Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Top Ten Zombie Quotes......

The undead is all the rage.

And why not?

Living is overrated. The world is being increasingly populated by us zombie-like creatures pecking into our mobile telephones and stroking our iPads. 



The lot of us...

Besides nothing better than a night in with a good Zombie flick.
Here's my top ten all time quotes from the world of Zombie cinema...

10) Zombieland

"It's amazing how fast the world can go from bad to total shit storm."

9) Evil Dead Part 2

Bobbie Joe: You're holding my hand too tight.
Jake: Baby, I ain't holding your hand

8) Return of the living dead

"I love you… let me eat your br-a-a-a-a-a-a-i-n-s"

7) Dead Alive. 

 "I kick ass for the lord!"

6) Cemetery Man

"At a certain point in your life you realize you know more dead people than living"

5) Return of the living Dead

Trash: Do you ever wonder about all the different ways of dying? You know, violently? And wonder, like, what would be the most horrible way to die?
Spider: I try not too think about dying too much.
Trash: Mm. Well for me, the worst way would be for a bunch of old men to get around me, and start biting and eating me alive.
Spider: I see.
Trash: First, they would tear off my clothes...
Chuck: Hey, somebody get some light over here, Trash is taking off her clothes again.

4) Dawn of the Dead

"When there's no more room in hell the dead will walk the earth."

3) Day of the Dead

"All you've given us lady is a mouth full of Greek salad. Formulas, equations, a lot of fancy terms that don't mean a thing. I wanna know if you're doin' something that's gonna help us out of this deep shit we're in, or if you're all in there just jerkin each other off."

2) Return of the Living Dead - Part 2

"Get that damn screwdriver out of my head!"

1) Ash Army of Darkness (Dedicated to my late mate Ash)

"Yo, She-Bitch, LETS GO!"

Rest in



April 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Missing in Rangoon. A Review.

MISSING IN RANGOON is not only Christopher G. Moore’s most accessible and finest novel, but a coherent continuation of all the books the Canadian born Bangkok based author Moore has written and published in over a quarter of a century of prolific literary accomplishments.

One can get lost in the language of the early land of Smiles trilogy (A Killing, Bewitching, and Haunting Smile), and reread passages with renewed enjoyment each time. The early Bangkok Land of Smile novels were experimental in their use of POV switches, cutting in of newspaper and magazine articles, seamless dialogue, and dreamlike narrative voice; chapters verging into stream of consciousness voice. The reader could eat the language and recognize the wide, vibrant, colorful cast. Three books of their time and place they indeed were. However, Christopher G. Moore, as a novelist has moved to a more commercial and in my opinion better place.

The publication of Spirit House first in the Vincent Calvino crime series marked a sea change. Moore gets a firm grip on plot, action, and narrows the cast down to a net of familiars and necessary extras. With Vincent Calvino, the writing becomes tighter, more organized. The books become pager-turners. 

Never an author to create fully formed antagonists, and perhaps true to the noir genre, the cities themselves breathe fear and anxiety, mystery and suspense onto the pages.

The big pull with Moore’s work is the descriptions of the exotic places he knows too well. Descriptive passages I feel detailed rather too heavily in some earlier works. I live and walk the same streets as Calvino does.

One way of looking at a brilliant piece of fiction is that if one single paragraph be taken away from the work then the whole story crumbles to dust without making sense. Writing fiction is about taking away what is not required. One must chip chip chip away at a rock to uncover a statue. Missing in Rangoon achieves this.

The balance of dialogue, description, and action is perfect.

The story?

Calvino – half-Jewish-half-Italian private eye and his jazz saxophonist police connection take a trip to the recently opened Burma on a twofold case. One to find the whereabouts of a Bangkok bar-owner’s wayward bass guitar bothering son, and two to intercept the smuggling of over the counter cold pills smuggled across the border from Rangoon into Bangkok for the production of methamphetamine. Calvino encounters an interesting cast of characters including a fine noir vixen, a fortune-telling private dick, the mob, and the usual cast of ways and strays flung to any South East Asian city. I recommend reading Missing in Rangoon, even if you have not read Christopher G. Moore’s novels before and especially if you have.

His best yet.

Christopher G. Moore reading in the Bangkok Night.

Review by James A. Newman

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bangkok Night of Fiction

The classic old school night haunt Checkinn99 was filled to capacity. The readers gave an excellent performance. The audience were receptive and respectful. It was a success.

Thanks to all authors and artists for making my job easy.

I will blog about this after the nervous exhaustion wears off...

In the meantime here's a fine article from literary reviewer Kevin Cummings....


And some photographs from Aroon Vater....

Bangkok Fiction Night of Noir

And some more pictures from the club manager Chris Cotto-Smith


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Read more about the Red Night...

Review from Amazon...

This is what writing should be about. Great metaphors, brilliant segues from one event to the other, a feeling of living vicariously through the characters inside the world the writer creates.

Perfectly designed character in a PI role, with the right amount of grizzled and jaded views from its protagonist, Joe Dylan. He paints a vivid landscape of his surroundings, while pursuing what it is that comes his way. It's a deep journey and one of the best books I've read in ages.

Buy it.

Read more about the Red Night...