Introducing the Occult
By: Colin Wilson - Axis Mundi Books, $20.95
Description: Introducing the Occult: Selected Introductions, Prefaces, Forewords and Afterwords of Colin Wilson is a selection of Wilson�s occult introductions now available, for the first time, in a single volume.
Verdict: The late Colin Wilson wrote a staggering 180 introductions, forewords, prefaces and afterwords to other authors� books. Soon after his now classic study The Occult appeared in 1971, he was constantly sought out by writers and publishers to endorse their work. He rarely refused.
And, as this volume reveals, these were not hurriedly written paragraphs, relying largely on his name as an endorsement, but often significant and substantial essays.
Introducing the Occult: Selected Introductions, Prefaces, Forewords and Afterwords of Colin Wilson brings together 17 of his best published introductions chosen by his bibliographer Colin Stanley.
Within these covers you can read Colin Wilson on magic, witchcraft, exorcism, ghosts, poltergeists, the Loch Ness Monster, the afterlife, dowsing and much more.
One of the most exciting, readable and wholly embraceable non-fiction authors of the 20th Century, Colin Wilson was easy able to write distinctly unique prose on true crime, mysticism and the paranormal, which is why this collection of his best, and notably some of his lesser known pieces on the Occult is a pure, unadulterated, and majestically scattered work of collective literary art.
Throughout his career, because he wrote so widely on so many differing, all be they interconnected at times subject, he eventually ended up writing more than a hundred books.
In fact, Wilson himself once called his philosophy new existentialism or phenomenological existentialism, and maintained his life work was that of a philosopher, and (his) purpose to create a new and optimistic existentialism.
In short, Introducing the Occult offers up an accessible guide to what has sometimes gotten itself a bad rap, whilst at the same time still today resides under the shadowy and relatively obscure cloud we know as Occultism.
Chock full of wide-ranging facts and esoteric wisdom, freelancer Colin Stanley has done a simply wondrous job in culling all these prose together under the one roof, and thus allowing even the most sedately curious looky loo to, perhaps, become a little more interested with each and every page turn.
FYI: Colin Wilson�s archive is held at the Manuscripts and Special Collections Department at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. It contains all his published work plus manuscripts, correspondence and journals.
About the Author - Colin Stanley is a freelance writer and Managing Editor of Paupers� Press. He edits the series, Colin Wilson Studies, which features extended essays on Wilson�s work by scholars worldwide. He lives in Nottingham, UK.
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