Mike is currently curating Bedlam: the asylum and beyond, an exhibition opening at Wellcome Collection in September. The accompanying book, This Way Madness Lies, will be published by Thames & Hudson.


His most recent 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 to recent books including Literature and Intoxication, Bore Hole, Public Domain Review Vol 2, Art 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.