Colin Wilson, Dead at 82 (CONFIRMED)

colin_oldWith great sadness, Colin Wilson has passed at the age of 82:

It is with sadness and regret that I have to report that Colin Wilson passed away at 10.45pm on Thursday, December 5, peacefully, in hospital in Cornwall, his home county. His wife Joy and daughter Sally were with him. He was 82. After a serious spinal operation in 2011, Colin suffered a stroke, the effects of which he was unable to overcome, and in October this year he was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia. He made progress towards recovery and it was hoped he would be able to return home, but this proved not to be possible.
The Colin Wilson World website remains as a tribute to one of the greatest cultural and literary figures of the 20th century.

Geoff Ward

via Colin Wilson World

Like many readers here, I was deeply inspired by Wilson’s unbridled optimism in the power of Faculty X. His books, like The Outsider and The Occult, were important introductions for me into the esoteric world. I could always count on his “Holiday Consciousness” explanation to save me from a bout of sadness. Ah, well, rest in peace, Colin Wilson. Or better yet, journey on to untold adventures beyond this mortal coil.

Jeremy D. Johnson

Jeremy is a writer of short stories and essays, a blogger, rogue academic and new media scholar. He received his MA from Goddard in Consciousness Studies and a BA from Fordham in Sociology. Exploring the interstices of myth, media and religious experience, his writing attempts to outline the direction of our interconnected age and an integral culture.

12 Comments on "Colin Wilson, Dead at 82 (CONFIRMED)"

  1. swabby429 | Dec 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm |

    He will be sorely missed. RIP

  2. Laurel Edwards | Dec 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm |

    His writing made such a huge impression on me. I lived with his ideas for the entire first half of my life. He will be sorely missed.

  3. Colin Wilson impressed me in late adolescence, but really inspired me when I rediscovered his books in later life. If you don’t like your life you can change it – that’s a quote from H. G. Wells, but Colin Wilson actually showed us how to go about this in the moment.

  4. I still remember what a boost ( in my way of thinking) I got from the outsider and the occult, and the thrill from the Misfits, yeah as it was said, hope he has some awesome adventures somewhere.

    • I’m going to crack open The Occult again this year.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Dec 9, 2013 at 8:17 am |

      He was supposedly unsympathetic towards Crowley, any ideas why?

      • Hermesacat | Dec 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm |

        Because Wilsom learned facts about Crowley’s life that would persuade most neutral observers (instead of Crowleyite excusers & deniers) that the man had some incredibly nasty streaks in his personality, & mistreated many people close to him during his life. Is it a coincidence so many wives, mistresses & followers of his ended up as suicides, insanity cases, or alcoholics? And these were people who, under Crowley’s mentorship, were supposed to discover their “True Will” become strong, well-balanced individuals rather than being destroyed! Of course, as a cat person, Crowley’s on my own shit list for being on record (in his own autobiography) as killing two cats for dubious reasons.

        Crowley himself never reached to his own claimed attainments. He maintained he’d become as egoless as a Buddha, but it’s evident from his biography he had large & flailing, if often petty, ego. His philosophy claimed that as one who had supposedly attained his True Will he should have been able to take or leave drugs as he so chose. Instead, his diaries show him to have been hugely addicted to heroin & cocaine for long periods, & had great difficulty in kicking when he tried, He died having a huge heroin habit.

        -I’ve been listening to Wilson interviews on youtube the last few days. There are some excellent ones. He is as compelling & optimistic a speaker as he is a writer.

  5. He was one of the best writers and thinkers of any age. I suggest that anyone who hasn’t read “The Philosopher’s Stone” or “The Strength to Dream” do so and not miss out on a great experience in literature and the imagination. Be with grace, Colin, in your next adventure.

  6. Darren Prosser | Dec 8, 2013 at 9:37 am |

    We lose another great voice. Sadly, The Colin Wilsons, RAWs and McKennas are not being replaced and instead we are offered all manner of soul destroying rationalism from the likes of Dawkins, Harris and others.

  7. cause maybe what was needed to be said has been said enough and now its time for action

  8. Monkey See Monkey Do | Dec 9, 2013 at 8:18 am |

    There’s some big thinkers you aligned him with. I’ll have to check him out. Haven’t read much from Wilson.

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