Sugar Loaf Tunnel, 2008

Matt Colquhoun [kuh-hoon] is a writer and photographer from Kingston-Upon-Hull, UK. He is currently based in Huddersfield.

From 2010-2013, Matt studied an undergraduate degree in Photographic Art at the University of Wales, Newport. Then, from 2016-2017, he studied a postgraduate degree in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The xenogothic blog was founded on 10th October 2017 as an excuse to keep writing after what turned out to be a traumatic postgraduate experience, following the death of Mark Fisher earlier that year.

The name xenogothic was initially a joke — the mournful expression of a long-held feeling that Matt is not a very good goth. In wanting to finally embrace this imposter syndrome and explore it, xenogothic was adopted as a blogonym; as an attempt to build new futures for the Gothic to exist in.

In 2020, Matt published his first book, Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher, alongside the edited collection Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher. He is currently working on a number of other book projects related to accelerationism, photography and subjectivity, psychoanalysis and adoption, and the psychedelic legacy of the American West.

When not blogging, Matt works as a freelancer in the publishing industry. He has worked in an editorial capacity on a number of publications for Urbanomic and Repeater Books. Matt is readily available for all your writing, proofreading, and editing needs.

Matt also occasionally works as a photographer. In 2019, he shot the album cover for William Doyle’s Your Wilderness Revisited. His photographs have previously appeared in The Quietus, Electronic Sound, the Metro, the Guardian, and elsewhere. His zines have been exhibited in the UK, France and Japan.

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