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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  797 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Wilson has blended H.P. Lovecraft’s dark vision with his own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative powers to produce a stunning, high-tension story of vaulting imagination. A professor makes a horrifying discovery while excavating a sinister archeological site. For over 200 years, mind parasites have been lurking in the deepest layers of human consciousness, feedin ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Monkfish Book Publishing (first published 1967)
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Erik Graff
Jun 03, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Bill Causer
Shelves: sf
The Mind Parasites was written in response to a challenge proffered Colin Wilson by August Derlith, founder of Arkham House, friend and devotee of H.P. Lovecraft. Wilson, famous since publication of his series of brief biographies of exceptional persons entitled The Outsider, had savaged Lovecraft in a widely read review. Derlith suggested Wilson write a Lovecraftean novel the way it ought be done. The result was The Mind Parasites followed by Space Vampires (originally entitled Life Force in Br ...more
حنين محمد حيال

دومًا أقول أن أفضل طريقة لإيصال فكرة غريبة ولعلها بعيدة عن الواقع هي وضعها في إطار حكاية ومن ثم لو أمكن في فلم سينمائي عندها ستصل لأكبر عدد ممكن من المتلقين وقد تجد من يطوّرها أو يتم التصديق عليها عن طريق التجارب العملية لهذه الفكرة
هذا ما ينطبق فعلًا في رواية "طفيليات العقل"
عندما كنت اقرأ هذا العنوان في مكتبة والدي كان كل ظني أنه كتاب يعني الجانب النفسي وهذا ما ظنه أخي أيضًا لاكتشف فيما بعد ومن خلال تجوالي في إحدى المكتبات أنها رواية بعد أن اقتنيتها وجدت مماثلتها في المكتبة وأن الأولى هي رواية أ
Alan Smith
Colin Wilson's is the classic romantic success story. A working class lad from the midlands of England who couldn't get on with his parents and who was subjected to bouts of boredom and existential angst he set out to educate himself by living on the streets, roaming around Britain. Whilst sleeping rough in London, he wrote a book in the writing room of the British Museum, about the struggles faced by creative free-thinkers unable to fit into the humdrum world, and called it "The Outsider."

Max Nemtsov
it starts like a jolly h.p.lovecraft fan fic yet the further it goes, the more topical it gets. the principal action takes place, er, right now, and to read about those "brain slugs" in the climes of rabid russian jingoism is mildly educational, to say the least. it all reads like a newscast, actually.

however. the best part ends with the studies of human component (human empowerment, the necessity of awakening and awareness), and i wish the author could stay in this philosophical vein. yet the
رغد عبد الزهرة
"للمرة الأولى يعتريني شعور فظيع بالضعف و الافتقار إلى الاحساس بالأمان
و أدركت أن كل شيء موجود في هذا الكون و مسلم بهِ قابل للنقاش، و أن كل شيء يمكن أن يكون مجرد حيلة"

يجب أن توضع علامات تحذير للقراء !
لا يجب أن نُصدم فجأة بكتاب كهذا !
أحمد الله على نهاية الكتاب التي أعادتني إلى حقيقة كوني اقرأ كتاب خيالي و حسب، لأنني و بكل صراحة كدت أصاب بالجنون و الرعب اول 100 صفحة !!
Colin Wilson is very skilled at writing intellectual thrillers and this is no exception. It's his riff on a Lovecraftian tale and involves vampiric mind parasites that have been draining the intellectual vitality of humanity for ages. But as Wilson is an inveterate optimist he posits a way out of this vampirism via inner mind work. Very compelling.
"Man is a continent, but his conscious mind is no larger than a back garden".

"I came to realize how much of "success" in the world is due to a mere habit of agressiveness and hard work, and not at all to intelligence".

"Man is lazy by nature, and laziness is by no means to be condemned. It means he dislikes inconvenience, and he has created civilization to escape inconvinience; so his laziness has been an important factor in his evolution. But this also means that he prefers to evolve at his own
Aug 06, 2007 Sam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: conspiracy theorists and H.P. Lovecraft fans
Shelves: fiction
The Mind Parasites is a lovely piece of fiction that stirs up the dust in the already cloudy field of conspiracy theory. Working partly with facts, partly with fringe science and down-right occluded metaphysics, Wilson weaves a story of the awakening of the collective consciousness of mankind. Sort of. Also, it turns out that a lot of H.P. Lovecraft's stories about ancient gods and antedeluvian chambers and beings of indescribable terror were also true. Sort of. I'm not going to say any more. Th ...more
This was a book of its time - 1960s sci-fi where men were men and women were non-existent or completely unimportant. It was an interesting read but grew irritating.
I first read The Mind Parasites in the early 1970s, long before I had ever encountered Lovecraft or knew of the Lovecraft mythos. I found this book enthralling as an angst ridden teen and have read it a few more times in the ensuing decades, this despite finding it borderline frustrating for having no chapters or other handy spots to hang a bookmark, and despite its author's unfortunate grasp of cosmology, laughably improbable even in 1967 when it was written.

