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Cooler Lumpur Festival and New Short Story Published

June 14, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: English, Malaysia, Marco Ferrarese writing Visited: No Comments →

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I will be participating to the second edition of the Cooler Lumpur festival, an arts & literature multimedia event to be held at Kuala Lumpur’s Publika.

My panel is on Sunday 22th June, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. @ the Black Box, a swanky alternative rock and metal venue. Yeah, that’s a subcultural triumph, in a way…

The panel is titled Fringe Voices and here’s the discussion teaser:

From HINDRAF to PERKASA, from COMANGO to Amnesty International, from ISMA to the KKK, what role do fringe voices play in our society? How important are they in driving discourse? What is their role in literature and the arts? Should they be heard? Should they be silenced? (more…)

KL NOIR BLUE is out, and I’m in

April 15, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, Marco Ferrarese writing, My Books Visited: No Comments →

KLNoir_Blue_coverI’m glad to announce that the third volume of bestselling Malaysian dark side anthology KL NOIR – BLUE will be launched on Monday 21st August, and I’m in with an epically graphic story, “Bathroom Wall” – an obvious citation to Faster Pussycat’s cheesy hit, and an ode to the average Malaysian Friday Night’s man.

According to FIXI, the first print of the book has sold out to shops even before the book’s officially out, so congratulations to them, to editor fantastic Eeleen Lee, and to all the authors involved.

Here’s a synopsis:

KL Noir returns and the third time’s a charm with this selection of 15 stories about law and disorder in the metropolis. Direct from the recesses of the city lurk tales of murder, suicide, rival gangs, robbers and sleaze, mixed in with dystopian visions, black magic and the occasional decomposed corpse. Plunge deep into the underworld where the guilty and innocent rest in peace — or rest in pieces.

And now, I’ll give you a quick sneak preview of my story:

Still in disbelief, I feverishly pointed the cursor over the attachment and clicked on it. She was right: a piece of her was looking at me from the screen, stretched into a striped micro top that did not leave much imagination as to the shape of her breasts. They protruded from the upper left side of the picture, profiling a gracious line that curved down to connect with her exposed stomach. Her belly button was like a vortex in the midst of an ocean of white flesh without any ripples — flat and inviting.

For more masturbation material, buy the book at every major Malaysian and Singaporean bookstore, or wait until I post an Amazon purchase link.

There will be a launch at bookstore magnificus Kinokunya KLCC, in Kuala Lumpur, on Monday 21st from 8 to 9 p.m. I will be of course reading and make an ass out of myself as usual, so please come and bring the rotten tomato bags… but be prepared: I will fight back!

Also, keep tuned as my first sweet’n’sour travel-noir will be featured on yet another of FIXI NOVO’s upcoming short story anthologies, “Lost in Putrajaya”. 

Marco Ferrarese Preferred by The Browser

April 12, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Asian Punk/Metal, Bangladesh, English, Marco Ferrarese writing, Music Visited: No Comments →

My recent debut on Roads and Kingdoms, “The Dark Joys of Bengalcore” where I tell about my exploration of Bangladesh’s capital extreme metal music scene, has been selected among writing worth reading by The Browser. This site crawls up the whole world wide web looking for very interesting material, and well, I guess they found my adventure quite enthralling.

Fantastic to be found among prose by the likes of greats such as William Dalrymple, and even Hunter S. Thompson. This warms up the heart very much.

The suggestion is to go and read the article then, as I’m not the only one to say it’s indeed pretty great.

COMA innovative Malaysian space doom

April 09, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asian Punk/Metal, English, Malaysia, Music Visited: No Comments →


I am glad that COMA finally posted  their opus maximus “Black Moon” from 2012 on Bandcamp. I pestered them for over a year to do so, in order  to be able to help them get some digital exposure. Hailing from my turf Penang, COMA are a strange beast with 7 heads at its best (way too many for a proficient touring beast, tough), and represent the missing link between originality and the Malaysian extreme rock scene. In fact, where most Malaysian bands take their influence from the obvious metal and punk bands, COMA verge towards the swampy soundscapes of American labels Southern Lord, Relapse and Hydrahead. I can’t point a single influence, because besides the drummer, I bet none of these guys listen to any of those blazoned mammoth volumetric bands. But there’s a lot of  Malaysian Chinese Yellow Fire (who gets my reference, I pay for beer) current of thinking going on behind the trenches here. And that’s just as good as it gets.

Because of their post and college rock influences, after having them blended in with metal and a bit of heavy hardcore, COMA comes out powerfully refreshing, and very Asian. Oh yeah. Finally one band – if even only ONE band – in this enormous continent who dares to challenge ears by playing something I define as pretty original. By choosing to open up this song with Buddhist chanting, COMA might indeed sound lame if you are from New York. But there’s no Ray Cappoism going on here.  For when you look at the ethnic diversity of the players (Malays, Portuguese Indians, Malaysian Chinese, Muslims, Taoists, Alvin Neo the uncategorized Chinese elf, and so on) …well, you should come to the conclusion that this is not some white guy on a religious trip who disembarks in the Orient on a mission to find his inner stupidity. This is real heavyness for anyone to recognize that Malaysia (Asia) has finally opened one of its two sleepy eyes, and maybe is thinking. New things are about to move. Help these guys understand how much they are worth, for Asians they are, and the shy chromosome of inadequacy is still there. They deserve to be much more international players of what they think they are. Have a go, press play down here, and reflect.

Sorry, the boys have no other website as far as I know.

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