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.
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.