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Existential Literary Criticism

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Transhuman, all too Transhuman

Two books published in the Colin Wilson Studies series are very contemporary – yet the contents are four decades old. As a reader of Wilson since the last century, reading a ‘new’ book by him is an unusual experience now. Despite knowing that his uncollected or unpublished work is a rich seam, it’s an odd … Continue reading

Faces of Evil: CW Study # 22

A previously unpublished essay by Colin Wilson is released on October 14th, at £8.95 (£7.95 for pre-orders, including free post within the UK). Order direct from Paupers’ Press. Colin Wilson’s Introduction to The Faces of Evil Edited and with a Foreword by Vaughan Rapatahana In the mid-1970s A & W Publishers of New York planned … Continue reading

Ritual in the Dark essay

There’s a lengthy appreciative essay by Colin Stanley on Ritual in the Dark at the London Fictions website here. There’s interesting photos throughout the essay too.

CW study # 21 – unpublished essays

Two previously unpublished essays from the 70′s with an introduction by poet and Wilson scholar Vaughan Rapahatana : Comments on Boredom and Evolutionary Humanism and the New Psychology. Colin Wilson Edited and Introduced by Vaughan Rapatahana In two important and previously unpublished essays from the 1970s, Wilson, in the first, responds to an article on … Continue reading

Colin Wilson’s Occult Trilogy – new study

Here are details of the next CW (students) Study, due May 27. Paupers’ Press are offering a pre-publication deal of £6.95 (inc post to UK addresses) to anyone who either sends a cheque (payable to Colin Stanley) or pays through PayPal before the end of May. Colin Stanley will be launching the book at Watkins … Continue reading

More reprints from Valancourt

Valancourt continues it’s much appreciated reissue programme of CW’s fictive works with The World of Violence and The Man without a Shadow. Here’s the blurb for the former, a neglected gem in the Wilson canon…. As a child, the brilliant mathematical prodigy Hugh Greene’s two major influences were his eccentric old uncles, Nick and Sam. … Continue reading

On Death – extended

A longer version of On Death by CW scholar Vaughan Rapatahana. His compendium of CW critique, Philosophical (a)Musings is available now. A portion of his PhD thesis – Wilson as Mystic – is still available from Paupers’ Press. On Death Introduction: It is time to take far more seriously our universal lack of emphasis on … Continue reading

More Reprints/Invisible Ink

Valancourt are now planning to reissue these out of print titles – Man Without a Shadow (intro by Colin Stanley) World of Violence (intro by Nicolas Tredell) God of the Labyrinth (intro by Gary Lachman) Ritual in the Dark and The Philosophers’ Stone are now available in paperbacks and as ebooks from Amazon. Meanwhile, here’s … Continue reading

CW novels reprinted

Colin Stanley has written introductions to forthcoming reprints of Ritual in the Dark and The Philosopher’s Stone which will be published by Valancourt Books. More info here

On Death by Vaughan Rapatahana

On Death It is time to take far more seriously our universal lack of emphasis on the event of death, which seems – of course – a direct reversal of asking why life occurs in the first place, but which is not a corollary at all, for life is a given. Being is undeniable. So … Continue reading

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