Strange Is Normal: The Amazing Life of Colin Wilson - FREE MOVIE
Published on Mar 18, 2013
Looks like a great we, hour long documentary. Watching it now on my lunch in order to prevent brain fog!
With one hundred and fifty books to his name and decades of being in the spotlight, Colin Wilson is a legend of the literary world.
His books have explored everything from the infamous Moors Murders and Jack the Ripper to Nostradamus, the Occult and life after death. His science fiction novels have inspired Hollywood films and his circle of friends included such people as Marilyn Monroe, Sir Laurence Olivier & Roald Dahl.
Many have said that this incredibly prolific author who shot to overnight fame with his book, The Outsider, is the last of the greats. In this unique and exclusive film we go inside the home and mind of Colin Wilson to discover what makes him tick and get the insider story on time spent amongst the rich and famous. We hear about his amazing research and conclusions on the peak experience and life after death. This DVD also includes a special interview with the woman behind the man -- Colin's wife, Joy.
Thanks for that.
It's a shame, though, that everything he wrote about Uncle Al was utter tosh.
I thought he kind of 'got it' in 'The Occult', but his biography of AC was appallingly researched.
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One thing that Wilson emphasized in his chapter on AC in The Occult that stuck with me was the rocket mishap. It came back to me when I recently wondered where Aleister got that deep scar on his left cheek. I imagine it was from that accident as a boy.
Some of Wilson's fiction is first rate. Gods of the Labyrinth, Philosopher's Stone, Sex Diary of Gerald Sorme; but his grip on facts is hopeless.
Crowley scar? No. Because there are photos in between without it.
I'll second OKontrair's sentiments about Colin Wilson's fiction: The Glass Cage, Ritual in the Dark, Adrift in Soho. The best in my view is one mentioned by OKontrair, The Philosophers' Stone.
I agree with what Paul says. The chapter about Crowley in The Occult is interesting, which made his subsequent biography about Crowley disappointing.
But then, Colin Wilson can often cut to the heart of things. I thought his book about Gurdjieff, The war Against Sleep, superb.
I`ve read nearly every biography on Crowley except Colin Wilsons because I have only heard bad things.
I did like the documentary and started watching another on youtube.
I highly recommend his The Mind Parasites, which literalizes 20th century alienation as psychic invasion by Lovecraftian entities aroused by archaeology.
His non-fiction is pretty spotty.
Yes, his non-fiction can be a bit up and down. I enjoyed his book on Maslow a few decades ago.
He was the headline speaker at one of Andrew Collins's Questing conferences a few years ago - the last one of the several that Andrew held at the Cecil Sharpe House in Camden, I think. An extremely good, interesting and engaging speaker, a real raconteur.