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The Mind Parasites

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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
Eddie Watkins
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.
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...more
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."

"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...more
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
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...more
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.
رغداء قاسم
"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 !!
I thought this book will be a catchy an interesting story to read, but i haven't found that, nor interesting and exciting characters. Instead i got perfect self - help lesson. Because, in my opinion, this book actually IS about self - help. And i really loved some ideas, which i will definitely use in the future.
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.
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...more
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...more
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
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....more
What a cute book. Creepy in its own almost Victorian way. I appreciate the other reviews in that they had some information around the genesis of the book.

It's Lovecraft by way of Ayn Rand. Superhumanity comes of age in the face of an otherworldly threat that lives in our mind. Which I loved. In the way that a good ghost story makes you think twice about that odd creak in the middle of the night, this book might suggest your depressed moods or less enthused moments are driven by a malevolent moon...more
Строго рекомендуется к прочтению каждому, кто потерял свою нить в этом мире.
Initially intriguing but fell apart for me toward the end...
T.j. Silverio
This was an interesting book. I particularly enjoyed the discussion about the maps that were found in the space ship. It got me researching the Piri Reis maps. One of the ideas I have for a future story involves "white spaces" - in the old maps the area of the map that was unexplored was referred to as white space. As brave people went out into the wilderness and searched the boundaries of contemporary knowledge the maps were filled in. An interesting question is what are the "white spaces" for...more
The main character annoyed me for his self righteous proclamations as to how he had found the truth in life. The premise of the book was good with looking at that maybe something alien in our mind drives us to make rash decisions. However it was interesting that Wilson had decided that only men of intelligence are able to save the world from the mind parasites was grating. There was one woman in the story but she and a few other scientists could not cope with the mind attack ended up killed them...more
The science in this book is terribly and embarrassingly wrong. But if you can manage to ignore that, the story contains some interesting philosophical, spiritual, and metaphysical concepts worth exploring. It is tempting to consider the premise of the book as a literal possibility, which is entertaining in itself. But if taken metaphorically, I think it presents a very interesting take on the psyche; Not one with which I fully agree, but one which can be inspiring nonetheless.
I've been dying to read this for years... Turns out that The Mind Parasites is fairly average sci fi with some fascinating speculation on the nature the mind and the limitless potential available to those who amputate their artificial personalities from themselves yadda yadda yadda and that's all good stuff but since I've read a few of Wilson's books before, especially in The Occult, this all seems like a big rehash for me. Still though, decent read.
The psychedelic pseudoscience science of the sixties and psychology of the mind brought down this novel to a very silly level. At one time, sure, there was a strong belief that Man would develop extraordinary and god like powers of the mind, but that just does't jive anymore.

It's a pity: there are many other excellent points to said about this novel, but the complete impossibility, not just implausibility, is the distinguishing feature.
Marc L
Gelezen toen ik 17 was, in het Nederlands. Bewaar er weinig herinneringen aan, behalve dat ik het erg goed vond.
Robin Winter
Experienced great enjoyment in the earliest part of the book when Wilson is laying out a nice premise on the human mind's abilities and the sabotage of mental gifts. Lovely concept of alien predators causing all the sabotage. But the book is plodding and the plot loose, predictable, and I hate to say it, depressingly sexist. The concepts will prey upon my mind even if his Lovecraftian enemy species don't.
Bryan Swagerty
The first half of this book is extremely dark and engaging. The parasites themselves are left ambiguous enough for the reader to form his own notions regarding them. But as more challenges are presented to the people in the know, and they discover that they have secret powers, there's no stopping them. This is where it lost my interest. To be honest I don't even remember the ending.
Zantaeus Glom
Magnificent! I was completely captivated by this esoteric tale of Lovecraftian mind-usurping skull-duggery. I also found it rather interesting that Mr Wilson and I share similar views on the infinite nature of the mind; and additionally, 'The Mind Parasites' is one of the most quotable novels I have read for quite some time.

It baffles me that this fine work isn't held in higher regard.
LaMont Feske
The Mind Parasites has an amazing opening that is crammed with forward thinking philosophy for the era. It's difficult to gauge where the story is going from such a lofty place, so I was admittedly disappointed when it devolved into a fairly mediocre sci-fi offering. Colin Wilson went on to do some much better known literature that I look forward to reading in the near future.
Richard Scott
This book, above all others, I have read and re-read, loaned, lost, repurshaced, and read again.

The highest compliment I can give a writer is to find something on a page and ask myself, "how in the world did he ever think THAT up?"

In The Mind Parasites I find myself asking the question every couple of pages. An astounding bit of work.
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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, Hermann Hesse,...more
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