Author Archive


Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Koja QED B Shunn

Witcover Koja Babak

Four writers – including me and the wonderful Paul Witcover, above – took the stage at Q.E.D. in Astoria, for a slate of work that flew with the birds and got deep into the dark murk of politics. I performed “Riverfest,” a brand-new companion piece to CHRISTOPHER WILD . . .



. . . which is available right now for preorder, and about to go to the printers – I’ll be doing launch events in Chicago and Detroit, details TK!

GLITTER KING, my adaptation of Marlowe’s gorgeous and terrifyingly contemporary EDWARD II, is in process for 2018. GLITTER KING is hosted by Grand On River, a performance and gallery space in Detroit: think DJ, live strings, movement artists, installation designer, freedom versus fear in a glitterpunk bar at the end of the world.


GK site 5 Bruno KK

Meanwhile, spring means BAUHAUS, nerve’s commissioned project for June 2017: musicians and movement artists and a pair of iron follies to play on. Rachael Ahn Harbert and Marianne Brass, with costume and installation concept renderings, are having fun already.

Bauhaus reh MB RAH

Folly 1 Bauhaus

And so am I, because when the work is really flowing it’s nothing but joy. Even when times are hard, especially when times are hard. Viva fun!



Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Night School reh 6

Happy New Year from nerve

Our shadow selves  . . .



Christopher Marlowe’s sense of sin  . . .


hearts' desire

NS student cert

Brain-SlothNight School masks

NS banquet table


A classroom of masks, of the body, of every student’s heart’s desire . . .



The music of the spheres . . .


NIGHT SCHOOL, nerve’s immersive adaptation of Marlowe’s timeless and achingly relevant FAUSTUS, opened its doors 1/21/17, to brilliant results. Our scholars loved their lessons in the dark, and the ensemble learned a few things, too. Thank you all!

Night School after school


KK photo courtesy Rick Lieder, production photos courtesy The Divine Iguana.

Fun will save us all

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Fun is joy’s baby brother, and they go around together a lot. Let’s look for them in 2017, let’s aid and abet them, let’s have all the fun we can making the good things happen even if they happen in the dark. Because as George Michael (who knew how to rock the Ray-Bans) taught us, you’ve got to have faith. Happy New Year!


Photo courtesy Rick Lieder.

Christopher Wild is done!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016


The mood board above my desk has been a map and a star throughout the writing of this novel, and now Christopher Wild is finished! What a ride, spending these months in close proximity to Marlowe’s life, work, and sensibility . . . My 18th book, but this one is special. Writing about a writer – and a genius – takes some extra effort, and brings a different manner of joy.

The book will be released in 2017, and the trade edition is available for preorder now.

Going WILD at the desk

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016


Notes, more notes, the portrait, the 1590’s coin that dangles from the portrait, the mood board . . . All of it Marlowe, all of it WILD.


[Photo courtesy Rick Lieder.]

CHRISTOPHER WILD trailer drops!

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Coming in 2017, preorder the trade edition of CHRISTOPHER WILD now.

Christopher Wild Trailer from gonervenow on Vimeo.

Three lives.

One man.

Christopher Marlowe is CHRISTOPHER WILD.