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The Outsider – digitisation @ Notts Uni. 

News from Wilson’s bibliographer Colin Stanley: “The Dept of Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham has digitised the original manuscript of ‘The Outsider’. It is available for researchers to view in their reading room. A prior appointment is necessary and, if you have not visited the Dept before, some ID will be needed in order … Continue reading

Beyond the Robot by Gary Lachman 

A fine taster for Gary Lachman’s forthcoming Wilson biography is in yerstday’s Washington Post here. “People flourish best, says Wilson, when confronted by obstacles and challenges. Life’s setbacks shock us out of our mental laziness and allow us, through disciplined effort, to reshape and strengthen our inner selves. An active will is the key to … Continue reading

First International Colin Wilson ConferenceUniversity of NottinghamFriday July 1st 2016 

A Herculean attempt to digitise CW’s astonishing cassette archive, more welcome Wilsonian scholarship and a preview of Gary Lachman’s forthcoming biographical study, all within browsing distance of the massive Colin Wilson Collection in Nottingham. By Colin Stanley.  When the Colin Wilson Collection was opened at the University of Nottingham in the summer of 2011, it … Continue reading

CW in a cultural context – new book 

A very interesting new study on Wilson is available to buy here. Bargaining with the Devil: The Work of Colin Wilson in a Cultural Context by Nigel Bray is published by CreateSpace. “This book is not a systematic or chronological study of his life and work, but an attempt to place him in a cultural … Continue reading

Collected Essays on Philosophers 

Available from the 1st of May, this collection of rare essays on philosophers is expertly introduced by John Shand and edited by pioneering Wilson scholar/bibliographer Colin Stanley. It’s 253 pages feature dissections of seventeen philosophers. Besides the usual suspects (Nietzsche, Husserl, Camus, Sartre, Whitehead, Wittgenstein, Derrida) there are also studies of Cassirer, Ayer, Popper, Russell, … Continue reading

Colin Wilson Conference 2016

First International Colin Wilson Conference Friday July 1, 2016 (9.30am – 5pm) University of Nottingham, Kings Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane, Nottingham NG7 2NR United Kingdom One-day conference on the work of Colin Wilson List of Papers Simon Brighton: The Colin Wilson Audio Project Professor Stephen R. L. Clark: Lovecraft and the Search for Meaning Lindsay … Continue reading

Colin Wilson World – redesigned site

Geoff Ward’s excellent Wilson site has been given a graphic sprinkling of digital fairy dust with lots of new features and a spanking new design. Highly recommended! See it here.

Novels to Some Purpose by Nicholas Tredell (CW Studies # 25) 

 Novels to Some Purpose: The Fiction of Colin Wilson by Nicolas Tredell  [Colin Wilson Studies # 25] Colin Wilson (1931-2013), best known for studies such as The Outsider (1956), Introduction to the New Existentialism (1966), The Occult (1971), considered his fiction to be an integral part of his oeuvre, often deliberately linking a novel … Continue reading


Liber vel Bogus: The Real Confession of Aleister Crowley by Richard T. Cole. (TBC) If Colin Wilson were still around he would have doubtless recommended, if not introduced this unusual title.  This soon to be released book has succeeded in causing some concern amongst custodians of Aleister Crowley’s legacy, but it deserves to be read by … Continue reading

Publishing news: An End to Murder, plus The Ultimate Colin Wilson Bibliography

Two important Wilson texts are to be released this year. Colin Stanley is to release the final, definitive version of his very comprehensive Wilson bibliography next month. Limited to just 50 numbered copies – now 49 as I’ve just bought one – it can be obtained for £25 including UK post if ordered before publication … Continue reading