Mike’s new book, Psychonauts: drugs and the making of the modern mind, is out now from Yale University Press in the US and UK.
His previous book, Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic, is out in paperback (also available in hardback, ebook and audio).
Recent articles, reviews and long reads: on psychedelics and other drugs, for New York Review of Books; ‘The Virus and the Martians’, essay for Lapham’s Quarterly; ‘Fungi, Folklore and Fairyland’, revised and illustrated for Public Domain Review; on Coleridge’s hypochondria for Wellcome Collection, on premonitions for Literary Review, and on hitchhiking for the LRB.
He writes regularly for the London Review of Books (free access long reads on madness and revolution, Edgar Allan Poe, memory, hallucinations and perfume), New York Review of Books 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.
Emperors of Dreams (originally published in 2000) is back in print in a new, fully revised and updated edition.