Something began to flow from my busy ballpoint and Night Watch, a phantasmagoria about brother-sister incest, came alive.”

—Stephen Koch

A Note from the Author…

Night Watch, my first book ever, was written during that tumultuous annus mirabilis, 1968. I was twenty-seven and making a name for myself as a literary critic, when my twenty-something miseries got me writing, by hand and for my own eyes only, my darkest, craziest, wildest thoughts. Mercifully, after a week or so, this self-absorbed (also worthless) scribbling began to bore me. And then? Something better began to flow from my busy ballpoint and Night Watch, a phantasmagoria about brother-sister incest, came alive. I was amazed, Somehow, I had spun a real novel out of all that self-pity-soaked straw.  It came as both a mystery and a revelation, and it changed my life.  

Night Watch is formally quite original and in it, my imagination takes its deepest dive. Publication was an intoxicating critical success: wonderful, prominent reviews; television interviews; big magazine features. Sadly, sales were far less intoxicating. 

But my agent pleased me most when she said, “Stephen, I think this is the sexiest book I’ve ever read.” 

For anyone interested in how Jane Fonda responded to readingNight Watch—email me, and I’ll tell you the whole story.

About Stephen Koch

Koch is the author of two novels and five books of nonfiction, ranging from history to literary history and a handbook on creative writing called The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. His most recent book is Hitler’s Pawn – The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust  about the life of a Jewish teenager who in 1938 assassinated a minor German Diplomat and gave Hitler his pretext for Kristallnacht, and had worldwide repercussions in the lead up to the second World War. 

Koch has steadily written essays and reviews about literature, art, and the cultural scene. One of his books, Stargazer – The Life, World, and Films of Andy Warhol, is now regarded as a classic discussion of Warhol’s films, art and sensibility. Read More…

About Stephen Koch

Koch is the author of two novels and five books of nonfiction, ranging from history to literary history and a handbook on creative writing called The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. His most recent book is Hitler’s Pawn – The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust  about the life of a Jewish teenager who in 1938 assassinated a minor German Diplomat and gave Hitler his pretext for Kristallnacht, and had worldwide repercussions in the lead up to the second World War. 

Koch has steadily written essays and reviews about literature, art, and the cultural scene. One of his books, Stargazer – The Life, World, and Films of Andy Warhol, is now regarded as a classic discussion of Warhol’s films, art and sensibility. Read More...

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