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

A revised, compact edition of High Society is forthcoming from Thames & Hudson later this year.

The paperback of his latest book, Psychonauts: drugs and the making of the modern mind, is out now from Yale in the UK (April 30 in the US).

His previous book, Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic, is available in paperback, hardback, ebook and audio.

He writes regularly for the London Review of Books (free access long reads on sleep science, madness and revolution, Edgar Allan Poe, memoryhallucinations and perfume), and the Literary Review (free access piece on Philip K. Dick). He has written for New York Review of Books on psychedelics, the history of anatomy and books bound in human skin.

More free access pieces: ‘The Virus and the Martians’, on Covid and H.G. Wells for Lapham’s Quarterly;  ‘Fungi, Folklore and Fairyland’ and ‘The Ether Dreams of Fin-de-Siècle Paris’, illustrated essays for Public Domain Review;  on Coleridge’s hypochondria for Wellcome Collection.

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.