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. Mozart’s Journey to Prague: a playscript
  12. Mysteries: an investigation into the occult, the paranormal and the supernatural
  13. Necessary Doubt
  14. Necessary Doubt
  15. New Pathways in Psychology: Maslow and the post-Freudian revolution
  16. Origins of the Sexual Impulse
  17. Poetry & Mysticism
  18. Religion and the Rebel
  19. Ritual in the Dark
  20. Spider World: Shadowland
  21. Spider World: the Delta
  22. Spider World: the Magician
  23. Spider World: the Tower
  24. Strindberg
  25. Super Consciousness: the quest for the peak experience
  26. The Age of Defeat
  27. The Angry Years: the rise and fall of the Angry Young Men
  28. The Bicameral Critic
  29. The Black Room
  30. The Books in My Life
  31. The Craft of the Novel
  32. The Glass Cage
  33. The God of the Labyrinth (aka The Hedonists)
  34. The Janus Murder Case
  35. The Killer (aka Lingard)
  36. The Magician from Siberia
  37. The Metal Flower Blossom
  38. The Mind Parasites
  39. The Misfits: a study of sexual outsiders
  40. The Occult
  41. The Outsider
  42. The Personality Surgeon
  43. The Philosopher’s Stone
  44. The Quest for Wilhelm Reich
  45. The Return of the Lloigor
  46. The Schoolgirl Murder Case
  47. The Space Vampires (aka Lifeforce)
  48. The Strength to Dream: literature and the imagination
  49. The World of Violence

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