Mike’s latest book, Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic, is published by Yale University Press. A revised paperback edition is forthcoming in March 2021.


The Unfortunate Colonel Despard is out 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.


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 revolutionmemory and hallucinations), the Wall Street Journal and the Literary Review (free access piece on Philip K. Dick).


This Way Madness Lies, a highly 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.