Colin Wilson's 'Occult Trilogy': A Guide for Students by Colin Stanley

By Colin Stanley

The 'Occult Trilogy' is the collective label utilized to Colin Wilson's 3 significant works at the occult: The Occult (1971); Mysteries: an research into the Occult, the mystical and the Supernatural (1978) and past the Occult (1988). They amounted to a enormous 1600 pages and feature spawned many different lesser works.

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Commonweal 96 (Apr. 21, 1973): 173. 20. Oates, Joyce Carol. , 1973): 8-9. 21. Observer (Oct. 17, 1971): 33. 22. Publishers Weekly 200 (Sept. 27, 1971): 64. 23. Publishers Weekly 203 (Jan. 8, 1973): 66. 24. Rees, Gorownwy. , 1972): 56-58. 25. Blish, James “Eclectic Occultism” in Spectator 227 (Nov. 6, 1971): 654. 26. Stanford, Derek. Scotsman (Oct. 9, 1971): nk. 27. Parrinder, E. Geoffrey “What we need is Faculty X” in Times Literary Supplement (Nov. 26, 1971): 1471. 28. Walton, Alan Hull. ” Books & Bookmen 17 (Dec, 1971): 50-51.

1973): 8-9. 21. Observer (Oct. 17, 1971): 33. 22. Publishers Weekly 200 (Sept. 27, 1971): 64. 23. Publishers Weekly 203 (Jan. 8, 1973): 66. 24. Rees, Gorownwy. , 1972): 56-58. 25. Blish, James “Eclectic Occultism” in Spectator 227 (Nov. 6, 1971): 654. 26. Stanford, Derek. Scotsman (Oct. 9, 1971): nk. 27. Parrinder, E. Geoffrey “What we need is Faculty X” in Times Literary Supplement (Nov. 26, 1971): 1471. 28. Walton, Alan Hull. ” Books & Bookmen 17 (Dec, 1971): 50-51. ) 29. Weigel, p. 124-126.

All bibliographical details extracted from: The Colin Wilson Bibliography, 1956-2010 by Colin Stanley [Colin Wilson Studies #17]. Nottingham: Paupers’ Press, 2011. Book 1: The Occult The Occult was Colin Wilson’s first commissioned book and he made no secret of the fact that, at first, it was not a subject that interested him greatly. When he sought the advice of Robert Graves on whether he should write it, he was told very firmly that he should not. However, with a young family to support, Wilson needed the money and fortunately went ahead with the project.

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