Mike is the guest curator of Wellcome Collection’s current exhibition Bedlam: the asylum and beyond.

His accompanying book, This Way Madness Lies, is published by Thames & Hudson.


His previous book, The Influencing Machine, is out in paperback and on Kindle. It’s published in the US under the title A Visionary Madness. (Here’s a recent article outlining the story, and a short animated film of the Air Loom which he co-scripted.)


He reviews regularly for the London Review of Books (free access pieces on madness and revolutionmemory and hallucinations), the Wall Street Journal and the Literary Review (free access piece on Philip K. Dick).


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.