Tuesday, March 26, 2013


"The only thing I know about books, is that they should be like a woman's dress: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting." So says protagonist, Joe Dylan in James A. Newman's RED NIGHT ZONE - BANGKOK CITY.....

Read the review here...

Amazon Review

Red Night Zone - HARD Version

No, you dirty-minded scamps NOT that sort of HARD version

A hard paperback version of the book.

Order on Amazon......

Red Night Zone Paperback

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Red Night Zone 2013

On Sale today!!!!

Click to buy the new and improved Bangkok City,

Now called, wait for it,

Red Light Zone - Bangkok City

Edited and rewritten for 2013...

There's even a spanking new cover...


Follow P.I Joe Dylan through the Bangkok underword... A world of bizarre nocturnal acts, black magic rituals... A seedy Bangkok underworld that picks-up fallen women from the streets and throws them into an evil world of torture and murder...

Now for sale on Amazon....

Red Night Zone - Bangkok City

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bangkok Express, interview, and stuff.....

...Sooooo in this interview with literary critic Voicu Mihnea Simandan I manage to name check...

Ken Bruen, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, James Hadley Chase, Sammuel Beckett , James Joyce, Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, Celine, Raymond Chandler, J.P. Donleavy, Dashiell Hammett, Hunter S. Thompson, Alexander Trocchi, Patrick Hamilton, Lawrence Block, Knut Hamson, Jack Kerouac, Christopher G. Moore, Tom Vater, Tom Earls, Lou Reed, Alan Watts, Freud, Jung, John Daysh, Barney Rosset, John Burdett, Joe Dylan.  

Read it here...http://www.simandan.com/?p=8046

And new Title out soon.....

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio - A Review.

Val Benson – a rich kid with a few family secrets in her locker winds up in a Japanese hostess bar before entangling herself in a treasure hunt for lost gold in the Thai / Burmese jungle. Along for the ride are Suki (great name) her Japanese hostess friend, Muddy (again great name choice) a gritty Australian treasure hunter, and Simon- a sarf Londan kick boxer.

Reminiscent of Karin Slaughter’s Tokyo the beginning opens with Val arriving in Tokyo, finding her feet in a hostess bar, and meeting an old flame who happens to be a lawyer working on busting former Japanese war criminals. One of whom is also Val’s number one customer, painter of female genitals, and holder of a lost treasure map. Val goes to the client’s home, takes the treasure map along with a bag of cash, battles C.I.A agents, watches the old war criminal nearly die, and escapes with her life, the cash, and the map. Her diplomat father gets her out of the country to Hong Kong where she meets up with Muddy and then onto Bangkok where the search for treasure starts proper.

Gaijin Cowgirl is a high-octane chase thriller; the action level only drops when the author fills us in with historical details – all of which are probably not a hundred percent essential to the plot – interesting nonetheless. The cast is wide and colorful and the backdrop always illuminating. This is a fine first novel by author Jame DiBiasio who moved to Hong Kong from New York in 1997. DiBiasio has researched and structured his novel well, tension rises and lowers, the plot is strong and well resolved. Although Val is at times a weak protagonist she finds out something about herself, her family and her place in the world during this adventure. And that, my fellow readers, is what writing character adventure fiction is all about.

Monday, March 18, 2013

From B to C.

Quotes from the ‘c’ section.

First up the one and only Raymond Chandler….

“I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room.”

― Farewell, My Lovely

James M. Cain was on the money here…


“If your writing doesn`t keep you up at night, it won`t keep anyone else up either".”


Albert Camus had a point here…

"You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.”

― Albert Camus, The Fall

And oh, my favorite poet. Gregory Corso...
"Last night I drove a car
not knowing how to drive

not owning a car

I drove and knocked down

people I loved

...went 120 through one town.

I stopped at Hedgeville

and slept in the back seat

...excited about my new life."


Bangkok Fiction Night of Noir....

Be sure to book early to bag a table....

Sunday, March 17, 2013

"B" Section Quotes for the Day

Looking through the 'B' section can unearth many gems. Here are a few quotes from some choice authors that dwell in the 'B' section of any book or library....

First up....

Charles Baudelaire...

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”

What Chuck is saying here is that every line matters. Something that LA writer and gutter poet Charles Bukowski would have always gone along with....
"God or somebody keeps creating women and tossing them out on the streets, and this one’s ass is too big and that one’s tits are too small, and this one is mad and that one is crazy and that one is a religionist and that one reads tea leaves and this one can’t control her farts, and that one has this big nose, and that one has boney legs . . . But now and then, a woman walks up, full blossom, a woman just bursting out of her dress . . . a sex creature, a curse, the end of it all.” - Charles Bukowski - Post Office, 1971

Anthony Burgess would have considered Buk low class, yet he flirted with the idea of misspent youth in his novel A Clockwork Orange..... A book he wrote after a failed career as an ESL teacher in the Far East...

“The next morning I woke up at oh eight oh oh hours, my brothers, and as I still felt shagged and fagged and fashed and bashed and my glazzies were stuck together real horrorshow with sleepglue, I thought I would not go to school.” - A Clockwork Orange.

William Burroughs was for my money the writer of the 20th century....

