Sugar Loaf Tunnel, 2008

My name is Matt Colquhoun [kuh-hoon] and I’m a writer and photographer from the UK. Born in Hull at the end of history, I’m currently based in Huddersfield.

From 2010-13, I studied Photographic Art at the University of Wales, Newport. Then, from 2016-17, I studied Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. The xenogothic blog was founded on 10th October 2017 as an excuse to keep writing after a traumatic postgraduate experience.

The name xenogothic was initially a joke — the expression of a long-held feeling that I’m not a very good goth. In wanting to finally embrace this imposter syndrome and explore it, xenogothic was adopted as a blogonym, and as a cipher through which to build new futures for (the) goth/ic to exist in.

In 2020, I published my first book, Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher. This was followed, in 2021, by the edited collection Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher. My next book, Narcissus in Bloom, is forthcoming from Repeater Books. I’m currently working on a number of other book projects related to accelerationism and the psychedelic legacy of the American West.

When not blogging, I work as a writer, proofreader and editor, and have worked on a number of publications for Urbanomic and Repeater Books. I’ve previously held the role of exhibitions coordinator at Ffotogallery, BAFTA, and D&AD Festival, and my photographs have been exhibited and published around the UK, as well as in France and Japan.

I started the For k-punk event series with Natasha Eves in 2018, and co-host of the Buddies Without Organs podcast with Sean Oscar and Corey J White.

If you would like to hire me, have questions about the blog and its content, or just want to say hello, please email matt@xenogothic.com.


Matt Colquhoun is a writer and photographer from Hull, UK. He is the author of Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher and the editor of Mark Fisher’s Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures. He blogs at xenogothic.com.

Image: Sugar Loaf Tunnel, 2008 by Iain Colquhoun.