Andrew J. West

Andrew J. West is a Bangkok-based writer and author of Thai Neotraditional Art (2015), Destiny to Imagination: Prateep Kochabua (2013) and an art fiction novel published in the Thai language in 2008, as well as many short stories that have appeared in Eastlit, Pure Slush, Honi Soit and Storie magazine (in Italian). He was a regular contributor to Bangkok Post as an art critic from 2003 to 2012. His first solo art exhibition, Three Worlds, of photo poetry was shown at the prestigious Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) in 2014. West was born in 1967 in Armidale, NSW, Australia, and studied writing and journalism at the Western Sydney University (WSU), graduating with an MA (Writing).

Titles Available from Andrew J. West



Are we staring down the barrel of the apocalypse?

With unstable leaders with odd haircuts who have their fingers on the nuclear buttons, ISIS terrorists who lust for the end of the world and environmental catastrophe looming, who could possibly save us from the apocalypse? The answer is Hanumān the flying monkey warrior and company, that’s who…

In his new novel, Time Beings I: Forward to the Past, Andrew J. West sets up a scenario where mythic characters from Hindu mythology try to turn the wheel of time away from the imminent apocalypse.

Hanumān the monkey general and Vibhīṣana the seer travel through time saving (or not!) the likes of Christopher Columbus and Ernest Shackleton (the Antarctic explorer) to keep humanity alive.

Andrew J. West is originally from Australia and one of the most fascinating incidents in this journey concerns a little-known incident in which Australian Aboriginals fought a pitched battle in open plain warfare against the invading British redcoats during the 1820s.

“I wanted to shed a light into the past in a unique way which would allow young people and adults alike to learn and enjoy history,” said the author. “I’ve been teaching and writing in Thailand for over a decade now so I wanted to take characters from their mythology and mix them into the history of other countries.”

Forward to the Past is the first of a trilogy of adventures in which Hanumān and friends fight off the forces of apocalyptic destruction… Stay tuned for Time Beings II: The Wrath of Kali and Time Beings III: Edge of Yesterday.

Andrew J. West is also well-known in the Thai art scene, particularly for his many art reviews for Bangkok Post and for authoring Thai Neotraditional Art (2015) and Destiny to Imagination: Prateep Kochabua (2013).
Can the world really be saved from nuclear annihilation? At the end of their first voyage, after having apparently delivered humanity from the end of the world, the original superheroes Hanuman the monkey general, Vibhisana the seer and Kalika the Goddess of Time came face to face with the hidden figure behind the end of the world: Kali the demoness.

In the second installment of the trilogy, Time Beings II: The Wrath of Kali, Andrew J. West takes the scenario established in Forward to the Past—where mythic characters from Hindu mythology try to turn the wheel of time away from imminent cataclysm—to an all new level.

In a desperate attempt to undo the work of the demoness, our heroes must travel further forward into the past to confront historical mass murderers such as Genghis Khan as well as save (or maybe not…) such luminaries as Archimedes of Syracuse (the mathematician and inventor), the Trung sisters (the ancient Vietnamese heroines), Hypatia of Alexandria (the mathematician and philosopher), Jesus of Nazareth and many more.

“Counterfactual history is actually an enjoyable way to explore and learn about factual history,” said the author. “And with central characters drawn from Hindu mythology, in which I’ve developed a keen interest since moving from Australia to live in Thailand fifteen years ago, it’s also an unconventional but informative way to learn about other cultures as well as the history of other times and places.”

The Wrath of Kali is the second of a trilogy of adventures in which Hanuman, Vibhisana and Kalika fight off demonic forces of apocalyptic destruction… Stay tuned for Time Beings III: Edge of Yesterday.

Apart from this trilogy, Andrew J. West has written many articles for Bangkok Post and authored Thai Neotraditional Art (2015) and Destiny to Imagination: Prateep Kochabua (2013).
At the end of the second voyage humanity appeared doomed to extinction caused by a global superpox pandemic. Now, the world’s original superheroes confront Kali the demoness as she steers history toward the Cataclysm by taking possession of the most infamous mass murderers of the twentieth century, Adolf Hitler of the Jewish genocide, Talaat Pasha of the Armenian genocide, Pol Pot of the Cambodian genocide, and King Leopold the Butcher of Congo, as well as other demagogues.

In the third and final installment of the trilogy, Time Beings III: Edge of Yesterday by Andrew J. West, our heroes—Hanuman the monkey general, Vibhisana the seer and Kalika the Goddess of Time—travel to the edge of yesterday in a desperate attempt to undo the work of the demoness and save humanity from self-inflicted extinction.

“In this installment, the trilogy reaches its crescendo,” said the author. “In Forward to the Past and The Wrath of Kali readers encountered important persons from the Age of Discovery and ancient history. In this final voyage, readers experience twists given to modern events, many that have occurred in living memory.”

Apart from this trilogy, Andrew J. West has written extensively for Bangkok Post as well as authoring The Money Tree (2018), Thai Neotraditional Art (2015, now in second printing) and Destiny to Imagination: Prateep Kochabua (2013).
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