Leon Horton

Arts, culture and lifestyle journalist

Leon Horton is a cultural journalist, feature writer and humorist. After gaining his masters from the University of Salford, he drank himself into a corner working as a Court Reporter at Manchester Crown Court (wouldn't you?), lost the will to live writing "isn't everything great" bullshit for local ad mags and enjoyed a caretaker stint as the editor of Old Trafford News.

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

When he's not barking at the moon or up the wrong tree, Leon is available for freelance commissions.

United Kingdom


Erotic Review Magazine

Up and At 'Em: Death in the Sex of Joe Orton

At the height of his short-lived fame, Joe Orton - anarchic playwright and cause célèbre of the English theatre - is found murdered at 25 Noel Road, Islington, his brains bashed...

International Times

The Freaks' Roll-Call: Perceptions of Sexual Deviancy

For my 18th birthday, in 1986, I was given what most would consider some unusual coming-of-age presents: a wooden hatstand, a crystal whisky decanter, a book on the occult… My...

Literary Heist

Jeff Nuttall: Mind Bombs and Mimeographs

Poet, publisher, teacher, painter... actor, musician, social commentator - Jeff Nuttall was a polymath and a pioneer, an anarchist sympathiser who grew up in the shadow of the...

International Times

Faking Bad: PR, Propaganda and the Press

"If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it." - Edward L....

Empty Mirror

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

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...


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...


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...