Jim Algie has been chronicling the dark and sexy side of Thailand for the past 17 years in publications including Bizarre magazine, the International Herald Tribune, National Geo Traveler and the Japan Times.
His short fiction has picked up several awards, including as a co-recipient of the Bram Stoker award. He was a co-founder, chief editor and senior writer of Southeast Asia’s most gonzo publication, Farang Untamed Travel magazine. His most recent books include the travel guides Spotlight on Bangkok and Spotlight on Athens (AA Publishing, London, 2008), as well as Off the Beaten Track in Thailand (Bosphorus Publishing, Bangkok, 2009).
During the ‘80s he toured the world and recorded with seminal Canadian bands including pop-punksters the Asexuals and alt.country rockers Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra. Now, Toronto’s entertainment weekly, referred to his musical doppelganger Blake Cheetah as “the musician who has reinvented dangerous rock ‘n’ roll maneuvers onstage in the 1980s”.
After quitting the music industry, he has spent large chunks of time living in Barcelona, Berlin, Casablanca and Bangkok, where he daylights as the editor of two big travel magazines.
He has also written for the stage and the silver screen. His latest documentary film script, Closing a Deadly Gateway, will premiere at the Global Tiger Summit in Russia in late 2010.