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Man Without a Shadow

(1963)
(The Sex Diary of Gerard Sorme)
(The second book in the Gerard Sorme series)
A novel by

 
 
"One of the more earnest and interesting writers of his generation." (The Guardian)

"Mr Wilson's vitality comes through. He writes a clear, light prose, and he makes his interests, however bizarre, seem important." (Punch)

"Compelling."(New Statesman)

Gerard Sorme thinks the key to a more meaningful life lies in an expansion of human consciousness, and he believes that one way to expand it is through sexual experiences. He sets out to record in diary form his sexual encounters with various women: the middle-aged Gertrude, her teenage niece Caroline, and Diana, the wife of a mad composer determined to adapt Varney the Vampire into an opera.

But Sorme finds his beliefs and ideas challenged when he meets the fascinating and dangerous Caradoc Cunningham, who seems to possess occult powers and who has developed his own ways of expanding consciousness through drugs, orgies, and black magic.

And when Cunningham is targeted by his enemies, fellow black magicians who he believes are directing the powers of evil spirits at him, Sorme will find himself caught up in Cunningham's peril, culminating in his participation in a bizarre occult ritual....

First published in 1963, Man Without a Shadow explores Wilson's philosophy in the form of a black magic thriller that draws on inspirations as diverse as the writings of Aleister Crowley and Montague Summers, Huysmans's La-bas, and the "penny dreadfuls" of Thomas Prest.

Genre: Horror

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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Man Without a Shadow
Author(s): Colin Wilson
ISBN: 1-939140-27-7 / 978-1-939140-27-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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June 1980 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sex Diary of Gerard Sorme
Author(s): Colin Wilson
ISBN: 0-586-04997-5 / 978-0-586-04997-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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June 1968 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sex Diary of Gerard Sorme
Author(s): Colin Wilson
ISBN: 0-330-20108-5 / 978-0-330-20108-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Audio Editions

July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Man Without a Shadow
Author(s): Colin Wilson, Colin Stanley - introduction
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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July 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Man Without a Shadow
Author(s): Colin Wilson, Colin Stanley - introduction
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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July 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Man Without a Shadow
Author(s): Colin Wilson, Colin Stanley - introduction
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Man Without a Shadow
Author(s): Colin Wilson, Colin Stanley - introduction
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Man Without a Shadow
Author(s): Colin Wilson
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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