Colin Wilson was born on June 26, 1931 in the East Midlands city of Leicester—the first child of Arthur and Annetta Wilson. At the age of eleven he attended Gateway Secondary Technical School, where his interest in science began to blossom. Even at this early age he seemed to be blessed with the self confidence and optimistic belief in his own genius that later was often mistaken for arrogance:

“Secretly I admired Newton, for I imagined him as occupying a place in the hierarchy—Archimedes, Galileo, Newton, Planck, Einstein—which would one day include myself.” (Salwak 5)

By the age of 14 he had compiled a multi-volume work of essays covering all aspects of science …

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Articles on Wilson's works

  1. Access to Inner Worlds
  2. Adrift In Soho
  3. Beyond the Occult
  4. Beyond the Outsider: the philosophy of the future
  5. Eagle and Earwig
  6. Existential Criticism: selected book reviews
  7. Existentially Speaking: essays on the philosophy of literature
  8. Frankenstein’s Castle: the double brain, door to wisdom
  9. Introduction to the New Existentialism
  10. Man Without a Shadow: the diary of an existentialist
  11. Mysteries: an investigation into the occult, the paranormal and the supernatural
  12. Necessary Doubt
  13. New Pathways in Psychology: Maslow and the post-Freudian revolution
  14. Origins of the Sexual Impulse
  15. Poetry & Mysticism
  16. Religion and the Rebel
  17. Ritual in the Dark
  18. Spider World: Shadowland
  19. Spider World: the Delta
  20. Spider World: the Magician
  21. Spider World: the Tower
  22. Strindberg
  23. Super Consciousness: the quest for the peak experience
  24. The Age of Defeat
  25. The Angry Years: the rise and fall of the Angry Young Men
  26. The Bicameral Critic
  27. The Black Room
  28. The Books in My Life
  29. The Craft of the Novel
  30. The Glass Cage
  31. The God of the Labyrinth (aka The Hedonists)
  32. The Janus Murder Case
  33. The Killer (aka Lingard)
  34. The Magician from Siberia
  35. The Mind Parasites
  36. The Misfits: a study of sexual outsiders
  37. The Occult
  38. The Outsider
  39. The Personality Surgeon
  40. The Philosopher’s Stone
  41. The Quest for Wilhelm Reich
  42. The Return of the Lloigor
  43. The Schoolgirl Murder Case
  44. The Space Vampires (aka Lifeforce)
  45. The Strength to Dream: literature and the imagination
  46. The World of Violence

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