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Colin Wilson (1) (1931–2013)

Author of The Outsider

For other authors named Colin Wilson, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Colin Wilson was born on June 26, 1931 in Leicester, England. He attended a local technical school, where he did well in physics and chemistry, and left at 16 to work in a wool factory. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a laboratory assistant, tax clerk, laborer and hospital porter. His first show more book, The Outsider, was published in 1956 when he was 24 years old. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 works on a wide variety of subjects including philosophy, religion, occult and supernatural phenomenea, music, sex, crime and critical theory. His other works include Religion and the Rebel, The Age of Defeat, Ritual in the Dark, The Strength to Dream, Origins of the Sexual Impulse, The Occult, Alien Dawn, Dreaming to Some Purpose, The Angry Years: The Rise and Fall of the Angry Young Men, and Super Consciousness. His biographies include works on Bernard Shaw, David Lindsay, Herman Hesse, Wilhelm Reich, Jorge Luis Borges, Ken Russell, Rudolph Steiner, Aleister Crowley, and P. D. Ouspensky. Wilson died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) Colin Wilson, author of such bestsellers as "The Outsider" & "The Occult", also writes on archaeology, astronomy, & cosmology. His recent book, "From Atlantis to the Sphinx", was a London "Times" bestseller. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Series

Works by Colin Wilson

The Outsider (1956) 1,221 copies, 14 reviews
The Occult - A History (1971) 994 copies, 7 reviews
The Mind Parasites (1967) 545 copies, 7 reviews
The Space Vampires (1976) 447 copies, 5 reviews
The Philosopher's Stone (1969) 363 copies, 5 reviews
From Atlantis to the Sphinx (1996) 236 copies, 3 reviews
A Criminal History of Mankind (1984) 220 copies, 6 reviews
Ritual in the Dark (1960) 215 copies, 1 review
Beyond the Occult (1988) 198 copies
The Devil's Party (2000) 175 copies, 1 review
Atlas Of Holy Places & Sacred Sites (1996) 173 copies, 2 reviews
Spider World: The Delta (1987) 164 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of True Crime (1988) 142 copies, 1 review
God of the Labyrinth (1970) 141 copies, 1 review
Spider World: The Tower (1987) 130 copies
G.I. Gurdjieff: The War Against Sleep (1980) 124 copies, 1 review
Afterlife (1985) 123 copies
Man Without a Shadow (1963) 123 copies
Religion and the Rebel (1957) 120 copies, 1 review
The Glass Cage (1966) 119 copies, 1 review
Aleister Crowley: The Nature of the Beast (1987) 115 copies, 2 reviews
Poetry and Mysticism (1969) 113 copies, 1 review
Starseekers (1980) 110 copies
The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries (1987) 108 copies, 2 reviews
Illustrated True Crime: A Photographic Record (2002) 100 copies, 4 reviews
Beyond the Outsider (1965) 100 copies
The Misfits: A Study of Sexual Outsiders (1988) 99 copies, 1 review
Adrift in Soho (1961) 99 copies, 3 reviews
The Books in My Life (1998) 88 copies, 2 reviews
C.G. Jung: Lord of the Underworld (1984) 87 copies, 1 review
Witches (1981) 86 copies
The Essential Colin Wilson (1985) 84 copies
Unsolved Mysteries (1992) 81 copies
Spider World: The Magician (1992) 78 copies, 1 review
Dreaming to Some Purpose (2004) 78 copies, 3 reviews
The Killer (1970) 75 copies
A Casebook of Murder (1969) 73 copies
The Schoolgirl Murder Case (1974) 72 copies
Necessary Doubt (1964) 65 copies, 1 review
Tree by Tolkien (1973) 63 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Supernatural (1991) 62 copies, 1 review
World Famous Cults & Fanatics (1992) 61 copies, 3 reviews
Access to Inner Worlds (1983) 60 copies, 1 review
Psychic Detectives (1984) 59 copies
History of Murder (1990) 59 copies, 1 review
Frankenstein's Castle (1980) 59 copies
Strange Powers (1973) 58 copies
The Black Room (1971) 53 copies
The Personality Surgeon (1985) 50 copies, 1 review
Mysterious Powers (1975) 50 copies, 1 review
Encyclopaedia of Murder (1961) 49 copies
The Craft of the Novel (1975) 48 copies, 1 review
The Quest for Wilhelm Reich (1981) 46 copies, 3 reviews
The Strange Life of P.D. Ouspensky (1993) 45 copies, 1 review
Origins of the Sexual Impulse (1963) 43 copies, 1 review
Spider World: Shadowland (2003) 40 copies, 2 reviews
The Corpse Garden (1998) 40 copies, 1 review
The World of Violence (1963) 36 copies
The Age of Defeat (1959) 35 copies
World Famous Murders (1993) 34 copies, 1 review
The Book of Time (1980) — Editor — 33 copies
Clues!: A History of Forensic Detection (1989) 33 copies, 1 review
The Angry Years: A Literary Chronicle (2007) 32 copies, 1 review
Enigmas and Mysteries (1975) 31 copies
Serial Killer Investigations (2006) 28 copies, 1 review
Colin Wilson on music (1964) 28 copies
The Bicameral Critic (1985) 28 copies, 1 review
The Geller phenomenon (1975) 28 copies
A Plague of Murder (1995) 27 copies
Serial Killers (2008) 27 copies, 2 reviews
Bernard Shaw: A Reassessment (1969) 25 copies, 1 review
World Famous Serial Killers (1992) 24 copies
True Ghost Stories (1994) 22 copies, 1 review
The Janus Murder Case (1984) 20 copies
Declaration (1957) — Contributor — 17 copies, 1 review
World Famous Scandals (1992) 16 copies
Written in Blood: The Trail and the Hunt (1750) 16 copies, 1 review
Book of Great Mysteries (1986) 14 copies
Ghosts and the Supernatural (1998) 13 copies
The Return of the Lloigor (1969) 12 copies
Unsolved Crimes (World Famous) (1992) 12 copies, 1 review
A book of booze (1974) 11 copies
Scandal! : an encyclopaedia (1986) 10 copies
UFO'S (World famous) (1996) 10 copies
The Magician from Siberia (1988) 10 copies
Psychic powers (1998) 10 copies
World Famous Villains (1994) 10 copies
The Encyclopedia of True Crime (2005) — Author — 9 copies
WORLD FAMOUS TRUE CRIMES. (1995) 7 copies
Unsolved (World Famous) (1987) 6 copies
Westcountry mysteries (1985) 6 copies
Mysteries of the mind (1978) 5 copies
Wilhelm Reich (1974) 5 copies
Marx refuted : the verdict of history (1987) — Editor — 4 copies
Below The Iceberg (1988) 4 copies
Robberies (1994) 4 copies
The Musician As Outsider (1987) 3 copies
Onbewust en bovenbewust (1981) 2 copies
Der Stein der Weisen (1969) — Author — 2 copies
Marriage and London (1969) 2 copies
Mozart's Journey to Prague: Playscript (1992) — Author — 1 copy
De schuldvraag (1964) 1 copy
serial murders (1995) 1 copy
Openbaring en mysterie (1981) 1 copy

