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The Bangkok International Tattoo Expo

Just attended Bangkok’s International Tattoo Expo with writer Laure Siegel for French magazine Rise Tattoo.                       Encountered a great cast of remarkable characters and some old friends.

Thailand Handbuch 2016 – 17th edition – Out now!

Very happy to report that the 17th edition of the 900+ page Reise Know How Thailand handbook, c0-authored by Rainer Krack and myself and photographed by Rainer Krack and Aroon Thaewchatturat, is in the shops in the German speaking world, just as I am finishing up the update to my Angkor guide in Siem Reap […]

Fun City will punch your lights out – The new Joe Dylan novel by James Newman

  “A detective should have facts, but sometimes, you just had to dance to the song playing on the jukebox, work the instinct routine, wherever it takes you.” James Newman is cutting his anchors and leaving the shore. He probably sails under a black flag and his destination is rather undefined. He’s not concerned with […]

Steven Seagal loves Sak Yant…and Sacred Skin

A copy of Sacred Skin has found its way into the hands of action actor and martial arts wizard Steven Seagal, via the incredible Sak Yant master Arjanneng Onnut Sakyant!

Bangkok Noir: Crime Fiction in the City of Angels – Jonathan DeHart in The Diplomat

Jonathan DeHart writes an in-depth article on Bangkok crime fiction in The Diplomat today. Thailand’s capital is home to a vibrant community of writers exploring the city’s vast underbelly. Excellent overview of some the city’s literary forces. Great to be interviewed for this piece and wonderful to see Crime Wave Press being mentioned. Authors James […]

Songkran 2016: where to celebrate Thai New Year – The Daily Telegraph

My guide for The Daily Telegraph on where, when and how to best celebrate Thai New Year.

The Daily Telegraph Bangkok Hotel Guide

I have completed a long term project for The Daily Telegraph, reviewing 20 or so luxury hotels in Bangkok. It’s been an intriguing assignment, stretching over several months with great insights into the hotel and restaurant business in the Thai capital. Working with a host of PR staff has been a joy. Many of the […]

Tom Vater at Detectives Beyond Borders

Peter Rozovsky, the man behind the award winning blog Detectives Beyond Borders recently took this rather grizzled picture of me for his blog post about crime fiction in South East Asia, with a nod to my crime fiction imprint Crime Wave Press. Read the lowdown here.

A Night of Bangkok Noir with Peter Rozovsky, Christopher G. Moore and James Newman

   I attended a great evening of talking crime fiction at the Checkinn99 in Bangkok with pulp author James Newman doing the introductions, and crime writer Christopher G. Moore interviewing the incredibly erudite Peter Rozovsky, author of celebrated crime fiction blog Detectives Beyond Borders. The talk veered from the profound to the profane, from traditional […]

Conversation in the City of Angels

Shooting the breeze with my friend Cameron Cooper, editor of several Crime Wave Press titlees as well as my illustrated books Sacred Skin, Burmese Light and Cambodia, Journey through the Land of the Khmer, high above the Bangkok, City of Angels, a few nights ago. Photograph by Charlie Londs.,

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