Mike has been curating Bedlam: the asylum and beyond, an exhibition opening at Wellcome Collection on September 15th.

The accompanying book, This Way Madness Lies, is forthcoming from Thames & Hudson.


His previous book, The Influencing Machine, is out in paperback and on Kindle. It’s published in the US under a new title, A Visionary Madness.

He’s written a new article introducing James Tilly Matthews’ story, and co-scripted a short animated film of the Air Loom.


He reviews regularly for the London Review of Books (free access pieces on revolution and madnessmemory and hallucinations) and for Wall Street Journal.


He has contributed chapters and introductions to recent books including Literature and Intoxication, Oh Excellent Air BagBore HoleArt in the Age of… and The Neuropsychiatric Complications of Stimulant Abuse.


In 2014 he authored Mindcraft, a digital journey through the discovery of the unconscious, for Wellcome Collection and worked with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew on their Intoxication Season.


Emperors of Dreams (originally published in 2000) is back in print in a new, fully revised and updated edition.


Also out in paperback is High Society, his illustrated global history of drugs. It originally accompanied the High Society exhibition, which he curated for Wellcome Collection in London in 2010-11.


The Unfortunate Colonel Despard is now available as an ebook.