William L. Gibson is a writer, researcher and occasional sound artist based in Southeast Asia. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds.

William’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including academic journals as well as commercial magazines such as Signal to Noise and Asian Geographic: The Read. His short stories have been published by Monsoon Books and Black Scat Press.

His novel Singapore Red, the final installment in a hard-boiled crime trilogy set in 1890s Malaya, was published as paperback and ebook by Monsoon Books in January 2017. Singapore Black, the first novel in the trilogy, was published in 2013, followed by Singapore Yellow in 2015.

In the Land of Pagodas, a scholarly translation with Paul Bruthiaux of Alfred Raquez’s travel book of a journey through southwest China in 1899 was publsihed by NIAS Press in Spring 2017. NIAS will publish their translation of Raquez’s second book, Laotian Pages, in 2018.

Currently, William is researching and writing on the extraordinary life of writer, photographer, and explorer Alfred Raquez.


William’s other books include Art and Money in the Writing of Tobias Smollett (Bucknell University Press, 2007), nominated for the Oscar Kenshur Prize.

The soundscape album Chillout… and experimental dance EP Snow White, both from William’s sound project Third World Skull Candy, are available for a limited time on BitPulse Records. Hear tracks from those projects and others on his soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/drg-supreme

His feature column on Asian art and media, ‘Opium Traces,’ can be found at http://www.popmatters.com/archive/column/section/opium-traces/

William’s youtube channel featuring selections of his collection of world, jazz, and folk music is http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvKU0t20wlfRGWckjGIOY2Q

Visit http://www.williamlgibson.com to learn more.


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