My name’s Mark Blacklock. I’m a writer, lecturer and researcher. My debut novel, I’M JACK, was published by Granta in early 2015. I’ve compiled the responses to that below. For all fiction inquiries please contact my agent, Anna Webber at United. My next novel, HINTON, will be published by Granta in 2020.
For the past three years I’ve lectured in the English Department at Birkbeck College, University of London, convening the MA in Cultural and Critical Studies and teaching courses on New Directions in Cultural Studies and Science Fiction, among others. My Birkbeck profile page is here and lists my academic publications. The best showcase for what we do on the MA are the Verso prize-winning essays, extracts of which have been published on the Verso blog here and here.
My monograph, a cultural history of the idea of higher-dimensioned space, working from the emergence of n-dimensional geometry in the late-1860s to the non-mundane spaces of H.P. Lovecraft’s weird fiction of the 1930s, via Kant, Abbott’s Flatland, spiritualism, Theosophy, Wells and more, was published in April 2018 by Oxford University Press. Ask your library to order a copy!
I used to maintain a blog about my PhD research into that topic and that is still online here.
I was a freelance journalist, editor and reseacher for over a decade – there’s an old one here that gives a flavour – and have darkened the halls of many publications and institutions in that time but I started out at Bizarre magazine, for whom I was once a human cannonball.
This is a home for essays, articles, interviews and cultural stuff I do: some of it will be archival work I’m proud of, some of it will be fresh. The remit is as broad as possible to reflect enthusiasms and obsessions.
If you want to get in touch directly, please email: mjblacklock [@] gmail.com. The title is nicked from a chapter from JG Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition, which is a touchstone.