyurl.com/l83b93p

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    From award-winning author and former Fantastic Fiction reader Victor LaValle, hardcover copies of BIG MACHINE (winner of the Shirley Jackson Award) & THE DEVIL IN SILVER, inscribed to the backer.

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    Donated by Tor Books, publisher of many former Fantastic Fiction readers in addition to Fantastic Fiction reading host Ellen Datlow, a grab bag of eight TOR titles.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From bestselling author Bruce Coville and forthcoming reader at KGB, a signed hardcover set of two books from his Magic Shop series - THE SKULL OF TRUTH and JULIET DOVE, QUEEN OF LOVE

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Nancy Kress, BEGGARS IN SPAIN hardcover by Nancy Kress, multi award-winning author, signed to the backer.

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    Radio Host Jim Freund, audio curator of the Fantastic Fiction reading series, is offering a one-of-a-kind audio recording of Terri Windling & Howard Gayton's stunning performance of words and music at Fantastic Fiction KGB. One of the best nights ever for the reading series.

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    From long time KGB reading supporter Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, An Elder God who is described as "an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature" with a "pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque scaly body with rudimentary wings". The Great Old One is imprisoned on Earth in the sunken city of R'lyeh. This baby Cthulhu yearns for the rising
    of R'lyeh from the depth of the ocean and the descent of mankind into
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    Stands approx. six and a half inches tall. Wingspan: six inches. Weight: six ounces.

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    Donated by HarperCollins, publisher of many former Fantastic Fiction readers, a first edition hardcover of FRAGILE THINGS by Neil Gaiman (with bound proof) (Will not be signed).

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Lucius Shepard, a hardcover of his new collection, from Subterranean Press: FIVE AUTOBIOGRAPHIES AND A FICTION, inscribed to backer. Jacket art is by J.K. Potter

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    A complete set of Rolling Darkness Revue chapbooks, signed by Pete Atkins and Glen Hirschberg. Brought to you each October by authors Peter Atkins and Glen Hirshberg, former reader at KGB Fantastic fiction, RDR is a super-charged Halloween reading by two kings of the horror field.

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    Donated by Dark Horse, publisher of many former Fantastic Fiction readers, Hellboy Library Edition Volume 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil HC by Mike Mignola's inscribed to the backer. With the original introductions by Robert Bloch and Alan Moore.

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    From Jack Ketchum, former Fantastic Fiction reader, THE DEVIL'S WINE, 2004, Cemetery Dance Publications, Out of Print. Edited by Tom Piccirilli. Hardcover, new (unopened as of this writing), poems by Jack Ketchum, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Graham Masterton, Charles de Lint, Joe Haldeman, Michael Bishop, Jack Cady, Steve Rasnic Tem, Melanie Tem, Peter Crowther, T. M. Wright, Brian Hodge, Edward Lee, Elizabeth Massie, Jay Bonansinga, Tamara Thorne, and Tom Piccarilli. Cover and interior art by Caniglia. Jack Ketchum will sign and (if desired) personalize.

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    Short story critique by former Fantastic Fiction reader Richard Bowes, multi-award winning author of many novels and short stories, including DUST DEVIL ON A QUIET STREET and THE QUEEN, THE CAMBION, AND SEVEN OTHERS. Richard Bowes will provide a written critique of your short story up to 8000 words.

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    Short story critique by the Altered Fluid writing group, which includes Fantastic Fiction co-host Matthew Kressel and many past and upcoming readers. The members of Altered Fluid will critique your short story up to 8000 words. Members are Paul M. Berger, Richard Bowes, K. Tempest Bradford, Tom Crosshill, Kristine Dikeman, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Rajan Khanna, Fantastic Fiction reading series host Matthew Kressel, Sam J. Miller, E.C. Myers, Devin J. Poore, Mercurio D. Rivera, Lilah Wild, Greer Woodward

