The Age of Defeat

The Age of Defeat

Colin Wilson

Literature & Fiction / Nonfiction / Philosophy

This is a complex compendium, by the author of The Outsider, which all too often resembles a brilliant term paper. Wilson has read very widely and calls on more authors than the average reader can hope to have read in order to support his thesis. This is that the inner-directed Hero is dying out of society and literature, being replaced by the other-directed man, who is haunted by a sense of insignificance, "hell is other people", Billy Graham religions, the Organization Man--and occasional crimes of violence as a desperate compensation. This interesting problem has already been treated widely by sociologists, psychologists, philosophers and writers. Wilson's attempt to include them all makes this book rather crowded. His proposed cure, that man must try turning inward "and then turning outward again" bears a strong unacknowledged resemblance to Toynbee and there are other echoes in this book. The question of redirection is certainly a pressing and absorbing one, and is pointed up in an odd way by this book, in which a man who speaks in favor of inner-direction does so largely in terms of other people's ideas.
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Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Haunting

Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Haunting

Colin Wilson

Literature & Fiction / Nonfiction / Philosophy

Banging noises and disembodied voices coming from nowhere and everywhere at once. Furniture chasing people through the house. Pots and pans and knives and knick-knacks flying through the air. These are the hallmarks of the poltergeist phenomenon.In this classic book on destructive hauntings, Colin Wilson, renowned authority on the paranormal, examines the evidence and develops a definitive theory of the poltergeist phenomenon. Countless true-life cases of poltergeist infestations have been recorded since the days of ancient Greece. But what are poltergeists? Where do they come from? And why do they appear in our world? From the case of a huge, black-robed monk that terrorized a family for years, to the investigation of a talking mongoose, to true stories of gnomes, dracu, and demons, this guide explores a fascinating gallery of nasty, noisy entities known as poltergeists.
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The Outsider

The Outsider

Colin Wilson

Literature & Fiction / Nonfiction / Philosophy

Colin WilsonThe Outsider1956The Outsider is the seminal work on alienation, creativity, and the modern mind-set. First published more than fifty years ago, it made its youthful author England's most controversial intellectual. The Outsider is an individual engaged in an intense self-exploration-a person who lives at the edge, challenges cultural values, and "stands for Truth." Born into a world without perspective, where others simply drift through life, the Outsider creates his own set of rules and lives them in an unsympathetic environment.
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Alien Dawn: A Classic Investigation into the Contact Experience

Alien Dawn: A Classic Investigation into the Contact Experience

Colin Wilson

Literature & Fiction / Nonfiction / Philosophy

In this classic book on UFOs, bestselling author Colin Wilson, a renowned authority on the paranormal, examines the evidence and develops a definitive theory of the alien contact phenomenon.Alien Dawn covers Wilson’s investigation into documented evidence of strange and unexplained phenomena, including UFOs, poltergeists, ancient folklore, time slips, out-of-body experiences, mystical awareness, and psychic travel to other worlds. The result: a fascinating and encyclopedic study of the complex nature of reality. This is one of the most comprehensive explorations of the subject undertaken, with conclusions sure to shock the reader, whether believer or skeptic.Featuring a new introduction by the author"Recommended to readers interested in UFO phenomena and related studies as well as to those interested in the nature of humanity and the possibilities for its development."—New Age Retailer
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Manhunters

Manhunters

Colin Wilson

Literature & Fiction / Nonfiction / Philosophy

Author Colin Wilson opens this illuminating psychological discussion with the development of the 1977 Behavioral Science Unit, which was set up in order to answer the many questions surrounding serial killers: How does someone become a serial killer? How do they choose their victims, and why do they not feel remorse? How are they caught? Wilson interviews FBI Special Agent Robert Ressler, coiner of the term “serial killer" and one of the pioneers of criminal profiling, as well as Ted Bundy and Charles Manson in order to figure out the motives behind their grisly actions.In Manhunters, by tracking the BSU's development of psychological profiling and genetic fingerprinting, Wilson reveals the forensic investigations that caused the seizure and arrest of some of the most vile and villainous people in the world, including Jeffrey Dahmer, William Heirens, Peter Sutcliffe, John Duffy, Jerry Brudos, Wayne Williams, and many more. As he divulges the details of each...
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The Mind Parasites

The Mind Parasites

Colin Wilson

Literature & Fiction / Nonfiction / Philosophy

Wilson has blended H.P. Lovecraft's dark vision with his own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative powers to produce a stunning, high-tension story of vaulting imagination. A professor makes a horrifying discovery while excavating a sinister archaeological site. For over 200 years, mind parasites have been lurking in the deepest layers of human consciousness, feeding on human life force and steadily gaining a foothold on the planet. Now they threaten humanity's extinction. They can be fought with one weapon only: the mind, pushed to--and beyond--its limits. Pushed so far that humans can read each other's thoughts, that the moon can be shifted from its orbit by thought alone. Pushed so that man can at last join battle with the loathsome parasites on equal terms.
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Lifeforce

Lifeforce

Colin Wilson

Literature & Fiction / Nonfiction / Philosophy

Far out in the asteroid belt an alien spaceship of colossal dimensions is discovered. Initial investigations of its vast, gothic interior reveal a number of humanoids preserved in a state of suspended animation. At last, there is real proof that intelligent life does exist in other galaxies. But when three of the beings are brought back to Earth, disaster strikes. The humanoids are discovered to be vampires-preying on people's life-fields, sucking the body's energy with a kiss of death. Suddenly one of the vampires - a female of extraordinary beauty and sexual allure - escapes. And the desperate hunt to track it down soon develops into a psychic struggle for the survival of the human race
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