MALCOLM MC NEILL worked as a political artist for The New York Times, cover artist for Marvel and collaborated with author William S. Burroughs for almost a decade. His images have been exhibited in London, New York and Los Angeles. He began writing full-time in 2000 and has published more than forty essays and four books.
The complete collection of essays published in the U.S. and U.K. between 2013 and 2018.
“AN ILLUSTRATED MENAGERIE OF SACRED COWS AND INCONVENIENT TRUTHS REVISITED”... including Joseph Campbell, Deepak Chopra, Richard Dawkins, Angelina Jolie, Al Gore, Aleister Crowley, Frank Perdue, Frederick Nietzsche, Tarzan, Samson and Noah among others
"McNeill's experience and expertise rivers through this waterfall of words like his own force of nature; a perfectly reasoned stream of rationale flowing beneath the aimless chaos......By writing in this way, with a coruscating mixture of humor and wisdom, he sets out the methodology others, should they be brave enough to do so, can adopt, adapt and follow."
DAVID ERDOS- International Times
"Contrarian pop-rockets, ironclad poesies of deconstruction that will turn anything, a phrase or a global cultural treasure upside down as the author pleases. A kind of relief that is sorely needed in a climate where everything is laid out casino style and the culture is clearly gambling for every scrap of your mind's capacity.
ROBERT SEITZ:Paraphilia Magazine
"To be so knowledgeable and yet so funny is a rare trick."
ALAN PLATT - Author: Foreign Fool
Observed While Falling is an account of the Word/Image collaboration between writer WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS and artist MALCOLM MC NEILL that began in 1970 and continued long after the author’s death. AH POOK, the Mayan God of DEATH and REBIRTH, was the focus of the idea and Ah Pook is Here, the novel, was worked on for more than seven years before it was abandoned for lack of funding. Remarkably, all trace of the endeavor, including the hundreds of images that were produced, ‘disappeared’ from the official record until an unprecedented event revived them. In effect, the project came back to life and in so doing, manifested its principal character as FACT. In the context of its intention this was not so unusual. The writer and artist had precisely set out to explore such a possibility and over the years many equally inexplicable interactions between real and imaginary would occur. Ah Pook is Here was a Word/Image experiment with a unique pretext, Observed While Falling is an account of the results.
"Colin Wilson read this extraordinary book in one sitting. He can't have been an exception. Malcolm Mc Neill's OBSERVED WHILE FALLING sweeps you up into a multi-layered adventure that presses almost every button. It's philosophy. It's science fiction and it's science fact. It plays astonishing tricks with reality... Phenomenological and phenomenal, it's the strangest book you'll read all year."
HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS - International Times.
“An epic double bill of astonishingly accomplished visual art combined with an autobiographical saga by turns as comic as Joe Orton and sinister as Kafka. Mc Neill’s Sam Spade-like doggedness in dismantling so many traps and snares to bring this extraordinary work into the light is a cause for rejoicing for all true Burrosicrucians.”
MAX BLAGG - Author: Pink Instrument, Ticket Out
"There should be no doubt that these companion publications and the vital archaeology of art and narrative Malcolm McNeill provides, like his original seven-year collaboration with Burroughs, informs a unique occult aesthetic. To the extent that Burroughs’ so-called ‘word hoard’ is an image hoard, no one ever produced better images for, and with, Burroughs than Malcolm McNeill. Observed While Falling is a sincere, bizarre and moving memoir, and The Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here is without doubt the finest extant visual contribution to the Burroughs oeuvre and mythology."
JAMES REICH - Bold Type Magazine
"Astonishing. A valuable social, spiritual document"
MAJA D'AOUST - The Philosophical Research Society Los Angeles
The complete archive of imagery produced in collaboration with WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS, including illustrations for other published texts. Mc Neill summarizes the creative and personal interaction between author and artist and recounts AH POOK IS HERE’s history of marginalization, rediscovery and ultimate censorship. SARA VAN NESS (Watchmen as Literature) adds a creative overview explaining its relevance within the graphic novel genre.
"Ah Pook Is Here, the collaboration with Malcolm Mc Neill, unfinished and unpublished in its full glory, and maybe because of this fact, remains Burroughs’ Gesamtkunstwerk, his total work of art. As envisioned by Burroughs and Mc Neill, Ah Pook Is Here encompassed the performing arts, literature, and the visual arts… Ah Pook Is Here is a Garden of Sexual Delights in the tradition of Bosch, a sexual carnival in the tradition of Rabelais, and a Garden of Eden before the Fall…”
JED BIRMINGHAM - Realitystudio
“I can't think of anything in the graphic arts that equals its scope and ferocious beauty."
TED MORGAN - Biographer: Literary Outlaw (Burroughs), Churchill, FDR.
First time publication of the complete science fiction series written and illustrated for GALLERY MAGAZINE, with an introduction and afterward by the author describing its origins, methods and subtext. The book features additional concept art plus recollections of Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, William Burroughs, “Girlie Magazines”, Star Trek, Aliens and nakedness.
"Malcolm Mc Neill's incomparable work of esoterica maps the terrain that would be excavated by Alan Moore in the 1980s and beyond. Surreal, erotic, operatic....TETRA presages the graphic-novel standard that increasingly defines the flow of technological culture and desire"
D.HARLAN WILSON - Author J.G. Ballard:Master of Science fiction
"TETRA explores fundamental elements of the human experience, how we connect to others, and what it means to be the authors of our own stories. The introduction and afterword provide a fascinating metatextual exploration of the work, making clear the connections between author and story and explaining the challenges relating to content and form."
SARA VAN NESS - Author: Watchmen as Literature
“Brilliant worlds and creatures, subversive metaplot, meticulously crafted art. TETRA is at once a product of its time and ahead of its time. ”
ZACHARY VOU - Heavy Feather Review
“Like a groundbreaking piece of cinema, Mc Neill creates a world for us to inhabit and not want to leave.”
JOSEPH EDWIN HAEGER - The Big Smoke