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Happy Xmas from The Devil’s Road

                  Can you feel it? We’re all on it. Happy Holidays from The Devil’s Road… Find more beautiful outrageously poignant moments from around the world on my new photo blog project with Laure Siegel. A photo a day keeps the fuckers at bay. Wish all my readers, […]

Pangrok Sulap – The Ranau Art Collective in Borneo – in RISE TATTOO Magazine

Pangrok Sulap – The Ranau Art Collective in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu. Text by Laure Siegel, photos by me, for Rise Tattoo Magazine, part of the French publication’s coverage of tattoo culture in Borneo.  

Balancing tradition and protest in Borneo – Nikkei Asian Review

I am very happy to have published a feature with Laure Siegel on the very brilliant anarchist art collective Pungrok Sulap in Ranau, Borneo in the Nikkei Asian Review this week. Read the full text here.

With writer Marco Ferrese in Penang, Malaysia

One of the great boons of being a writer is hanging out with other writers. Here I am celebrating the dying hours of 2015 with my friend, writer Marco Ferrarese who is currently in the very enviable position of having had his bestselling debut novel NAZI GORENG banned in the country he dissects so effectively, […]

Kota Kinabalu Tattoo Convention

Uff, the year is almost done and it’s been busy. I am still juggling several assignments and have just arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, to cover the city’s first international tattoo convention here with journalists Laure Siegel and Dom Pichard for the very excellent French magazine RISE TATTOO. Really looking forward to the coming days […]

Democracy in Southeast Asia – A Story Untold

I was recently commissioned by a Thai English language magazine to write a short satirical piece abut Democracy in SE Asia.  After much back and forth, the publication decided not to go ahead with the article, apparently due to the current political climate in Thailand. In the West – by which I generally mean the […]

Happy New Year and thanks to all my Readers

Crime Wave Press at Georgetown Literary Festival

Crime Wave Press are at the Georgetown Literary Festival today, having a great time. I had not been to Penang, Malaysia for a decade, so the festival is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the city which has come a long way in the last years. Also great have been encounters with a number of […]

Just-in-Time Printing of Stories from Our Dark Side

As my publishing imprint Crime Wave Press has been invited to this year’s Georgetown Literary Festival in Malaysia, literary reviewer Umapagan Ampikaipakan interviews me for The Business Station. The publisher of a Hong Kong based fiction imprint (the company endeavors to publish the best new crime novels, novellas, and short story collections to readers around […]

Riding the Crime Wave – CWP in ASIA LIFE Magazine

Everyone has a good book in them so they say, Asia’s first English-language crime publishing house looks set to put that adage to the test. Mark Bibby Jackson interviews me about all things Crime Wave Press in this month’s ASIA LIFE Magazine, both in the Thailand and Cambodia edition. I get to talk about crime […]

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