Dark Mountain: Issue 1 (PDF)

Nick is the author of three books about walking and Europe, the most recent of which is Outlandish, a work of gonzo ornithology, The Parakeeting of London, and a collection of short fiction, Loss Soup and Other Stories. He works as an editor and co-director for the Dark Mountain Project, and has contributed short stories and essays to many of its issues. Red Smoking Mirror is his debut novel.


The Summer 2010 issue is our first collection responding to the manifesto’s call for ‘uncivilised’ writing and art.


This is a PDF download of Dark Mountain: Issue 1.

‘The prose essays in this debut volume of Dark Mountain are courageous and inspiring stuff… They demonstrate that lifting of the veil on consciousness, giving vent to voices that a person like me has been yearning to be nourished by.’ – Alastair McIntosh

Dark Mountain: Issue 1 is a book-length collection of new writing that goes deep into the roots of our culture, addressing the questions raised by the Dark Mountain manifesto: what do we do after we stop pretending that our way of living can be made “sustainable”? And where do we find new stories with which to ground ourselves, as that way of living passes?

The book brings together a remarkable combination of thinkers, writers and artists whose work engages with these questions. Their essays, stories, poems and images are woven into a conversation which draws on a range of cultural and intellectual traditions. Contributors include John Michael Greer, Jay Griffiths, Ran Prieur, Alastair McIntosh, Maria Stadtmueller, Simon Fairlie, Rupert Cathles, Chris Pak and Jeff Ollerton.

There is new fiction from Nick Hunt, Simon Lys and Paul Kingsnorth, alongside celebrations of great writers whose work offers possibilities for the unknown world ahead – Robinson Jeffers, Ursula le Guin, John Berger.

Poetry from Melanie Challenger, Mario Petrucci, Glynn Hughes, Louis Jenkins, JD Whitney, Adrienne Odasso, Mark Waters, Dan Grace, Charles Davies, Tony Walton, Seamus Brady, Tom Scott, Christine Bousfield, William Haas and Lewis Bassett.

And the first in a series of Dark Mountain dialogues, with Anthony McCann interviewing Derrick Jensen and Vinay Gupta in conversation with Dougald Hine.