I have just finished "re-reading" i
Jo Ann
Wilson has blended H.P. Lovecraft's dark vision with his own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative powers to produce a stunning, high-tension story of vaulting imagination. A professor makes a horrifying discovery while excavating a sinister archeological site. For over 200 years, mind parasites have been lurking in the deepest layers of human consciousness, feeding on human life force and steadily gaining a foothold on the planet. Now they threaten humanity's extinction.
This book is an intersting work where I think is the author trying to say that there is a danger in thoughtlessness yet so much potential in the world if one could only be free of "mind parasites"(read "laziness" or "conditioning") preventing you from thinking for yourself and how the world could turn catastrophic if everyone was being taken over by mind parasites. There are some connections made between the mind and body that are interesting, not all free from sexism/racism but still the theori ...more
Outstanding. That is - if memory serves.
Marcel Côté
An odd blend of psychedellic consciousness-raising and late-Victorian, H.G. Wells-style speculative fiction in which virile, cigar-smoking Colonels jet off to meetings in rocket ships and disclaim to one another about their scientific expeditions, this novel posits that humanity is under the sway of Debbie Downer "mind parasites" that sap our mental forces, weigh us down with a sense of hopelessness about the human condition, and leave us feeling paranoid and trapped. In the end, the virile hero ...more
Laura (rose)
This 'novel' is one of my all-time favorite books, and is one that i often recommend. I like to re-read it every couple of years, as it's insightful and thought-provoking, and reminds me that there's more beyond the mundane and trivial in life.

On the surface it is a novel, a sort of spoof of H.P. Lovecraft, and I do need to read more Lovecraft... but then it turns into a journey into the mind, opens into philosophy and phenomenology and study of the inner being of each of us.

Elliott Trevor
I first read this novel when I was 18 (49 years ago) and it had a profound effect on me so much that I found myself hiding in the toilet at work just to read another page. I re-read the book last year (2014) and although it had less impact it is still a great book and sowed the seeds for my own writing actvities. If you are interest in the potential of the human mind, then give it a go.
Lee Foust
A quick leisurely pulp paperback read, I thought.

Turned out to be a lot more theoretical and interesting (and consequently more challenging to read) than most sci fi or horror. Although the cover tries to sell this as a Lovecraftian work it's actually more anti-Lovecraftian in nature, written by Wilson after he attacked Lovecraft for bad writing and H. P.'s friend and lionizing posthumous publisher, August Derleth, challenged him to do it better. Wilson therefore took his beliefs in the untapped
Tariq Alferis
.كولن ولسون يسبح في كل بحور المعرفة حتي في الخيال العلمي , في كتاب طفيليات العقل وخاصة الأجزاء صدقت انه القصة حقيقية ,استخدام كولن لكمية المعلومات والمعرفة الشخصية في قصة خيالية شئ كبير .

بين اثار قادش وطفيليات العقل..بين الماضي والحاضر والمستقبل هناك عدو واحد فقط في الخيال : العدو الفضائي

