Mike is currently writing a new book for Yale University Press.

Recent long reads: on books bound in human skin, for New York Review of Books; new essay, ‘The Virus and the Martians’ for Lapham’s Quarterly; ‘Fungi, Folklore and Fairyland’, revised and illustrated for Public Domain Review.


His latest book, Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic, is published by Yale University Press in hardback, ebook and audio. A revised paperback edition is forthcoming in March 2021.


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

Stranger Than Fiction, a collection of his essays, is available in paperback and ebook.

The Unfortunate Colonel Despard is available in a revised and updated edition. Characters and storylines from the book featured in the final season of BBC TV’s Poldark, on which Mike was the historical consultant.

This Way Madness Lies, an illustrated history of madness and the asylum, is published in the UK and USA by Thames & Hudson.

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

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

High Society and The Atmosphere of Heaven are both available in paperback.