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Colin Wilson Conference 2016

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Outsider, Nottingham University will be hosting a Colin Wilson Conference with four speakers (to be confirmed) plus an exhibition of Wilson materials from their Manuscripts and Special Collections Department. Full details on how delegates can attend and who will be speaking will follow later but places are strictly … Continue reading

More vintage Wilson reissued

Wilson’s long out of print work on music, The Brandy of the Damned, has been reissued by Foruli Classics. “Dedicated to bringing the best music and popular culture books back into print.” I’m not sure if this is the shorter UK version or the expanded US version, but it incorporates some of the artwork from … Continue reading

Colin Wilson Memorial Service

From Colin’s bibliographer and friend, Colin Stanley – There is to be a Memorial Service for Colin at St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL at 3pm on Tuesday October 14, 2014. Everyone is welcome and I look forward to meeting up with those of you who are able to attend.

CW in “the world’s most unusual magazine”

There’s an excellent (2007) interview with Colin Wilson at New Dawn magazine, available here. Choice quote – “As a thinker I place Edmund Husserl and his phenomenology at the centre of my approach, and I point out that it was because of certain simple logical errors that Sartre, Camus and Heidegger end as pessimists. When … Continue reading

Colin Wilson’s Existential Literary Criticism – a review.

Colin Wilson’s Existential Literary Criticism [Colin Wilson Studies # 23] By Colin Stanley (Paupers’ Press, 2014) The third in the ‘guide for students’ series on Colin Wilson’s work and the 23rd instalment in the Colin Wilson Studies series sees Wilson’s bibliographer turning his attention to one of Wilson’s best inventions – Existential Literary Criticism. Existential … Continue reading

CW poem by Eric Nicholson

Here is a tribute to Colin by Eric Nicholson. See how many Wilson references you can spot! Book title autobiographical sketch with special reference to the titles and themes of Colin Wilson. Looking backward, how much of my life was a ritual in the dark? I cultivated the strength to dream but neglected my deeper … Continue reading

Adrift in Soho essay

Colin Stanley has an essay on Adrift in Soho at the London Fictions website. “Despite the ‘swinging sixties’, Wilson maintained this stance, against the use of drugs to induce higher states of consciousness, preferring more intellectually-based methods.”

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

Fortean Times CW obituary… with help from VIZ Comic

The latest issue of Fortean Times (FT310) has an excellent and lengthy (two full pages) obit by Gary Lachman which puts most of the attempts in the nationals to shame. Reading Wilson, Lachman concludes, “makes our inner gears a little bit stronger.” The letters page has a brilliant cartoon of CW from VIZ cartoonist Davey … Continue reading

Existential Literary Criticism – CW Studies # 23

The work goes on. Colin Wilson’s Existential Literary Criticism: a guide for students by Colin Stanley For nearly sixty years, throughout his career, Colin Wilson has championed existential criticism, asserting that a book should not just be judged by the tenets of literary criticism or theory alone but also on what it has to say, … Continue reading

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