Sugar Loaf Tunnel, 2008

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

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.

From October 2022, I will be undertaking 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, I will be exploring the role of the “orphan-unconscious” in the work of Deleuze and Guattari and its repercussions for narratives of adoption and orphaning in modern society and its literatures.

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 in 2023. I’m currently working on a few other projects related to the (still) unpublished work of Mark Fisher, the rise and fall of accelerationism, the occulture of Occitania, and the psychedelic legacy of the American West.

When not blogging, I am a writer, proofreader and editor, and have worked on a number of publications for Urbanomic and 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 started the For k-punk event series with Natasha Eves in 2018, and co-host 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.