Colin Wilson: The Space Vampires (aka Lifeforce)

(2216 words)

The Space Vampires (1976), Colin Wilson’s thirteenth novel, marks his return to science fiction, the genre he used in The Mind Parasites (1967) and The Philosopher’s Stone (1969) to dramatize and explore ideas about human potential. This time, however, he mixes science fiction with the vampire tale and the crime story to create an absorbing narrative that uses vampirism as a metaphor for the ways in which life-energy (or life-force) can be transferred, drained or enhanced. The novel suggests that “all people are energy vampires to some extent” (80).

Vampires is a third-person narrative told largely from the viewpoint of its protagonist, 45-year-old Commander Olof Carlsen, the …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Tredell, Nicolas. "The Space Vampires (aka Lifeforce)". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 November 2012
[, accessed 30 June 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. Speculative and Science Fiction