The Mind Parasites

The Mind Parasites by Colin Wilson, in two editions from Oneiric Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Colin Wilson The Mind Parasites from Oneiric 5th printing

Colin Wilson The Mind Parasites from Oneiric 10th printing

“‘Is it not time that we create a new type of novel? I think of a hatchet biting into a tree and making the chips fly, not an evasion of reality or a description of it, but an attack on it … What is needed is an existential realism. Like the social realism of the Soviets, yet biting much deeper; its attitude is not passive or pessimistic. In a qualified sense, it might be called practical; it wishes to change things. What it wishes to change I prefer to leave unsaid, it can be inferred from this book.’ — Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson has blended the dark vision of an H. P. Lovecraft, the power of an H. G. Wells and his own unique philosophy of evolutionary existentialism in a stunningly powerful story of imagination. The Mind Parasites is a truly dangerous novel, dangerous in the sense that the eminent British philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead, speaks of in his Adventures in Ideas: ‘It is the business of the future to be dangerous … The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur …'”— back cover