Leon Horton

Freelance cultural journalist and feature writer

Leon Horton is a cultural journalist, feature writer and humourist. After gaining his masters from the University of Salford, UK, he worked as a Court Reporter at Manchester Crown Court, cut his teeth on local newspapers and magazines and enjoyed a caretaker stint as the editor of Old Trafford News before returning to freelance writing.

His writing is published in Nexus Magazine (Aus/worldwide), International Times (UK), Literary Heist (Canada), Empty Mirror (US), Beatdom (US), The Animals Voice (US) and Erotic Review (UK).

United Kingdom



The Freaks' Roll-Call

(Changing Perceptions of Sexual Deviancy) By Leon Horton 'Deviant: adjective & noun. Adjective: that deviates from the normal, especially with reference to sexual practices....


Faking Bad: PR, Propaganda and the Press

Mark Fisher Illustartion By Leon Horton "If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our...

Empty Mirror

Out to Lunch with William Burroughs: Who Owns the Dropper Owns the Fix - Leon Horton

It was summer 1991, I think, when sharing a joint on a brick fire escape after a night of acid-tapped cartoon lunacy, my friend Steve exhaled smoke into the Manchester morning...

Nexus Magazine

Animal Pharmacy: The Case Against Testing

Testing on animals, we are often told, is a necessary evil in the search for new medicines and modes of treatment for humans. Conventional science has long held the view that...


Bred for War: Animals at Arms

Since time immemorial man has used other species to fight his battles. From Hannibal and his elephants crossing the Alps to ambush the Romans during the Second Punic War, to the...


Anyone Who Has a Heart

(British Medical Association campaigns for changes in UK Organ Donation) It's one of the many high-minded, altruistic gestures I keep meaning to do, but never get round to:...


Trials and Errors: the Dangers of Clinical Research

Words by Leon Horton Artwork by Mark Fisher Volunteering for clinical research trials can be a rewarding experience, not least, financially - or so the research companies would...


Cryonics: Who Wants to Live Forever?

It's a philosophical question often posed, but if you could, would you want to live forever? What if, barring accidents, you could cheat death? Swap diseased organs for healthy...


Up and At Ὲm: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton

Words by Leon Horton Artwork by Stephen James "God laughs and snaps his fingers. The only thing for man to do is snap his fingers back." - The Boy Hairdresser (1960), Joe Orton...


Crisis, What Crisis?

Book Review by Leon Horton Midlife: A Philosophical Guide. Kieran Setiya (Princeton University Press, $15.73 or £18.95) A midlife crisis is no laughing matter, as this reviewer...