Writer and artist



The Last Good Man (2020, Bloomsbury)

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WINNER: Betty Trask Prize 2021


'A SCARLET LETTER for our times: THE LAST GOOD MAN, by Thomas McMullan. Zamyatin's WE meets LORD OF THE FLIES meets De Toqueville meets cancel culture meets Spite+Malice meets Jesus. Should words be power? Justice or Mercy? What price rage? Much to ponder!'

'An extraordinary and disquieting work of imagination, and as original as any novel I've read in recent memory'


THE GUARDIAN: *Book of the day* 'A dark, compelling novel about the only two things humans really have to fear: each other, and being alone ... McMullan has a sureness with violence that puts him in the company of Sarah Moss and Benjamin Myers...The Last Good Man is viciously captivating: frightening to be around, impossible to put aside.'

THE INDEPENDENT: "[A] brilliantly unsettling parable about how we police our societies through violence, language and shame"

THE IRISH TIMES: "Innovative and timeless... eerie and atmospheric"

THE METRO: "An arresting debut…a clean, crackling novel"

NEW STATESMAN: "A visceral and disquieting debut novel about the power of words...should be read by anyone who uses the internet."

3:AM MAGAZINE: "An impressively taut, thoughtful novel... He writes with a muscular lyricism; the book’s moral gaze is both pitiless and ambivalent."

MAIL ON SUNDAY: "[A] thought-provoking debut... A shivery sense of menace exerts steady fascination in McMullan’s dark allegory of the social-media age."

THE DAILY MAIL: "McMullan makes highly effective use of the rugged landscape, full of unease and portents, in his creepily unsettling debut, a timely tale about the dangers of toxic rhetoric and mob rule."

LUNATE: "The Last Good Man is an essential and commanding slice of folk horror — a wholly successful exercise in world-building that straddles an uncomfortable line between reality and fantasy."

NB MAGAZINE: "[An] earthy, gripping piece. The Last Good Man is… a serious and seriously good book."

SET THE TAPE: "McMullan’s skill truly lies in his prose…a startling and evocative tale"

ON MAGAZINE: "An unsettling and startling work of literary imagination….a shocking but compulsive read"

Short fiction

Mackrell piece (2023)
   In response to William Mackrell’s exhibition, Strip,
   Lungley Gallery: Read

The only thing is certain is (2016) 
    Best British Short Stories 2016: Buy, Read
    Lighthouse: Buy

Tex and the Clouds (2016)
    Der Standard [German]: Read
    Unreal City: Constructing the Capital (Cours de Poétique): Read

Fun (2016)
    Lighthouse: Buy

The Photographer's Heap (2015)
    Minor Literature[s]:  Read

Jim Froydon's Lines (2015)
    3:AM Magazine: Read

A Wall on Dartmoor (2015)
    The Stockholm Review: Read
    Flash Europa 28, Chosen by The British Council as a representative of the UK. Translated into Chinese: Read

The Bodybuilders (2014)
    The Literateur

Two Buckets (2012)
    Cadaverine Magazine: Buy, Listen, Watch

The Clock (2011)
    Mint Magazine

National Event (2009)
    Tengen Magazine: Read