When I was in high school, my older brother loaned me a beat up paperback with an ominous title: The Mind Parasites. All he said was, “Read this.” His unusual terseness and seriousness piqued my interest and I settled down soon thereafter to read it, much in the way one settles down to watch a good horror movie. The comparison bears out—The Mind Parasites is one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. I’ve now read it three times, and with each reading, I find new details that make this horror story all the more frighteningly plausible.
Colin Wilson is a British author and philosopher whose best-known work is The Outsider, which explores existentialism and the artists and writers shaped by the philosophy, such as Albert Camus. Wilson’s fascination with existentialism also plays a huge role in his fictional works, including The Mind Parasites.