تبدأ القصة بكشف عن اثار العملاقة مدينة عملاقة تحت الأرض ,ثم بموت عالم اخر بسبب حربه مع طفيليات العقل .حرب بين الماضي والحاضر ,حرب ضد الانسان الاسمي , لماذا ينتحر العلماء والفنانين ؟
يكشف كولن ولسون الحقيقة : أنه
Before I read this book, I thought Colin Wilson was a dick. Now I am convinced. The only reason I'm keeping it is because it will fit nicely amongst my other Lovecraftiana. Also I don't have the one pictured. I have the original printing from Oneiric Press. I got it for 50 cents. Poppin' Tags.
If I had read this book a while ago, I don't think I would have understood what it was really about. There are many layers to it. I found my way to it and found it very interesting.
Adham deabes
it is very good idea about how our mind can be controled by others ,,which refered to it in the story by parasites ,,but lastly the human brain win and become free from it , ,
Неплохая фантастическая история без космолетов, лазерных ножей, апокалипсисов и героических выживателей. Способно зацепить оригинальностью и таки смысловой нагрузкой.
Janith Pathirage
A real sify roller coaster ride from Colin Wilson. Reminds me a bit of the Johnny Depp movie, 'Transcendence'. There's plenty of action in this book, but all psychic battles. There are no muscular warriors or street fighters, but there's plenty of mind games and wild theories which can blow one's mind off. Moving planets with psychic power is bit too much to swallow, but my scientific knowledge is too weak to judge if its possible or not in the future. But I think the author stressed too much on ...more
Pirmo 2/3 spriedze beigās pazuda un interese arī tika malta uz riņķi beigās. Ja sākuma intrigu būtu izturējis autors līdz beigām, tad būtu supper.
Interesanti palasīties "zinātnisko fantastiku" par laiku, kurā pats dzīvo - kaut kas ir vairāk, kaut kas ir mazāk kā autors iedomājies, taču pati grāmata vairāk ir par cilvēka apziņu un cilvēka apziņas iespējām - telekinēze, telepātija utt.
Interesanti ir tas, ka ir atsauces uz zinātniskajiem rakstiem, kas nekad nav bijuši - tā teikt, pieraksts itkā eso
Пожалуй, все мои впечатления о книге можно уместить всего в одну цитату из Флешбека Дэна Симмонса.
— Ты мог бы бросить свой роман и просто написать нечто вроде толстовского эпилога к «Войне и миру» [...] Высказаться на вечные темы: о том, что силы истории не подчиняются человеческому разуму, что никто из нас не свободен, но наше сознание создает иллюзию свободы и свободной воли, что в таком случае должны вскрыться «истинные законы истории, что даже отдельная личность зависит от времени, пространс
David Phillips
I actually finished this a couple months ago, so I'm writing this review through a slight fog of memory.

I was recommended this book by a friend as a stepping stone to understanding and learning to manage negative thoughts processes, and I think as an allegory for struggling with and overcoming depression it works fairly well. However, it occasionally gets a little preachy, so that if you're reading it this way it can seem like it's sometimes telling you that you need to "just get over it".

The bo
Colin Wilson's The Mind Parasites is a science fiction novel set in what was once the future (the late '90s as seen from the late '60s) and inspired loosely by H.P. Lovecraft. The novel is narrated by an archeologist who while on a dig discovers ancient and cyclopean structures miles beneath the earth. Further investigation of these leads him to realize that mankind is under some form of attack by invisible psychic entities which draw from people's vital energies and leave them feeling depressed ...more
Ekel Adolf
Wilson's The Mind Parasites is an interesting read, but while the ideas expressed in this novel are indeed fascinating and mind blowing (and, to be honest, sometimes more esoteric than revolutionary), the suspense aspect appears a bit to have been neglected in favor of propaganda for the author's own agenda. The same applies to Wilson's use of lovecraftian lore and motifs and its faithfulness to the original mythos, albeit resulting into some absorbing, unique interpretations.
الكاتب اتى بفكرة خيالية جدا ووضعها في قالب يمكن تقبل فكرته بها..احببت تداخل شخصيات حقيقية في الرواية ووصف احداث حقيقية وتغيير واقع ماكانت عليه
الرواية فلسفية الى ابعد الحدود فقد صادفت صفحات عن افكار فلسفية مطولة لاتستهوني صراحة لعدة اسباب تخصني..استغل الكاتب فكرة الاثارة والتنقيب لشد انتباه القارئ واعطاءه فرصة لتحليل مااكتشفوه فهو يعطي مساحة للقارئ في التفكير والتحليل وذلك عندما ينعطف الكاتب الى اتجاه فلسفي ويترك الامور الملموسة..
الى من يحب الفلسفة فليقرأ هذه الرواية..
Mar 31, 2015 Katya rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
An archeologist accidentally discovers malevolent bodiless creatures lurking in the depths of his consciousness. He and his friends research the subject and come to the conclusion that mind parasites are responsible not only for various depressive states that characterize a modern human, but also for all the social turmoil characteristic of the XX century - wars, revolutions, etc. The fight against the parasites must free the potential of human consciousness.

I read this book as a teen and at tha
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...more
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