Associated Works

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1989) — Contributor — 998 copies, 3 reviews
The Complete Jack the Ripper (1975) — Introduction — 641 copies, 11 reviews
The Gnostics (1987) — Contributor, some editions — 373 copies, 3 reviews
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: Volume 2 (1971) — Contributor — 262 copies, 1 review
Semiotext(e) SF (1989) — Contributor — 249 copies
Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help (1978) — Foreword, some editions — 240 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper (1999) — Contributor — 213 copies, 1 review
The Necronomicon: Or the Book of Dead Names (1978) — Introduction, some editions — 152 copies, 1 review
When the Sky Fell: In Search of Atlantis (1995) — Introduction, some editions — 140 copies, 2 reviews
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1969) — Author — 140 copies
The Gates of Janus: Serial Killing and Its Analysis (2001) — Introduction — 119 copies, 1 review
Tarot Revelations (1979) — Introduction — 117 copies
The Antarktos Cycle (1999) — Contributor — 106 copies
A Secret History of Consciousness (2003) — Foreword — 96 copies, 1 review
Witch Amongst Us: The Autobiography of a Witch (1979) — Foreword, some editions — 77 copies
Arthur and the Grail (1985) — Foreword, some editions — 66 copies, 1 review
The people of the secret (1983) — Introduction — 66 copies
The Roots of Witchcraft (1973) — Foreword, some editions — 53 copies, 1 review
Lifeforce [1985 film] (1994) — Original book — 51 copies
Unsolved! Classic True Murder Cases (1987) — Contributor — 41 copies
Sphinx (1988) — Introduction, some editions — 41 copies, 1 review
The Goblin Universe (1986) — Introduction, some editions — 34 copies, 1 review
Medusa : a Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy & Strange Horror (1946) — Introduction — 33 copies
Tales of the Uncanny (1983) — Contributor — 30 copies
Worlds Greatest Mysteries (1989) — Foreword — 19 copies, 1 review
Jack the Ripper: Light-Hearted Friend (1993) — Introduction — 18 copies, 1 review
The Dark Gods (1980) — Foreword, some editions — 18 copies
The Magicians: Occult Stories (1972) — Introduction — 18 copies
De Cthulhu-mythologie : lovecraftiaanse verhalen (1974) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Do-It-Yourself Bestseller: A Workbook (1982) — Contributor, some editions — 4 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of True Crime (1981) — Introduction — 3 copies
Gnostica News, Volumes 1 & 2 — Contributor — 1 copy

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The Outsider by Colin Wilson, A David Bowie Top 100 Read in 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (February 2017)
Colin Wilson 1931-2013 in The Weird Tradition (December 2013)

Reviews

Starting reading this September 2020 shortly before me leaving for Shanghai. Finished it during my quarantine in Shanghai. I was not truly as impressed as I ought to have been according to all the great reviews. I felt it was a bit turgid with long monologues that felt like going a bit astray.
 
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nitrolpost | 4 other reviews | Mar 19, 2024 |
Colin WIlson knows nothing about psychology, psychiatry, child develoment, trauma, or dialectical materialism, and he puts all his knowledge to use in writing this book. This is full of stupid conclusions, outright factual errors, discredited (or never credited) science, and sheer flights of fantasy. Basically this book is prurient true crime masquerading as high minded study of criminology. It is nonsense on stilts. It starts badly with a comment about male dominance in gerbils (gerbils are matriarchal and the males tend to be more timid), continues at about one ridiculous statement a page until finally flung down. Avoid.… (more)
 
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elahrairah | 5 other reviews | Sep 4, 2023 |
Roger Jackson's narration is excellent. If you've never read this classic, I highly recommend his audiobook performance.
 
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szarka | 4 other reviews | Aug 2, 2023 |
messy jumble of poorly integrated ideas, loosely applied to the story of a man who sexually assaulted his wife and made mediocre art -- propped up as a model for us all
 
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sashame | Apr 4, 2023 |

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Damon Wilson Author, Editor, Foreword
Rowan Wilson Editor, Author
Dave Gibbons Illustrator, Original Creator
John Grant Editor
Cam Kennedy Illustrator
Brian Bolland Illustrator
Steve Dillon Illustrator
Carlos Ezquerra Illustrator
Ian Gibson Illustrator

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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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