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Leon Horton

Arts, culture and lifestyle journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

Leon Horton is a cultural journalist 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 advertising magazines, and enjoyed a failed stint as editor of Old Trafford News.

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

In January 2019, he became a member of the European Beat Studies Network, an academic community of scholars, writers and artists concerned with the Beat Generation.

Portfolio
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 in by his long-term lover and one-time collaborator Kenneth Halliwell.

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 extended family are an odd bunch at the best of times, but of all the gifts I unwrapped that day, the most bizarre – the only one I still possess – was the one my aunt gave me: A Dictionary of Mental Health by Richard B Fisher. What that says about me, I don’t know, but they say people give gifts they want themselves,...

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 atomic bomb, a jazz trumpeter who blew the changes of the 1960s.

Internationaltimes
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 ones, dead brain cells for future memories? For the vast majority of us death is just a fact of life, but to some it is simply a challenge to be surmounted.

Internationaltimes
If you go down to the woods today...

Exit my back door at speed (so many have), turn left, hotfoot it past the school, take another left and slide on down to the nature reserve... and you'll find yourself at a gay cruising area.

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. Bernays, PR guru (1891-1995) Vile comments, outright lies, slanderous leaks...

Nexus Magazine
01/22/2016
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 such research is ethically acceptable when it helps combat illness and disease. And yet an increasing number of leading medical bodies and research scientists are raising serious concerns about the validity of their own work...

Internationaltimes
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 doomed horse-mounted Light Brigade charging entrenched Russian artillery in the Crimean, animals have long been unwitting conscripts in our ever more determined efforts to wipe each other from the planet.

Internationaltimes
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 can readily attest. It creeps up on you when you're busy being young.

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