‘Colin Henry Wilson (26 June 1931 – 5 December 2013) was an English writer, philosopher and novelist. He also wrote widely ontrue crime, mysticism and the paranormal. Wilson called his philosophy “new existentialism” or “phenomenological existentialism”, and maintained his life work was “that of a philosopher, and (his) purpose to create a new and optimistic existentialism”.‘
And back in the ’80s and ’90s, I read a lot of Colin Wilson‘s books, mostly his novels and mostly via Hartlepool Public Library. He even wrote a crime book- The Killer- that was partly set in Hartlepool. There was a lot that I liked about him and his books.
Along the way, I discovered he’d written a book called The Book Of Booze. And for some reason, I wrote to him about it. And for some reason, he replied.
I didn’t have the letter for years and thought I’d lost it on my travels but it recently turned up in a pile of old photos.