Night of Noir III Host James A. Newman with artist Chris Coles seen at a bar favored by fat cats

(Photo: Alasdair McLeod)



The Night of Noir III lineup to be held tomorrow evening at Check Inn 99 has shaped up nicely. From left to right you have host and pulp fiction writer extraordinaire, James A. Newman, expressionist artist Chris Coles, the multi-talented Kevin Wood, fan favorite and feminist foe Dean Barrett, publisher, editor and author, John Daysh making a rare Thailand appearance from New Zealand, the poet noir John Gartland, author of the excellent Gaijin Cowgirl Jame Dibiasio has flown in from Hong Kong and man of many hats, publisher, journalist, novelist and travel writer Tom Vater fills out the bill. In addition Thom Locke (T. Hunt Locke) will be milling around and if you look closely you’ll probably spot a few other authors in the crowd as well.

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If you need additional incentive to get down to Check Inn 99 an exhibit featuring some of Chris Coles original paintings from the NAVIGATING THE BANGKOK NOIR book is part of the Bangkok Fiction Night of Noir event which will take place Thursday January 8th, 2015 featuring readings from many of Bangkok’s leading Expat authors, all part of the burgeoning Bangkok Noir movement.


  Navigating the Bangkok Noir by Chris Coles




It should be a good two to three hours of entertainment at Check Inn 99 with rumors floating around that some of the authors may pick up their musical instruments and form an impromptu noir band. In addition Music of the Heart Band will be there. Books by the authors are available for purchase and signing.



It looks to be another memorable evening in what is becoming an annual Check Inn 99 tradition. For more information about seating and arrival time go to

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 Sexy Bar by Chris Coles on Exhibit at Check Inn 99

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A happy couple, they each have dreamed of the other, hoping to find what they have been missing in themselves. But what happens if what they see is something they have imagined, not what is actually there…..(Words by Chris Coles)

Some of the Chris Coles paintings will be available for purchase as well at reasonable price points. So there are many reasons to check out Check Inn 99 and the Night of Noir III tomorrow night.

Check Inn 99 is located on Lower Sukhumvit between Soi 5 and Soi 7 opposite the Landmark Hotel…the Chris Coles exhibit will be up for about a month from December 26th onwards….open from 6pm to 2am every night…..musical performances by Music of the Heart band starting around 8pm…many thanks to Check Inn 99 Bangkok’s energetic and creative impresario Chris Catto-Smith.