My first novel, I’m Jack, was published by Granta in June 2015. It tells the story of John Samuel Humble, the man who sent three hoax letters and a tape to police investigating the murders committed by Peter Sutcliffe in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
- Review by Catherine Taylor for The Guardian
- Review by Austin Collings for The Financial Times [log-in required]
- Review by Ben Myers for The New Statesman
- Interview with Dave Whelan for Vice
- Interview with Thom Cuell for The Workshy Fop
I’ve been exceedingly fortunate that my quite brilliant colleague, the Philip Leverhulme Medal-winning researcher Professor Martin Eve, has essayed a reading of the informational themes of I’m Jack.
Martin’s essay, ‘Reading Redaction: Symptomatic Metadata, Erasure Poetry, and Mark Blacklock’s I’m Jack,’ can be read here.
Recipes for Longpig
I have been writing a series of short fictions in a recipe form. These use the familiar textual template of the recipe to explore the grotesque, satirical and absurd. Many take figures or themes from contemporary culture and events and devise a way of cooking them. They are informed by both the Futurist Cookbook and J.G. Ballard’s surgical fictions in terms of thinking about what this formal mechanism can achieve. Some of these have been published and are available in printed form.
Neither Am I