ABOUT & CONTACT
I write about unconditional love, death, the origins of civilisation, the horrors of work, small gods, paradise, philosophy, the truth of politics , mental ‘illness’ and miss genius. I also make infographics, comic strips, subvertisements and little guides to everything, much of which you can find here.
I love (and endeavour to write) outsider literature — Steppenwolf, Catcher in the Rye, Valis type stuff. By ‘outside’ I mean outside of civilisation. I don’t reject civilisation completely (the rather too extreme position of ‘anarcho-primitivism’), but I do believe that, ten thousand years ago, man (and I do mean man) made a catastrophic wrong turn into self.
Life-wise, I have worked—in Russian cement factories, Spanish anarchist squats, Japanese high schools, Qatari military bases, British refugee camps, Sudanese oil companies and Saudi shit-holes—and I have groomed horses, plucked turkeys, impersonated priests and sold shrunken heads—but it’s in avoiding work, for twenty five years, that I have really succeeded.
I am now the author of The Apocalypedia, which I spent a large part of that twenty five years writing, in order to make unfathomable sense of everything, usefully offend everyone offendable, demolish the preposterous notion, once and for all, that quantum mechanics and the female orgasm are unrelated and say something actually new.
I also wrote and designed Belly Up!—a surreal and satirical adult comic—with William Barker and Ai. Belly Up! has been clinically proven to make men and women, the young and the old, and all colours and creeds, ecstatically repudiate the forces of gravity, moonwalk anarchically across the buttocks of the world and purge themselves, fully, in their sleep.
I am currently working on part 2 (and a TV series) of Belly Up! a couple of novels (love stories), a ‘rumpy-pumpy’ musical with gods and bassoons, a collection of short stories and various bits and pieces for this site. I live in a remote town in Western Spain at the moment, with Ai and around eighty storks, but am moving back to the UK soon.
You can write to me at the email address on the picture. Please tell me a bit about yourself, because it’s nice to feel that you are talking to a flesh-and-blood person and not a disembodied virtual brain—but don’t worry if you would prefer just to write a few lines of anonymous abuse, because that too I will warmly welcome into my innermost.
Note also there’s a mailing list pop up at the top of these pages (which you can dismiss). If you put your address there you’ll get very occasional news updates of my doings and froings. I won’t put your name on the mailing list if you write to me though.
Finally, if, for some reason, you want to know more about me, I’ve written this rather self-indulgent post.
Friends & Recommendations
Ai-chan (My wife: does most of my illustrations)
MediaLens (Superb media-analysis; rare combination of political and personal truth)
Ribbonfarm (Published one of my essays. Sarah Perry writes some good stuff)
Green Books (Publisher of The Apocalypedia)
John O’Brien (One of the greatest living
illustrators artists and a real gentleman. Contributed to Belly Up! for peanuts)
William Barker (Close friend and collaborator, wrote Belly Up! with me and contributed some entries to The Apocalypedia)
Otto von Beach (Contributed to Belly Up! Used to do hyper-intricate victorian-style illustrations, now does faster, looser stuff)
Guy McPherson (Radical doomsayer and good man. Tends to exaggerate, I think, but fundamentally correct)
Honest Publishing (publisher of Belly Up!)
R Crumb (The filthmeister himself: contributed a piece for Belly Up)
Pope ‘Papa’ Shenouda III of Alexandria (Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark the Evangelist of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria: radical bass-guitarist and all-round groovy guy)
(images on this page, Ai and Humanjest)