My name is Matt Colquhoun [kuh-hoon] [they/them] and I am a writer and photographer from Kingston-Upon-Hull in the UK.

After half a lifetime spent blogging, I published my first book in March 2020, entitled Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher. In January 2021, this was followed by the edited collection Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher. My next book, Narcissus in Bloom, is forthcoming from Repeater Books in 2023.

Having initially studied photographic art and theory, I recently returned to academia to pursue a PhD in Philosophy at Newcastle University, under the supervision of Drs Stephen Overy, Lorenzo Chiesa and Shreyaa Bhatt. Tentatively titled Anti-Oedipus, Pro-Antigone, my thesis seeks to uncover the underexplored significance of the figure of the orphan in the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.

When not blogging or writing, I primarily work as a proofreader and editor, most regularly for Repeater Books. In another life, I 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 currently host the “New Tenderness” show on Slack’s Radio. I have previously organised the For k-punk event series with Natasha Eves, and co-hosted 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. They are the author of Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher (2020) and the editor of Mark Fisher’s Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures (2021). Currently based in Newcastle upon Tyne, they blog at xenogothic.com.

Image: Sugar Loaf Tunnel, 2008 by Iain Colquhoun.

Sugar Loaf Tunnel, 2008