Mike’s new book, Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic, is published by Yale University Press.
He has curated an accompanying exhibition with the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Brilliant Visions: mescaline – art – psychiatry, which runs until 31st August.
The Unfortunate Colonel Despard is now out in a revised and updated edition. Characters and storylines from the book feature in the current season of BBC TV’s Poldark, on which Mike was the historical consultant.
Stranger Than Fiction, a collection of his essays, is available in paperback and ebook.
He writes regularly for the London Review of Books (free access long reads on madness and revolution, memory and hallucinations), the Wall Street Journal and the Literary Review (free access piece on Philip K. Dick).
His previous book was This Way Madness Lies, a highly illustrated history of madness and the asylum, published in the UK and USA by Thames & Hudson. It was written in conjunction with Wellcome Collection’s exhibition Bedlam: the asylum and beyond, on which he was guest curator.
Emperors of Dreams (originally published in 2000) is back in print in a new, fully revised and updated edition.