"I am not one of those weak-spirited, sappy Americans who want to be liked by all the people around them. I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. My affections, being concentrated over a few people, are not spread all over Hell in a vile attempt to placate sulky, worthless shits.”

And Mikhail knew about women. Perhaps more so than Buk....

Mikhail Bulgakov

“Punch a man on the nose, kick an old man downstairs, shoot somebody or any old thing like that, that’s my job. But argue with women in love—no thank you!”  - The Master and Margarita

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bangkok Night of Noir

17th April 2013. Bangkok and Thailand based writers read from their work and discuss the craft. Chris Coles will be showing some of his work and discussing the impressionist movement and how it relates to Bangkok noir.

There will be live music and film noir.

Having been open now for almost fifty years the Checkinn 99 has been voted as Bangkok's top night spot and was a recent feature in the Stickman weekly blog.

The venue has held court to stars such as Bob Hope.  

Doors open at 7.30pm and there is a cover charge of 100 baht.

Authors and artists will bring along books for signing and will be more than happy to meet some of their readership.

If you are in Bangkok on the 17th April (after all of the Songkran celebrations) then this is the place to be.  

Any Bangkok authors or artists wishing to participate please contact your host at james_newman99@hotmail.com


James Newman BKK. 13.3.13

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bangkok Express Amazon Print Version

FOR UNDER a tenner you can get your hands on the print version of Bangkok Express, an often hilarious, always dangerous, fast moving tale of the tricks and turns in an exotic land where what meets the eye often fools, if not confuses, the noodle.

Just click below,

thats it,


Monday, March 4, 2013

Ten Questions for Five Writers.

Tom Vater kindly asked me to play a chain interview.

Tom Vater is a writer working in South and South East Asia. He writes both in English and German. His articles have been published around the world. He is the author of several books and has co-written a number of documentary screenplays for European television and cinema. TIME Magazine described his recent work as 'exuberant writing'.

The idea is I do the interveiw and then ask the same ten questions to five other writers.

They are being shot on to the following five Asia based writers.

Tom Tuohy – Non-fiction writer. Watching the Thais. Thailand.

Thom Locke – Fiction writer – The Ming Inheritance. Thailand..

Ujwwal Dey – Mumbai based author and editor of Freedom Fiction. India.

Ismeal Galvan. Splatter Punk novelist of Blubber Island. Japan.

Guy Lilburne. The Thai Dragon. Thailand.

But first, my interview.

What is the title of your book?

Bangkok Express.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Tom Vater put it better than I could in his Chaing Mai City News review:

“Bangkok Express is a wild and uneven ride through Thailand’s seedy underbelly.”

What genre does your book fall under?

If there is such a genre as,

Pulp Crime Thriller,

It’ll be in that one.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

As most ideas do it flew through my window one day in the shape of an insect. It had beautiful purple wings and it sang to me in a tired voice. I held it in the palm of my hand and said, ‘Eureka…’

I jest.

The germ of an idea may come in a dream or while walking down the street. Or while walking down the street in a dream for that matter. The actual execution of that idea onto the page is an entirely different animal. The idea is the easy part. I have a hundred ideas each day for new books. The trick is trying to shape that idea into something saleable.

That’s the trick.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

From the first draft of Bangkok Express to the current version has taken around eight years.

It was my first effort. I felt I had to put it out in the stores first. I’ve written a lot of other books, short stories and articles.

Bangkok Express was my first.

I lost my virginity to it.

So to speak.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Read enough books. It is only natural to want to write books. I read thousands of books as a kid, thought I had a chance at writing one.

But that particular book?

I was living in a beautiful country and I wanted to tell the world about it. I was twenty-four years old.

Like I say, a virgin.

I learned more about the country and updated the novel as I discovered new crime stories and read new writers.

No one thing or person inspires one to write. It is not a choice. I can’t choose not to write. It’s more like an addiction or a compulsion (much the same thing.)  Each book is a new circle of hell, but I love the process, especially the early romance with a project. The final edits are like a bitter divorce. Who gets to keep what? Having your shortcomings shoved down your throat before the final judgement. I am getting better, I hope.

What inspired me to write the book? The first sentence. Then the next one.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

A Thai-based publisher handles the electronic angle. My print books are under my own imprint with a nice distribution deal with a Thai based operator. I came close to a deal with a New York agent two years ago, the deal fell through and I decided to just try and get the word out. Maybe I’ll go the agent route for the next one, or maybe not.

What other works would you compare this book to within your genre?

I try to keep things light and comical so Charles Bukowski’s last novel Pulp, perhaps. Thailand based David Young writes some cracking books over here. It seems we share some of the same readers. Sukhumvit Road by Young would be a nice comparison. And of course anything by Burroughs, Chandler, Cain.

One reviewer compared me to James Ellroy, another to Hunter S. Thompson. I'm wise enough to know I'm nowhere close to these guys or any of the others above.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

John Cusack as Joe Dylan. Devon Aoki as Gantira. Some badass as Shogun. Directed by Stephen Chow. And if you’re reading Steve, Steve, Steve?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

All characters are named after members of my direct family and the students that I teach English in Bangkok. I have to care about my cast...