KGB: Book Launch for Lonely Christopher’s Novel “There”

December 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Writer’s Collective of Kristiania presents its first novel publication: THERE by Lonely Christopher. Please join us at the KGB Bar this holiday season to celebrate our book release with performances by Lonely Christopher, Cammisa Buerhaus, Joseph Keckler, and Robert Fitterman.


THERE is an intertextual horror story about a disastrous marriage. Jack and Wendy live in a haunted house with their son. Their situation happens to echo a popular genre novel that was later adapted into a film. And yet anything familiar to the reader is bizarrely distorted. There is constant forward motion but no linearity, heart-stopping terror but no ghost. Jack and Wendy exist where time and place are broken and there may be no escape. Lonely Christopher’s first novel is an intellectually rigorous and emotionally riveting perversion of classic horror tropes that explores how people destroy each other. Behind every word is a nightmarish secret. Read it if you dare.

“A white marriage between Stein and Huysmans, THERE takes on love and art, violence and weather, the horror of syntax and the locked-in Overlook Hotel of the mind. Lonely Christopher’s sentences are like bony vertebrae behind which a slim lover hides a knife. But his true subject is the grim co-dependency of language and consciousness: what we do with words when we’re alone with them, and what they do to us.”
—Joyelle McSweeney, author of The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults

“Lonely thinks astutely about other texts and is not only clear but poetic in a way that is daring and rewarding. He cares about his topics and is also concerned about what ideas play off against each other as well as being impartial in their presentation so that the reader must be involved and committed to the outcome. I like this quality in any writer, but it is not all that common.”
—Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren


Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including Nevermind (Wonder Books, 2016), Rob’s Word Shop (Ugly Duckling Press, forthcoming 2018), No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, and Veer [London] 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Metropolis—a long poem in 4 separate volumes. He has collaborated with several visual artists, including: Serkan Ozkaya, Nayland Blake, Fia Backström, Tim Davis and Klaus Killisch. He is the founding member of the artists and writers collective, Collective Task. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies.

Joseph Keckler is an award winning performer and the author of Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World (Turtle Point Press, 2017).

Cammisa Buerhaus is a writer and performer based in NYC. Her film ‘Private Lives’ has been exhibited widely, most recently in an exhibition curated by Georgia Sagri in Athens, Greece. Recent performance work includes; a starring role in Richard Maxwell’s ‘The Evening’, Language for titre provisoire’s ‘Some Things In Common Perhaps’, and Cecilia Corrigan’s ‘Motherland’. In 2016, she presented work at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Metro Pictures. Other recent collaborations include the opera Justin Bieber Bathos Elegy with Felix Bernstein, and performance ensemble NYCDBOS with Kayla Guthrie and Martina Gordon. Her performances and other works have been reviewed in The Wire, Artforum, and Texte Zur Kunst.

Lonely Christopher is the author of the poetry collections Death & Disaster Series (Monk Books, 2014) and The Resignation (Roof Books, 2018). His short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse was a 2011 selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery imprint of Akashic Books and his first novel, THERE, was published by The Writer’s Collective of Kristiania in 2017. His plays have been presented in Canada, China, and the United States. His film credits include several international shorts and the feature MOM, which he wrote and directed. He lives in Brooklyn.