Leon Horton

Arts and Literature

United Kingdom

Leon Horton is a writer, interviewer and editor specialising in arts and literature. His writing has been published by Beatdom Books, International Times, Beat Scene Magazine, Under the Counterculture, Newington Blue Press, Literary Heist, Empty Mirror, Erotic Review and TheGayUK. In January 2019, he became a member of the European Beat Studies Network, an academic community of scholars, writers and artists concerned with studying the Beat Generation literary movement.

Under the Counterculture
Books, Beats, and Badass Journalists: An Interview with David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom Books and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' (2013), Crossing India the Hard Way (2018) and World Citizen: Allen Ginsberg as Traveller (2019). His latest work High White Notes: The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism, an in-depth analysis of...

Under the Counterculture
Charles Bukowski: Only Tough Guys Shit Themselves in Public

Charles Bukowski, like most writers, was never happier than when he was alone at the typewriter; beer-in-hand, glugging into the night, hiding in plain language. But writers, especially poets, can rarely afford to let their work speak for itself. Dragged from their caves into the tyranny of the light, they are often pushed into the...

Under the Counterculture
Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in utero

This article is respectfully dedicated to my friend Paul Clements (1964-2017), another good Doctor sorely missed. Owl Farm, Colorado, February 20, 2005 - 5:42 p.m. Hunter S. Thompson, hell-raiser and author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, takes a phone call from his wife Anita at the Aspen Club and apologises for almost accidentally...

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.

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.

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.

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...