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. Fantastic Fiction reader Lee Thomas will Tuckerize you, that is, he will write your name into his novel, BUTCHER'S ROAD, forthcoming in 2014 from Lethe Press. The donor will also receive a signed paperback when the book releases.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. Editor Steve Berman is offering one set of the hardcover editions of WILDE STORIES 2008 to 2013 (Lethe Press). This series, publishing the year's best gay-themed speculative fiction, has twice been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and favorably reviewed in Kirkus, PW, and Library Journal and have featured such authors as Laird Barron, Jameson Currier, K M Ferebee, Alex Jeffers, John Langan, and Tanith Lee. If the donor chooses, Steve will autograph the books.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Fantastic Fiction reader Ben Loory, author of STORIES FOR NIGHTIME AND SOME FOR THE DAY has donated a critique of your short story.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From longtime Reading Series supporter the Texas Triffid Ranch, a
    iTerrarium Mark II (2011). This converted iMac Graphite shell comes with one Nepenthes pitcher plant, potting mix, light, thermometer and
    hygrometer, decorative accessories, and instructions. Image: http://tinyurl.com/mnvdckn

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    Former Fantastic Fiction reader Jack Ketchum is donating the Leisure/Dorchester unbound galleys for his two most notorious books, OFF SEASON and THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, inscribed to backer.

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader N.K. Jemisin, acclaimed author of the Inheritance Trilogy and the Dreamblood sequence, an unpublished 5000-word short story, "Emancipation Day."

    N.K. says, "It's one of the first short stories I ever wrote. I'll apply a Creative Commons license to it (noncommercial, attribution, no derivatives), and I will physically mail it to the winner -- anywhere in the world is fine."

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    A 30-40 minute Mehta face massage from professional masseuse and long time KGB reading supporter Ellen Sterman Cook. (Fantastic Fiction Host Ellen says: this facial is brilliant-it feels terrific and is wonderfully relaxing. Highly recommended).

    This Natural Face Lift Massage is known as the "Mehta Face Massage". It draws on the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic healers. The system combines chakra balancing and physical modern massage techniques. It is done without oils or creams. After a treatment you feel a sense of profound relaxation ..this is because the work facilitates energy balancing and the skin looks renewed, glowing, and lifted. The visible results are so because the massage encourages renewed elasticity in the connective tissue (protein fibers) of the face. The sweeping moves done in the treatment gently exfoliate the skin by sluffing off dead skin cells, refining pores, and reducing crows feet lines and puffiness under the eyes Working pressure points on the face help to boost the immune system because you are increasing blood and lymph circulation.

    Please note: the backer must come to NYC for the facial, and must claim their reward between July and December of 2013.

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    HarperCollins, publisher of many former Fantastic Fiction series readers, is offering a first edition of Joe Hill's NOS4A2 signed to the donor. NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Kit Reed, multi-award-winning author of THE STORY UNTIL NOW and SON OF DESTRUCTION, will Tuckerize you, that is, she will write your name into a short story.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction reader Peter Straub, the 30th Anniversary edition of FLOATING DRAGON, published by Cemetery Dance Publications, THE BALLAD OF BALLARD AND SANDRINE, FROM Subterranean Press, and a signed limited edition, # 267, of the unabridged Audiobook of THE TALISMAN, read by Frank Muller, 24 CDs.

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    Former Fantastic Fiction reader F. Paul Wilson's Young-Adult trilogy of REPAIRMAN JACK, signed limited (to 500 copies) first edition published by Gauntlet Press.

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    Acclaimed artist Gregory Manchess and long time KGB reading supporter has donated a sketch on tissue, of an astronaut on a cliff-side that eventually became the painting AMBUSH

    You can view the sketch here:
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    Award-winning author and former Fantastic Fiction reader Jeffrey Ford, author of THE GIRL IN THE GLASS, THE SHADOW YEAR and CRACKPOT PALACE, will Tuckerize you, that is, use your name in a short story.

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    Former Fantastic Fiction reader John Langan, author of MR. GAUNT AND OTHER UNEASY ENCOUNTERS and HOUSE OF WINDOWS, will write a short story about whatever monster the backer names!

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Michael Swanwick, award winning author of THE DRAGONS OF BABEL and BONES OF THE EARTH: "I'll write a short-short story, print it out, and place it in a bottle. After the story is placed in the bottle, I sign and date the glass with a diamond-tipped pen. Then I cork the bottle and cover the top with sealing wax. After writing a letter of provenance, I destroy every copy, physical or electronic, other than the one inside the bottle. It is now, in the original, unspoiled sense of the word, unique. The owner of the bottle, whoever he or she is, can either read the story or else possess the object -- but cannot do both.

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